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Peter A.

New York, NY

$120/hour

Expert SAT/ACT & GRE Tutor

Background check passed as of 10/10/12
5.0 average from 98 ratings
Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor
— Hilary, Brooklyn, NY on 11/12/13

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University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

About Peter

SAT/ACT & GRE

I scored in the 99th percentile on all the tests I teach and have been helping students boost their standardized test scores since 2010. We will start by working together to identify strengths and weaknesses, and then I will create a personalized study plan for you that incorporates the specific skills and strategies you need to get your best possible score, covered in the timeframe needed for your anticipated test date. Ideally that will be a period of at least a couple of months, however a lot can be accomplished in a shorter timeframe. Please send me a message to discuss your particular circumstances in more detail.

In addition to my own set of lesson materials, I have reams and reams of practice material that - rather than having to sift through yourself - I structure for you to help you in the areas you need it most.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I am a big believer in “hands-on” learning, so our lessons will be more conversation than lecture. Interaction with the material is extremely important. (Unfortunately, the "passive absorption" method does not work!) In many ways, I think being a tutor is like being a personal trainer for the mind. My job is to provide expertise, coaching, and structure to help you achieve your goals.

ABOUT ME

I graduated early from UC Berkeley (2006-2009) with a degree in Psychology and concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. My first job after college was at Goldman Sachs in an institutional sales support role, which I personally found a bit dull. I left and started tutoring informally in 2010, then worked at Kaplan for a bit in 2011, and eventually branched out on my own in 2012. I love helping students achieve their goals and playing a role in developing the skills that will help them for many years to come. No matter the starting point, my goal is to see you improve - whether that means understanding concepts that seemed confusing before, or finally hitting that goal score that seemed elusive on your own. Your success is important to me. I believe that knowledge is power, and mastery is empowering. My goal is to empower you and get you that much closer to reaching your goals!

I look forward to working with you!
SAT/ACT & GRE

I scored in the 99th percentile on all the tests I teach and have been helping students boost their standardized test scores since 2010. We will start by working together to
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10022
Background Check: Passed

"Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor"

- Hilary, Brooklyn, NY on 11/12/13

"Always prepared!"

- Courtney, New York, NY on 4/13/14

"Great tutor"

- Isabel, New York, NY on 5/10/13

"Excellent tutor; excellent results!"

- Caryl, Hoboken, NJ on 1/2/13

"Very prepared and conscientious"

- Molly, Brooklyn, NY on 10/23/12

"Outstanding"

- Dana, Fair Oaks, CA on 3/14/12

"Best tutor from Wyzant!"

- LISA, El Dorado Hills, CA on 2/22/12

"Excellent !"

- Sandra, El Dorado Hills, CA on 1/23/12

"Great Find!!"

- Liz, Granite Bay, CA on 1/6/12

"Great tutor!"

- Clayton, Lincoln, CA on 11/7/11
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ACT Science
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Vocabulary
Business:
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ACT English

The ACT English Test is designed to measure your ability to revise and edit a given piece of writing. Since grammar is not regularly taught in many high schools, students often find this part of the ACT to be quite challenging - at first. In addition to a comprehensive review of the grammar rules tested on the ACT, I teach students specific strategies for dealing with questions in the two areas tested - Usage/Mechanics and Rhetorical Skills - as well as how to anticipate and identify the kinds of errors they are likely see on Test Day.

ACT Math

Many students struggle on the ACT Math section, not because they lack the particular skills being tested, but because they have trouble understanding what the questions are asking them to do. In addition to a comprehensive review of all the math concepts tested on the ACT, I teach students how to understand the test makers' logic, and how to approach every question systematically. I also cover important strategies such as: when and how to guess; which questions, if any, to skip; and how to avoid common errors.

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section can be challenging because many of the passages are long, dull, and/or full of unhelpful details. I help students learn how to read critically and focus on the most important information. I also help students boost their vocabulary with exercises tailored to their reading level and learning style.

ACT Science

It is easy to assume that you have to be good at science to do well on the ACT Science test, but you actually do not need to have vast science knowledge to get a top score. It is more of a reading comprehension test than anything else: the only difference is the presence of charts, tables, and graphs. I teach students how to sift through data and scientific jargon to find only what they need to score points.

GRE

For many GRE students, the quantitative reasoning (QR) section is the most intimidating. Sometimes that's because students feel they weren't very good at math in school, or because it has been awhile since they have used formal equations in their everyday life. I help students prepare for the QR section by reviewing all the concepts tested, spending the most time on the ones likely to show up on a given student's test (remember, the test adapts based on performance). I also cover specific strategies for working with GRE multiple choice questions. For Verbal Reasoning, I teach students how to identify main ideas and key details, and how to reason logically about the presented arguments. I also cover common wrong answer traps and how to avoid them.

SAT Math

Many students struggle on the SAT Math section, not because they lack the particular skills being tested, but because they have trouble understanding what the questions are asking them to do. In addition to a comprehensive review of all the math concepts tested on the SAT, I teach students how to understand the test makers' logic, and how to approach every question systematically. I also cover important strategies such as: when and how to guess; which questions, if any, to skip; and how to avoid common errors.

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section can be challenging because many of the passages are long, dull, and/or full of unhelpful details. I help students learn how to read critically and focus on the most important information. I also help students boost their vocabulary with exercises tailored to their reading level and learning style.

SAT Writing

Since grammar is not regularly taught in many high schools, students often find the Writing multiple choice section particularly challenging - at first. In addition to a comprehensive review of the grammar rules tested on the SAT, I teach students specific strategies for dealing with the two main question types - Improving Sentences and Identifying Sentence Errors - and how to anticipate the kinds of errors they are likely see on Test Day. I also go over how to write a strong essay, supported by clear and relevant examples and written in the format the test makers prefer.

University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor — I had Peter help me while I prepped for my GRE test. We focused on math only, as this was my weakest area. Peter helped me achieve a score at the very top of my goal score range. He was extremely patient and really made an effort to explain all topics and problems in a way that was easy to remember and retain. Additionally, the structured lessons and homework were extremely helpful for me. There w ...

— Hilary, Brooklyn, NY on 11/12/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10022.