I have been tutoring students for many years in many subjects, since I have a very broad academic and professional background. I am especially good at helping students prepare for the PSAT and the SAT. My own score on the old SAT was 1580; that is, I missed only one question. Sometimes students think the SAT is a comprehensive exam on everything they have learned in high school. No, it is not. They are tested on advanced vocabulary and the ability to solve math puzzles at high speed, as wel... [more]

Algebra 1

Students who struggle with math have almost always had a teacher who forgot to tell them about a crucial fact or step. I make sure to fill in those gaps and then help the student make as much progress as possible. I have tutored in math, especially SAT math, for many years, and am currently tutoring college math for ITT Technical Institute.

Algebra 2

Students who struggle with math have almost always had a teacher who forgot to tell them about a crucial fact or step. I make sure to fill in those gaps and then help the student make as much progress as possible. I have tutored in math, especially SAT math, for many years, and am currently tutoring college math for ITT Technical Institute.

American History

I have taught many history courses, including AP US History. I encourage students not to just memorize dates (well, a few), but to understand the forces, social movements, and ideals that shape history--which is much more interesting. I actually prefer history to novels for enjoyable reading.

Vocabulary

Trying to simply memorize words does not work. They will evaporate from short-term memory. I show you a painless method for steadily getting words into long-term memory, where you can find them when you need them later. I scored a perfect 800 on the test in German because I knew and used this method.

Grammar

European History

Geometry

Prealgebra

Writing

Background: MA in Creative Writing; 40 years as professional editor and writer; a dozen published books. Wherever you're at as a writer, I can improve your skills.

Astronomy

English

English is both the most important and the most difficult language in the modern world. As a professional editor and writer since the 1960s, I've had to know 1001 things about English for the hundreds of books I've worked on--but there's only about a dozen that a person needs to master to survive in the real world. Wherever your skills are at, I can improve them. Currently I teach Composition for ITT Technical Institute.

Government & Politics

Psychology

SAT Math

The SAT tests on the ability to see how to solve a math puzzle quickly without doing long calculations. The solutions usually depend on a few dozen math facts that the SAT always uses to construct the puzzles. These few facts are easy to memorize, and just knowing them can raise one's score by 100 points.

World History

GRE

The GRE, like the SAT, tests on the ability to solve math puzzles without doing long calculations and on a specific level of abstract vocabulary. I can show you the few dozen math facts that the GRE math puzzles are always based on, and a painless method for getting hundreds of those abstract words into long-term memory, focusing on the ones that the tests use over and over again. I also show you the time-management skills that maximize the number of points you can win in each test section.

Proofreading

I have been a book editor since 1964. I've lost count of the number of books I've edited, proofread, and helped produce, but it is at least 150. If you need any technical or literary assistance with your writing, I'm truly the right person to ask.

GED

From 2003 to 2005, I tutored all GED subjects and administered the practice tests to dozens of students at the Muckleshoot Tribal College in Auburn, WA.

SAT Reading

The SAT tests on a specific range of vocabulary, fairly abstract, but not technical terms, and on secondary meanings of words. Certain of these abstract words turn up over and over again on the SAT. I teach a painless method for getting hundreds of these words into long-term memory (NOT short-term, from which they would evaporate quickly). Recognizing just 10 more of them, and so getting 10 more questions right, can raise a final score by about 100 points.

SAT Writing

The readers who score the essay in the SAT are looking for certain types of logical structures, not literary brilliance. It is easy to learn these structures and how to build on them. There are also only a few dozen facts about correct usage of English that the SAT always asks about, and these too are easy to learn.

ASVAB

All standardized tests are structured very similarly. I teach students not only how to improve their math and verbal skills, but also the specific test-taking skills and strategies they need to maximize their scores. I am proud and grateful that Samantha, whose endorsement of me appears below, wrote to me from the Air Force Academy, thanking me yet again for enabling her to raise her SAT score enough to fulfill her dream of being admitted to the Academy.

PSAT

ACT Math

Logic

I completed a 27-unit undergraduate minor in math and logic (along with two majors)that included 12 units in mathematical and symbolic logic. I have also edited textbooks on logic. I always include a logic component in my philosophy courses. The subject is essential for learning machine languages.