Ralston M.


Ralston M.

Tutor

Smyrna, GA 30080

Will travel 40 miles

$80 per hour.

4.84 340 ratings

Patient tutor for Math, SSAT/ISEE, ACT/SAT, GRE, and Foreign Languages

My students' results after tutoring with me: Last Year Results ------------------------- Greatest Score Increase: 50% (ACT 20 -> 30) Greatest Grade Increase: 20% (70 -> 90) Highest ACT Score: 32/36 Highest SAT Score: 1300 Students Accepted To: Woodward Academy, Emory University, Berry College, Agnes Scott College, Reinhardt University, UGA, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, Howard University, and more. Overall Results ------------------------- Highest maintained ... [more]


Algebra 1

I have been professionally tutoring students in Math for 2+ years. I work with students age 8-18, primarily in preparation for the SSAT, ISEE, SAT, or ACT. I am well versed in all areas of Math except Calculus. This includes basic Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and some Pre-Calculus. This makes up the most of my Math tutoring, though I do tutor some students for general help with classwork as well. Non-professionally, I have been tutoring students and peers in Math for 6+ years.


American History

I am a history nerd, and I have helped students of all ages understand historical events and gain a better perspective on the world around them. I have been tutoring history since 2011 and helping students achieve their academic goals. In high school, I was the first student at my school to achieve perfect scores on both the AP US History and AP US Government exams. Since then, I have increased my knowledge of events through many classes and, of course, keeping up with current events.


Biology

I have been helping students increase their understanding of Biology concepts and increase their grades since 2011.


Chemistry


Vocabulary

I have been helping people increase their vocabulary all my life. I have always been drawn to words and languages, and it is a personal hobby to learn more about words and their meaning. I have been formally tutoring students since 2011, and I have helped them increase their knowledge of the basic elements for words in English, of how Latin/Greek roots are incorporated into more complex vocabulary, understand the origins of certain types of words and use that information to identify the meaning of an unknown word, and more. With my help, your student can learn the tactics and rules behind increasing their vocabulary.


Grammar

I have helped students of many ages and nationalities improve their understanding of the English language. I can help any student better understand the mechanics of how English works given my own experience with multiple foreign languages.


General Computer

Are you looking to get up to speed on your computer knowledge? I have been around computers all my life, and I have always enjoyed learning more about these devices and tinkering with different aspects of their systems and hardware. Whether you're trying to learn MS Office or learn more about Windows, Mac, or Linux, I can help you achieve your goal.


Geometry

Geometry is one of my specialties when it comes to Math. I have been teaching students Geometry for a few years now, and all of my students see great improvements in their grades over time.


Microsoft Word

I have been helping students gain a better grasp on MS Office, Word, and all of its features since 2011.


Microsoft PowerPoint

I have been helping individuals gain a better understanding of MS Office, PowerPoint, and all its features since 2011.


Prealgebra

I have been tutoring children of all ages in PreAlgebra for the past two years. I work with students of all types, including those looking to gain entrance into or those who are already in the top private schools in my area. I am particularly good at breaking down complex ideas and communicating the material in an understandable fashion. My students typically see their overall understanding of the material increase immensely and their grades increase by 10-20+ points throughout the year.


Precalculus


Latin

I have been studying Latin since 2007 and tutoring students in the subject (all levels) since 2011. My Latin is at the Very Advanced level, and I am adept at breaking down the complexities of the language to children of any age. I have been reading the works of various Latin authors such as Julius Caesar, Cicero, and Virgil for a long time now, and I am used to the various nuances of the language's grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and more. In 2014, I graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Latin.


Reading

Since 2011, I have been helping students grasp a better understanding of what they read and the key concepts and literary devices that commonly occur in the various types of passages. After working with me, students are much more confident in their abilities and are better at identifying important information in texts.


Trigonometry

I have been tutoring students in Trigonometry for many years. Most of my work involves helping students improve in this area for the ACT, but I teach more in-depth trigonometry as well.


Writing

I have been helping students improve their writing since 2011. Whether it's punctuation, grammar, or the organization of their ideas and argument, I have taught students the best practices for communicating their ideas. After working with me, students are able to come up with better points for their papers, provide more detailed and specific examples/evidence, and organize their topics to most effectively communicate their idea.


Geography

I have been helping students grasp a better understanding of Geography and related concepts since 2011.


English

My mastery and understanding of the English language comes through years of studying other languages for the past 7 years. To date, I have studied over 7 different foreign languages, including Latin and Arabic, which I hold my degree in from Emory University. One benefit of learning foreign languages is that it teaches you to understand grammar, phrasings, and more in your native tongue when you put effort into truly understanding all aspects of the other language. Learning and speaking other languages has made my English much more precise and has greatly improved upon my own understanding of the language. Professionally, I have tutored students in all grade levels (including college students) in all aspects of English language studies, from grammar and vocabulary to literature and reading comprehension to writing and composition. I have done so for the past 2 years for students who need general help with the subject as well as those who are preparing for standardized tests such as the ACT.


Government & Politics

I am a government and law nerd, and I have helped students of all ages understand how politics and government works and gain a better perspective on the world around them. I have been tutoring government since 2011 and helping students achieve their academic goals. In high school, I was the first student at my school to achieve perfect scores on both the AP US History and AP US Government exams. Since then, I have increased my knowledge of events through many classes and, of course, keeping up with current events.


HTML

I have been working with HTML since I was a kid. I have always been interested in websites and coding, and I started using the language to manipulate the elements on many web projects. I have used HTML to enhance all of my websites and profiles over the years, and I can help you understand the language better as well.


SAT Math

I have been tutoring students for the SAT for years. I focus on three things: review of concepts, teaching new information, and strategy. The way I execute my plans depends on a student's goals and timeline. On average, my students see a 15-20%+ bump in their score on the test and learn very useful test taking strategies that can be applied to any sort of standardized test.


GRE

I have been tutoring for the GRE since 2014. I have a three-part approach to tutoring for this test; in sessions, I focus on test-taking strategies, reviewing and reaffirming fundamental concepts, and targeting specific areas in need of improvement. My students gain a better grasp of the tested concepts and see a significant increase in their scores.


SAT Reading

Since 2011, I have been helping students grasp a better understanding of what they read and the key concepts and literary devices that commonly occur in the various types of passages. After working with me, students are much more confident in their abilities and are better at identifying important information in texts. I can teach your student how the SAT typically presents information in the passages and questions and how to identify the most important information quickly.


SAT Writing

I help students often with their writing in preparation for standardized tests, schoolwork, and otherwise. I have found that students typically need to improve in two areas: organization and detail. I keep my instructions simple while pushing my students to think about and explain things in more depth. My own scores for English/Writing were above the 90th percentile and I have helped many students greatly increase their scores over the past few years.


Physical Science

I have been helping students learn Science concepts since 2011, including Physical Science. I am great at taking the most complex of ideas and breaking them down so that any student understands.


GMAT


SSAT

I have been tutoring students for all levels of the SSAT since 2011. I place equal focus on test-taking strategies and foundational skills for the content of the test. I break down each topic into bits that are easier to understand, and focus on the areas that will help my students do their best on the exam. Because of this approach, many of my students see a significant increase in their scores and get into the school of their choice.


Spelling

I have been helping students improve their spelling skills since 2011.


ACT Reading

I've worked with students on this test for over 3 years and all of my students have seen improvements in their scores. Many of my students see increases of 20% or more in the score with as little time as a month! The Reading and English sections of this test are my specialty - I personally scored a 31 on English and a 29 on Reading - and I can help greatly increase your child's understanding of the English language and reading comprehension.


ACT English

I have been helping students improve their English and Writing scores for years now (My own scores for English/Writing were above the 90th percentile). I have found that students typically struggle with grammar and contextual questions (e.g. inference problems or defining vocabulary from context). I coach my students both on the knowledge they will need (focusing on the most important/frequent types of questions) and combine that with strategy skills to help them approach material they may have never seen before. My students approach the test more confidently and see a great increase in their performance.


ACT Science

I have been tutoring students for the ACT for years. I focus on three things: review of concepts, teaching new information, and strategy. The way I execute my plans depends on a student's goals and timeline. On average, my students see a 15-20%+ bump in their score on the test and learn very useful test-taking strategies that can be applied to any sort of standardized test.


Elementary Math

I have been tutoring for 4+ years. Many of my students are young - Elementary and Middle School age. The majority of my work with these students focuses on test preparation skills - particularly, the ISEE and SSAT, which tend to be well above their grade level. Because of this, I am great at breaking down complex ideas into simple and relatable bits. My students see a great improvement in their understanding of the fundamental Mathematics skills, such as multiplication and division, in addition to learning how to break down and understand word problems.


Elementary Science

I have been helping students learn and master Science concepts since 2011. I am great at working with kids of all ages and making the material fun and easy to understand. I have a knack for taking the most complex topics and breaking them down so that any student understands.


Study Skills

From time to time, I get students that are looking specifically to improve their study skills, but I find that this is a general issue for all who seek tutoring. As a part of all of my sessions, I focus on building a foundation for good study habits and other basic skills necessary for learning. In this area, I work with students on developing good note-taking, organization, listening, and observation/inference skills.


ISEE

I have been tutoring students in all levels of the ISEE for the past two years with Varsity Tutors. Through tutoring with Varsity, my students have succeeded greatly on this exam and have gotten into their schools of choice because of it.


Microsoft Windows

I have been using Microsoft Windows for 15+ years. A great deal of my work is done using my Windows laptop. Over the years, I have become very familiar with this operating system's functions and intricacies and shortcuts. From time to time, I work on fixing computers and problems with associated devices.


Classics

I have been a Classics student for since 2008, starting in high school and have succeeded at the highest levels. I have been involved with various classical organizations such as the GJCL and NJCL and have won multiple awards at their conventions in both Latin and Classics. I have succeeded on the National Latin Exam and CAMWS exams in the past and recently obtained a degree in Latin from Emory University (the reason why my degree is not in Classics is because I did not study Greek, though my transcript shows all the other qualifications). I am also a member of Eta Sigma Phi, the national Classics Honor Society.