PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY/WHY I LOVE TUTORING:
I love tutoring because I love helping my students outperform their own expectations for themselves. So often students believe that just because something is confusing to them now means that it will be confusing to them always. This is when kids start refer to themselves as "not a math person" or "not an English person." That just simply isn't true in high school! Yes, some subjects will come more naturally to some students than others, but with the right teaching, and enough patience and discipline, I believe that every student has the potential to be an amazing all-around student.
Test-prep season can be a very emotional one for some. With all the pressure to perform, and the stress in the time leading up to the big-day, it can be hard not to take a less than-ideal score as in indication of one's lack of intelligence. I get it. But here's what I tell all of my students: The [insert test here] only tests your ability to take the [insert test here]. This true for EVERY standardized test. I've worked with and been trained by a number of test-prep companies, and they have all taught me the same thing: there is an internal logic to these exams and common patterns from year to year that students can learn that will make them better standardized test takers. So often after I show a student a strategy for a certain section they will say "That's all?!?" They cannot believe these tests are that transparent in their construction. *That being said,* sometimes a poor practice score reflects a lack of understanding about something learned in school. I those cases I am able to diagnose where the confusion started, and complement their learning from there.
I should mention, I always work and teach from actual exams, so the student can know exactly what they will be dealing with on test day. Also, as we get further along, I bring in full practice exams, and we practice working under timed conditions.
Hi! I'm Nick! Thanks for checking out my profile. I've been tutoring for about seven years. I graduated from Brown University, with a B.A. in Classics, and from Harvard-Westlake High School. Both at Brown and at Harvard-Westlake I received a number of academic awards and scholarships, including the prestigious Sidney Goldstein Scholarship twice. I excelled academically in college and high school, at no time having less than a 3.85 GPA, and I scored 32 on the ACT. I started tutoring in college, and quickly realized I enjoyed it enough to make it my job after graduation. Since moving to LA, I have become a top tutor at a number of boutique tutoring agencies (The Ladder Method, Tutor Me LA), and have developed a successful private practice, as well. My students consistently see improvements in their class grades and test scores, often improving by at least a full letter grade on tests, 1-3 points on the ISEE, or 3-5 points on any section of ACT.
Rate may vary depending if student is on the edge of my service area, and drive time is especially high.
I have a 24-hour cancellation policy.
Harvard-Westlake high school
Brown University -- BA, Classics (Ancient Greek)
CUNY Graduate Center, Latin/Greek Institute -- Certificate, with highest honors
Sidney Goldstein Memorial Scholarship (Brown, Twice)
Humanitas Award (HW)
Lester Medvene Award for Outstanding Sophomore (HW)
Private Tutor -- Winter 2014 - Present
The Ladder Method -- Tutor, Winter 2017 - Present
Tutor Me LA -- Tutor, November 2017 - Present
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