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I'm a big Boston Celtics fan and I speak three languages. I can get you the test results you need to succeed because I went through the exams myself and performed well. The first time I took the SAT I actually wasn't satisfied with my score, so I spent 2 months working hard to get my score to where I wanted it to be. The second time I took the exam I saw a 200-point increase. Previously, I have had experience teaching the SSAT and the SAT. The student I tutored in SSAT successfully passed the exam is now attending a private high school abroad. With VarsityTutor's online learning platform, I will be able to transfer knowledge in a visual, easy-to-understand manner. I look forward to being your tutor and helping you reach your academic goals. :)

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Allan’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Northwestern University - Bachelors, Biological Sciences

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1540

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 780

SAT Writing: 750


Soccer, Basketball, Celtics, Photography, YouTube

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

College Biology

College English

College Essays

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

General Biology

General Chemistry

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing



ISEE- Middle Level

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing


SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Chinese with Listening


SSAT- Middle Level


Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Patience. Encouragement. Attitude. Engagement.

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

Get a general assessment of the student's level. Understand how the student wants to focus his/her time.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Get the student interested in the material so that he/she willingly takes the effort to go the extra mile at home, whether that's reviewing material already covered in class or learning/solidifying concepts on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Encourage the student throughout the learning process. Be patient with the student. Let the student know that the subject is not an easy subject to comprehend.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Find a different approach to explaining the concept. Find a way to relate the skill/concept to the student in a meaningful way.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Read an article together with the student. Stop after every paragraph/section and have the student summarize what happened in their own words.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Ask as many questions as possible. Really try to get a sense of where the student is at by asking meaningful, relevant questions.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Find a real world application of the subject that piques the interest of the student (a YouTube video perhaps).

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Find a way to quiz the student during the session.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Build up to harder questions. Start off with easy knowledge (the foundation) and build up to more difficult knowledge.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

A direct question to the student can often do the trick: "What do you feel you need to work on?"

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Spend more time/focus/energy on the areas the student has identified as their weak points.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

A combination of my own materials (books from the Chinese school I used to go to for example) and the materials the student has brought with him/her to the session.

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