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Nathan C.

New York, NY

$100/hour

99th percentile LSAT/GMAT/GRE/SAT/ACT tutor - guaranteed results!!

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Phenomenal Tutor, Patient, Knowledgeable, conscientious, inspiring and takes pride and joy in teaching.
— Sophie, New York, NY on 10/9/15

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Berklee College of Music
Yeshiva University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Berklee College of Music

Yeshiva University (Graduate Coursework)

About Nathan

My very simple and effective practice method is what helped me and continues to help my students achieve scores in and approaching the 99th percentile, on all of the tests that I teach.

There are 2 parts to my study regimen - 1) doing as many practice tests/problem sets as possible (which the student does on his/her own, between lessons), and 2) mastering each test/problem set before taking the next one, to get to the point where the student would get a perfect score if he/she took it again. Together with me, we break down every single question that the student either got wrong, or got right but didn't feel 100% confident on. We make every single question easy as pie so that the student can feel confident looking at that question again and knowing how to determine the answer right away. Then we move onto the next practice test, and track progress over time. Since every GRE/LSAT/GMAT/SAT/ACT is similar to every other GRE/LSAT/GMAT/SAT/ACT, if a student does this enough times it is virtually IMPOSSIBLE for his/her score not to approach the 99th percentile.

(Note: Due to the adaptive nature of the GRE/GMAT and the lack of full practice tests available that accurately reflect the real test, we spend a lot of time on problem sets with realistic questions, and group them together in ways that simulate the test experience as accurately as possible.)

Common sense dictates that the best way to learn to do something well is simply to do it repeatedly. Thus, when I began studying for my LSAT, I started off by doing a timed test. Then, I thought, I'd just have to do many more timed tests until my score reached 180 (a perfect score). But, I started to notice that over the first few tests, my score stagnated and even moved down a couple of points. I began noticing that it was always the same point in the section when I would start running out of time and have to rush through or guess the last bunch of questions. I realized that instead of getting better at taking the LSAT, I was in fact training myself to make the same mistakes each time by ingraining them! The key here is that you have to learn how to do something WELL before learning to do it FAST.

Think about the first time you tied your shoes. You probably took a lot of time to do it properly - had you tried to do it as fast as you can do it today, you would have certainly failed. More importantly, had you repeatedly tried to do it at that speed everyday until now, you would have NEVER learned how to tie your shoes! But with the right instruction, learning how to do it well and repeating it over and over again, doing it quickly just started happening naturally over time.

This is exactly what I do with all of my students. A student starts off by taking a timed test or two, to set a benchmark as well as to get a feel for the rhythm of the timed sections. Then, the student switches to un-timed, but measures how long each section takes. We master and drill every wrong or difficult question on every section so that the student would get perfect on those questions if answering them again. Then, we move onto the next practice test, and try to do it a little bit faster than the last one. As long as a student is dedicated and sticks to this method, he/she WILL MASTER THE TEST. (For GRE/GMAT, we supplement with problem sets.)

The most important thing worth mentioning is that when I studied to master both of these tests, I didn't use any 3rd party books or methods. I devoted myself to developing my own simple tips and tricks for how to clearly think through each and every type of question - the 3rd party books and schools want to turn everything into a science, so that they can sell more books and classes, and as such they tend to overcomplicate things. These tests are all very simple at their cores, and I use plain English and simple strategies and analogies with my students to think through even the most difficult questions.

My one disclaimer - the only person who can determine what score you get is YOU, and this is worth mentioning. Don't get me wrong - my tutelage has helped students achieve scores that get them into top notch, sometimes Ivy League institutions. But all I can do is guarantee to get you on the quickest and easiest path towards a perfect score - the rest is up to you!

IN-PERSON vs ONLINE LESSONS (discounted):

In addition to in-person teaching I also offer online lessons (almost all of my students choose this method!), which I conduct using advanced software that allows me to draw/write on a tablet and have it show up directly on your computer screen, while you can still see and hear me, like a virtual whiteboard. In all of my experience, these lessons are just as effective and produce the same amazing results, in addition to being much more comfortable and convenient. As such, even students that live down the street from me have opted for online lessons. These lessons are discounted to $100, and because the vast majority of my students choose these I have that listed as my main price - in-person lesson cost depends on location and number of hours, but usually starts at $150/hr (unless you come to me in Manhattan for lessons, which is $100/hr). I definitely recommend trying at least one online lesson - no student of mine that has tried this method has ever been dissatisfied with it (even those who were the most skeptical initially!).
My very simple and effective practice method is what helped me and continues to help my students achieve scores in and approaching the 99th percentile, on all of the tests that I teach.

There are 2 parts to my study regimen - 1) doing as many practice tests/problem sets as possible (which the student does on his/her own, between
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Coming to you for lessons is more expensive (starting at $150/hr in NYC). Online lessons (or you coming to me) are $100/hr and will help you achieve the same great results!

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Travels within 40 miles of New York, NY 10033
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"Phenomenal Tutor, Patient, Knowledgeable, conscientious, inspiring and takes pride and joy in teaching."

- Sophie, New York, NY on 10/9/15

"Great Teacher"

- Eugene, Fort Lee, NJ on 7/6/16

"Set my focus"

- James, New York, NY on 6/6/16

"Great tutor if you're trying to score high!"

- Sophie, New York, NY on 5/20/16

"Excellent"

- William, Tarrytown, NY on 4/15/16

"Informative and brilliant tutor"

- Shana, New York, NY on 4/1/16

"Excellent and patient"

- Jessica, New York, NY on 3/23/16

"All Around, Extremely Helpful"

- Karen, Caldwell, NJ on 3/22/16

"Great tutor"

- Tracey, New York, NY on 2/15/16

"Great Tutor"

- Brian, New York, NY on 1/19/16

"Good first lesson"

- Joshua, Whitehall, MI on 1/13/16

"Great tutor!"

- Annie, Far Rockaway, NY on 1/8/16

"Knows What Works and What Doesn't"

- Nina, Tenafly, NJ on 12/28/15

"Knowledgable tutor"

- Jennifer, Whitestone, NY on 10/13/15

"A Great Tutor!"

- Tiffany, Carlstadt, NJ on 10/13/15

"Nathan is nice, easy to work with, and very straightforward"

- Jacob, Great Neck, NY on 9/20/15

"Patient tutor"

- Samanda, Carteret, NJ on 8/28/15

"Nice and knowledgeable"

- Susan, New York, NY on 8/3/15

"Great LSAT Tutor"

- Andrew, Tuckahoe, NY on 5/3/15

"Nathan is a great LSAT Tutor"

- Alain, West Babylon, NY on 1/27/15

"Terrific tutor, amazing results!"

- Martin, Bronx, NY on 7/19/13

"Good LSAT tutor."

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- Alyssa, Fresh Meadows, NY on 4/16/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, Common Core,
GMAT,
GRE,
LSAT,
Regents,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Macintosh
Language:
Hebrew
Elementary Education:
Common Core
Business:
GMAT,
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Poker

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.

Common Core

Many of my students have greatly improved their grades as a result of my tutelage, and as such have subsequently had better school/career options. I've taught mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) extensively for a number of years. I've helped many students understand concepts they previously found confusing.

Ear Training

Having studied at Berklee College of Music, I took the most advanced ear training classes, including Advanced Ear Training, Atonal Solfege 1, and Atonal Solfege 2. I teach private instrumental lessons and always emphasize ear training as an important tool for musical improvement. My methods are to work on each interval individually and help to facilitate a vivid image of that interval in the student's memory, and eventually translate that ability into longer musical phrases and pieces.

General Music

I graduated with two degrees from Berklee College of Music, in Performance as well as Film Scoring. My education includes expansive knowledge in music theory spanning a wide variety of styles and genres, as well as the study of composing and orchestrating for all sorts of different instrumentations. I have experience teaching on a few different instruments, including saxophone and piano.

GMAT

My GMAT score, a near perfect score of 760 for quant and verbal, was in the 99th percentile. This is largely due to my extremely intuitive methods, which I teach to all of my students. Over the years, I have helped all of my many test prep students improve significantly using simple, common sense strategies.

GRE

My GRE score, near perfect, was in the 99th percentile for both verbal and quantitative. This is largely due to my extremely simple and effective practice methods, which I teach to all of my students. Over the years, I have helped all of my many test prep students improve significantly using simple, common sense strategies.

Hebrew

I have a formal Hebrew/Jewish education and have worked professionally as a Torah reader at a plethora of synagogues in the New York area as well as Boston and Canada, including experience teaching Hebrew/bar mitzvah lessons. I spent one year studying classes in Hebrew at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University in New York.

LSAT

My LSAT scores have ranged from 174 to 180 (99th percentile), largely due to my extremely simple and effective practice methods, which I teach to all of my students. I have been teaching test preparation for a number of years, and have many devised and proven methods for making tests that seem tough as easy as they can possibly be.

Macintosh

I own a Mac and work with it for hours every day. Part of my employment is producing music for videos and the like, which involves the most advanced of techniques and shortcuts on the Macintosh platform. My degrees from Berklee had a huge technological component which involved getting to know the Macintosh computer inside-out, in order to facilitate quick and efficient work no matter what the task.

Music Theory

I studied at Berklee College of Music, where I graduated with two degrees, in performance and film scoring respectively. Additionally I have over a decade of professional experience as a musician and composer in the United States and Canada.

Poker

I was drawn towards learning poker a number of years ago when I began playing recreationally with friends, and started noticing that even though a lot of luck was involved, very often it was the same people winning and the same people losing. I wanted to pinpoint exactly why I seemed to be beating my friends so often, so that I could institutionalize whatever it was into my game, and discover more ways to exploit the weaknesses of other poker players. I began to watch and study poker on TV and the internet, and read books detailing strategic conventions and ideas. This was when I realized just how multi-faceted of a game poker is - it involves so much of memory, rational thought, discipline, and mathematical understanding, but at the same time, a great deal of simple instinct. Then, the experience of playing hundreds of thousands of hands online was what engrained the instinct in me of what to do with any particular hand in any particular situation, since I had been faced with every situation before and tried different strategies, my memory always noting the one that worked the most often. This knowledge is easily teachable to others in much less time than it took for me to assemble the knowledge and experience.

Regents

I have extensive experience teaching subjects like algebra, geometry, English. I've helped countless students raise their scores significantly on tests such as the Regents, SAT, GRE, and GMAT. My simple and intuitive methods are very practical for helping students achieving near perfect scores.

SAT Math

My SAT score was 2330, and my math score was a perfect 800. My goal with students is to break every difficult question into several very simple steps that are easy and natural to figure out. I have been teaching test preparation privately for a number of years.

SAT Reading

My SAT score was 2330, and my reading score was a perfect 800. I have been teaching test preparation for a number of years, and have many devised and proven techniques for helping students reach mastery of reading comprehension. I focus on breaking down difficult passages and sentences into very clear and simple parts.

SAT Writing

My SAT score was 2330, and my writing score was 730 (98th percentile). I have done a lot of freelance English editing, and have been teaching test preparation for a number of years. I focus on fixing a few common types of grammatical errors that many students make, and breaking down difficult sentences into very clear and simple parts.

Saxophone

My degree in Performance from Berklee College of Music was specializing in the saxophone. I have studied with some of the greatest saxophonists of this generation, and have performed with a wealth of ensembles worldwide. I have a lot of experience tutoring and coaching saxophonists at every level.

Berklee College of Music
Yeshiva University
Graduate Coursework

Education

Berklee College of Music

Yeshiva University (Graduate Coursework)

Phenomenal Tutor, Patient, Knowledgeable, conscientious, inspiring and takes pride and joy in teaching. — I have had the opportunity and privilege of being tutored by Nathan. I found him to be very patient, extremely knowledgeable with an excellent command in teaching and in discerning the hindrances to the lack of comprehension with the ability to successfully address those hindrances. He is an excellent tutor and he takes pride in imparting knowledge. I recommend highly recommend him, if you want ...

— Sophie, New York, NY on 10/9/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Coming to you for lessons is more expensive (starting at $150/hr in NYC). Online lessons (or you coming to me) are $100/hr and will help you achieve the same great results!

Travel policy

Nathan will travel within 40 miles of New York, NY 10033.