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Michael C.

Online Standardized Test Prep Tutor (All sections of SAT and ACT)

Online Standardized Test Prep Tutor (All sections of SAT and ACT)

$80/hour

  • 85 hours tutoring

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Michael C. began teaching standardized test prep in 2012, shortly after graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in History and a 3.81 GPA. With over 12,000 hours of teaching experience, he has an extensive background in teaching standardized test prep to a broad range of students in both a classroom environment and in one on one tutoring sessions. Michael brings a passion for learning with a desire to help young people succeed in their goals to every class and tutoring...

Michael C. began teaching standardized test prep in 2012, shortly after graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with a BA in History and a 3.81 GPA. With over 12,000 hours of teaching experience, he has an extensive background in teaching standardized test prep to a broad range of students in both a classroom environment and in one on one tutoring sessions. Michael brings a passion for learning with a desire to help young people succeed in their goals to every class and tutoring session he leads. He firmly believes that every student has the ability to improve their score if provided with the tools and techniques specific to the standardized test they are preparing for.

In addition to classroom instruction and face to face tutoring, Michael is a veteran online test prep tutor, with over 9,500 hours of online teaching experience. He has taught over 800 students online with great success, helping hundreds of students achieve Ivy League median scores on both the SAT and ACT. Online tutoring is an effective way of helping students achieve their scoring goals efficiently. Students receive the highest level of instruction in the comfort of their home, and without the need for travel by either student or tutor, scheduling flexibility is maximized. Michael is available from 8 AM to midnight, EST, 7 days a week.


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English

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section is comprised of 5 passages of equal length, each with 15 questions. The passages are evenly balanced in difficulty and thus also balanced in the amount of time that should be allocated. A successful approach to this section requires an even emphasis on test taking strategies and grammar fundamentals. This section is, by far, the most repetitious and therefore the most predictable on the ACT as 70% of the questions are grammar based, and only about 30 grammar rules are tested. The implementation of the test taking strategy for this section combined with the review/reinforcement of the relevant grammar rules leads to high scores.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section has 4 passages and 40 questions. With only 35 minutes to process a significant amount of information, time management is a significant issue for most students. The approach to this section is 100% test taking strategy. Over the past 8 years I have developed a top down, comprehensive approach that includes a macro strategy and a two part micro strategy. It has proven highly effective in increasing scores.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is the longest, most difficult, least like what students do in school section on the entire test. As a result, it gives more students, more problems than any other section on the test. It is 100% test taking strategy. Over the past 8 years I have developed a comprehensive, top down approach to dealing with this section that is comprised of a macro strategy and a two part micro strategy. It has proven highly successful in improving student's scores in this section.
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section requires a balance of test taking strategies, many of them closely related to those applied to the Reading section, and a strong background in grammar fundamentals. 70% of the questions in this section are grammar related. That's the bad news. The good news: only about 30 rules are tested. This makes the Writing section the most repetitious, and therefore the easiest section to prepare for on the SAT. The combination of effective test taking strategies with the review/reinforcement of grammar fundamentals leads to high scores in this section.

Homeschool

SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Math section is as much a test of a student's reading ability as it is a test of their quantitative ability. Approximately 80% of all questions in the Math sections are word problems, which is not what students are used to seeing in school. Recognizing the need to read very carefully, particularly since many of the harder problems are deliberately worded in confusing and ambiguous ways, is hugely important to improving your score. Additionally, the harder the question, the more likely the overall presentation will be deliberately designed to confuse. The SAT likes to take relatively low level concepts and present them in ways that students have never seen before, making it seem as if they are dealing with unfamiliar concepts.
SAT Reading

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is the longest, most difficult, least like what students do in school section on the entire test. As a result, it gives more students, more problems than any other section on the test. It is 100% test taking strategy. Over the past 8 years I have developed a comprehensive, top down approach to dealing with this section that is comprised of a macro strategy and a two part micro strategy. It has proven highly successful in improving student's scores in this section.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The concepts featured on the ACT Math section are fairly low level: arithmetic, geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II. The primary challenge of the ACT Math section is the speed at which students need to work. 60 question, 60 minutes. The questions are presented in a straight forward manner for the most part, but a high percentage of them are word problems, making this section as much a test of your reading ability as it is a test of your quantitative ability.
SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT Math section is as much a test of a student's reading ability as it is a test of their quantitative ability. Approximately 80% of all questions in the Math sections are word problems, which is not what students are used to seeing in school. Recognizing the need to read very carefully, particularly since many of the harder problems are deliberately worded in confusing and ambiguous ways, is hugely important to improving your score. Additionally, the harder the question, the more likely the overall presentation will be deliberately designed to confuse. The SAT likes to take relatively low level concepts and present them in ways that students have never seen before, making it seem as if they are dealing with unfamiliar concepts.

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

The ACT Science section is not really a Science section: it is a data integration test with a heavy reliance on the ability to process visuals (tables, charts and graphs). It is a test taking strategy heavy section that is challenging for many students. Knowing what information to prioritize, and the most efficient way to process that information is crucial to success on this section.

Summer

SAT Math

SAT Math

The SAT Math section is as much a test of a student's reading ability as it is a test of their quantitative ability. Approximately 80% of all questions in the Math sections are word problems, which is not what students are used to seeing in school. Recognizing the need to read very carefully, particularly since many of the harder problems are deliberately worded in confusing and ambiguous ways, is hugely important to improving your score. Additionally, the harder the question, the more likely the overall presentation will be deliberately designed to confuse. The SAT likes to take relatively low level concepts and present them in ways that students have never seen before, making it seem as if they are dealing with unfamiliar concepts.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section is comprised of 5 passages of equal length, each with 15 questions. The passages are evenly balanced in difficulty and thus also balanced in the amount of time that should be allocated. A successful approach to this section requires an even emphasis on test taking strategies and grammar fundamentals. This section is, by far, the most repetitious and therefore the most predictable on the ACT as 70% of the questions are grammar based, and only about 30 grammar rules are tested. The implementation of the test taking strategy for this section combined with the review/reinforcement of the relevant grammar rules leads to high scores.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

The concepts featured on the ACT Math section are fairly low level: arithmetic, geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II. The primary challenge of the ACT Math section is the speed at which students need to work. 60 question, 60 minutes. The questions are presented in a straight forward manner for the most part, but a high percentage of them are word problems, making this section as much a test of your reading ability as it is a test of your quantitative ability.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section has 4 passages and 40 questions. With only 35 minutes to process a significant amount of information, time management is a significant issue for most students. The approach to this section is 100% test taking strategy. Over the past 8 years I have developed a top down, comprehensive approach that includes a macro strategy and a two part micro strategy. It has proven highly effective in increasing scores.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science section is not really a Science section: it is a data integration test with a heavy reliance on the ability to process visuals (tables, charts and graphs). It is a test taking strategy heavy section that is challenging for many students. Knowing what information to prioritize, and the most efficient way to process that information is crucial to success on this section.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT Math section is as much a test of a student's reading ability as it is a test of their quantitative ability. Approximately 80% of all questions in the Math sections are word problems, which is not what students are used to seeing in school. Recognizing the need to read very carefully, particularly since many of the harder problems are deliberately worded in confusing and ambiguous ways, is hugely important to improving your score. Additionally, the harder the question, the more likely the overall presentation will be deliberately designed to confuse. The SAT likes to take relatively low level concepts and present them in ways that students have never seen before, making it seem as if they are dealing with unfamiliar concepts.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is the longest, most difficult, least like what students do in school section on the entire test. As a result, it gives more students, more problems than any other section on the test. It is 100% test taking strategy. Over the past 8 years I have developed a comprehensive, top down approach to dealing with this section that is comprised of a macro strategy and a two part micro strategy. It has proven highly successful in improving student's scores in this section.
SAT Writing

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section requires a balance of test taking strategies, many of them closely related to those applied to the Reading section, and a strong background in grammar fundamentals. 70% of the questions in this section are grammar related. That's the bad news. The good news: only about 30 rules are tested. This makes the Writing section the most repetitious, and therefore the easiest section to prepare for on the SAT. The combination of effective test taking strategies with the review/reinforcement of grammar fundamentals leads to high scores in this section.

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Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Good teaching style and strategies for the SAT english and very helpful. Have lot of knowledge plus experience and the subject very well. He utilize the time very wisely

Suneet, 1 lesson with Michael

very experienced

Went to Michael for reading comprehension help. Studied and practiced by myself by reading prep books and practicing....got me nowhere. First ten minutes working with Michael and it all clicked. Very impressed and highly recommend

Nicholas, 1 lesson with Michael

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