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When you choose a tutor, you are betting your test scores, future college and scholarship funding on their ability to actually help you get the results you need. So how do you know if someone can really deliver?

It goes without saying that you want a tutor who has scored well on the test you are taking, since a tutor can only lead you as far as she has already been. But high scores are not enough, because someone can be good at taking tests without knowing how to help others improve their performances too. It may seem surprising, but if you think about it, the skills a person needs to do well on a test are totally different than the skills needed to figure out why each student is maxing out at a certain level, what to teach them to move them forward, and how to match teaching styles to students unique learning styles.

Unfortunately, most tutors use a one-size-fits-all method, teaching basic approaches to particular problem types. While this information is certainly useful, by definition youll never get your best score with a one-size-fits-all approach. Your optimal study strategy is totally personal, based on your unique strengths and weaknesses, and is something that a great tutor can help you figure out.

Thats why I think of myself like a coach. Just like a coach, I succeed when you succeed. Figuring out how to help my players best perform in the heat of the moment is my job. So I take the time to understand how you currently approach the test material, and diagnose what is keeping you back and how to best move you forward. I work with you to develop a realistic training strategy that will prepare you, within the time you have, to achieve your goal score on test day.

When your time spent studying is productive and correctly tuned to shore up your weaknesses and solidify your strengths, you will not only get your best score, but youll also develop better mastery over the concepts and skills that you are being tested on. Thats why truly great tutoring is not just about learning gimmicks to help you get through a test. Great tutoring is about deepening what you understand, so that you are able to think betterduring the test, in your degree program, and far beyond. Taking the time now to sharpen your mental acuity is an investment that will pay dividends in your future. Get in touch and we'll see how we can get to work.

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Shihiayah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelor in Arts, Sustainability Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1490

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 780

GRE: 324

GRE Quantitative: 154

GRE Verbal: 170


Learning and thinking about the world around me, hearing people's stories, reading and writing, seeing great movies and beautiful things, gardening and cooking.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature


Business Writing


CLEP College Composition


Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School Level American Literature

LSAT Logical Reasoning

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


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