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Peter A.

New York, NY

$350/hour

Top-Tier SAT/ACT | GRE/GMAT | SSAT/ISEE

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 4/18/17
5.0 average from 226 ratings
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— Deirdre, New York, NY on 3/7/17

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University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

About Peter

If you're looking for expert instruction from a tutor who genuinely cares, I'm your guy. I scored in the 99th percentile on all the tests I teach, and, perhaps more importantly, I have many years of experience helping students prepare for standardized tests. My system works. Standardized tests aren't easy, but they are predictable. Over the years I've developed my own set of proprietary lesson materials that complement the material I use from other sources, and have worked out a process that has helped every student I've ever worked with increase their score.

My favorite analogy is to liken being a tutor to being a personal trainer. My job is to provide you with expertise, coaching, and structure to help you reach your goals. All three are essential. (See my blog for more information about my teaching philosophy.)

I graduated in three years from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. I am currently a research assistant in Janet Metcalfe's lab at Columbia, where I study the conditions in which students learn most effectively. Test taking has always been one of my strengths, particularly standardized tests. I tutored throughout college, worked for Kaplan for a year, and have been teaching on my own for several years. I know how important these tests are, and how big of an impact they can have on admissions decisions. That's why I like doing this - the ability to have an impact. Your success is important to me.

I'm available for one-on-one tutoring anywhere in Manhattan. All my students receive the initial consultation described below, as well as support throughout their entire test prep process; structured lessons that include lesson materials and homework assignments; regular practice tests; and 24/7 access to ask me questions or request feedback (to the greatest extent possible - obviously I may on occasion need to sleep :) My students are my top priority. Feel free to send me a message and we can go from there.

I look forward to hearing from you!
If you're looking for expert instruction from a tutor who genuinely cares, I'm your guy. I scored in the 99th percentile on all the tests I teach, and, perhaps more importantly, I have many years of experience helping students prepare for standardized tests. My system works. Standardized tests aren't easy, but they are predictable. Over the years Read more

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Travels within 10 miles of New York, NY 10019
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"Very Grateful for Peter's Help!"

- Deirdre, New York, NY on 3/7/17

"Engaging and Knowledgeable"

- Toni, New York, NY on 9/27/17

"Great to work with!"

- Jill, New York, NY on 9/9/17

"Extremely Prepared & Well Organized! Excellent!"

- Edgar, New York, NY on 8/2/17

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Ludmilla, New York, NY on 8/2/17

"Peter has been a great help"

- linn, East Elmhurst, NY on 6/23/17

"Knowledgable and understanding"

- Sam, Elkhart, IN on 5/2/17

"Extremely knowledgeable and organized tutor"

- Charlotte, Washington, DC on 3/30/17

"Amazing Tutor"

- Katia, New York, NY on 3/9/17

"Very Helpful"

- Erica, Astoria, NY on 2/27/17

"Great Tutor"

- Jillian, New York, NY on 1/19/17

"Knowledgeable and Patient!"

- Elissa, Brooklyn, NY on 1/16/17

"Great Tutor! Great Experience!"

- Amy R, New York, NY on 1/9/17

"Always prepared!"

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

"Peter is a thoughtful and thorough tutor"

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

"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

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"Great Find!!"

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

"Great tutor!"

- Clayton, Lincoln, CA on 11/7/11
Business:
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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

I scored a 36 on the ACT English Test because I knew what to expect on test day. In addition to a comprehensive review of the relevant grammar rules, 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. While few schools explicitly teach grammar concepts, they are very easy to learn. With a bit of practice you too can ace the ACT English test.

ACT Math

I scored a 36 on the ACT Math Test because I knew exactly what to expect on test day. 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 and managing their time effectively. In addition to a comprehensive review of all the math concepts tested on the ACT, I teach students how to understand the test maker's logic, and how to approach every question systematically. You don't need to be a genius to get a high score.

ACT Reading

I scored a 36 on the ACT Reading Test by learning how to anticipate what the test maker would ask about each passage. I help students learn how to read actively, and provide concrete strategies for correctly identifying the main ideas and key details that are likely to come up in the questions. Active reading is essential to doing well, and the good news is anyone can learn how to be an active reader!

ACT Science

I scored a 35 on the ACT Science Test by learning how to manage my time effectively. While it is easy to assume you have to be a science enthusiast to do well on this portion of the test, that's actually not true. It is more of a reading comprehension and time management test than anything else. I teach students how to sift through data and scientific jargon to find what they need to score points, and to do so quickly so they are able to get through all of the passages in the allotted time.

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 struggle with most, so that by the time Test Day rolls around you are familiar with what you need to know to do your best. A top GMAT score is essential for the most competitive business schools. Investing time and money (emphasis on time) is well-worth the benefits you will receive by graduating from a highly ranked program.

GRE

I scored 170 on Quantitative Reasoning and 169 on Verbal Reasoning by learning how to think like the test maker. While there an infinite number of ways to test any given concept, the number of concepts tested on the GRE is finite. By learning what the test maker expects you to know for each concept, you'll put yourself in an excellent position to do your best on test day. My job is to make that process as effective and efficient as possible.

ISEE

In many ways the ISEE and SSAT are miniaturized versions of the SAT and ACT. However, since students have had far less schooling prior to taking these exams, it does not make sense to begin preparing a month or two before. Many concepts will be completely new. A thorough prep process should begin well ahead of the planned test date. In fact, I have an entire blog about the benefits of preparing early: "What is Enrichment Tutoring?" Check it out!

PSAT

The PSAT and Pre-ACT are great ways to prepare for SAT and ACT respectively. I like to say that these tests aren't easy, but they are predictable. The earlier students begin to train themselves about what to expect, the better they will do on test day. Moreover, the stronger students are in the core knowledge areas tested on the SAT and ACT, the better they are likely to do in school in general. It's never too early to begin the process.

Psychology

Psychology is my favorite subject, which is I'm going back for my Ph.D. in 2018. On the GRE Psychology test I scored an 800/99th percentile overall. My Social Psych subscore was 99th percentile, and Experimental Psych was 97th percentile.

SAT Math

I scored a 800 on the SAT Math section because I knew exactly what to expect on test day. Many students struggle on this portion of the test, 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 maker's logic, and how to approach every question systematically.

SAT Reading

I scored a 780 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT by learning how to anticipate what the test makers will ask about in each passage. I help students learn how to read actively, and provide concrete strategies for correctly identifying the main ideas and key details that will come up in the questions.

SAT Writing

I scored a 780 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT by learning how to anticipate what the test makers would ask about in each passage. I also provide a comprehensive review of all the grammar rules tested on the SAT.

SSAT

In many ways the ISEE and SSAT are miniaturized versions of the ACT and SAT. However, since students have had far less schooling prior to taking these exams, it does not make sense to begin preparing a month or two before. Many concepts will be completely new. A thorough prep process should begin well ahead of the planned test date.

University of California, Berkeley

Education

University of California, Berkeley

Very Grateful for Peter's Help!

Peter helped me so much for studying for the SAT/ACT. He highlighted the topics that are really important for the tests. He also showed me which strategies might be most effective, filled in any gaps I had in math, and helped me with my time management while taking the test. My score improved a lot with him, and I am very grateful for all of his help!

— Deirdre, New York, NY on 3/7/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $350.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Peter will travel within 10 miles of New York, NY 10019.