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I have a bachelor's degree and went to U.C. Berkeley right after high school. I am a unique tutor in that I also have an M.D.degree! I love working with children as well as adults. I have over 15 years of post-high school education and over 10 years of tutoring experience! I have been tutoring students professionally in Math, Language Arts, Science, among other subjects since 2008. Before that, I taught remedial workshop classes for more than 2 years. After medical school, I spent 2 years training in a externship program in psychiatry at an accredited residency hospital. What I learned in the program gives me an edge in teaching, and understanding the learning style of each individual student as well as working with those who have learning differences, such as those who have ADHD, Autism (ASD), Dyslexia, and Asperger's.

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Christine July 20, 2017
· Biology · Online
I was failing genetics and with online tutoring i went from a 69% to A. He really has your best interests in mind, when i asked him last minute to help and he was too packed helping other students he referred me to another well rounded tutor. dr. Z is worth the wait since he has a lot of patience for disabled students, he truly enables them. Thank you for helping me accomplish such a tough subject.
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Mary I. September 3, 2014
· Pathophysiology · In home
I just started nursing school at UCLA and had failed my first midterm. Dr. Z was really supportive and taught me how to study. He really knew how to teach the material. After tutoring with him on a daily basis, my grade went up to an A on the final, and I received an A- in the class ! Whoo!!!. This tutor is excellent in every way and I highly recommend him!
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Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
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About Ilona M.

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I teach every level and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests. I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun.

All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.

About Ilona
For my tutoring sessions I use skills that include goal-directedness, I teach how to organize learning in small steps and how to set them up; I always strive to motivate and engage my students to make the learning interesting and fun; I also use self-control skills to teach how to avoid distractions and I use different focusing strategies. I use positive mind set skills to teach how to use failures as a learning opportunities.

I have a Master's Degree (2012) in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and Bachelors in Music Education (2010), both from Florida Atlantic University, as well as degree in violin performance from Poland.
I studied piano in Poland for 10 years & taught both piano & violin for over 20 years. I also teach flute & cello for the past 5 years, as I studied them during my Music Education program.

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teach music for over 24 years using the traditional and Suzuki methods. I am a fan of the Essential Elements 2000 for string instruments, and the Alfred's Piano Library for piano. Alfred's piano library can be used for any age as they also have books especially made for adult learners. I also like their music flash cards.
For teaching music theory I mostly used Master Theory.

I personalize every lesson, and always set goals for my students. Most of my violin students are members of the Florida Youth Orchestra as well as Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and my piano students participate in Pompano Beach competition and the annual Piano Guild auditions.
I teach any age and any level, and always stress that learning a new instrument is very similar to learning a new language, it needs a lot of patience, persistence and repetitions. My lessons are customized to my students needs, and are work in progress as they needs may change over time. I always remind my students that music can give them instant gratification when they learn to play favorite songs.
I always encourage my students to tell me about their music preferences, so I can incorporate them in their music lessons.

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All my tutoring sessions include reviews of previously learned material and if possible the use of technology. I use students books but often bring extra study materials if necessary.
All my lessons include: technique: I like to use the Finger Power for piano students and Essential Elements for my string students, and scales for both.
music theory: I use Master Theory or other books such as Hal Leonard's Piano Note spellers & Piano Music Theory books for younger ages, music flash cards to support learning notes and musical terminology, and of course the fun part performance.

Besides Essential Elements 2000 for strings I also use String Tunes and Fiddle Runners to add more fun to the lessons. For piano students I use Holiday Treats book, which comes in 2 different levels: Beginner & Intermediate, so my students have a new songs for a specific holiday.

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I always bring violin with me to be able to show what I teach.

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The students needs to have their books and assigned material ready for tutoring. Instrumental students needs to have their music books & instrument available as well as a pencil. I always stress with my students to be organized and prepared for their lesson, this way they will be able to focus better during the lesson. I bring my violin with me. I also ask that the room where the lesson takes place to be free of any distractions, such other siblings or any other noise. The quiet environment helps in faster learning.

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I tutor most K-12 subjects and prepare students to take ACT, SAT, GRE tests.
Music genres: Classical, traditional, Suzuki, Popular, Celtic, fiddle, Blues
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Radha September 29, 2017
· Violin · In home
Experienced, knowledgable and persistent in teaching. I did not think I will be able to learn fast, but Ilona helps in every step. From holding the bow rightly, to using fingers, learning the language of music, she is patient and persistent. I recommend her without reservation..
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Denise L. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
wonderful and fulfilling! I enjoyed learning and will continue.
Ilona very patient and makes learning fun .
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Michelle W. April 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Ilona is very nice and very knowledgeable. I look forward to learning a great deal from her.
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The Founder and Owner of a educational platform

Services include but are not limited to...

1. 1-1 Individual Tutoring
2. 1-3 Small Group Tutoring
3. Classes (Lecture Style, Discussion Style)
4. Workshops
5. Test Prep Classes ( Regents, SAT, SAT II Subject Tests, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, GMAT, GRE...Ect)
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All of the programs are grounded in a strong mathematical structure. I use critical thinking techniques to help with problem solving in all subject areas.

Keeping that in mind, please be prepared with a pencil, paper and your BRAIN!!! even if you don't have the pencil and paper!!!

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The Founder and Owner of a educational platform

Services include but are not limited to:

1. 1-1 Individual Tutoring
2. 1-3 Small Group Tutoring
3. Classes (Lecture Style, Discussion Style)
4. Workshops
5. Test Prep Classes ( Regents, SAT, SAT II Subject Tests, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, GMAT, GRE...Etc)

All of the programs are grounded in a strong mathematical structure. I use critical thinking techniques to help with problem solving in all subject areas.

Keeping that in mind, please be prepared with a pencil, paper and your BRAIN!!! even if you don't have the pencil and paper!!!
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varna N. February 22, 2014
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Got an A!!!

I'm usually a horrible mathematics student but this semester I was taking calculus which is daunting on its own even for students who have been taking mathematics. I have had a 5 year gap from my studies and Varna has been excellent, she helped me work my way up from an F to an A!!! I would recommend her for ALL my future mathematics classes.
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About Clifford K.

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'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

About Clifford
'Dr. Cliff,' a part-time college/university professor, teacher and tutor with 5 master's and 3 doctoral degrees in a variety of topics: Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, MBA, Leadership, Education and Administration. He has always used proven educational techniques to instruct undergraduate students, graduate students and school children/teenagers (K-12). In addition, Dr. Cliff is a Certified Tutor by American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association (Math); he holds California Teaching Credentials in Math (CSET I,II,III), Business (I,II,III), and Educational Technology/Computers (I,II); he is a Sylvan Certified Teacher in Math and Arts/Language K-12.

Dr. Cliff believes that, although many professors and teachers do an admirable job in the classroom, many students
and children do not learn well in traditional institutions. Many students and children don't respond to the assembly line nature of most institutions. He believes that a student's or child's strengths and natural abilities need to be the foundation of learning. Dr. Cliff often warns against a "cookie cutter" approach to educating students, teenagers and children. You or your child is seen as an individual, and natural strengths are identified and built upon. Therefore, individual one-on-one tutoring or help is the key approach to each student who has any challenges difficulties in a given subject.

In today’s environment and economic challenges, with shorter budgets for the education, larger classes sizes and pressure of performing well in all kind of standard tests, I often see many students lacking true knowledge and skills in a given subject, since they cannot get individualized attention during the class session. That’s where a tutor comes into the picture, not only uncover major “holes” in students’ knowledge set but also teach students how to study, how to learn and through proper guidance “fill” those knowledge and skills holes.

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ACADEMIA
California Southern University: Member of the Faculty Senate, Member of the Curriculum Committee, Member of the Personnel Committee, Member of the IT Committee, Core/Lead Faculty, Business & Management.
Northern University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2008-2013, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau.
California Institute of Advanced Management: Guest Lectured and Honored Speaker, MBA programs, May, 2012, El Monte, CA.
Pacific State University: Commencement Speaker, MBA/DBA programs, 2007-2012, China and Singapore.
California American University: Commencement Speaker; 2004-2009, China.
California Southern University: Commencement Speaker, Graduation Ceremony, 2011, Irvine, CA.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
DETC Evaluator – The Distance Education and Training Council, 2012.
ACICS Evaluator – The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Scools, 2012.
BPPVE Auditor – California’s Bureau for Private, Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 2000.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing: CSET Math (I, II, III), Business (I, II, III), Preliminary Education Technology (I, II), 2010-2012.
Certified Site Reviewer/Auditor, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2002.
Certified Professional Tutor, American Tutoring Association and National Tutoring Association, 2011.
Educate, Inc.: Sylvan University – Certificate of Mathematics Content Proficiency for Directors of Education; May, 2010
Tier I California Preliminary Administrative Credentials, 2006.
University of Southern California, Graduate level courses (master’s) in Systems Engineering/Management, 2005-2006.
Certified School Director, Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, California, 2004.
California Community College Lifetime Teaching Credential, 1993.

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HIMS (Healthcare Information & Management Systems), CPHIM (Certified Professional Healthcare Information Management); 2013.
Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) - International Institute of Business Analysis, 2013.
Security Innovation, Certificate in Enterprise IS/IT Security – part of the CISSP prep; 2012.
L. A. County: Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP) training; 2012.
Senior Global Partner – The Academy of Business Strategy; 2012.
Harvard Business School, Certificates in: Leadership & Management, Creativity and Innovation, Global Business and Technology, Business Acumen, Communications, Marketing, Strategy, Technology, Leading Change; 2010.
Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University/ESI, 2009.
Disney University, Training and Certificate in ITIL Service Management; 2009.
ESI Int’l Executive Education in: Contract Management, Business Analysis, Information Systems Security, Business Intelligence, IT Service Management/ITIL, ROI Methodology, Intercultural Management, Internet/Digital Marketing, Sales Force Management, Supply Chain Management, Leadership, Negotiations, Business Process Management, Business Sustainability, Enabling Technology.
George Washington University Master’s Certificate in Project Management, through ESI classes, 9/2009.
CMU/SEI, S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, 2006.
Delivered College/Corporate Training: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Systems Engineer (MCSE), Professional/Application Developer (MCPD/MCAD), Solution Developer (MCSD), IT Professional (MCITP); 2004-2007.
S/W Architecture Professional Certificate, CMU/SEI, 2006.
Member Board of Directors, National Management Association, 2005.
Scrum Alliance: CSM, CSP and CST, 2010.
Project Management Institute - PMP certification., 2010.
Malcolm Baldrige and Balanced Scorecard training; Software Cost Estimation training; Developing Software
Architectures for Multi-platform and Network Centric Environments/Operations training, 2005.
Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, JPL, 1996-2002.
Certified Information Systems Auditor, Information Systems Auditing Association, 2000.
Certified Project Manager, American/National Management Association, 1999.
Certificate in Supervisory and Management Skills, National Management Association, 1991. Extensive PMP teaching.
Certified Quality Analyst, Quality Assurance Institute, 1990.
Certified Computer Programmer, Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals, 1989.
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Isabel A. December 8, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Clifford is absolutely FANTASTIC. I like the way he related to my son, and made it easy for him to learn. I was even surprised that I was able to learn a little Algebra!
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Leighton R. August 20, 2017
· Grammar · In home
amazing professor easy to work with and is understanding
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Josethine L. August 24, 2015
· French · In home
Very detail and nice, my daughter love it.
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Master in all SAT math concepts. Can identify student shortfalls and address them through the subject fundamentals approach and by tying in real world applications for easier grasp of material.

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818-577-7000

I'm a graduate of UCLA School of Engineering with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I have a passion for explaining how the physical world works through math and physics along with 9 years of tutoring experience in those subjects, test prep, and mentorship programs. The teaching strategy I believe in emphasizes subject fundamentals, a powerful and necessary tool for higher problem solving. This strategy has proven very effective regardless of the student's educational background or mental ability. Besides being knowledgeable, I am motivating, caring, and patient in guiding your student to academic success!

Executive Functioning is a separate realm that tutoring can assist in. It deals with cognitive processes including organization, time management, and study skills. Much of the difficulty students face in academic subje
cts can be attributed to the lack of executive functioning. They either cannot keep up with the pace and workload that advanced courses demand or haven't figured out the best way to study for themselves. I am able to assess a student's shortcomings and formulate a plan for higher achievement.

Math:
• Elementary • Pre-Algebra • Algebra 1 & 2 • Geometry • Pre-Calculus
• Trigonometry • AP Calculus • Applied/Business Calculus • Differential Equations

Physics:
• AP Physics 1 & 2 • College Physics

Test Prep:
• SAT I & II • ACT • ISEE • SSAT • HSPT • GRE • and more

Computers:
• MS Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Adobe Acrobat • General Windows/MAC

Mentorship:
• Grade Monitoring • Teacher Collaboration

Executive Functioning:
• Organization • Time Management • Study Skills

• Completely turned around achievement and self-confidence of mentored students
• Track record of student improvement particularly in math and physics

Contact me at 818-577-7000

*Cancellation Policy: At least 24 hours notice or charged for full session
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Kelly February 2, 2018
· Microsoft Excel · Online
After reading all the glowing reviews, I decided to book a one-hour Microsoft Excel lesson with Daniel. He was 10 minutes late to the session and the the session ended up running over half an hour. In 1.5 hour, I walked away with not having any of my excel questions solved. Nice guy, but Just make sure he can assist your Microsoft Excel needs before booking a session with him.
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Mark January 29, 2018
· Microsoft Excel · Online
Great instructor, Very professional!
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Courtney C. January 14, 2018
· Microsoft Excel · In home
Good teacher, clear communicator, nice guy!
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I love teaching, and I love Math. I've been preparing students to succeed in the SAT Math for the past 5 years and my students have master the subject. I specialize in online lessons. I use the student's book or my own materials. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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I love teaching, I can teach you at where you at and take you where you need to be. I only need a student with the desire to learn and to practice.

I like to help students realize they have the intelligence and ability to solve the problems on their own, they just need the right direction. Nothing is too difficult once we understand how to do it!
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Dr. AM February 1, 2018
· Chess · Online
Awesome teacher, who listens and implements what the parents envision for the child!
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katie January 29, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I enjoyed my first lesson with Daniel he is very patient!
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katie January 28, 2018
· Spanish · Online
I enjoyed first class with daniel he is very patient . Gracias Daniel
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Have you ever been concerned about your recent SAT test scores? Have you ever wanted to score within the top percentiles? If so, you've come to the right place. I have a host of strategies, tactics and tips that exploit every nook, cranny and loophole in the math, reading, writing and physics portions of the tests. In a tentative amount of time, your scores will ameliorate by the hundreds as I demonstrate fun ways to learn the 'hackneyed' vocabulary that plague sentence completion, effective ways to solve the most 'aberrant' math problems, and novel ways to improve your efficacy in the most 'monotonous' passages in the reading section. I also provide the most effective study methods that you will need for your upcoming test and I bring a host of enlightening study guides and references that give pertinent practice tests and a gamut example problems. With my strategies at your disposal, it'll be a breeze when you get that score you deserve and 'stalemate the SAT'.

About Amadou
I am a distinguished graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors from Ivy Tech College. I make it my duty to break down many of the complexities in math and science that have been plaguing students since the beginning of time. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, and I have taught several middle-school and high-school students math, science and ACT/SAT prep who have went on to make 180 degree turns in their grades under my instruction. And because I have worked with such a vast diversity of people over the span of 16 countries throughout the world, I have developed the patience and understanding that is crucial in producing stellar students. Age has never been a problem with me, as I've helped several post-graduate students straighten out their grievances in math and science.

As an engineering major at IIT, I naturally maintain an ex
emplary study ethic that inspires my students to achieve more. I bring results. I relate to my students by incorporating elements of the things that they like (sports, hobbies, music, etc...) into their most challenging courses allowing them to develop a passion for the courses I tutor. Additionally, I always make a conscious effort to work at each student's own pace and I make it my priority to decompose enigmatic topics into components that can be more easily internalized by my students, effectively increasing their grades and giving them the self-confidence and enthusiasm they need to fuel their future academic endeavors. I guarantee quality, commitment, and a passion for training my students to be the best.

I have lived in over 20 countries, which allowed me to speak several languages, and which permitted me to maintain my patience, élan and spirit of enthusiasm when dealing with even the most extreme personalities. I have solid background in both math and the natural sciences, as I have consistently maintained a 4.0 G.P.A since high school. I am now studying mechanical engineering at IIT, and I have gotten 5s in all of my AP Chemistry, AP Physics and AP Biology exams. I have also been the winner of many STEM-related competitions, through my demonstrating of exemplary leadership qualities and through my brainstorming of blue-sky ideas. I am also a "Mental-Math" practitioner, reflexologist and guitarist. I believe that everyone has potential; however potential is worthless unless put in motion. And experts like me value ourselves in our abilities to give students that push, that jolt of energy that galvanizes them into pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, allowing them to achieve academic excellence.
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Amy February 15, 2018
· Chemistry · Online
He has a lot of patience and goes at a perfect pace! I would recommend him to everyone!
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Will December 6, 2017
· Algebra · Online
Amadou was patient and made learning easy for me.
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Leah November 28, 2017
· AP Calculus · Online
We only had one lesson with Amadou, but he was very nice and easy to schedule with. We're trying out a few different teachers to find the right fit, but are definitely considering Amadou in our top choices. Thank you!
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I would love to become involved and help strengthen the math skills of your high schooler! I am currently tutoring a number of high schoolers and have seen a huge boost in their confidence and abilities and would love to work with yours.  In addition to reinforcing the fundamentals, and dissecting advanced material so it is more easily understood, I plan to initially is to examine their thought process, and then deconstruct their approach so it becomes more systematic and methodical.  

 I had a near perfect SAT math score (780 when it was scored out of 800) and also attended UPenn. But most importantly I can get him/her to raise her math score! I dont like to make guarantee's but in general in a 1 month time frame i have been able to raise my students math score 100 points. If given 3-6 months i can raise their math score 200-350 points. My general strategy is to identify the type of question (Alg, Trig, Geometry etc) s/he struggles with and to examine hish/er thought process ...

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Welcome students and parents: You may not know it yet, but stumbling upon my page may change your life for the better. With me, your immersion into the world of science and education may open up opportunities that may alter your children's future path.

I have tutored students at the junior/high school, and college levels. As a teaching assistance for undergraduates at the Ivy league, the Univ of Pennsylvania, I teach pupils to dissect problems and challenges into manageable components. This was my stepping stone into a professorial role. I am originally from NYC, and attended Stuyvesant, so I also help tutor students with the SSAT and SHSAT. Knowledge and understanding alone does not make a good educator, it is the ability to transmit such skills which is remarkable.

I have a Master's of Science of Biochemical Engineering from the
University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor's of Science in biomedical sciences from King's College, University of London.
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Chip January 18, 2018
· Chemistry · In home
Off to an amazing start with Craig. We started just prior to a big Chem mid-term and were blown away by the commitment he made to getting our son prepared for it. Looking forward to doing much more with Craig!
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Karen April 23, 2017
· SAT · In studio
Craig has been tutoring 2 of my children, one a junior prepping for the SAT and the other a freshman needing help with Bio and math. From the feedback I get, my children love him. He is patient, and systematic and methodical and from the brief glimpses I get, he is very interactive and genuinely nurtures a love of science in them
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Jennifer April 11, 2017
· SAT · In home
Craig has been tutoring our daughter on the SAT Math and we have seen a boost in her confidence and her performance. He has been able to decisively shown her how to tackle questions she would normally struggle with.
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I am an MIT tutor specializing in math, science, and test prep, and I have received a perfect score on the SAT Math. I have taught math anywhere between pre-algebra and calculus (including including test prep) for 5 years. I also have received perfect scores on both ACT Math and SAT Math Level 2 (SAT Subject Test).

Before we begin our lessons, I ask the student to take a diagnostic test that I provide and discuss the results with the parents and/or student so that we can develop a plan that works the best for the student and his/her schedule.

During the lessons, I drill the students on these topics until I am fully convinced that the student has fully mastered the materials. As we progress through the course and as the student make progress in different areas, I adapt the curriculum so that the students can most benefit from the lessons.

I normally use the Princeton Review's Cracking the SAT with 6 Practice Tests, Kaplan's SAT Math Workbook, and McGraw Hill's SAT with 4 ...

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I'm an MIT tutor specializing in math and test prep, and I have taught math (anywhere from prealgebra to calculus) for 6 years. I have gotten perfect scores on SAT Math, SAT Subject Test Math Level 2, and ACT Math, and I also recently helped one of my students raise his SAT scores from 670 to 800 in a month. I also have taken AP Calculus BC (single-variable calculus) in high school and Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations at MIT. I have been an active member of math team from elementary to high school, and my sister and I solve math problems for fun in our spare time.

I'm passionate about learning and student development. I read about learning hacks when I'm tired, and, in my ideal vacation, I would learn about all things that are on my bucket list (yes, I'm serious). I'm also near-obsessed about students' experiences and
their development and nearly always think about the ways to improve their experiences. The student testimonials below confirm their excellent experiences.

“I would not have passed my test in such a short time without her. I hired her a week before my test. She was very professional and very smart, and she used different technique to help me remember.”
- Fabiola L.

“Calc is going great. I got all A’s on my first three tests. Thank you for all your help!” 
- Mark G.

“My daughter is so happy about her A in math. Thank you for everything you are teaching her!”
- S., Newton, MA

I believe in in-depth learning. In-depth learning helps my student build the foundation necessary to succeed in their future courses. To facilitate this type of learning, many of my lessons feature derivation of formulas. For the lessons that do not involve formulas, I present a few simple concepts from which we can derive and solve many other problems. My lessons also feature numerous questions to enhance student engagement and to improve student confidence of having them solve the problem on their own as much as possible. I then drill my students with practice problems and get them to explain until I'm fully convinced that my students truly understood the material.

Though I specialize in gifted students, I also have worked with students from all kinds of background. Most of my students are either high school or college students, but I also worked with younger students. I also helped some students implement organizational tips and develop study skills necessary to succeed in their future classes. My students are from all over the world--China, France, Korea, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Vietnam, and United States. To this day, my closest friends are still the international students. English is my second language as well, and I certainly empathize with students who struggle with the English language.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if you think we may be good fit!
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Los Angeles, CA

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I spent 10 years working for a test prep company in DC, the most competitive SAT/ACT region in the country, and now I'm a private tutor in Los Angeles. I create a personalized program that focuses on each student's specific weaknesses, and I use materials that I've designed to narrowly target each question type. Just as important, I build students' confidence so that they don't give up on hard questions. In between sessions, I'll assign and grade homework, critique essays, score practice tests, and provide feedback to students and parents. I'm confident I'll exceed expectations - and so will your scores!

About Mike
I'm a Johns Hopkins University graduate who has earned multiple perfect scores on the SAT. In the decade I spent working for a test prep company, I taught students of various abilities, ran prep courses, wrote class materials for all three subjects, advised families about every aspect of the standardized testing process, and gave SAT and ACT presentations at local high schools. I doubt you'll find anyone with more experience!

I often work with students whose SAT scores don't match up with their grades, so if that sounds like you, don't worry! The SAT is a unique test that asks questions about familiar topics that you've learned in school, but it does so in a way that disguises those topics. For example, you might be staring at a Math question that makes you feel totally lost - like you don't even know where to start. In fact, you probabl
y have all the knowledge you need to solve it. My job is to help you get better at searching your brain for the right strategy.

I use real practice tests so that you can see more questions and get more comfortable with the format of the exam. But I've also written my own study materials that break the SAT and ACT down into manageable "packets". Each packet is meant to narrow your focus to a certain question type. I think you'll see pretty quickly that the SAT doesn't change all that much from test to test, so once you know how to recognize each question type, you won't be surprised when you see it on the next exam. That's why they call it a standardized test - the questions don't vary all that much!

By breaking the test down into manageable chunks, I can make it easier to learn the material because you won't have to memorize hundreds of formulas, grammar rules, and vocabulary words at once. Small goals are easier to achieve. And accomplishing those little goals will boost your confidence, making you more willing to try the hardest problems that you used to give up on. As you take practice tests, you'll see those scores go up, and you'll actually be excited for test day!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Los Angeles, CA 90005
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$50 / 60-min

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