Santa Clara CA SAT Test-Prep-Tutor
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.
We are currently using Mr Test Prep for our second child. Working with Mike has been excellent for both our children. His philosophy is to limit SAT preparation to the sessions and this is very important in maintaining the appropriate balance of school work and test preparation in our children’s highly pressured lives. This is a smart approach and Mike’s results are outstanding. We had our first child work initially with a different tutoring service which was very intense and involved of homework. This was not successful and little progress resulted. When we switched to Mike we saw a new approach to the exam and a greater understanding of the nuances of the particular standardized test…and we saw dramatic improvement in scores. Importantly, Mike is an outstanding educator and really understands children and how they are wired and how to get them to put their best foot forward. With our second child, we went straight to Mike. Both our kids really like Mike and were inspired by him. We would unreservedly recommend Mr Test Prep and feel lucky to have found him. – Karen Patou ( Palo Alto, Ca ), Parent of Gunn Junior and Georgetown Freshman
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 best tutor/person ever!!!! Prior to having sessions with him, I was afraid of taking the SAT. I had zero confidence with it and along with that I could not even finish one section under the allotted time. After working with Michael, I raised my score by almost 300 more points and I got through every question on the test. During the sessions and through his blogposts, he gives very helpful, meaningful tips and tricks that even help me with subjects at school. Usually I dread prepping for such big exams, but I would get really excited going to every session even with 30-45 minute drives in the morning because Michael is a very funny, energetic, and positive person. He would sing and sometimes even perform his own songs. He would also say his catch phrase “Dazzle me, don’t frazzle me” in a very funky accent. The fact that he is a very fun guy helped take away all the test anxiety I had and it definitely motivated me. Furthermore, he recreates the atmosphere of the testing room by having all his students do test prep in one room and then we all rotate to have an individual study time with him in another room. Whenever my friends and I spoke about test prep, I would show off to my friends at school how amazing my tutor was. Every session through Skype or in person was extremely productive. Without the strong passion he has for his job and endless encouragement he has for his students, I do not think I would have done as well. I always thought the SAT exams were going to be my weakest point in my college applications, but Michael’s help turned that around and he was very beneficial. Now I am deciding between multiple colleges (I was afraid of having no options) and he is one of the people I have to thank for helping me go this far. Michael is one of a kind and I truly miss SAT prep sessions with him! – Celina Laguisma (Pacifica, Ca), Notre Dame High School in Belmont, Class of 2016
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 CA SAT Test-Prep-Tutor Program Here:
Mr. Test Prep has been a part of the Santa Clara CA SAT Test-Prep-Tutor community for nearly 20 years. His experience working with students—from math wizzes to number phobes, from novelists-in-training to kids who hate to read—has shown him that improving test results first requires improving a student’s confidence. To directly address this important facet of SAT prep, his tutoring program exposes students to the conditions of the test, while training them in subject-specific skills and teaching them testing strategies that can make the test much easier.