I’m an experienced, effective test prep specialist with over 15 years of private tutoring experience for the SAT/PSAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and ISEE/SSAT. I help students build the content knowledge necessary for the tests, and also work with students to develop test reasoning, strategies, and time management skills. Recent students have raised their SAT/PSAT scores by hundreds of points or have achieved the GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores needed to make themselves highly competitive in their desired graduate school program. My ISEE/SSAT students have gotten into top private schools in their cities. I also tutor English (including ESL), math (up to pre-calculus), and CogAT upon request.
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SAT/PSAT/ACTI have taught all subjects of the SAT/PSAT and ACT for over 15 years and am up-to-date on the current formats of each test. For the math sections, I focus on test strategy interspersed with content review as necessary. For the reading section, I teach strategies for reading the passages themselves and for answering the questions using evidence from the passages. We work on vocabulary as necessary. For the English/writing sections, we review grammar that many students were never explicitly taught in school. We also work on techniques for the essays so that students know how to structure their writing and support their ideas. For the ACT science section, I teach students techniques for getting information reliably and quickly from the figures. We also work on finding the relevant parts of the scientific method. My own SAT scores were 790 Math and 800 Verbal in 1999. I’ve scored in the 99th percentile on ACT practice tests as well.
LSATMy highest score to-date on an LSAT practice test is a 179, and I consistently score in the 99th percentile on practice tests. (I take practice tests regularly to stay sharp!) I have been tutoring the LSAT at all levels since 2010 and have worked with a wide range of students. Sometimes this means getting students scoring in the 130s high enough to get into a local law school. Other times this has involved helping high scoring students raise their scores even more, such as repeated 178s.
To learn as much as possible about the digital LSAT, I just took the LSAT this July and was fortunate to get the digital version! I'll share what I experienced, and we'll work on techniques adapted to that format.
GRE/GMATI have significant experience teaching both the GRE and GMAT. My knowledge of both tests has allowed me to help some students determine which test is right for them: some aspiring business school students gain tens of percentile points just by switching tests! I've worked with students on all sections of the GRE and GMAT. I particularly enjoy helping students make sense of the Quantitative Comparison questions (GRE) and Data Sufficiency questions (GMAT). My LSAT background helps with the critical reasoning questions on both tests. I also help students develop templates to make the essay sections easier. My students have ranged from those who haven't done math in years to those who are shooting for a near perfect score. My own scores are above the 95th percentile on practice test for the GMAT and a 170V, 169Q on the GRE.
ISEE/SSATI have tutored the ISEE and SSAT for about 13 years, at each of the different levels. I work with students to familiarize them with the test format and test management strategies. That is especially important for the younger students! We also work on content areas, reviewing math facts, learning vocabulary, and practicing critical reading and essay writing. I also provide CogAT tutoring for students trying to test into gifted programs.
Rate & LogisticsMy 1:1 tutoring rate ($70/hr) reflects my years of experience in test prep and my efforts to stay fresh with the exams. I meet with students online, using Skype or Zoom so we can see and hear each other and an online interactive whiteboard for us to collaboratively take notes on uploaded materials. Previous students find online tutoring convenient, flexible, and just as effective as meeting face-to-face.
I offer a risk-free guarantee for the first hour of tutoring. If you are not satisfied or feel the tutoring is not a good fit, the first hour will be fully refunded.
I require 24 hour notice for rescheduling. Last minute cancellations incur a charge of one hour of tutoring time. No-shows incur a charge for the full scheduled time.
TestimonialsBefore working with Carrie I took an LSAT practice test and scored a 120. I was down in the dumps and knew I needed to increase my score dramatically to be accepted into law school. Even though my initial score was low I still had set high expectations for myself. I set a goal to improve my score to high 160's range. Carrie has helped me tremendously. During our first meeting she assured me that with her extensive experience tutoring students on the LSAT that if I put in the work I would be able to improve my score dramatically. I have been working with Carrie for about two months now. I scored a 158 on my last practice test and feel confident with more practice and tutoring I will be able to achieve my goal. I cannot recommend Carrie enough if you are looking for a skilled, patient, and knowledgeable tutor.
Carrie is an amazing tutor. I chose her out of many because she understood exactly what the goal was...to improve my son's PSAT scores. Even though we were in different states, my son and Carrie were able to meet every week. After every session, she touched bases with me, letting me know what they worked on and what he needed to work on independently. My son is a good test taker and I had some doubts that he could improve much more but he did with the help of Carrie. My son improved so much on the PSAT, that he is now NMSC eligible, scoring in the 99th percentile with a PERFECT math score. He felt confident after the PSAT and scheduled the SAT, while still meeting with Carrie on a weekly basis. SAT scores just came in and he is again in the 99th percentile with a PERFECT math score again. I highly recommend Carrie. She is super professional, knowledgeable, and always responds to my questions and requests. THANKS, CARRIE!!!
Over the course of my learning experience with Carrie, she was able to communicate subject matter in an easy to understand way. She has a fantastic attitude, and was very patient. Her thorough breakdown of material made it easier to digest and understand, making me feel more confident leading up to the test date. In a somewhat short time frame that we had until the date of my test, she was able to work efficiently with me to improve my [LSAT] score from previous scores immensely. Carrie is also extremely adaptable with flexibility in time and scheduling, accommodating changes I had requested. She also topped it off with helpful tips! I would 100% use Carrie as a tutor again for future matters.
As an already high-scoring SAT student, I wasn’t planning on getting a tutor for my final run of the test. I am so glad that I ended up pursuing tutoring and found Carrie. Over 7 two-hour lessons, she gave me the tools to improve significantly. Her amiability and patience are surpassed only by her extensive knowledge of the SAT itself; not only does she know the subject matter and how to teach it effectively, she also gave me strategies tailored to the test to increase my efficiency and overall confidence. In the end, I increased my score 70 points to earn a 1540. I believe much of that improvement is due to Carrie. Bottom line: Carrie is amazing!
Carrie was a wonderful tutor. She worked with my 9-year-old daughter to prepare her for the verbal section of the elementary level ISEE. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with Carrie. She thought Carrie was clear, helpful, supportive, and funny. Carrie's lessons were always well organized and she gave a clear summary of what she covered in each lesson in her recap. I recommend Carrie highly. My daughter would like to continue having Carrie as her tutor.
Carrie helped my daughter study for the ACT when she took it for the second time. Her score from her first test was average, but we felt she could do better. In particular, she was trying to increase her score in the science section. They focused on science during the tutor sessions but also reviewed the other sections. We were so excited, my daughter's overall score increased by 3 points and her science score increased by 5 points. She actually increased her score in all sections! We can't thank Carrie enough for helping my daughter focus and study. I would highly recommend Carrie for your tutoring needs!
Carrie is very bright and really knows how to break down any problems you have. Her explanations are easy to understand and once she teaches you something, it stays with you and problems you saw in the past go away. She was always on time and very respectful. She was flexible in terms of when I could meet with her. She was great and I would recommend her to anyone.
Carrie has worked around my hectic summer schedule of job, training, and school. She outshines any tutor I have had thus far. In college, the academic tutors they assigned us athletes were there in body but struggled to help when encountering challenging math questions. Carrie, on the other hand, is really knowledgeable and doesn't waste time figuring out what I don't understand. I really appreciated working with her through the accelerated summer math class I needed to take.
About MeI've been formally trained as a tutor and have even won a National Tutor of the Year award for my work with one major test prep company. I've tutored online since 2010 and have taught English as a Second Language in Honolulu and Thailand. My hobby is trying to master the Korean language.
I'm currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics, which means I take only a few tutoring students at a time. Message me today with any questions or to reserve your spot.