As a Pennsylvania lawyer who found my true passion in teaching, I have developed proven courses for SAT, ACT and LSAT prep. I have personally tutored over 500 students in private sessions and classroom courses. I create a personalized program for each student, evaluating the students strengths and weaknesses and motivating them to succeed.
Subjects are taught logically, step-by-step in an organized and systematic manner. By reaching small attainable goals, the student builds confidence. To help students succeed, I constantly reinforce their confidence, not by empty complements, but rather by showing them that they are continuously improving and that they are raising their practice test scores.
My LSAT preparation course breaks down the logic of arguments by carefully reviewing, assimilating and practicing on previously administered test questions. I stress an organized and systematic approach to the questions in all three test areas. My course is currently offered at two local universities to provide comprehensive tutoring for students and alumni who are preparing for the test. I also provide individualized LSAT tutoring to college juniors and adults in the workforce who are considering law school.
In March of 2016 the SAT is changing and new test material will be needed. This will not be the first time I have modified my course to account for new elements which will be added to the test. I also teach a full ACT course. Common practice in recent years has been for students to take the ACT as well as the SAT because differing formats and content of the exams appeal to students differently. Taking both tests offers students the opportunity to see which one better suits their strengths.
My students will work hard, but their course wont feel like homework or punishment. When they master the concepts, learn tips that score points, and apply test taking strategies that work, they will be motivated by their own improvement.
For pre-SAT students, I have experience tutoring for the PSAT. I can also prepare students for the ISEE and SSAT exams.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975 with a B.A in Modern European History. I received my J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1978. I live in suburban Philadelphia with my wife and son.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pennsylvania - Bachelor in Arts, History
Graduate Degree: Boston University - Juris Doctor, Law
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is not just one way to teach Test Prep. I customize my course to each student, paying close attention to their individual strengths and weaknesses, and working with them to find that "key" or stimulus which will enable them to master each concept. Effective teaching is a dialogue.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I break the ice with the student and get them comfortable knowing this will not be punishment. I run them through a diagnostic drill so I can get an idea of their ability in each test area, and I start to bolster their confidence.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Every concept has a key that the student must find, and the key is different for different students. I watch the student attempt to solve a problem, and then I use their approach to the problem. This fosters confidence, which, in turn, fosters success. Once the student finds that key, they want to utilize it on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It's always important to see the big picture, both on this particular test and in what a good score can help the student achieve. Getting one particular question wrong on a standardized test is not fatal - in fact, there are many more questions that can be answered correctly to get the students the points they need. The student will know that if they keep up their concentration and focus, they will succeed on this test - and that motivates them to put in the work. In the bigger picture, this test is a stepping stone to a great college or a great career, and it is a hurdle they can surmount. We discuss the end game of this preparation, and the student becomes self-motivated.