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Teaching philosophy

Mel has a proven track record of success to show that content-based instruction, not test-taking tips and tricks, is the best way for a student to realize significant gains on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT.

That “content”, though, is the standardized test. Mel only uses official, previously released SAT and ACT exams in the practice. Princeton Review, Kaplan, or any other company’s books or practice tests are not used. The official test content is the product of extensive research and development on the part of the College Board and ACT, producing a standard and a uniformity in the passages and questions that is exceedingly difficult for another company to replicate.

Mel has completed, categorized, and reviewed with students more than 20 forms of each test that is taught. Mel knows these tests inside and out, the format, the question wording, the frequency of different passage and question types, and the common (and not-so-common) areas of difficulty that students encounter. Those thousands of hours of knowledge and best practices have been synthesized into just a few hours transferring that knowledge about the tests to the students, so that their test preparation is faster and less painful than if they were to embark on this journey alone, or with a less specialized and experienced tutor.

What families expect

Mel’s students come with different goals. Some have a specific test date in mind and want to maximize their score improvement before this date. Other students come with a clearly defined target score (often for Bright Futures or the University of Florida), and they prep until they reach that goal. Nearly all of Mel’s students have seen marked improvement in their test scores and class grades. Typically, families aim to raise scores by 4 to 6 points on the ACT, and they are able to do this – with enough time.

Quick Facts

  • 99th+ percentile scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT
  • Mel coaches all sections of the exams, including English/Writing, Math, Reading, and Science.
  • 8 years of instruction and curriculum experience in college admissions test preparation
  • Master’s in Education (M.S.Ed) at the University of Pennsylvania

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