Tutoring in all academic subjects; expert on the SAT
Tutoring in all academic subjects; expert on the SAT
I have been tutoring students for many years in many subjects, since I have a very broad academic and professional background. I am especially good at helping students prepare for the PSAT and the SAT. My own score on the old SAT was 1580; that is, I missed only one question.
Sometimes students think the SAT is a comprehensive exam on everything they have learned in high school. No, it is not. They are tested on advanced vocabulary and the ability to solve math puzzles at high speed, as well as their skill in the mechanics of writing good English.
In tutoring for the SAT, I show students:
- the time-management skills that by themselves can boost their score;
- a painless way to learn and retain hundreds of the kind of abstract words always used in the SAT;
- the two dozen math facts that the SAT always uses in creating the math puzzles;
- the fine points of grammar and usage that are always tested.
One year, when I was teaching for the Berkeley Learning Center in Lakewood, we had 24 seniors in our SAT classes. They all got into college, 12 of them into the best Ivy League colleges and universities in the country. Yes, it was a very good year! I recently was able to help a very good student boost his score 200 points above his first test.
Having been a math major and a science book editor, I can tutor math through precalculus. I can teach writing skills, having written a dozen books and edited more than a hundred. I can also tutor on most of the humanities and social sciences, since my editing and doctoral program covered many of those areas. Please note that I had to pass WyzAnt's tough qualifying exams for each of the 20 subject areas listed.
I'm also a nice guy. I believe in seeing where a student is beginning from and then helping him or her make as much progress as possible. I support, I help, and I am not negative. Unlike many teachers, I actually like teenagers!
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Aidan breaks everything down to where I understand it. So far I'm getting the hang of math. By the time he's done helping me I should be able to pass the Asvab with a good score.Taysha, 4 lessons with Aidan
Lots of experience with the SAT.
Aiden has lots of experience about how to deal with SAT questions. My son really likes his teaching and feels he is improving a lot.Jin, 12 lessons with Aidan
Helpful and succinct lessons.
Aidan worked with our daughter to prepare her for the SAT exam. His tips on how to save time on the exam will help her particularly on the math section. He did a good job of showing her how to improve her odds of doing well on the test. In many cases knowing how to test is as important as the subject matter and this is an area that Aidan excels in. Thanks for your help.Laurel, 7 lessons with Aidan
A guide on the path to success
Before my sessions with Aidan, I sat at the threshold of qualification for the colleges that I most wanted to attend. My SAT and ACT scores were borderline, but rigorous periods of review helped me reach and surpass my goals for improvement. What sets Aidan apart from other tutors that I have had is his intimate knowledge of the testing process that makes his tutoring more valuable and involved. The strategies for test-taking flew fast and thick, with a no-nonsense attitude. I felt like I learned more in our few sessions about how to improve my scores than I have for the entire 4 years of my high school career. It comes down to the fact that Aidan has more knowledge, experience, and intuition about the ways to beat those that write the tests than anyone I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and I strongly recommend that you invest in your education by taking him on as a tutor.Kazuhide, 14 lessons with Aidan
Great for tips and tricks
Aidan was a very good tutor, and since he only missed one question when he took the SAT, he is well qualified. I had already taken the SAT once, and I did an okay job but I needed some tips to improve my score for next time. Aidan helped me do this by giving me tips like not doing long calculations in the math section. He had a good knowledge of grammar, and had great vocabulary, which I think makes him a great tutor. He is patient, and will have you practice so that you can be more prepared by the whole process.Connor, 3 lessons with Aidan
Very dependable and has a solid focus on what my daughter needs for college entry.
Aidan has been great to work with and my daughter is growing by the week. We see a positive end to the process and like what Aidan brings to the table.Don, 11 lessons with Aidan
Exceedingly insightful and accomodating tutor -- well worth it!
Aidan has been an extremely good tutor in the short time I've been seeing him. Preparing for the SAT has been a stressful ordeal that I believe would have been almost impossible for me to prepare for without his help. Instead of studying random pieces of information that I believe might help me, Aidan has been providing me with a concrete direction by using extremely well proven SAT study methods. Without knowing the tips that he has furnished me with, all of the information I'd be taking in alone would either be completely irrelevant, or would hurt me during the SAT test. In addition to his vast knowledge for each portion of the SAT, Aidan is also extremely patient and understanding. He will always work at a steady pace with you and will always have an answer that makes sense to any difficult questions you may have. I am definitely not disappointed in my choice and believe that I couldn't have chosen a better tutor for this subject. I urge you to consider his services if you are ever in need of a tutor for the SAT.Samantha, 9 lessons with Aidan