Santa Clara Act Preparation
Duke Graduate • 18 Years Experience • Over 1500 Students
DOES YOUR CHILD NEED TO IMPROVE HIS OR HER STANDARDIZED SAT TEST SCORES?
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A MASTER SAT TEST TUTOR IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BAY AREA WHO REQUIRES NO HOMEWORK AND GUARANTEES RESULTS?
I can help. Working with high school students for over 18 years, I have developed a philosophy supported by skills and techniques proven to result in superb SAT Tutoring and ACT test results.
We all move through the world with a self-image that sets what we believe we are capable of. This self-image often under serves our potential because it has been formed by a hodge-podge of experiences, some encouraging and affirming, others anything but. The sense of self is malleable particularly in young people.
I work to expose their doubts and fears as more imagined than real and to convince them that they are much more capable than they realize. This serves the all-important self-image in a very powerful way. It not only results in vastly improved standardized scores but also recalibrates the belief in what’s possible.
As I work with my students, I never lose sight of my real objective. I may be helping them ace their standardized tests, but ultimately I am elevating more than just a score.
My program is not a traditional “one on one” tutoring situation. I have learned from my almost two decades of experience that there is a better and less painful way to prepare kids for these tests. Over the course of each 2-hour session, students meet with me for three private, one-on-one conferences (totaling about 20 minutes per student, each session),
The value of each 2 hour session is multi-faceted:
- Self-timed sections in a group environment similar to the actual testing environment
- Immediate correction of mistakes and tutoring to specific content or errors
- Test taking strategies given as they arise during test taking, making them more relevant and easier to remember and apply
- Confidence building with every interaction
- Session by session readjustment of areas of focus based on observable progress
Investments of time and money vary from student to student. Regardless of ability, students that complete the number of sessions we agree to upfront have a great chance of meeting or surpassing their test prep objectives.
Working with Michael turned out to be a great experience. After my daughter’s first attempt at the SAT, he continued to work with her until she got the results she wanted. She was able to improve her score by 100 points. She achieved these results using his “no homework” approach. Michael really cares about his students and strives to help them get their best scores possible. We both highly recommend Michael – Melisee Basso, parent -Archbishop Mitty ’15
Unlike the other tutoring centers where having a good tutor is the luck of the draw, you know what you get with Mr. Test Prep. Michael is very experienced and patient with the students. He focuses his conversations with the student based on their mistakes on the practice tests and customizes with the particular sections that each student needs to work on. Doing many of the practice tests at his home without distraction is a more realistic measure of the students ability versus doing the practice tests as homework at home. It also trains the student’s ability to stay focus for an extended period of time, mimicking the real test environment. We also liked Michael’s flexible make up schedule. Even though the student is supposed to sign up to a particular time & day, Micheal is very good about make up lessons which we found very helpful with the chaotic schedule of our teenagers these days. Several occasion when my daughter was sick or have a conflicting activity, Michael is very accommodating, allowing her to attend at a different time. With all the high stress preparing for the tests, Michael also taught my daughter “meditation” techniques to use prior to the exam which is so valuable for the rest of her life. The ability to calm the “nerves” will come in handy before any exams, presentations, job interviews, etc. that our children will face. – Karen Yuen, Los Altos
Michael is the SAT tutor you could never even imagine existing. He’s a fantastic teacher, yes, but the magic of his tutoring comes from his ability to make his students enjoy each and every test prep session. I’ve worked with Michael for almost everything—the SAT, the PSAT, the ACT, and three SAT Subject tests. For everything from reading comprehension (originally my weakest section, which Michael brought up by over 100 points) to History, he can tell exactly what you need to work on with a simple glance at your responses. He’s got an expansive arsenal of techniques and strategies under his belt that he can tailor to each student’s individual needs (including a fantastic meditation routine for over-stressed students such as myself). But more than just the technical stuff, Michael cares for every student. You’d never imagine that he’s had countless students working with him because he makes an effort to get to know you. When I talked about my writing, he made an effort to read my stories—and then remembered everything about them and even showed me a song he composed that reminded him of the plot. He even wrote me a recommendation letter for a writing camp I got into! And that’s what makes him an SAT tutor who (to put it in his words) dazzles you rather than frazzles you. Every time I had a tutoring session, I looked forward to it, and when I was there, his support for me not only as a standardized test taker but also as a writer, a high school student, and a person gave me the energy to do my best on each practice test and remember all the tips he taught me.Honestly, the time I’ve spent with Michael is absolutely priceless. Even if a fairy could come down from the sky and grant me a 2500/2400 on the SAT, I wouldn’t trade the time I’ve spent with him for it. Michael is not only, for the lack of a better word, Unreal as an SAT tutor, but also an incredible human being who will give you the tools to Succeed at Life. Bless you, Michael, even this monstrously long testimonial can’t scratch the surface of how grateful I am for the experience of working with you. Infinity times, thank you. – Anastasia W. (Atherton, CA), Menlo School, Class of 2015, Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2019
Score Satisfaction Guarantee
I stand behind the fact that the Mr. Test Prep program can help almost any student achieve the score increase he or she is looking for. I am so confident that I offer my students a score satisfaction guarantee, which allows them to continue to attend Mr. Test Prep, free of charge, if they aren’t fully satisfied with the results.
If you would like to speak with me prior to your Free Trial Session, see Contact Page or call me now at 650-575-5867. Be sure to include your phone number and a time you would like to be reached. Otherwise, schedule your Free Trial Session by filling out the form for the Santa Clara Act Preparation Program Here:
Mr. Test Prep gives his students the deep learning skills they need to perform well on a lifetime worth of tests. At his Santa Clara Act Preparation center, he helps his students overcome years worth of bad mental habits and poor confidence so they’re ready to take on the test and reach their maximum score potential. With a combination of one-on-one and group testing, Mr. Test Prep offers the best of both worlds: experience with the conditions of the test and focused, student-specific instruction.