Brandon S.


Brandon S.

Tutor

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Will travel 30 miles

$200 per hour.

5.0 1933 ratings

Master Certified Coach: GMAT/GRE, ACT/SAT, ISEE/SSAT, English, Physics

Students and Parents, It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, and I am elated you have found interest in my profile! The following is an extremely detailed description of my credentials, services, and mission. Please also read the "subjects" section for more specific information. I want you to make informed decisions and to receive the best service possible. I look forward to working with you! Credentials: You and your loved ones will receive support from a coach who is well-educate... [more]


Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the first dedicated course for algebra. Algebra is a cornerstone of mathematics and is a topic most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in algebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics such as the ACT, (P)SAT, probability, statistics, precalculus, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc. Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, exponential functions, radical expressions, and rational functions. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Algebra 1 for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Algebra 1 as well! *I also support Prealgebra, Algebra 2, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 coursework*


Algebra 2

Algebra 2 is the second course dedicated to the study of algebra. Algebra 2 expands upon the foundations created in Algebra 1. Together, Algebra 1 and 2 form a cornerstone of mathematics that most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in algebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics such as the ACT, (P)SAT, probability, statistics, precalculus, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc. Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, systems of linear equations and inequalities, matrices (operations and determinants), quadratic functions and inequalities, polynomial functions, radical equations and inequalities, rational expressions and equations, exponential and logarithmic relations, and conic sections. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Algebra 2 for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Algebra 2 as well! *I also support Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 coursework*


Calculus

Calculus is another cornerstone of mathematics and is one of the more useful branches for high school and undergraduate students to master. Solid foundations in Calculus will allow students to excel with related topics such as differential equations, partial differential equations, physics, engineering, computer science, physical chemistry, etc. I have extensive experience with all levels of calculus including Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, Further Mathematics HL, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Calculus for Business, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Advanced Calculus, etc. I have assisted students with Calculus for 15+ years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Calculus as well!


Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an essential part of a well-rounded education and allows students to increase their proficiencies with English. This includes speaking, listening, reading comprehension (context usage), and writing (sentence variation, style). Additionally, students who have a well-defined Vocabulary have decisive advantages over their peers at school (independent/select secondary schools and undergraduate/graduate programs). Typically, students choose to increase their Vocabulary in preparation for standardized examinations. I have assisted students with this endeavor for the past thirteen years in relation to the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, PSAT-NMSQT, and SAT, as well as for the past nine years in relation to the GRE and GMAT. Improvements will not only allow you to find more success with your academic pursuits, they will also reflect more positively on your efforts and accomplishments. I look forward to ensuring your success with learning Vocabulary! *I also support English, Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, and Essay Writing*


Grammar

Grammar is a crucial skill for students to develop but difficult to master. Grammar is important for refining communication skills, adhering to national standards, scoring well on standardized examinations, preparing for college and/or university admissions, and showing promise to prospective employers. I have supported students with the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and the critical reading, writing, and essay portions of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the verbal and essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years. My students substantially increase their scores, and standardized examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors. Please consult my subject descriptions to receive information about specific examinations. Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net". I look forward to ensuring your success with grammar! *I also support English, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*


Geometry

Geometry is an important branch of mathematics for high school students to master. Other than graphing solutions in algebra, geometry is the first opportunity for students to work with physical representations. Strong foundations in geometry will allow students to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc. Students learn topics including reasoning and proofs (deductive, inductive, diagrams), parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles (SSS, SSA, SAS, ASA, AAS, HL, isosceles, equilateral, transformations), relationships within triangles (Midsegment Theorem, perpendicular bisectors, angle bisectors, medians, altitudes, inequalities), similarities (ratio, proportions, geometric mean, similar figures), right triangles and trigonometry (Pythagorean Theorem, sine and cosine ratios), quadrilaterals, properties of transformations (translations, reflections, rotations), properties of circles (tangents, arc lengths, inscriptions), length, area, and volumes. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Geometry for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Geometry as well! *I also support Trigonometry, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 coursework*


Physics

Physics is challenging, because it requires students to describe physical systems using mathematics. Physics will allow students to excel with related topics such as medicine, engineering, architecture, computer science, physical chemistry, etc. I have extensive experience with all levels of physics including Physics SL, Physics HL, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, College Physics (algebra-based), University Physics (calculus-based), etc. I have assisted students with Physics for 15+ years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Physics as well!


Prealgebra

Prealgebra serves as a bridge between the static computations of arithmetic and more dynamic calculations of algebra. It is a topic that most students will want to master before they attempt high school mathematics. Solid foundations in prealgebra will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ISEE/SSAT, HSPT/COOP, PLAN, algebra 1, conceptual physics, introductory chemistry, etc. Students learn topics including number properties and operations, solving equations (using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), multiple step equations, inequalities, polynomials, factors, fractions, exponents, scientific notation, rational numbers and equations, ratios, proportions, percents, non-linear factors, basic geometry, and basic probability. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Prealgebra for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Prealgebra as well! *I also support Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 coursework*


Precalculus

Precalculus serves as a bridge between the static understanding of algebra and the more dynamic understanding of calculus. It is a topic that most students will want to master in high school. Solid foundations in precalculus will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, physics, chemistry, etc. Students learn topics including sets, real numbers, complex numbers, solving inequalities and equations, properties of functions, composite functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, trigonometric functions, inverses, identities, conic sections, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, sequences and series, binomial theorem, vectors, parametric equations, polar coordinates, matrices and determinants, mathematical induction, and limits. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Precalculus for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Precalculus as well! *I also support AP Calculus AB & AP Calculus BC College Board examinations, as well as Calculus 1, Calculus 2, and Calculus 3 coursework*


Reading

Reading Comprehension is a crucial skill for students to develop but difficult to master. Students must be able to understand the context of the words in individual sentences and also understand multiple concepts when reading longer passages. There are two types of Reading Comprehension: concrete and abstract. Concrete comprehension skills are the easier of the two. They include the ability to answer questions when the information is explicitly stated in the passage. Concrete skills include vocabulary, main idea, fact or opinion, sequencing, following directions, and reading for details. Abstract comprehension skills include inference, analysis, evaluation, drawing conclusions, and cause and effect. They require the reader to draw on prior knowledge and processing to identify what is not explicitly stated. Readers must have adequate processing and working memory skills to enable them to take in new information, to identify and to categorize it, to merge it with previously learned concepts, and to adequately respond. I have supported students with the Reading section of the ACT and the Critical Reading portion of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years. I look forward to ensuring your success with Reading Comprehension! *I also support English, Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*


Trigonometry

Trigonometry is a somewhat disparate topic when compared to algebra. Most students prefer algebra to trigonometry, because they have more experience manipulating equations. However, trigonometry is an important component of mathematics. Solid foundations in trigonometry will give students the ability to excel with related topics: ACT, SAT, calculus, chemistry, physics, etc. Students learn topics including angles, degrees, special triangles, trigonometric functions, identities, right triangle trigonometry, radians (measure, conversion, arc length, area, velocities), graphing, inverse trigonometric functions, identities and formulas (sum and difference, double-angle, half-angle), solving trigonometric equations, parametric equations, complex numbers, and polar coordinates. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Trigonometry for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Trigonometry as well! *I also support Geometry, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 1, Integrated Mathematics 2, and Integrated Mathematics 3 coursework*


Writing

Writing is an essential part of a well-rounded education. Proficiency with Writing allows students to increase their command of the English language. This includes building confidence through a sense of one's own voice, creating and strengthening identities, fostering emotional growth and coping skills, developing critical thinking skills, and understanding and communicating complicated ideas. Most importantly, Writing leads to guaranteed improvement in academic achievement. Additionally, Writing is the primary basis upon which students' work, learning, and intellect is evaluated in college/university, in the workplace, and in the community. Many times, students choose to increase their proficiency with Writing in preparation for standardized examinations. I have assisted students with the essay sections of the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, PSAT-NMSQT, and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also assisted students with the writing portions of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years. Improved Writing will not allow you to find more success with your academic pursuits, but it will also reflect positively on your efforts and accomplishments! I look forward to ensuring your success with Writing! *I also support English, Grammar, Editing and/or Proofreading, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary*


Statistics

Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. Students are usually first introduced to statistics at the college or university level. Many formulations of statistics rely on algebra. However, Statistics can be combined with Calculus to create more useful and meaningful results. Statistics may also be combined with Probability, and covered in a dedicated course, to provide a student with a more robust understanding of the subject matter. Scientists must apply Statistics when using thermodynamics (physicists), using statistical models to guide diagnosis and treatment (medical professionals), and using statistical tools for analytical chemistry (chemists); engineers must apply Statistics to analyze production costs, to maintain parameters in a controlled process, and to ensure quality control; and businesspersons must apply Statistics to make sound decisions in the face of uncertainty (market fluctuations; economic viability; evaluation of competitors, industry, and target customer groups). Therefore, Statistics is a very useful and necessary subject. Students must learn it well to be successful in most technical professions. Statistics is challenging, because although the calculations most times are manageable, the underlying conceptual understanding, leading to the calculations, can be difficult to develop. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Statistics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Statistics as well! *I also support Probability, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 2, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, Further Mathematics HL, and the AP Statistics College Board examination*


English

English is an essential language to know for many reasons: English is the language of science (mathematics is the quantitative language, and English is the qualitative language), English speakers earn more money than non-English speakers, English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers, English is based on an alphabet making it much easier to learn, and English is the language of the film industry making it easier for English speakers to assimilate new information and to no longer rely on subtitles. I have supported students with both the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and the Reading, Writing & Language, and Essay sections of the PSAT and SAT for more than fourteen years. I have also supported university students with both the verbal and essay (issue and argument) sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than eleven years. Examination preparation continues to be one of my most successful endeavors.


SAT Math

The redesign of the new SAT affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. There is an optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis. The new SAT Mathematics section gives students fifty-five minutes with a calculator to answer thirty-seven questions. It also gives students twenty-five minutes without a calculator to answer twenty questions. There are multiple choice and grid-in questions, as well as one item set grid-in question. The questions have a concentrated focus on problem-solving and data analysis (28%), "The Heart of Algebra" (35%), "Passport to Advanced Math" (27%), and additional topic in math (10%). Questions require real-world problem solving strategies and are accompanied by informational graphics. I scored a 760 in Critical Reading and an 800 in Mathematics for a total score of 1560; both of these scores are in the 99th percentile. I have also prepared students for the Mathematics section of the SAT for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. Many of my students have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc. During our sessions, we work through official SAT examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including linear equations, quadratic equations, counting methods, combinatorics (combinations and permutations), factoring (difference of squares and perfect square trinomials), inequalities and absolute values, complex fractions, simplifications, rational functions, arithmetic and geometric sequences, rationalizations, translations and symmetry, logarithms, right triangle geometry (Pythagorean Theorem and triplets, basic trigonometric functions, "special" side ratios), circles (general formula, completing the square, circumference, area, sectors), polygons (triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids), basic probability, etc. I look forward to ensuring your success with the new SAT Mathematics section! *I also support all sections of the new PSATs, the Reading and Writing & Language sections of the new SAT, the SAT Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 subject tests, and all sections of the ACT*


GRE

On the original scoring scale, I earned a verbal score of 740 (169 on the new scale), a quantitative score of 800 (170 on the new scale), and an analytical writing score of 6.0. All of these scores are in the 99th percentile for the GRE and translate to a composite score of 339. I have taken the GRE three times: once to submit scores to graduate programs and twice to gain experience with the newly revised content (inclusion of a calculator and section-based scoring). I have assisted students with the GRE for 11+ years with outstanding results. Many of my students have earned exceptional scores and have been admitted to prestigious programs: George Washington University & Duke University (Physician Assistant), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & University of Chicago (Economics), University of Pennsylvania & Harvard University (Anthropology), University of California Berkeley & University of Michigan (Psychology), Boston University & Northwestern University (Communications), etc.


Proofreading

Proofreading is a crucial step to the writing process. Before an academic research paper, essay, email, memo, or any other written document can be submitted or published, one must ensure that it is adequately proofread. There are essentially two phases to the proofreading process. The first phase is called "overview editing". During this phase, the work is read for consistencies in message, structure, and organization. This is necessary to ensure the writing is adequately serving its purpose. The second phase of the proofreading process is called "detailed analysis". During this phase, the work is read for consistencies in spelling, word usage, grammar, and punctuation. This will ensure that the writing conforms to widely recognized standards of written English. I have supported students with the English and Writing sections of the ACT and the Writing and Essay sections of the PSAT and SAT for more than thirteen years. I have also supported university students with the Verbal and Essay sections of the GRE and GMAT for more than nine years. Additionally, I offer in-session assistance with writing (grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, sentence structure, organization) and out-session proofreading services. This combination allows students to improve their writing skills, while being able to rely on my expertise as a "safety net". I look forward to ensuring your success with proofreading! *I also support English, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, and Essay Writing*


SAT Reading

The redesign of the new SAT affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. There is an optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis. The new SAT Reading section is evidence-based and no longer contains sentence completions. Students are given sixty-five minutes to complete questions based on passages of 500-750 words. Excerpts are taken from U.S. and World literature, history and social studies, and the sciences. Compared to the duration of the ACT reading section of only thirty-five minutes, the new SAT Reading section requires students to have prolonged focus and endurance. I scored a 760 in Critical Reading and an 800 in Mathematics for a total score of 1560; both of these scores are in the 99th percentile. I have prepared students for the verbal section of the SAT for 15+ years with outstanding results. Many of my students have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc. Over the years, I have devised an extremely useful method for reading comprehension that applies to all levels of academics. I reinforce this method with challenging homework assignments. Students are asked to complete official and unofficial examinations, so they become proficient at applying the methodology. I look forward to ensuring your success with the new SAT Reading section! *I also support all sections of the new PSATs, the Mathematics and Writing & Language sections of the new SAT, the SAT Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 and Physics subject tests, and all sections of the ACT*


SAT Writing

The redesign of the new SAT affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. There is an optional essay, fewer multiple choice questions, and no penalty for wrong answers. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis. The new SAT Writing & Language section gives students thirty-five minutes to answer questions with a concentrated focus on "Expression of Ideas" and "Standard English Conventions". Passages take the form of arguments, informative/explanatory texts, or nonfiction narratives and relate to careers, history and social studies, humanities, and science. Passages are also several paragraphs long so students can engage in complex, real-world revision and editing tasks, and students will often need to have a good understanding of one or more paragraphs, or even an entire passage, to answer a particular question. I scored a 760 in Critical Reading and an 800 in mathematics for a total score of 1560; both of these scores are in the 99th percentile. I have also prepared students for the verbal section of the SAT for 15+ years with outstanding results. Many of my students have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc. During our sessions, we work through official SAT examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including subject/verb agreement, parallel structure/parallelism, nominative and objective pronouns, independent and dependent clauses, punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes), active and passive voice, dangling modifiers, verb conjugation of several tenses, appositives, prepositional idioms, etc. I look forward to ensuring your success with the new SAT Writing & Language section! *I also support all sections of the new PSATs, the Mathematics and Reading sections of the new SAT, the SAT Mathematics Levels 1 & 2 and Physics subject tests, and all sections of the ACT*


GMAT

I earned a quantitative score of 51, a verbal score of 47, and a writing score of 6.0 on the GMAT. All of these are in the 99th percentile for the exam and translate to an overall score of 790. I have taken the GMAT three times: once to submit the scores to prospective MBA programs and twice to gain experience with the newly introduced integrated reasoning section (I scored an 8 both times). I have assisted students with the GMAT for 11+ years with outstanding results. Many of my students have earned scores in the 700s and have been admitted to programs such as the University of Michigan (Ross), University of Chicago (Booth), University of Indiana (Kelley), Stanford University, Northwestern University (Kellogg), University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), etc.


Probability

Probability is the measure of how likely something will happen or the likelihood that a statement is true. Students are usually first introduced to probability at the end of an algebra course. However, probability can use calculus to expand upon its algebraic formulations. Probability may also be combined with statistics, and covered in a dedicated course, to provide a student with a more robust understanding of the subject matter. Scientists must apply probabilities when using quantum mechanics (physicists), using the "threshold approach" (medical professionals), and using thermodynamic probabilities (chemists); engineers must apply probabilities to analyze uncertainty, reliability, and risk; and businesspersons must apply probabilities to analyze scenarios, sales forecasting, and risk evaluation. Therefore, Probability is a very useful and necessary subject. Students must learn it well to be successful in most technical professions. I have assisted students with Probability & Statistics for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. This is in relation to business (administration and management), economics, psychology, and sociology. I have also assisted engineers with calculus-based Engineering Probability & Statistics for more than ten years. Additionally, I have extensive personal experience using probability and statistics in relation to physics (thermodynamics and quantum mechanics). Probability is challenging, because although the calculations most times are manageable, the underlying conceptual understanding, leading to these calculations, can be difficult to develop. I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Probability for more than thirteen years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Probability as well! *I also support Statistics, Math Studies, Integrated Mathematics 2, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, Further Mathematics HL, and the AP Statistics College Board examination*


PSAT

The PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT are tightly aligned with the redesigned SAT and provide educators and students the chance to evaluate student progress. All three exams give students clear focus about the skills and knowledge that matter most for college and career success. The new suite of PSATs test three content areas: reading, writing and language, and mathematics. As students progress from grade to grade, the tests keep pace, matching the scope and difficulty of work found in the classroom. Although I graduated high school in three years, my sophomore year I received the following PSAT/NMSQT scores: Critical Reading 75, Mathematics 80, and Writing 75. This was enough to qualify as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. I have prepared students for the PSAT/NMSQT for more than thirteen years. Many of my students have reached the commended, semifinalist, and finalist stages of the selection process. I look forward to ensuring your success with all sections of the PSAT! *I also support all sections of the new SAT and ACT*


SSAT

I have coached students with the elementary, middle, and upper levels of the SSAT. I have helped them to gain admission to independent and select schools across the nation for 14+ years. On average, students score in the 80th to 90th percentiles on the verbal, quantitative, and reading comprehension sections of the SSAT (average percentile rankings vary by section). I also help students to become more proficient writers. I look forward to ensuring your success with all levels and sections of the SSAT! *I also support all levels and sections of the ISEE*


ACT Reading

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Reading section of the ACT for 15+ years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc.


ACT English

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the English section of the ACT for 15+ years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities such as Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc. During our sessions, we work through official examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including, but not limited to, subject/verb agreement, parallel structure/parallelism, pronouns (nominative, objective, and possessive), independent and dependent clauses, punctuation (commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes), active and passive voice, dangling modifiers, verb conjugation of several tenses, phrases and clauses (apposition, preposition, adjective, adverbial, infinitive), etc. I reinforce concepts learned during sessions with challenging homework assignments using resources from Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and McGraw Hill. I ask students to complete both unofficial examinations and content-specific assignments for additional practice and to strengthen inconsistencies. I look forward to ensuring your success with ACT English! *I also support the Mathematics, Reading, Science, & Enhanced Writing sections of the ACT*


ACT Math

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Mathematics section of the ACT for 15+ years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc. During sessions, we work through official examinations. Students learn numerous concepts including, but not limited to, linear equations, quadratic equations, counting methods, combinatorics (combinations and permutations), factoring (difference of squares and perfect square trinomials), inequalities and absolute values, complex fractions, rational functions, arithmetic and geometric sequences, translations and symmetry, logarithms, right triangle geometry (Pythagorean Theorem and triplets, basic trigonometric functions, "special" side ratios), circles (general formula, completing the square, circumference, area, sectors), polygons (triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids), basic probability, reduction/simplification/rationalization, etc.


ACT Science

I scored a 35 composite on the ACT: English 35, Mathematics 36, Reading 34, and Science 36. I have prepared students for the Science section of the ACT for 15+ years. Many of my students have scored in the 30s and have gained admission to highly reputable universities: Stanford, Princeton, Brown, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California: Berkeley, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, etc. ACT Science is extremely similar to ACT Reading; both sections require students to interpret information that is presented in a variety of ways. Learning basic scientific principles will improve a student's score, but students must consistently practice and adjust to the way information is presented to find lasting success.


Study Skills

Study Skills are crucial to find success with academics. Many times, it is not the intelligence or disposition of a student that causes difficulties. Instead, it is the approach of the student that needs "fine tuning". This is where effective Study Skills can make the difference. Throughout my educational pursuits, both as a student and as an academic coach, I have developed organized, logical, and structured approaches. Not only am I able to provide outstanding support for most standardized examinations and mathematics and science courses, but I can also teach effective methods for students to improve their Study Skills. Together, we will develop productive habits that will benefit your personal and professional lives for years to come. These habits include increasing organization, maintaining focus and attention, improving time management, developing confidence and inspiration for learning, making consistent efforts, being proactive, etc. I have assisted students for more than thirteen years with standardized examination preparation and supplemental coaching. I truly care about the success of my student and do everything in my power to promote their understanding and growth. I look forward to ensuring your success by solidifying your Study Skills!


Differential Equations

Differential Equations is another cornerstone of mathematics and is a topic physics and engineering students will want to master during their undergraduate tenures. Solid foundations in differential equations will give students the ability to excel with related topics such as partial differential and applications in the fields of physics and engineering. Differential Equations involves solving first-order differential equations (separable, exact, linear, non-linear, Bernoulli, etc.), solving higher order differential equations (linear, homogeneous, non-homogenous, Cauchy-Euler, etc.), and various methods to transform differential equations into forms that can be more easily solved (substitution, reduction of order, superposition, annihilation, variation of parameters, etc.). I am qualified to assist students with all mathematics courses through Partial Differential Equations. I have assisted students with Differential Equations for more than nine years with outstanding results. I look forward to ensuring your success with Differential Equations as well!


ISEE

I have coached students with the lower, middle, and upper levels of the ISEE. I have helped them to gain admission to independent and select schools across the nation for 14+ years. On average, my students score between the 80th to 90th percentiles on the verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and mathematics achievement sections of the ISEE (average percentile rankings vary by section). I also help students to become more proficient writers. I look forward to ensuring your success with all levels and sections of the ISEE! *I also support all levels and sections of the SSAT*