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Peter A.

New York, NY

$150/hour

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Background check passed as of 10/10/12
5.0 average from 92 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

STANDARDIZED TEST PREPARATION

I help students achieve their best possible results by combining expert instruction with a comprehensive practice and feedback system for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, GRE, and GMAT. I provide an assessment of their strengths and weaknesses to help students decide which tests to take and when to take them, and design a personalized approach for each student that incorporates all the skills and strategies needed to maximize his or her score: when and how to guess; which questions, if any, to skip; and how to avoid common errors.

In addition to my own set of proprietary lesson materials, I have reams and reams of practice exercises, worksheets, quizzes and practice tests, that - rather than having to sift through yourself - I structure for you to help you get the most out of your studies. I scored in the top 1 to 3 percent on every standardized test I've taken (SAT 2240 | ACT 36 | GMAT 740 | GRE 167 QR/168 VR) and have been helping students of all ages boost their standardized test scores, both part-time and full-time, since college.


ACADEMIC TUTORING

Whether you need help learning the content of a given subject, help developing better study skills, or both, I will work with you to develop the skills you need to achieve the grade you want.

Most of my academic tutoring seems to be for math, and I've found that students' current problems often have their origin in misunderstandings or gaps from previous years. I will work with you to quickly catch up and get on the path to success in your class. If you put in the effort, I can help you excel!


TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I am a big believer in “hands-on” learning, in which the instructor regularly elicits responses from the student to ensure s/he understands the concepts being discussed and is actively involved in absorbing the material. I think mistakes are great as I see them as learning opportunities, so I always try to create an environment in which my students feel comfortable answering questions, even when they are unsure of the correct response.

I pride myself on being able to deliver results. If you are not completely satisfied with my tutoring on any occasion, I will not bill for that lesson. Your satisfaction is my number one goal!


MY BIO

I majored in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where I completed my degree in three years. After graduating in 2009, I moved to New York and worked in finance for about 2 years. An illness in my family caused me to move back to California in early 2011, where I ended up getting a job teaching the SAT and ACT for Kaplan. I had tutored part-time while I was in college and really enjoyed helping students become more successful in their academic pursuits; so when I moved back to New York I was excited to work with the diverse and talented students in NYC. I have another business as well, so I have been focusing on that over the last 12 to 18 months. But I miss working with my students, so I decided to relaunch my profile and am here to help! I tutor weekday evenings (generally from 4:30pm on), and weekends.


REFERRAL POLICY

If you enjoy working with me and find our lessons helpful, refer a new student and your next lesson is FREE.


CONTACTING ME

Please send me a message if you any questions or would like to discuss your particular circumstances in more detail. I respond to all messages within 24 hours or less (usually less), and am also available to discuss over the phone.
STANDARDIZED TEST PREPARATION

I help students achieve their best possible results by combining expert instruction with a comprehensive practice and feedback system for the SAT,
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Academic Support lessons are $125/hr. Test Prep lessons have a 90 minute minimum so we have enough time to get through the material in each unit

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of New York, NY 10022
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"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
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
History:
Government & Politics
Business:
GMAT,
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

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.

GMAT

Many GMAT students have not seen quadratic equations, right isosceles triangles, sentence corrections, etc., since their days in school. I provide a comprehensive review of all the concepts tested on the GMAT, and focus on the specific subjects you remember least well, so that by the time Test Day rolls around you are familiar with what you need to know to do your best.

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.

ISEE

In many ways the ISEE and SSAT are miniaturized versions of the ACT and SAT, which were the first two tests I taught. While the material on the ISEE is more age-appropriate for the students taking the test, many of the strategies for quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and reading comprehension are the same. I enjoy helping students prepare for the ISEE because I believe the earlier they develop the critical reasoning skills they need to do well, the more successful they'll be - not only on standardized exams - but in their academic careers in general.

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.

SSAT

In many ways the ISEE and SSAT are miniaturized versions of the ACT and SAT, which were the first two tests I taught. While the material on the SSAT is more age-appropriate for the students taking the test, many of the strategies for quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, and reading comprehension are the same. I enjoy helping students prepare for the SSAT because I believe the earlier they develop the critical reasoning skills they need to do well, the more successful they'll be - not only on standardized exams - but in their academic careers in general.

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 fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $150.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Academic Support lessons are $125/hr. Test Prep lessons have a 90 minute minimum so we have enough time to get through the material in each unit

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 10 miles of New York, NY 10022.