I graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University. My degree was in philosophy, my minor in economics, and I took upper level math classes for entrance into economics grad school. In short, I have tremendous experience taking standardized tests (Scoring in the 99% of the LSAT) and academic tests (I completed my Wake Forest degree with a 3.8 GPA).
My experience working with students began in high school, where for four years I taught and mentored ice hockey players ages 6-14 in year round clinics and camps. Then, during college, I spent a semester in South America and paid my daily expenses through tutoring Chilean high school students in English.
Studying for an important test is not a question of innate ability as much as it is about knowing how to maximize effort. I believe the value of a tutor comes from his ability to provide the most effective tutorials as well as his ability to analyze his student's unique learning style and approach and offer observation and advice. When it comes to studying for the LSAT, it's 33% learning the test, 33% sustaining motivation, and 34% evaluation of one's approach/style. As a tutor, I see my job as supporting a student in all three ways, more like a personal trainer than a teacher. I've seen how to improve 10 deciles on standardized test--enough to change your options to the next tier of schools--in 3 months.
I spent 3 months and 450 hours studying the LSAT. Some of it was very productive, some of it wasn't . As students prepare to embark on a long investment of their time and efforts on this incredibly decisive test, I want to share what I learned about the test, and what I learned about study methods, to maximize their time spent preparing and boosting their chances of going to the school they belong.
I break my approach to the LSAT down into three parts over three months. I run students through a diagnostic questionnaire to asses their strengths, commitment and availability. I recommend a core set of materials, provide encouragement throughout the studying process, and keep data on progress to best support a student through her training. Typically, one only takes the LSAT once, maybe twice. That means that you get one 3 month period to prepare. Don't be caught 2 months in feeling like you could have made more progress had you approached studying differently. Get support from someone who's been through the process. Let's work together!
Wake Forest University - Bachelors, Philosophy