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I was one of those weird kids in school who loved taking tests. My colleagues constantly wondered at my ability to ace pop quizzes and finals alike. -- they all wondered how I could get consistent high marks without staying up all night studying. Here's a few of my strategies:
-- Each test is a game, treat it like one! All games have rules. There are free points on every test that can be won by just knowing these rules!
-- Study smarter, not longer. Once we know the rules, we can apply them to make our study hours more effective. Fewer hours spent cramming and better scores!
-- Relax! Being anxious about your grade doesn't help you take the test. I know techniques to help manage the stress of performance anxiety, and let you perform at your best.

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Ryan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Marymount Manhattan College - Bachelors, BFA -- Acting


Runs a Shakespeare theater company, likes video games, working for the food truck industry, writing, software

Tutoring Subjects

AP English Literature and Composition

AP European History

AP World History

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


Essay Editing

European History

High School English

Homework Support



Public Speaking

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy revolves around studying smarter, not harder. Often a broad knowledge of a topic, and an understanding of the basic skills of test taking, can net you free points that can change your grade!

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

I want to get to know a student, and to understand what their goals are in relation to studying. My immediate goal is to make sure the student wants to do better.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I never realized that learning was fun until AFTER I graduated. I want to help teach students that learning, and even test taking, doesn't have to feel like a chore.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student satay motivated by making sure to keep their big goals in mind. Let's remind ourselves why we're trying to get better in a subject. It's so easy for our goals to get lost in the minutiae of day-to-day work.

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