An experienced tutor can make all the difference when it comes to taking the S.A.T.
Michael D. Davis taught at an Atlanta-area high school for 25 years. He has been a private tutor for the last ten years. He has worked with many students over the years. Two of his former students achieved perfect scores on the SAT. In Michael’s own words: "Throughout my teaching career, there was often a disconnect between the ’typical’ student’s grades in school and his/her scores on standardized tests like the SAT and the ACT. Many of my very best students, who got A’s and B’s in their school courses, would get average scores on the SAT. I would often hear parents say, ’My son/daughter does very well on school tests,’ and then ’My son/daughter just doesn’t test well (regarding the SAT).’ It stands to reason that your son/daughter does well on school tests, then he/she is capable of testing well. The difference is that a good student is always prepared for the school test. Good students know what to study and are therefore not surprised when they take the test. The real explanation for weaker SAT/ACT scores, in my opinion, is very simple: insufficient preparation."
Connie Campione has been teaching math for almost 20 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her graduate degree in mathematics education from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. She has taught and tutored students in math courses ranging from SAT Prep and Algebra to AP Calculus and Statistics. Connie has worked both as a classroom teacher as well as an online math instructor with an international school. She took a break from her teaching career for two years and worked with Educational Testing Service, where she wrote SAT questions and worked to assemble SAT tests for the College Board. She has a passion not only for teaching math, but for working with students and helping them reach their potential. Connie and her husband live with their two children in Bucks County Pennsylvania. She enjoys attending athletic events (especially ones in which her children are playing and her husband is coaching), going on spontaneous trips to the New Jersey shore, taking long walks with her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.
Adam Roufberg holds a Master’s in Physics from Drexel University where he conducted research on the structure and function of Sickle Cell (Anemia) Hemoglobin. Prior to that he completed a dual major in Physics and Biology at the State University of New York at New Paltz. After all of that, he completed a Master of Advanced Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland, in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation. His thesis for that degree was about how the performance arts are used in Palestine, with youth, to build personal and cultural identity. Prior to all of that he achieved an associates in Classical Guitar from Manhattan School of Music, which he is currently picking up on with a formal education in Flamenco guitar/music. In Adam’s words: “At the core, I am a strategist for students of life and learning. True, I’m a physicist, biologist, musician, poet, and conflict mediator, yet I draw my principles from wilderness survival, the martial arts and the theory of education centered on the idea that language is at the heart of learning. My intention as an educator is to convince the student that these principles are universally applicable and with some disciplined, organized practice, anything can be accomplished – especially in terms of standardized test preparation and academic studies. While I’m not teaching you, or someone else, you may see me running or biking in the mountains, hear me practicing flamenco guitar, or catch wind of the aromas pouring out of my vegan kitchen. One day, I hope, you’ll be reading my published poems and short stories.”