Meeraj P.


Meeraj P.

Tutor

New York, NY 10013

Will travel 0 miles

$125 per hour.

4.91 815 ratings

Ranked in Top 100| Master Tutor for SAT/ACT/GRE| Top 1% Scorer on Test

PROFESSIONAL SYNOPSIS: **Typical Overall Increases in Student Scores: +250 - 600 (Old SAT); +150 - 300 (New SAT); +5 - 9 points (ACT); +6 - 20 points (GRE). Multiple students have received perfect 800s + 36s on all sections of the SAT & ACT. **Holder of 99th Percentile (Top 1%) Scores on the SAT, ACT, & GRE. **Full time Professional Tutor & Test Prep Specialist for the SAT, ACT, & GRE (ALL sections). **Ranked overall as one of Wyzant?s Top 100 Tutors Nationwide. **10+ years of experience with... [more]


Algebra 1

Algebra is the basic language of all higher math, and that is exactly how I teach it - as a language of symbols. By teaching students to recognize key words and verbal cues in word problems, I students to "translate" the problems into equations with relative ease and solve the problem! From the weakest math students to the most advanced, the results of my method are always apparent from the very first lesson. Students learn to think of algebra intuitively and logically resulting in sustainable long-term improvements in their performance which in turn translates into increased confidence in future math courses. I also offer algebra review for test prep, including SAT Math and the SAT Subject Test in Math.


Algebra 2

Algebra 2 focuses on advanced mathematical operations, such as those pertaining to complex numbers, factorization, linear systems, matrices and elementary functions, which comprise the essential knowledge base for trigonometry and precalculus. Often times, students struggle because they lack the essential foundational knowledge or skills to work through the problems with speed and fluency. When teaching Algebra 2, I first focus on instilling proper technique and effective problem-solving habits that are not always covered thoroughly in standard high school courses. I then work with the student to improve their speed and confidence without sacrificing accuracy resulting in significant improvements in relatively short time. I also offer algebra 2 review for test prep, including SAT Math and the SAT Subject Test in Math.


Biology

Due to my Biomedical Engineering background, you can expect a strong mastery and grasp of Biology. What I bring to my tutoring sessions for Biology sessions is a new way of looking at every aspect of the subject. With the extensive use of analogies and examples, I transform even the most advanced concepts and intricate details into an easily understood and readily recallable framework of knowledge. I emphasize visualization and creating connections between new material and old material to better store information and enhance understanding at the deepest level. My lessons will cover a lot in each session, but it will never feel that way. I will show you superior strategies and ways to organize information into a hierarchy that makes learning meaningful and enjoyable. I have experience tutoring for both the AP and SAT Subject tests in Biology with great success stories.


Calculus

I have tutored students in calculus at the regular, AP, and collegiate levels and scored a perfect 5/5 myself on the AP exam when I took it in high school. Factoring in my engineering background, I am well qualified to tutor in this subject and have received many positive reviews and testimonials for doing so. My lessons will reinforce the conceptual side of calculus by relating everything I teach you to real-world applications in physics, biology, business, and economics. I also teach students to see calculus as a "visual" science by demonstrating how every concept has a graphical interpretation that is useful for deriving formulas, retaining information, and essential for understanding which concept to use in which problems. In addition, I will show you superior problem solving strategies to solve problems with greater speed and accuracy that makes Calculus easier than you ever thought it could be! (I also provide intensive review for prerequisite math subject matter including algebra, geometry, algebra 2, trigonometry and precalculus.)


Chemistry

Due to my Engineering background, you can expect a strong mastery and grasp of Chemistry. What I bring to my tutoring sessions for Chemistry sessions is a new way of looking at every aspect of the subject. With the extensive use of analogies and examples, I transform even the most advanced concepts and intricate details into an easily understood and readily recallable framework of knowledge. I emphasize visualization and creating connections between new material and old material to better store information and enhance understanding at the deepest level. My lessons will cover a lot in each session, but it will never feel that way. I will show you superior strategies and ways to organize information into a hierarchy that makes learning meaningful and enjoyable. I have experience tutoring for both the AP and SAT Subject tests in Chemistry with great success stories.


Vocabulary

The more you do with a word, the more likely you are to remember it. I use only the most up-to-date and cutting edge approaches to improve vocabulary. Traditional study methods such as flashcards, mnemonics and verbal puns are combined with the latest theories on learning and cognition to maximize retention and optimize recall on a test.


Grammar

My primary field of expertise is in preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and GRE exams. In this capacity, I have tutored numerous people who needed strategies for faster, more efficient reading of challenging texts; writing impromptu essays that are well-organized, supported by evidence, and completed within time limits; and identifying and editing grammatical, lexical, syntactic, and stylistic errors. I hold advanced writing degrees from the University of Denver and Brooklyn College, and am capable of helping you brainstorm, outline, write, edit, and proof-read academic papers of any level, from high school to graduate school. I also have experience helping students with college and graduate school admissions essays.


Geometry

I have taught geometry to students at the regular, accelerated, and honors levels as well as for the SAT, the SAT Math Subject test and the GRE general test. Success in geometry relies on the ability to recall and combine specific concepts given geometric clues such as parallel sides, related angles, proportionality and more. I teach students how to "read" a geometry problem so that they will know instantly which concepts to apply and how to reason their way through the problem using the given information. I also show them intuitive math tricks and content-based strategies to work faster and more effectively.


Prealgebra


Precalculus

Through visual methods emphasizing the interpretation of graphs and conceptual methods built around easy-to-understand analogies, I teach students powerful and effective ways to master precalculus and retain their knowledge. Precalculus is cumulative in many ways and is a gateway to calculus and higher math; therefore conceptual understanding is key. For those struggling with prerequisite math subject matter for precalculus, I also provide intensive review of relevant concepts for algebra, geometry, algebra 2 and trigonometry. I also provide test-prep oriented review for the SAT Math subject test.


Trigonometry

The keys to success in trigonometry are a strong grasp of 3-4 basic concepts (such as the unit circle, the concept of inverse functions, periodicity, and the pythagorean identity) and learning how to apply them to various situations. Too often students struggle with trigonometry because of the sheer number of different formulas and identities involved; under my tutelage, students learn how to generate and derive knowledge rather than simply memorizing and regurgitating it. I show them effective and reliable substitutions and content-based strategies to enable them to solve trigonometry problems with greater speed and accuracy. I also offer intensive review for prerequisite math subject matter such as algebra, geometry and algebra 2. For physics students, I provide thorough coverage of trigonometry as it pertains to vector math as well as test-prep oriented review for students taking the SAT Math Subject test.


Writing

With a Master's Degree in Creative Writing and over 8 years of experience tutoring students for the SAT Writing section, I am uniquely qualified to help students with various writing projects. Unlike the flat formulaic essays that result from forcing students to merely follow a formula, the essays I teach a student to write reveal the gradual development of a mature voice and distinct style. First, I teach students instead about the components of any good essay (thesis statement, attention grabbing headline, transitions, flow, structure, creative language and compositional risks). Next, I show them how to properly integrate supporting examples into an argument well as how to develop their argument to demonstrate critical thinking skills. Finally, I show them how to properly edit and revise their essays to tighten up the language and enhance the tone of the essay.


English

My primary field of expertise is in preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and GRE exams. In this capacity, I have tutored numerous people who needed strategies for faster, more efficient reading of challenging texts; writing impromptu essays that are well-organized, supported by evidence, and completed within time limits; and identifying and editing grammatical, lexical, syntactic, and stylistic errors. I hold advanced writing degrees from the University of Denver and Brooklyn College, and am capable of helping you brainstorm, outline, write, edit, and proof-read academic papers of any level, from high school to graduate school. I also have experience helping students with college and graduate school admissions essays.


Anatomy

I have taken anatomy courses at the collegiate, pre-medical and graduate school levels and am familiar with the general scope and content of the subject matter as it is relevant to aspiring medical students and nursing students. When tutoring anatomy, I often tie the material back to relevant examples and applications in medicine and biology to ensure optimal retention and comprehension. by emphasizing the classic "form-fits-function" theme. As much as possible, I try to explain the material using visual analogies to emphasize how anatomical "form" fits biological, evolutionary and physiological "function".


Physiology

I have taken anatomy and physiology courses at the collegiate, pre-medical, and graduate school levels and am familiar with the general scope and content of the subject matter as it is relevant to aspiring medical students and nursing students. When tutoring these two intertwined subjects, I often tie the material back to relevant examples and applications in medicine and biology to ensure optimal retention and comprehension. As much as possible, I try to explain the material using visual analogies to make the material seem as intuitive as possible.


SAT Math

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 800 in EVERY section of the SAT, including both SAT Math and SAT Verbal. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the SAT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with content on the SAT Math and SAT Grammar (now Writing and Language) or if you need help navigating or pacing yourself through the SAT Reading passages, I have a solution to your struggle. Too often, SAT students make the mistake of viewing the SAT as a "trick" test which can be "gamed" or a test which can only be beaten if they learn to be better test-takers. As a result, they invest in expensive courses and prep books filled with empty "tricks" or generic test-taking strategies that are in turn recycled from different test prep books and most of which are highly ineffective. This is both a waste of time and money. I have written SAT math programs for test prep companies, been invited by even more to develop their curriculum, teach classes, and even train their staff. Most importantly, I have retained the best material for my own students as I developed my own content-based curriculum built especially for the unique types of questions seen on the SAT. I know EXACTLY which materials, techniques, and concepts are relevant and how to apply them to the SAT. Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the SAT Math section. On both the Old SAT and New SAT, many of my students have reached 700+ scores or attained perfect 800's using my strategies! A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the SAT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


Literature


GRE

I have helped multiple GRE students over the years increase their scores and get into their desired graduate programs, including programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing, comparative literature, computer science, and many many more for which the GRE is a required and vital component of the application. Much of my primary experience comes from over 10 years of teaching and tutoring for standardized tests for the SAT and ACT, of which the GRE (and its sister, the GMAT) are often referred to as "harder versions". I scored in the 99th percentile when I took the GRE myself, and have helped numerous GRE students attain their best scores. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the GRE on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my GRE tutoring hours.*** Whether it is the GRE Verbal section or the GRE Quantitative section that gives you the most difficulty, I have developed finely tuned techniques for each GRE question type and the most lucid, relevant explanations of each concept on the market. My teaching style is content-based, NOT gimmick-based: you can expect to learn lots of challenging content in a surprisingly clear and accessible way. Past students have improved their GRE score by anywhere from 4 - 20 points on the GRE revised test with top scores on the GRE AWA (essay) section.


Proofreading

As a tutor, I have extensive experience proofreading/editing student papers and have often provided critical support and feedback on term papers and college application essays.


SAT Reading

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 800 in EVERY section of the SAT, including both SAT Math and SAT Verbal. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the SAT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with content on the SAT Math and SAT Grammar (now Writing and Language) or if you need help navigating or pacing yourself through the SAT Reading passages, I have a solution to your struggle. For the SAT Reading section (now integrated with the SAT Writing and Language section for a single Verbal section scored out of 800), I have developed a highly effective and innovative set of content-based strategies that utilize important textual clues hidden in the passage and the question stem to 1) arrive at the correct answer before looking at the answer choices 2) effectively eliminate "trap" answers. Students will see their speed, confidence and accuracy improve tremendously as they learn to literally "pull" the answers out of the SAT passages! I also have finely tuned methods for dealing with different aspects of the SAT test experience, including timing/pacing, tackling specific question types - such as inference, rhetorical purpose, and tone - skimming passages for details, determining the main idea and improving comprehension on different passage types - literature, social studies, history, global issues, and much, much more. Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the SAT Reading section. On both the Old SAT and New SAT, many of my students have reached 700+ scores or attained perfect 800's using my strategies! A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the SAT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


SAT Writing

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 800 in EVERY section of the SAT, including both SAT Math and SAT Verbal. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the SAT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with content on the SAT Math and SAT Grammar (now Writing and Language) or if you need help navigating or pacing yourself through the SAT Reading passages, I have a solution to your struggle. The SAT Writing section is actually the easiest way to improve your Verbal score on the New SAT. For the SAT Writing and Language section (commonly referred to as the SAT "grammar" section), I teach students how to use visual clues in both the passage and the answers to 1.) identify the grammatical topic or stylistic consideration being tested and 2.) recruit from memory and apply the correct information to answer the question. Past experience includes developing curriculum for SAT companies for the grammar section, down to each topic and question type on the actual SAT. I teach my students a real grammatical background (the kind they do not receive in school) so that they are equipped for all situations. My students learn to rapidly and easily eliminate wrong answers and recognize the most commonly tested types of grammatical errors on the SAT. Many of them report learning things "they never knew" about the rudiments of grammar and punctuation, and find their performance and confidence improve drastically. Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the SAT Grammar section. On both the Old SAT and New SAT, many of my students have reached 700+ scores or attained perfect 800's using my strategies! A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the SAT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


GMAT


PSAT

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 800 in EVERY section of the SAT, including both SAT Math and SAT Verbal. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the SAT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with content on the SAT Math and SAT Grammar (now Writing and Language) or if you need help navigating or pacing yourself through the SAT Reading passages, I have a solution to your struggle. The PSAT is identical to the SAT in terms of subject matter, format, and testing style. The only differences lie in the number of questions and the time limits per section (and one minor difference in how scores are reported). Everything - all the strategies and techniques I have developed for the SAT - translates DIRECTLY to the PSAT. Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the PSAT. On both the Old SAT and New SAT, many of my students have reached 700+ scores or attained perfect 800's using my strategies! A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the SAT and PSAT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for these tests. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


SSAT


ACT Reading

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 36 in EVERY section of the ACT. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the ACT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with the concepts or problems on the ACT Math or ACT English sections, or whether you struggle in navigating the passages of the ACT Reading or ACT Science sections, I have a solution. For the ACT Reading section, I have developed a highly effective and innovative set of content-based strategies that utilize important textual clues hidden in the passage and the question stem to 1) arrive at the correct answer before looking at the answer choices 2) effectively eliminate "trap" answers. Students will see their speed, confidence and accuracy improve tremendously as they learn to literally "pull" the answers out of the passage! I have developed finely tuned methods for dealing with different aspects of the test experience, including timing/pacing, skimming passages for details, determining the main idea, and more. I have also identified the common trends/clues that appear in each of the four types of ACT passages (Prose Fiction, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences) and can teach students how to spot this information to enhance their understanding. Used correctly my methods enable students to attain greater accuracy and confidence than they ever thought possible. Used correctly my methods will save a great deal of time and energy when taking the ACT Reading section. Many students have improved their ACT Reading Score by anywhere from 3 - 10 points and there have been many perfect 36's. Using my approaches, numerous students have achieved perfect 36's on every section of the ACT and many more have scored in the 33 - 35 range. A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the ACT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


ACT English

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 36 in EVERY section of the ACT. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the ACT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with the concepts or problems on the ACT Math or ACT English sections, or whether you struggle in navigating the passages of the ACT Reading or ACT Science sections, I have a solution. The ACT English section is actually the easiest of the 4 ACT sections on which to improve your score. For the ACT English section (commonly referred to as the "grammar" section), I teach students how to combine grammatical knowledge with visual clues in both the passage and the answers to 1.) identify the grammatical topic or stylistic consideration being tested and 2.) recruit from memory and apply the correct information to answer the question. My teaching style for this section goes well beyond the superficial techniques used by most test prep companies, which only focus on the most common mistakes that appear on the ACT English section, but without really providing a real understanding of grammar. Past experience includes developing curriculum for test prep companies for the ACT English section, down to each topic and question type. I teach my students a real grammatical background (the kind they do not receive in school) so that they are equipped for all situations. Many students report learning things "they never knew" about the rudiments of grammar and punctuation, and find their performance and confidence improve drastically. Using my approaches, numerous students have achieved perfect 36's on every section of the ACT and many more have scored in the 33 - 35 range. A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the ACT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


ACT Math

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 36 in EVERY section of the ACT. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the ACT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with the concepts or problems on the ACT Math or ACT English sections, or whether you struggle in navigating the passages of the ACT Reading or ACT Science sections, I have a solution. Through years of tutoring math for the ACT, as well as for courses such as trigonometry, precalculus, and algebra 2, I have not only become intimately familiar with all the content and problem types that appear on the ACT, but I am able to teach all this content in an intuitive, logical way. I have written curriculum for standardized tests in math in the past, and have techniques for every single question type. Using my approaches, numerous students have achieved perfect 36's on every section of the ACT and many more have scored in the 33 - 35 range. A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the ACT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***


ACT Science

Over 10+ years, I have led multiple students to a perfect 36 in EVERY section of the ACT. I have experience creating strategies and curriculum for ALL sections of the ACT, and am familiar with the best ways to prepare. Whether you struggle with the concepts or problems on the ACT Math or ACT English sections, or whether you struggle in navigating the passages of the ACT Reading or ACT Science sections, I have a solution. Despite the name, the ACT Science section is actually a modified reading comprehension test. A typical ACT Science passage incorporates graphics such as charts, tables, graphs and diagrams to test certain skills relating to data interpretation, trend prediction, etc. Many of the ACT Science passages overwhelm and intimidate students; however, I teach my students an innovative strategy that dramatically simplifies the ACT Science section and results in drastic improvements in accuracy and confidence. In addition, I also help students fine-tune specific skills and applications for the ACT Science test, such as extrapolating and interpolating for data, identifying trends, and much, much more. Using my approaches, numerous students have achieved perfect 36's on every section of the ACT and many more have scored in the 33 - 35 range. A large number of them have reported that these increases were "more rapidly attained" and "far superior" to what they got when working with my competition. ***NOTE: The number of hours I have tutored for the ACT on Wyzant is only a VERY small portion of my total hours tutoring for this test. I can also provide you with many more reviews and testimonials than you will see here upon our first meeting.***