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I am a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Psychology. My experience in tutoring ranges primarily from mathematics and biology to test prep (SAT). As someone who has taken the OLSAT and SAT, among other standardized exams and placed very well, I've found that strategy has a substantial influence on test outcomes: a student's approach to the question and their assumption of what the examiner is seeking as the answer. That philosophy is one I try to incorporate into anything I teach, as it improves a rather universal skill. In my spare time, I am an avid reader; whether it's books, magazines, or scientific journals. As a former concert pianist, I sometimes return to that hobby for some practice as well.

Mark’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General

Test Scores

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 750


Piano, Computer Technology

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

As someone with a strong standardized exam background, I focus on learning strategy. It's far more beneficial to teach the material and how to approach and expect further problems, rather than to just get the night's homework or latest test completed.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Typically we'll review the syllabus and go over the student's historical performance. A proper starting point is necessary to determine what kind of pacing and focus the session needs to have.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

As I've also mentioned, I do well with teaching testing strategy. Once the student adopts an efficient one, they will naturally start to be a more effective independent learner.