Not only do I have a bachelor’s in engineering from a top U.S. university, but also, on the SAT, I score reliably above 1550/1600–above 750/800 on both the math and the English portions of the exam. Furthermore, I’m enrolled in graduate school for electrical engineering, studying embedded systems and autonomous vehicles.
It’s been my mission these past seven years to find and assist frustrated but otherwise intelligent students in “applying themselves.” I’ve helped learners improve grades by more than a letter and SAT scores by more than 250 points. Altogether, I’ve assisted over 100 students with their math, English language arts, science, and social studies coursework at the "on-level," "honors," and "AP" levels.
I am experienced in tutoring students whose skill levels and backgrounds vary. I assist those who have struggled, but I also teach those who are at the top of the class. Furthermore, since I understand the concepts that underpin standardized tests and the curricula for what could be considered to be the main subjects taught in school, I have been able to help learners from around the United States.
Once a student or parent contacts me, I ask simple questions. Then, I arrange an initial meeting, which I offer free of charge, to listen to my new potential student express their own needs, preferences, goals, timeline, and scheduling constraints. During the discussion, potential tutees have time to ask questions and gather information. If tutoring is determined to be the right choice, we will decide on a meeting schedule, and tutoring thereafter commences.
Lessons with me are efficient. To promote productivity, I encourage my students to prepare for each lesson with questions or with a proposed agenda. I, too, come prepared. For instance, consider the image shown in Figure 1. In it, I am helping a learner with math homework. Notice that I have the supplies I need to teach the topic on hand: a sharpened pencil, blank sheets of scratch paper, a graphing calculator, and a copy of my student’s formula sheet.
Now, consider the picture shown in Figure 2. It’s a picture of me, with a student, reviewing College Board’s Practice Exam 10. This particular picture shows me helping a student understand their mistakes from the first passage of the reading portion of the test. Again, notice the setup. I facilitate learning by screencasting, in high definition, the test itself along with annotations and notes.
When my learner is having trouble with a new concept, I assist by explaining it in terms of ideas I know them to be familiar with already. As my learner begins to show signs of grasping the new concept, I encourage them to build on their understanding even further. For example, I might ask them to summarize, in their own words, what they know. Or I might task them with solving additional problems that involve the new idea.
I’m not for everybody. Instead of just providing answers, I teach students how to think through their work in a principled, methodical way. It takes patience and attention to engage with this kind of process. So, a student should approach me for tutoring if and only if they know that they will be willing to maintain a growth-oriented mindset.
Following each lesson, parents receive a payment request by email, which they have until the end of the month to fulfill. My fees are $40 for 60-minute lessons and $60 for 90-minute lessons. I accept electronic forms of payment, including Paypal, Zelle, and Venmo, and I accept checks, too.
Outside of lessons, I share my passion on my blog, The Sophisticated Student, to which I publish articles providing students with advice on study habits and on college preparation. Furthermore, I maintain a Youtube channel on which I post video demonstrations on how to approach, step-by-step, different types of SAT questions.
I have spent over 1000 hours actively practicing, on learning platforms Khan Academy and IXL, the math, the social studies, the language arts, the science, and the standardized testing skills that my students are expected to master during the course of their schooling. As a result, I am not only able to assist students in multiple areas, but I’m also able to teach students how to approach academic learning generally.