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 MYLDTUTOR Services

We offer one-on-one tutoring in all academic subjects, test preparation  and educational consultation for students in elementary and high school.  Our teaching philosophy at MYLDTUTOR has always been focused on the whole student: empowering each individual by designing an approach that caters to the learner's academic strengths & weaknesses, processing & executive functioning skills and goals for reaching success. 

  • Test Preparation
  • Academic Tutoring
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Consultation
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SAT & ACT

All colleges and universities in the United States accept both SAT & ACT for admissions and merit-based scholarships. The latest versions of these two tests are very similar in terms of the content and academic skill level that they require. However, distinctions in structure and test-format can alter an individual's test-taking experience significantly. Each test has a predetermined order of sections, covering nearly identical concepts in math, reading and language skills. Both tests end with an optional writing/essay test that doesn't count towards composite score. The SAT is scored on a range of 400-1600 and the ACT is scored 1-36. The two tests are of similar length, the SAT being 180 minutes and the ACT 175 minutes.  Mathematics sections on both tests cover: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, algebra II and trigonometry. SAT separates the math into two sections - one with and one without a calculator, while ACT has one math section that permits calculator use. The ACT English section and the SAT Writing & Language sections use the same passage-based format to test a combination of usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. Reading sections are similar in the two tests, requiring students to answer questions on structure, tone & style,  analyze dialogue and figurative language, summarize arguments or main ideas and making inferences. The SAT reading questions also include evidence-based questions. All three sections of the SAT also include questions that refer to charts and figures and 2 of the 5 SAT reading sections cover scientific topics with visuals accompanying the text.  The ACT has a separate Science section, which combines figures and charts with the text from passages.  More specifics about test differences are detailed below

Test Preparation

HCHS - Hunter College High School Entrance Exam

SHSAT: NY Specialized High School Admissions Test

  • Grades 8 & 9
  • Service Desk: 212-374-5162
  • Schools: Bronx Science, Brooklyn Tech, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Latin, LaGuardia, H.S. for Math, Science and Engineering (City College), H.S. of American Studies (Lehman College), Queens H.S. for the Sciences (York College), Staten Island Tech

SSAT: Secondary School Admission Test

**COOP: The Cooperative Admissions Examination

**HSPT: The High School Placement Test

  • Grade 8
  • ststesting.com
  • Private High Schools - placement in 9th grade

**TACHS: Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools

ISEE: Independent School Entrance Exam

EXPLORE: A Test For Career Direction/ College Readiness by ACT

OLSAT: The Otis-Lennon School Ability Test

WIAT - II : Wechsler Individual Achievement Test - Second Edition

  • Pre-K (45mins); Grades 1-6 (90mins); Grades 7-16(1.5-2hrs)
  • www.pearsonassessments.com
  • Provides guidance for intervention and IEP, planning and to understand achievement.

PSAT: The Preliminary SAT by the College Board

*NMSQT: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test SAT: The Scholastic Assessment Test

ACT: The American College Test

  • Grade 11 and 12
  • www.act.org
  • Assesses academic growth and college readiness

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

  • Score valid for 2yrs - Paper or Internet based (TOEFL iBT)
  • www.ets.org/toefl/
  • Measures ability to use and understand English at the university level

SAT II: Subject Tests

NYS Regents: Elementary and Intermediate Examinations

  • Elementary (Grades 3-5); Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • www.nysedregents.org/
  • Standardized Tests for guidance and placement

NYS Regents: High School Examinations

  • High School (Grades 9-12)
  • www.nysedregents.org/
  • Required for graduation from NYS high schools (Some)
  • For higher achieving students, Advanced and Honors Regents are offered

GRE/GMAT

gre-vs-gmat

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is an admissions requirement for the vast majority of Graduate and Business Schools in the United States. The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to measure proficiency in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing snd critical thinking. The GMAT, which contains much of the same content as the GRE, is used almost exclusively for admissions to business schools or MBA programs.

Tutors at MYLDTUTOR customize each test preparation plan around an individual's academic needs, schedule and time-frame.  Test-taking strategies help the test-taker to navigate based on their strengths and weaknesses and play a critical role in achieving success on GRE  or GMAT.

General Academic Tutoring

Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Calculus

Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science

English/Language Arts (ELA)

  • Literature
  • Writing/Composition
  • Speech

Social Studies

  • U.S. History
  • U.S. Government
  • Economics
  • World History
  • Geography

Executive Functioning Skills & Study Skills

We work on the development of the complete student. Learning to employ effective executive functioning skills vastly improves an individuals ability to successfully navigate academic material. In fact, it is difficult for any student to reach their full potential if they do not have sound study habits, organization and time management skills. Executive function is a cognitive system responsible for attention, working memory, problem solving, verbal reasoning, multi-tasking and other critical processes. At MYLDTUTOR we believe that an essential part of reaching success is learning to manage oneself and the resources at their disposal. When developing each educational plan, we consider the individual's executive functioning skills, in order to best nurture learning. 

We also offer specialized tutoring in executive functioning skills, specifically related to:

  • Study Skills
  • Organization
  • Focus/Attention
  • Time Management
  • Memorization

REMOTE/ONLINE TUTORING

HOW IT WORKS

I have perfected a system that not only caters to the learning differences and idiosyncrasies of each individual, but provides the necessary oversight and communication needed to ensure that each student has the best chance of strengthening areas of academic weakness, executive functioning challenges, overcoming insecurity generated from academic skills or areas of performance that present as arduous, guiding the development and application of a personalized approach for each individual and finally by reinforcing the importance of employing and benefiting from accommodations provided in school and on standardized tests.

I have taken steps to ensure that the professional tutors and educational consultants, who represent my company and philosophy, are in fact doing everything needed to prepare a student, including communicating progress with the families and explaining ways that they can provide additional support. I greatly value and respect the different teaching styles and experience that comes with each tutor, so making sure that they are held to my standards, honor the process of assessing and address each student's learning differences and that the appropriate material is always accessible or created for an individual.

FEATURES OF REMOTE TUTORING

1) COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT: I am spending more time communicating and supporting my tutors and the students they teach by Intimately keeping up with each dynamic and family.

2) REMOTE SESSIONS OPTION: Personally, I am working more remotely, so that I can continue to help students in uniquely challenging situations, without the limiting parameters of traditional in-person, after-school tutoring. Cutting out travel time and widening the area of availability has provided me the needed time and energy to comfortably communicate, monitor and support families, students and tutors; I can more easily prioritize the search for and hiring of new dedicated tutors and most importantly keep up with the progress of the students in active tutoring, through regularly scheduled check-ins with parents/guardians to discuss necessary modifications or to anticipate needed changes to an individual's plan.

3) ENHANCED EXPERIENCE IN REMOTE TUTORING: To ensure that online/remote tutoring is at least as effective as face-to-face sessions, I have taken steps to improve the experience, interface and tools available to me. I have reorganized and updated my database of core and supplementary materials; I use a white-board and a document camera to provide visual aids and on-demand explanations; To customize better for each student, I have diversified homework assignments and study aids. For, example, I use Quizlet to create sets of terms, formulas, concepts, etc.; I use Google docs. to share interactive/ multi-media documents or to monitor projects, research and writing. Effectively monitoring and guiding student work through step-by-step instruction and easy-access Q&A between sessions, has proven very helpful on many levels. Finally, since remote tutoring precludes me from seeing all of the notes that a student takes during a session or how well they are processing important points to take-away, I provide a scanned, hand-written recap of each session, along with detailed homework assignments. Homework tasks are prioritized, strategies/approaches covered are explicated and specific practice problems, definitions or tips are provided to reinforce essential information or concepts/skills that remain challenging. Additionally, I include step-by-step instructions, designed for an individual's learning-style and curve. Since I write-up and send this document after each session, I have found that can put more thought into its creation and as a result, can provide a more effective guide for learning, following each session.

4) IMPROVED TRACKING OF STUDENT PROGRESS: This new system for summarizing and reviewing each remote session, is incredibly helpful in tracking student progress. Improved clarity in terms of what to study, how to study and what to take-away from each session, helps the student, parents/guardians and tutor(me), remain on the same page between each meeting and throughout the process in its entirety. Furthermore, it identifies the need for intervention or change in certain areas without delay and assists in planning and prioritizing the next session. So far, this has only created improved comfort and clarity for the student/family, and a better handle and gauge of efficacy than was ever achieved by following my notes and memory with regard to each session. For example, being able to easily anticipate when I need to intercede with additional short 15-30 minute sessions for monitoring homework, explaining the use of study tools or to call-on parents to play a larger or more specific role in guidance/support of the plan, has been exceptional as it lends more order to the process and substantiates the role of clear, collaborative communication.

TECHNOLOGY: INTEGRATION IN EDUCATION

As modern education, research, communication and access to knowledge is sustained the interconnectivity of the internet and technology, society is faced with the imminent challenge of finding the best ways to benefit from this rapid shift in culture, without becoming completely dependent on or consumed by the technology themselves. It is this notion that inspired me to revisit my understanding of what constitutes an efficacious learning environment. As I began to incorporate the option of remote tutoring as supplemental to or in-lieu of face-to-face sessions, There was an unmistakable trend of successful and smooth sessions. Since essentially all students in middle school, high school and college have grown up completely immersed in internet culture and a society rapidly comfortable with a human-machine symbiosis, this really should have come as no surprise. These revolutionary technological innovations continue to be integrated into education; applications and complementary tools are introduced and adopted in the classroom more-and-more. Meanwhile, at home it is still commonplace for technology to be a distraction, so huge efforts are undertaken to monitor computer-usage to limit its problematic potential. Navigating this dichotomy of the good and bad use of technology is one that all of us face. The only difference between the generations is that younger people are both more comfortable using technology for both productivity and for relaxation. Therefore, it makes sense that many students are very comfortable working within this technological dynamic.

I aimed to fully understand the evolving trend of incorporating technology into education, and the ways that individual learners and their diverse learning and processing styles, can benefit. I realized that if a system could be carefully constructed to identify and promote all of the beneficial aspects of online tutoring and also thoughtfully compensate for any positive qualities sacrificed by not being in person, remote tutoring would not only be the evolution of individual learning, but the future of one-on-one tutoring at the highest level. I designed a system of one-on-one online tutoring using a platform like FaceTime, GoogleHangouts, or Skype and integrating a variety of supplementary digital tools/applications to eliminate the drawbacks of not being face-to-face. I use a document camera( to present and/or mark-up materials visually or demonstrate processes, such as problem solving in math), whiteboards (to view a students written process), applications such as Quizlet (to create, organize and update customized study sets) and interactive platforms like Google docs (to monitor a student’s process, study habits or to collaborate on planning/scheduling when needed). Online sessions also allow real-time access to my massive database of supplementary material. I did recognize that not being in person can prevent me from seeing exactly what a student is writing down for notes, so I include a write-up of session notes following each meeting. This way, the student can provide their undivided attention to the lesson and practice, and I can spend time after each session to consolidate relevant notes on strategy, concepts in need of further review and reminders or steps for processing or approach. I also create practice problems, crate study sets or guides that target and reinforce important concepts or skills. In terms of managing executive functioning skills and maintaining an effective study schedule, it has been great to have the option to be flexible with scheduling based on student needs, to be able to provide written support/guidance that makes assignments less daunting, so that students are less hesitant to get started on their own. It also creates a structure where a student know that they are ultimately in control of what is reported in the regular check-ins with parents. Somehow, all of this seems to promote efficiency in sessions and to encourage accountability on the part of the student.

It has become a reality in our modern society that nearly all students have become more comfortable communicating and learning using a computer than what we consider more traditional ways. Likewise, its no surprise that young minds are also accustomed to focusing attention when in front of a screen and oftentimes have an easier time processing information and focusing using this assistive technology, than with a traditional paradigm. I have been so impressed by the success and incredible feedback that has come out of all this.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING & EDITING

MYLDTUTOR has some incredibly talented professional writers and editors on staff.  Our writing tutors have experience in both fiction and non-fiction and are available to begin coaching at any stage of the writing process: brainstorming,  research, prewriting, outlining, drafting, structure & style, source analysis, feedback, editing and revision. Call for a free consultation and we can organize a plan to realize you goals. 

The Writing Workshop service at MYLDTUTOR gives writers the opportunity to have feedback provided for their work at established checkpoints that fit the project. This service is designed as a support for writers of all types, whether it is an author writing a fiction novel or a PhD candidate writing a dissertation.  Contact us for a free consultation to discuss options for bringing your writing project to fruition.                                                                                                                              

Becoming more conscientious about business writing ensures better communication in the office and empowers the individuals with confidence in self-advocacy. One-on-one coaching in writing, offers instruction on the pre-writing/planning, drafting and editing processes, as well as literary devices influential in business and business management writing. them as they authentically have discovered the value in higher quality writing and its connection to superior self-advocacy. As technology rapidly reshapes our world, it is of the upmost importance to be able to communicate individual needs, organizational skills and the unique ways each person interprets data, anticipates consumer behavior and deciphers market trends. Contact MYLDTUTOR for a consultation or more information.

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