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For juniors, and some seniors it’s time to start thinking about taking the SAT (or improving on a previous math score). Summer is a great time to focus on this in a relaxed and less stressful environment.

I'm a former high school math teacher - Springbrook and B-CC, and Cardozo High School in NYC.  I've been teaching SAT math classes (and tutoring privately) for years, and treat it like what it is - Not just a math test.  There's a reason it's called an "aptitude" test.  If you have a good feel for how math "works" (as well as a bunch of shortcuts to the type of problems on the test) you can really improve your score by a lot with a bit of practice.

I can't necessarily help your child get a PERFECT score on the math portion of the SAT. No one can make that guarantee!  It's not realistic.  I didn't get an 800 (except on the two math subject tests, but those tests are a different type of test).  I can only guarantee that I will work my hardest to help your child understand what is really being asked in each type of question they might encounter.  And if there's some math that they forgot from algebra 1 or geometry or algebra 2 or even 5th grade (yes, some students are still hazy on fractions) then we'll cover that too.

I don't have a website. I tutor other math too, and get most of my students through referrals. During the year, I charge $75 for an hour session (or $110 for 1.5 hours or $130 for 2 hours).  I also give a small discount for multiple sessions per week. During the summer, my rates will be a bit less. $65 for an hour, $95 for 1.5 hours, $110 for a 2 hour session.

I don't take money up front.  It's pay as you go, and I only make house calls (or can meet at a library near you).  Think my prices are too high?  Have your child share their sessions with a friend who works at their level in math and split the cost.  I'm never going to get rich from this business, but if I can help students get into the college of their choice then I've made a difference (and that's important to me).

As for success, I consider it a success if I can raise someone's score to something they might not have achieved on their own.  I haven’t yet had a student who achieved 800 on the math part of the SAT (perhaps your child can be my first!) but a number of students have moved into the 700 range and 2 got 790s. While I can't guarantee all students those scores either, I don't think those students would have gotten those scores without the amount of preparation that we did together.

I hope you'll contact me if you think that I might be able to assist your child. I look forward to speaking with you.

Barbara

P.S. If your student is looking to take the PSAT or the Math Subject tests (Levels 1 and 2), I’m happy to help with those as well.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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