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Steven M.

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Williams College
Mathematics and Economics

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Williams College (Mathematics and Economics)

About Steven

Hello,

Thanks for taking a look at my profile! Please review my subject qualifications, student feedback, and detailed description below. If you're interested in working with me or even just arranging a free consultation please don't hesitate to reach out.

Background Summary:

I am in my third year tutoring full time in NYC. I currently have over 2,000 hours of total experience across all channels including experience with premier test prep agencies, individual students, groups, and full classes. My formal training has focused on standardized test preparation, time management techniques, and general subject instruction. In 2006, I graduated from King School as Valedictorian, Presidential Scholarship Finalist, National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, and National AP Scholar. I graduated Cum Laude from Williams College in 2010 with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. After college, I spent two years as an investment banking analyst on Wall Street and then another two years as a trader for a hedge fund before switching gears and going into private tutoring.

Primary Student Profile:

The vast majority of my students are looking for standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT) or ongoing help with specific subjects (Mathematics, Statistics, Economics). I have worked with students from the ages of 7 up to 56, with the majority being in high school and college. Commonly, I work with students between 1 and 6 hours per week depending on the nature of the assignment. In order to accommodate the demand in my schedule, I strongly prefer to work via online sessions and have seen excellent results using various platforms. I am at 86th and Broadway on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, so I am available for in-person sessions locally from Lincoln Center up to Columbia University and from Riverside to Central Park West. I also take on clients on the Upper East Side as well. I do not work with students for one-off sessions or temporary assignments. A minimum of one month's worth of sessions is required for me to take on a client.

Best Results:

Multiple students that I have helped prepare for the SAT saw improvement of over 300 points from their first practice test to the real exam. ACT students have seen an improvement of up to 8 points overall. One of my SSAT students went from the 6th percentile to the 70th percentile. That’s not a typo; individual attention and effective techniques make a huge difference! One of my math students was able to raise his grade from a C+ to an A- by the end of the marking period, and my economics students typically see improvement of a full letter grade.

Tutoring Policies:

I work with a maximum of 20 students at a time to ensure that each student gets my full focus and individual attention. The three pillars that I build my tutoring approach on are a proper attitude toward mistakes, two-way accountability, and two-way trust. When I deal with clients my priorities are prompt, detailed communications and thorough organization. 24 hours of notice is required in order to cancel a session unless there is a medical issue. If you are interested in setting up sessions with me, I provide a free phone consultation in advance to discuss the details of the tutoring request.

Mission Statement:

I love what I do; it's like living a dream. My previous career in financial services wasn't fulfilling me, so I became a private tutor full time in 2014 in the hopes of impacting the scores, grades, skills, and lives of as many students as I possibly could. If you work with me you will get premium level services including the highest degree of professionalism in conduct and communications, the full measure of attention to detail, the ability to contact me for any reason at any time, the access to premier learning tools as well as a library of materials, and the individual attention that is necessary for real learning to take place. If you're looking to fill in skill gaps, improve test scores, raise grades, or turbocharge your education please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

Steven
Hello,

Thanks for taking a look at my profile! Please review my subject qualifications, student feedback, and detailed description below. If you're interested in working with me or even just arranging a free consultation please don't hesitate to reach out.

Background Summary:

I am in my third year tutoring full
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Reduced rates are available for group sessions.

Travel Radius
Travels within 2 miles of New York, NY 10024
Background Check: Passed

"Insightful and experienced tutor!"

- Deborah, New York, NY on 4/18/17

"Great teacher"

- Samm, New York, NY on 2/1/17

"Helpful SSAT prep"

- Catherine, New York, NY on 12/1/16

"This tutor has the magic touch"

- Elena, Bronx, NY on 8/21/16

"Great lesson"

- George, New York, NY on 3/30/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Deanna, New York, NY on 3/8/16

"Great Experience"

- Les, Studio City, CA on 2/11/16

"Patient explanation on OLS estimators"

- Zarni, New York, NY on 2/8/16

"Great, patient tutor!"

- Jon, New York, NY on 1/22/16

"Excellent Tutor"

- Christine, New York, NY on 12/16/15

"Gifted teacher, patient, brilliant and resourceful"

- Stephanie, Newfoundland, NJ on 12/3/15

"Awesome Tutor in Econometrics!"

- William, Auburn, AL on 11/25/15

"A Knowledgeable and Dedicated Tutor"

- Riley, New York, NY on 10/22/15

"Amazing Tutor"

- Amanda, New York, NY on 9/29/15

"Good tutor"

- Jing, New York, NY on 9/25/15

"Very thorough and intelligent tutor"

- Courtney, New York, NY on 9/22/15
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary

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 have been trained by a tutoring company in New York to tutor students preparing for the ACT. The English section of the test requires knowledge of specific grammar rules as well as the ability to evaluate the proper place for sentences and paragraphs within the context of a passage. The section has 75 questions and a time limit of 45 minutes for students that don't have extra time, so I bring time-management techniques to bear whenever I am preparing students for this part of the test.

ACT Math

I have been trained by a tutoring company in NYC to prepare students for the ACT. The math section doesn't leave a lot of time left over, so in addition to providing tutoring on the content I work with students to apply test taking techniques. The techniques I teach are focused on how our working memories function and are geared towards reading the questions properly and eliminating the negative feedback loops that show up when students feel stressed about time pressure.

ACT Reading

I have been trained by a tutoring company in NYC to tutor students preparing for the ACT. I can provide students with time-management and reading comprehension techniques that give them the ability to proceed through the section methodically, always aware of the next step they need to take. One of the benefits to being professionally trained by a premier firm is that I have a library of dozens of tests and preparatory materials that I can provide to students. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are interested in a consultation.

ACT Science

I have been trained by a tutoring company in NYC to prepare students for the ACT. Interestingly enough, the science section on the ACT does not require any outside knowledge of science. It tests students' ability to read graphs, infer conclusions, evaluate experimental evidence, and apply the scientific method. There isn't a lot of time on these sections, so efficiency is the primary goal. I have access to a deep library of preparatory materials and prepare students using time-management techniques that have proven effective.

Algebra 1

The foundational skill set of algebra is vital for the quantitative decisions we make on a day to day basis. I can provide a comprehensive set of tutoring solutions that provide one-on-one assistance for developing critical tools that apply to scholastic and real-world situations alike. Each student learns differently, and this is true even in algebra, which for all intents and purposes appears like a purely mechanical subject.

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 represents the first subject matter that students who happen to dislike math will start tuning out due to the difficulty level. The curriculum typically introduces more advanced algebraic concepts and functions. With proper, customized instruction, even students who view themselves as being bad with numbers can see improvement in their understanding as a one-on-one tutoring context provides the best environment for building these critical quantitative skills.

American History

I am an avid student of American History and can offer a generalized syllabus or specific assistance on a project to project basis. I received a 5 on the AP US History exam in high school, and took several courses on the subject in college. Understanding our history is the only way that we can understand our present or even begin to get a grasp on the future.

Biology

I received a 5 on my AP Biology exam in high school, and I still have an interest in and a fondness for the subject. I have tutored middle school and high school students in biology with success. My students have all improved their grades, some by over a grade level.

Calculus

Believe it or not, I actually think calculus is pretty cool. It's an extremely elegant display of mathematics, and although the practical applications of the subject are rather limited it is used in many other scientific and engineering disciplines. I can provide customized help from exam prep to ongoing homework assistance.

Econometrics

Econometrics was a major component of the Economics major at Williams College. I have experience with linear and multiple regression, Tobit and Probit models, as well as applying econometric principles to real-world analysis. While I do not have access to costly statistics programs (SPSS, Stata, etc.), I have used them in the past and retain my familiarity with their function.

Economics

I graduated from Williams College (consistently ranked as the #1 liberal arts college in the US) with a degree in economics in 2010. After graduation, I worked at Morgan Stanley in their investment bank. Subsequently I functioned as a trader on a proprietary trading desk. I am familiar with all the fundamental areas of economics from both the academic and the professional perspective.

Elementary Math

The way basic math is being taught these days simply doesn't work. Each student learns in unique ways, and the standards established by most math curricula have significant shortfalls. The basic quantitative and number reasoning skills are absolutely critical. While it is true that calculators can perform the operations required of students, fostering quantitative reasoning and numerical instinct is a crucial goal for maximizing long term opportunities.

English

English is a remarkably tricky language to learn and study, particularly if it is not your first language, in part because of the nuances of construction and the seemingly arbitrary spellings and pronunciations. I was the valedictorian of my high school and I didn't realize the "b" in subtle was silent until I was around 16. Whether you need basic instruction or some guidance on literary analysis, I can provide customized tutoring solutions to English student of all levels and abilities.

Finance

I have extensive academic and professional experience with finance from my studies in college and my time as an investment banking analyst focused on technology companies for Morgan Stanley. My experience tutoring college students in finance informs me that once the complicated formulas are explained in common sense, practical terms even students who are weak in math can achieve their academic goals with concerted effort.

GED

I have access to a wide array of preparation materials for the GED and extensive experience providing students with effective test-taking techniques. One of the most significant obstacles to success on standardized test is time management, and the GED is no exception. The techniques I am trained in focus on avoiding negative feedback loops and are based on how our brain stores information and transfers it between short and intermediate term memory.

Geography

There is a common misconception that geography is an outdated or useless array of facts that no longer has to be memorized because of the advent of computers and answers-on-demand provided by the internet. The subject is done no service by the way it is treated in school. Knowledge of history and the entire human drama require knowledge of geography that extends beyond a list of capital cities. Geography shapes our culture and our lives continually, and I can provide facts and context for this subject matter with customized one-on-one lessons and attention.

Geometry

Geometry is perhaps the only place outside of the visual arts where spatial reasoning skills can be directly addressed and improved. I have experience tutoring geometry that dates back to when I functioned as a teacher's assistant while in high school. From constructions to proofs, I can help students improve their geometry grades and conceptual understanding of the subject.

Government & Politics

I am a seasoned observer of global geo-politics and an avowed researcher in this area. It is impossible to understand how societies operate without understanding how governments operate. As our educational system has absolutely failed to provide anything resembling even basic civics instruction to students, one-on-one tutoring is an important option for obtaining this vital knowledge.

Grammar

Instruction of grammar in schools today is mind-bogglingly inadequate if it even exists at all. English is an overly complicated language, but there are a couple dozen basic rules that, once mastered, enable a student to be leaps and bounds above their peers in terms of grammatical ability. I have access to extensive resources that enable me to guide students through an improvement regimen regardless of their starting ability level.

ISEE

The Independent School Entrance Exam is a critical standardized test for younger students. I have access to practice tests as well as other extensive preparatory materials, and the techniques that I provide to students have been proven effective. I have worked with many students on all levels of the ISEE test and have the most experience with the Upper Level version. While it is critical to improve students' performance on the test for the sake of high school admissions, it is perhaps even more meaningful to provide them with tools and skills that will be useful in future years.

Literature

I received a 5 on my AP English Literature exam in high school, and I have remained a lover of literature since that time. My personal preference is for 19th century Russian literature, particularly Dostoevsky, but I can address literary techniques and specific authors from a wide range of backgrounds and contexts.

Microsoft Excel

I have extensive experience with Microsoft Excel from my time as an investment banking analyst. From formatting to writing macro scripts, I can provide assistance to those with no experience with the software and to those who have skills but are struggling with a tricky problem. Excel is a fantastic tool for personal and household budgeting, business and investment analysis, and an inexhaustible array of diverse applications.

Microsoft PowerPoint

My job description when I was an investment banking analyst revolved mainly around performing financial analysis and then preparing presentations for clients. I have put together PowerPoint presentations that have been viewed by company CEOs and high-profile investors alike. PowerPoint is partially an art, but it is primarily a skill. I am able to guide students through the process of design and implementation of all the tools available to them in the software.

Microsoft Word

Familiarity with Microsoft Word is a critical skill for students and professionals alike. As the dominant word processing software, basic literacy with the software is vital and expertise with the software is useful. I can address specific questions or put together a sequence of lesson plans to familiarize students with all the tools the program offers.

Philosophy

Philosophy is an immensely important discipline that unfortunately is left largely unaddressed by our educational system. I was extremely fortunate to attend a high school where I could choose to take philosophy as an elective. The entire world is short on critical thinking skills these days, and we should all spend more time than we do asking the bigger questions about life. Most simply choose to not investigate these interrogatories because they see them as a waste of time. It can be intimidating to deal with the sheer amount of content that has been produced by philosophers over the millennia, but with proper instruction and guidance students can develop a critical understanding about how great thinkers have dealt with issues that we still struggle with to this day.

Prealgebra

As a math person, I know that most people aren't 'math people.' Part of the reason for this is that math is not being taught in context. When students see math as useful in real life decision making, the concepts are easier to understand and to solidify. Many students find that their math skills evaporate quickly, but with proper instruction the learning effect can be lasting. I leverage extensive academic, professional, and educational experience in order to provide the customized lessons necessary for maximizing math skill improvement and retention.

Precalculus

Precalculus can be an unfortunate stumbling block for math students as it is typically the first point in the curriculum where a wide variety of subjects and techniques are addressed. While most of us don't use calculus in our everyday lives, the topics covered in precalculus are extremely important for developing quantitative reasoning skills. I can provide top notch tutoring services for this subject that focus not only on improving academic performance but also on building skills that will be useful in the long term and not simply cast away and forgotten.

Probability

Majoring in Mathematics and Economics at Williams College required significant study in the fields of probability and statistics. My academic experience is supplemented by my professional experience in financial services, where I applied the principles I learned in school to valuation analysis and economic modeling. As a tutor, I have worked with students in high school and college on these topics both for exam prep and general assignment support. Probability and statistics show up every day of our lives, and without a solid understanding of these subjects we will not be able to deal properly with the uncertainty that faces us whenever we make decisions.

Proofreading

It took me until the end of high school to truly learn how to proofread. Unfortunately students don't learn grammar as rigorously as necessary to have full-fledged proofreading skills. I can instruct students to use a variety of proofreading techniques. If you're looking for a quick spoiler, my two best pieces of advice would be never proofread on an electronic screen and always read the writing out loud.

PSAT

Most students (including myself when I took the test in 10th grade) stumble into the PSAT without preparing. While this test is not viewed with the same importance as the SAT or ACT, it is an excellent opportunity to practice standardized test skills and time management techniques without the pressure of the bigger tests that come later. I am professionally trained for standardized test prep, and I have access to a vast array of resources and proven techniques that are based on how our brains function and that go well beyond the basic tricks you can pick up in normal test prep books.

Psychology

Psychology is a subject so vast that it demands a high degree of specialty. I have studied the subject in college, but I do not have professional experience. I would be fully capable of providing tutoring for high school psychology or for collegiate level survey courses.

Reading

Reading is quite simply an indispensable skill and it deserves to be cultivated at all levels. Even as an adult I still make it a point to read not just for pleasure or research, but for the sake of improving my abilities as well. Whether you are just learning English or are an experienced reader who wants more advanced instruction on literary analysis and techniques, I can provide instruction and material that will directly and effectively address your needs. I make every effort to instill the love of reading in my students in addition to providing them with specific processing skills.

SAT Math

I have been trained by a tutoring company in NYC to tutor students preparing for the SAT. The changes being made to the SAT will put a heavier emphasis on data analysis as well as interpreting graphs and charts. There are several general test-taking techniques that I teach for all standardized tests, and several methodologies that specifically apply to the math section of the SAT. Interestingly enough a significant proportion of students' success on the math section depends on critical reading skills. Often students will follow proper procedure and avoid calculation errors, but they will end up answering a different question than the problem is posing. Please get in touch if you would like a free consultation or a diagnostic test issued.

SAT Reading

I have been trained by a tutoring company in NYC to tutor students preparing for the SAT. Success on the SAT is determined by reading comprehension. Even the math section requires close-reading skills! My training focuses on developing these core skills and applying general and specific techniques to all sections. I can provide personalized lessons, techniques that have been proven effective, and access to a wide range of preparatory material. An initial consultation is provided free of charge and I will administer a diagnostic test for a reduced rate.

SAT Writing

I have been trained by a tutoring company in NYC to tutor students preparing for the SAT. The writing section on the new SAT will be modified to more closely resemble the ACT with more problems presented in paragraph context rather than individual sentence corrections. There are specific grading guidelines for the essay that I can specifically advise students on, and I have access to an extensive library of practice tests and preparatory materials.

SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test is a critical standardized test for middle school students. I have access to extensive preparatory materials and have instructed students with simple techniques that have proven to be effective. Many are concerned about the standardized test burden at that academic level because it is rightly seen as a bit of a distraction or a waste of time. From my perspective, it is vitally important to improve students' performance on the test, but it is just as important to provide them with tools and skills that will be useful in future years when their SSAT experience has been long forgotten.

Statistics

Statistics is a vitally important subject as it allows us to address the uncertainty that faces us every day with quantitative tools. I have academic, professional, and tutoring experience with statistics up to and including the collegiate level. From mean and median to hypothesis testing and confidence intervals to even Bayesian analysis and quantitative modeling, I am able to tutor all sorts of theoretical and practical statistics.

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is unfortunately one of those subjects that trips up many students and steers them away from math as it puts up a seemingly insurmountable barrier. Who cares about a cosine anyway? The truth is there are simple ways to visualize trigonometry that are extremely effective and the concepts contained behind all the math terms are critically important for understanding spatial relationships, angles, and periodic motion.

Vocabulary

A well-developed vocabulary is necessary to express yourself fully and to expand your horizons when it comes to reading comprehension and writing. There are many simple ways to learn vocabulary (flash cards, quizzes, etc.). However, the benefit of one-on-one tutoring in this area resides in the customizable, flexible lesson structure that deals with vocabulary in context and use in addition to the basic memorization exercises. I have access to extensive resources online and would be able to guide a student of any level through a vocabulary expansion program.

Writing

From creative literature to our everyday email conversations, a well-developed writing skill set is important for everyone to have. Unfortunately, top notch writing instruction is difficult to come by. Even though I was a high achiever academically it took a special teacher pushing me to hone my abilities for me to get to the point of being an effective writer. I have extensive experience with academic essay structure, long-form research papers, corporate communications, and general writing procedures.

Williams College
Mathematics and Economics

Education

Williams College (Mathematics and Economics)

Insightful and experienced tutor!

Our family has had a wonderful experience working with Steven, he first worked with my son, who graduated in 2016. We were so happy with his results that we requested Steven for our daughter who is currently a junior. Steven is incredibly patient, insightful, knowledgeable and experienced, we feel very fortunate to be working with him!

— Deborah, New York, NY on 4/18/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $180.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Reduced rates are available for group sessions.

Travel policy

Steven will travel within 2 miles of New York, NY 10024.