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Michael R.

Fredericksburg, VA

$59/hour

Expert Tutor in Standardized Test Prep and Academic Subjects

Background check passed as of 7/18/14
4.9 average from 314 ratings
Increased SAT score by 120 Points Math , 90 Points Reading
— Eric, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/13/15

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Providence College
Philosophy and Math
Catholic University of America
Master's
Catholic University of America
PhD

Education

Providence College (Philosophy and Math)

Catholic University of America (Master's)

Catholic University of America (PhD)

About Michael

After being trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan (the leading test prep company), I have logged over 1,250 hours as a tutor over the last two years. In addition to tutoring, I teach Philosophy as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The students who come to me for help with the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GRE, or GED are taught the same test-preparation and test-taking techniques that I used myself to score 780 math/770 verbal on the SAT, and to earn perfect scores (800s) on the GRE math and verbal. I also tutor in Math, Physics, Chemistry, English, Latin, Spanish, and Writing for middle school, high school, and college.

Whether a student is looking for help with algebra equations or with the SAT writing section, I always begin by identifying the areas in which the student needs to improve (by means of practice tests and/or conversation with the student), so that we can focus our time on strengthening these weaknesses from the very first lesson. By assigning challenging homework and reviewing it at the student’s own pace, I ensure that he or she makes steady progress without being overwhelmed.

Students who meet with me in groups receive a substantial discount--every student after the first one only pays half my regular rate.

Since my only goal is to help you achieve yours, I do not bill for any lesson with which the student or parent is not entirely satisfied, and I frequently ask for feedback. Also, while I have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I offer make-up sessions at no extra cost.

My schedule is flexible, so I try to accommodate the student's schedule as much as possible. I prefer to meet in group study rooms that I reserve at Salem Church Library and England Run Library, since these are optimal places to get a lot of work done together, but I am open to other locations that are more convenient for the student.

I look forward to hearing from you, and to working with you!
After being trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan (the leading test prep company), I have logged over 1,250 hours as a tutor over the last two years. In addition to tutoring, I teach Philosophy as an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Students meeting in groups get a hefty discount--every student after the first only pays half my regular rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Background Check: Passed

"Increased SAT score by 120 Points Math , 90 Points Reading"

- Eric, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/13/15
Michael replied on 11/14/2015

Thanks, Eric! It's been a pleasure working with Alex, and I wish him all the best in college next year!

"Great lesson!"

- Joseph, Athens, AL on 9/14/16

"Patient and Understanding"

- Matilda S., New Brunswick, NJ on 8/26/16

"Knowledgeable and easy to communicate"

- Haoting, Yorktown, VA on 7/27/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Jessica, Columbus, GA on 7/15/16

"GRE score increased!"

- Kayla, Nakina, NC on 6/29/16
Michael replied on 6/29/2016

Thanks, Kayla! It was a pleasure working with you as well. Congratulations, and best of luck to you in grad school!

"Outsanding tutor! We like Mike!"

- Shane, Fredericksburg, VA on 5/29/16
Michael replied on 5/31/2016

Thanks, Shane! It's been a pleasure working with Nic, and I look forward to doing so in the future!

"The. Best. Tutor."

- Amanda, Fredericksburg, VA on 5/12/16
Michael replied on 5/31/2016

Thanks, Amanda! It's been a pleasure working with Cameron, and I look forward to doing so in the future!

"Great tutor!!"

- Kim, Fredericksburg, VA on 3/27/16
Michael replied on 5/31/2016

Thanks, Ben! It was a pleasure working with you as well. Best of luck to you in finishing high school and starting college!

"Knowledgeable, helpful, and comforting tutor"

- Marissa, Fredericksburg, VA on 3/21/16
Michael replied on 5/31/2016

Thanks, Marissa! It was a pleasure working with you as well. Best of luck to you in grad school and beyond!

"Great for GRE Prep"

- Michael, Jacksonville, NC on 1/23/16
Michael replied on 1/26/2016

Thanks, Michael! Best of luck to you in grad school!

"Excellent Tutor"

- Tammy, Fredericksburg, VA on 1/17/16
Michael replied on 1/20/2016

Thanks, Tammy! It was great working with Christian--best of luck to him in college next year!

"Great and knowledgable tutor"

- Meb, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/27/15
Michael replied on 11/30/2015

Thanks, Meb! It's been a pleasure working with your son, and I look forward to doing so in the future!

"Very helpful and knowledgable"

- Marcie, Lincoln, NE on 10/23/15
Michael replied on 11/14/2015

Thanks, Marcie! Glad I was able to help.

"Knowledgeable"

- Avril, Stafford, VA on 10/21/15
Michael replied on 10/23/2015

Thanks, Avril! It was a pleasure working with both of you as well, and I look forward to doing so again!

"Gained Confidence in First Session"

- Jeff, Fredericksburg, VA on 10/9/15
Michael replied on 10/12/2015

Thanks, Jeff! It was a pleasure working with Shelby, and I look forward to continuing my lessons with her.

"Inspires confidence and easy to understand"

- Kathleen, Fredericksburg, VA on 9/2/15
Michael replied on 10/12/2015

Thanks, Kathleen! It's been a pleasure working with Caleb, and I look forward to many more productive lessons in the future.

"Awesome Tutor"

- Tammy, Swartz Creek, MI on 8/28/15
Michael replied on 10/12/2015

Thanks, Tammy! It was a pleasure working with Jake, and I look forward to doing so again in the future.

"Very professional and excellent tutor"

- Laurie, Stafford, VA on 8/20/15
Michael replied on 8/27/2015

Thanks, Laurie! It was a pleasure working with your son. Best of luck to him in college and beyond!

"He is respectable and helpful"

- Tarad, Fredericksburg, VA on 8/11/15
Michael replied on 8/27/2015

Thanks, Tarad! It's been a pleasure working with you. Best of luck to you in achieving your goals!

"Great tutor, amazing guy"

- Ben, Stafford, VA on 8/6/15
Michael replied on 8/9/2015

Thanks, Ben! I also greatly enjoyed our lessons and conversations. Best of luck to you with the rest of college and beyond!

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor."

- Maria, Stafford, VA on 7/16/15
Michael replied on 7/17/2015

Thanks, Maria! It was great working with your sons. Best of luck to both of them in college and beyond!

"Knowledgeable in many subjects."

- Alisa, Lignum, VA on 6/9/15
Michael replied on 6/10/2015

Thanks, Alisa! I look forward to working with Cole again soon.

"Very knowledgeable"

- Devin, Fredericksburg, VA on 5/21/15
Michael replied on 6/10/2015

Thanks, Devin! It was a pleasure working with you. Best of luck to you in your future math classes!

"Outstanding tutor"

- Bonnie, Manassas, VA on 5/4/15
Michael replied on 5/4/2015

Thanks, Jonathan! It's been a pleasure helping you with calculus. Best of luck in college next year!

"Awesome tutor"

- Cynthia, Fredericksburg, VA on 3/7/15
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Cynthia! Congratulations to Edward for scoring in the 99th percentile!

"Friendly and Reliable!"

- Alexander, Fredericksburg, VA on 3/3/15
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Alex! Best of luck in college and beyond!

"Great instructor!"

- Johnny, Fredericksburg, VA on 2/24/15
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Maria! It's been a pleasure working with Johnny, and I look forward to doing so in the future.

"Thorough / Flexible / Great Tutor"

- Juliette, Stafford, VA on 2/13/15
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Juliette, and congrats to Mauricio for the awesome quiz and test scores!

"A great math tutor"

- John, Fredericksburg, VA on 2/6/15
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, John! It's been a pleasure working with Ryan, and I'm happy to hear about the improvement in his grades. Congrats!

"Great to work with"

- Heather, Manassas, VA on 2/5/15
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Heather! Best of luck to Ashley on the SAT and beyond!

"Incredible Tutor!"

- Emily, Fredericksburg, VA on 12/23/14
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Emily! It was a pleasure working with you. Congratulations on passing your placement exam, and best of luck to you in finishing your degree!

"Outstanding Tutor!"

- Rosemary, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/13/14
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Rosemary! Best of luck to Matt in his future studies!

"Excellent Results And Easy To Work With"

- Joe, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/5/14
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks for the awesome feedback, Joe! It has been a pleasure working with Jordan, and I look forward to doing so in the future!

"Good Mentor"

- Sean, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/2/14
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Sean! It was a pleasure helping you get through that Calculus class. Best of luck to you in completing your degree!

"A Godsend!!"

- Tina, King George, VA on 8/22/14
Michael replied on 3/30/2015

Thanks, Tina! Congrats to Trey for the good score, and best of luck to him in his degree progress!

Science:
ACT Science,
Biology, Chemistry,
Philosophy,
Physics
Music:
Sight Singing
Language:
French, German, Latin,
Spanish
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test-prep company, and I have tutored a number of students in the ACT. I have also done well on standardized tests myself: I earned a 770 out of 800 on the SAT Verbal, a 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, and an 800 out of 800 on both the GRE Math and the GRE Verbal.

ACT Math

I have been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test prep company, and have tutored a number of students in the ACT and similar tests. Moreover, I have done well on the Math sections of standardized tests myself: 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, and 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math. Finally, one of my majors at Providence College was in Mathematics.

ACT Reading

I was trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test prep company, and have tutored a number of students in the ACT and similar tests. Moreover, I have also done well on the Verbal sections of the standardized tests I myself have taken: 770 out of 800 on the SAT Verbal, and 800 out of 800 on the GRE Verbal.

ACT Science

Having been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test prep company, I have tutored a number of students in the ACT and similar tests. Moreover, I have done well on standardized tests myself: 770 out of 800 on the SAT Verbal, 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, and 800 out of 800 on both the GRE Math and the GRE Verbal.

Algebra 1

After scoring 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, I majored in Mathematics at Providence College. Then, in my senior year, I scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math. Finally, I spent six weeks as the substitute teacher for three sections of Algebra I at a local middle/high school.

Algebra 2

After scoring 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, I majored in Mathematics at Providence College. Then, in my senior year, I scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math.

ASVAB

I have been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test prep company, and have tutored a number of students in the ASVAB and similar tests.

Calculus

During high school, I earned a score of 5 (the highest possible) on the exam for Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC. Then, after scoring 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, I majored in Mathematics at Providence College. Upon graduating, I scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math. Finally, I have also spent six weeks as a substitute teacher of a high school Calculus class.

Chemistry

During high school, I took a college-level course in Chemistry by means of dual enrollment in a local community college. I have also tutored a number of students in high school chemistry.

English

I earned A's in four undergraduate English courses. Then, after scoring 800 out of 800 on the GRE Verbal, I began studying for my Ph.D. in Philosophy. Finally, I taught three semesters of an introductory course in Philosophy, with a heavy emphasis on style and grammar in my students' papers.

GED

I have been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan (the leading test prep company).

Geometry

After scoring 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, I majored in Mathematics at Providence College, and scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math. Finally, I have also tutored a number of students in geometry and similar subjects.

Grammar

I taught three semesters of an introductory course in Philosophy, with a heavy emphasis on style and grammar in my students' papers.

GRE

After earning perfect scores (800s) on the GRE Math and Verbal sections, I was trained in GRE instruction by Kaplan, the leading test-prep company.

Latin

After winning 2nd place in the Classical Association of Virginia (CAV) Latin III test, I earned a 5 (the highest score possible) on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for both Latin Language and Latin Literature. In grad school, I passed the Latin translation exam for the Catholic University of America so that I could write my master's thesis and doctoral dissertation on a medieval philosopher who wrote exclusively in Latin. I am currently using my Latin translation skills to continue reading and writing articles on this philosopher's work.

Literature

I earned a score of 5 (the highest possible) on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for both English Literature and English Language.

Logic

I took a college course in Logic while still in high school, and was a Philosophy and Mathematics double major at Providence College. Then, during my graduate studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, I took a course in Symbolic Logic. Finally, I have taught three semesters of introductory college courses in Philosophy.

Philosophy

After majoring in Philosophy at Providence College, I earned an M.A. in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, and then a Ph.D. in Philosophy. I have also taught three semesters of an intro course in Philosophy for college freshmen.

Physics

In high school, I earned a score of 5 (the highest possible) on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam for Physics C (i.e. Physics with Calculus). During my senior year I was a Semi-finalist for the U.S. Physics Olympiad team. Finally, I supplemented my Mathematics major at Providence College with a physics course.

Prealgebra

After scoring a 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, I majored in Mathematics during college, and scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math. I have also spent six weeks as the substitute teacher for two sections of middle school Math.

Precalculus

One of my majors at Providence College was in Mathematics. Moreover, I earned a 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, and scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math.

Proofreading

During high school, I earned a score of 5 (the highest possible) on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for both English Language and English Literature. At Providence College, I wrote commentary for the student newspaper. Finally, I have taught three semesters of an introductory course in Philosophy, with a heavy emphasis on writing and revising papers.

PSAT

I earned an 80 out of 80 on the PSAT Math and a 75 out of 80 on the PSAT Verbal. Moreover, I have been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test prep company.

Reading

I have been trained in teaching the Verbal section of the GRE by Kaplan, the leading test-prep company, which has given me a lot of good techniques for improving a student's reading comprehension.

SAT Math

I scored 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, and 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math. Afterwards, I was trained by Kaplan (the leading test-prep company) in standardized test instruction.

SAT Reading

After scoring 770 out of 800 on the SAT Verbal, and 800 out of 800 on the GRE Verbal, I was trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test-prep company.

SAT Writing

I have been trained in standardized test instruction by Kaplan, the leading test prep company, and I have taught three semesters of an introductory course in Philosophy, during which I spent a lot of time working with students on developing their papers for me.

Spanish

After taking Spanish for seven years in elementary school, I studied it for another four years in high school. I also used my Spanish to translate secondary sources for my recently completed Ph.D. dissertation, and am continuing to use it for research purposes.

Statistics

In high school, I earned a score of 5, the highest possible, on the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Exam. I then majored in Mathematics at Providence College. Finally, I was the substitute teacher of a high school Statistics course for six weeks, and have also tutored a number of students in Statistics and related subjects.

Trigonometry

I have earned a 780 out of 800 on the SAT Math, majored in Mathematics at Providence College, and scored an 800 out of 800 on the GRE Math.

Vocabulary

After earning a score of 5 (the highest possible) on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams for both English Literature and English Language, I scored 770 out of 800 on the SAT Verbal. I then majored in Philosophy at Providence College, where I also earned A's in four undergraduate English courses. Then, after scoring 800 out of 800 on the GRE Verbal, I began studying for my Ph.D. in Philosophy, which I completed in May 2016.

Writing

At Providence College, I wrote commentary for the student newspaper, and majored in Philosophy, which required a lot of essay writing. Moreover, when I taught an intro Philosophy course to college freshmen, I spent a lot of time helping them write and revise their papers for me. Finally, I have just finished writing my Ph.D. dissertation in Philosophy.

Providence College
Philosophy and Math
Catholic University of America
Master's
Catholic University of America
PhD

Education

Providence College (Philosophy and Math)

Catholic University of America (Master's)

Catholic University of America (PhD)

Increased SAT score by 120 Points Math , 90 Points Reading — Excellent teacher. After the summer sessions with the Manigault Institute, scores were still not satisfactory. After a few months with Michael and 2 more tries, SAT scores were up by 120/90 points. ...

— Eric, Fredericksburg, VA on 11/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $59.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Students meeting in groups get a hefty discount--every student after the first only pays half my regular rate.

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 20 miles of Fredericksburg, VA 22406.