Master Tutors

Master Tutors

5.0 (8)
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5 employees
2 years in business

About this pro

BACKGROUND

I earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from NYU in History and English (both with highest honors -- U.S. History thesis published). I also minored in Spanish Language and Political Science. While attending college, I worked for a K-12 learning center, focusing on Math, Reading, and Writing. Upon graduating from NYU, I earned an M.S. in Mathetics in one year. I then joined Teach for America, where I taught high school Math (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II), U.S. History, as well as select English classes. I subsequently pursued a degree in law, and I earned my J.D. from Georgetown University. Currently, I serve as an adjunct professor at three universities, teaching law-related courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

PRIMARY SUBJECT MATTER FOR TUTORING:

(1) STANDARDIZED EXAM PREPARATION

I have remained active in tutoring across a spectrum of standardized exams. 

UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE PREPARATION EXAMS: SAT & ACT; all exam sections. 

I personalize my tutoring approach for these exams to each student. I develop materials in a coherent and clear manner for explanatory purposes. I offer repeated exercise practice, patterned on the questions formulations of both exams.

***Most significant. On a freelance basis, I have served as an exam item writer and content development contributor for both exams (at different times, given the two are created by different, competing companies). For SAT, I drafted countless questions, more consistently aligned with the Reading and Writing/Language but also assisted with Math as well. For ACT, role was very similar. 

From these experiences, I have obtained an invaluable perspective many others cannot offer: I know the exams inside and out. I know the concepts tested, yes, but I am trained to think as a test-writer. That means, for each exam, tapping into specific patterns, often unnoticeable to many students, which each exam administration implements for purposes of inducing error. Reading questions -- you'd be surprised how objective each is until you really get the hang of how the exam is designed. That's one example.

Thus, in my program for preparation, I ensure we obtain total competence in all subject matter potentially on the exam while integrating test-taking techniques that, combined, will place you in a position to excel.

HIGH SCHOOL EXAMS:

--Entrance Examinations (Math & ELA)

--AP Exams: US Government and Politics; US History; World History

**Certified exam scorer (passed all training requirements) for AP US Government and Politics & AP US History exam; have served as a scorer for both in Summer 2020, 2021, and scheduled for July 2022, reviewing thousands of responses of various types; competent in subject matter across both exams and in the scoring procedures for free response questions unreleased/unknown to students; e.g., I can provide you with the most methodical method to approach questions and maximize score on each composition, based on how they are reviewed, what scorers are instructed to look for, and more.scoring procedures, how to best  comp

Entrance Examinations; High School Exams: AP US Government & Politics; AP US History; AP European History

GRADUATE EXAMS

--LSAT; GMAT; GRE

Further Standardized Test Expertise (non-exhaustive):

Praxis Core, GED, Accuplacer, additional certiication program examinations.

(2) WRITING

Have written extensively on a professional level; years of experience successfully teaching all essential writing skills for high school, college, and adult professionals. 

--ESSAYS AND RESEARCH PAPERS: Assist students in the selection of a clear argument or topic; enable students to identify and organize relevant details; ensure a final product that is smooth in its flow, free of grammatical error, and well-written.

--COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL PERSONAL STATEMENTS: Possess professional experience in college admissions, reviewing countless applications and rendering decisions on admittance. Specialize in assisting students with their personal statements, empowering them to capture their individual voice while composing a vibrant and unique essay that is certain to stand out in the applicant pool.   

(3) MATH

Highly qualified to tutor all levels of Math from elementary to high school, with expertise in the following: 

--Elementary Math (including Common Core) through Algebra II.

ADDITIONAL SUBJECTS TUTORED

--ESL (Served as a volunteer classroom teacher to adult learners of all levels for seven years) 

--Public Speaking (Extensive experience in law school; served on high school and college debate teams) 

--Spanish (Received a 5 on the AP exam; 800 (perfect score) on the SAT Subject exam; minored in Spanish Language)

What I enjoy about tutoring is quite simple: It is the feeling I get when a concept with one of my student's minds clicks and that big smile comes across his or her face.

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Credentials

Park Ridge, NJ 07656
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8 Reviews

5.0

  • Mack

    I took the SAT and the ACT to ensure I did not make the wrong choice. It was a lot of work, definitely. However, I turned to this guy -- Dan -- for both. He worked with me, creating stuff for me, and individualizing everything for me. I had a previous tutor who basically walked me through some of Khan Academy, and threw practice questions at me with little basis. And it was obvious she had just done this with everyone before me. Dan is like no other tutor, maybe even person, you'll find. Work with him, invest the effort, follow his lead, and you will thrive.

  • Alyssa

    So easy to work with. Gives you his all and more and never stops until you completely understand. 3 months of LSAT with him and went from 149 to 166! Probably the best tutor out there.

  • Ariel Itano

    Master of the SAT. Three months of consistent study with him raised both my verbal score and math score each by over 250 points!

  • Miguel Martinez

    English is my second language, so I took on tutoring to improve my skills with Dan. He was EXTRAORDINARY. Dan improved my grammar and writing skills, helped me tone down my accent and worked to build my conversational skills. He will work toward your needs and develop materials just for you to address your weaknesses. I am so much more confident at work and socially, all thanks to Dan.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I look at each student as an individual with his or her own needs. That is why I tailor my my tutoring techniques and plan of study specifically for him or her. 

Upon meeting a student, I first always go out of my way to form an open and friendly relationship, so that the student is comfortable not just sitting across from me but also in the question-asking process which is critical to learning.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

EDUCATION 
New York University (NYU)

B.A. and B.S., magna cum laude, English (with highest honors -- thesis published) and Mathematics. Double Minor: Spanish Language and Political Science.

Georgetown University Law Center

J.D., specializing in criminal procedure and criminal law.

EXPERIENCE 
--High School Teacher for Teach for America. Courses Taught:

Math: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, and Geometry.

English: English I, English III 

--Assistant Director and Tutor of K-12 Math, Reading, and Writing learning center for four years.

--Over 10 years of private tutoring: Writing, Math (elementary through high school), Middle and High School English, SAT preparation, Public Speaking, Spanish, ESL, and more.


Lessons offered

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