Standardized tests provide information that is used to evaluate the school, classrooms, and individual student performance. Ideally, standardized tests would be only one part of the overall assessment of a student, however, because of the importance placed on testing, we must ensure our students have the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their best results.
The first time you contact the Teacher Tutors you will speak directly with our Educational Director. Our director will get to know you and your educational goals, and will answer any questions you may have. You will then be matched with an educational consultant that will hand-tailor a personalized program to help you best accomplish your goals.
Our educational consultants specialize in working with elementary, middle school, high school, and college students on all New Jersey state testing, as well as the PSAT, ACT, SAT, SAT II, GED, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT.
Standardized Testing Tips: Reading Comprehension
- Encourage Purposeful Reading: We constantly emphasize reading with purpose. We want our students to know why they’re reading and what it is for. Are they reading for pleasure or is it to find information. The teacher tutors can help your child to identify strategies for more effective reading which greatly improves performance on standardized tests.
Teaching Tip: When taking a practice tests, read the questions before reading the passage. While reading the passage, keep the questions in mind and underline words and phrases that might help answer the questions after reading the passage.
Standardized Testing Tips: Math
- Create word problems out of every day situations: Ask students to write their own word problems. Investigate where and how numbers are reported in the newspaper, compare the area of a tennis court to a football field. These are simple ways to help students quantify their world and see the usefulness of numbers.
Teaching Tip: Mathematical learning can also occur in everyday situations such as practicing estimation while creating a grocery list or when you are in the store checking-out. Try to encourage mental math and practice together.
Stress Relieving Tips
- Take practice tests: Practice tests are vital when it comes to helping students understand the mechanics of a test. Call The Teacher Tutors and request samples.
- Eat an adequate breakfast before taking a test and get a good nights sleep: Proper nourishment and rest improves brain performance and helps students do their best on test day!
- Remember to stretch while take a test: Relieving tension can improve concentration.
- Promote a positive attitude toward test taking: Changing your attitude can actually help you enjoy studying and improve test scores.
Here are some ways you can work on changing your attitude:
• Remind yourself that it is only a test and there will be others.
• Reward yourself when the test is over.
• Think of all the hard work you have done and think of what you do know rather than what you do not know.
Our Certified Tutors are qualified and ready to help meet your tutoring needs. Browse through our Tutors below:
Aaron, a master tutor, currently teaches 11th-grade English and 9th-grade Creative Writing. He has experience teaching grades 9-12, including AP English Language and Composition, Creative Writing, as well as Shakespeare's major works. Aaron has extensive tutoring and test prep experience. He has assisted many student in preparing for the SAT and ACT exams. In addition, he has assisted students in preparing for the ISEE, SSAT, and WrAP exams. He takes his time to carefully explain and break down content in a way that is palatable because he feels that many students are intimidated by the daunting quantity and quality of academia that is aligned with standardized testing; part of his job is alleviating that intimidation by breaking down the test and dissecting it piece by piece with the students. Aaron is very skilled at refining college essays and guiding students through the application process. He sees himself as a facilitator of precise writing and critical reading. Aaron immerses himself along with his students in the art of writing by modeling the edits and revisions. His students have shown growth in their test-taking abilities and they enjoy his energetic enthusiasm; making questions/content relevant to students which helps tremendously in their retention of information. Aaron values independent practice work in order to maintain consistency and promote diligent work habits. Aaron caters to the cognitive needs of all students.... [More About Aaron ROSEN]
Adam, a master tutor, graduated from Montclair State University and has been a passionate educator for ten years. He loves working with students and encouraging the best work they can possibly offer! As a language arts teacher in West Orange and Livingston, Adam has been able to reach a myriad of ages within a diverse socio-economic group of students. On a daily basis, he's given the opportunity to learn the best strategies and implement them in his classroom (such as PARCC practice, readers/writers workshop, creative writing, persuasive and explanatory essay writing, and reading comprehension/analysis /evaluation.) This makes students able to achieve their greatest in class, on the PARCC test, and in life. Professionally, Adam has written curriculum for middle school English (readers/writers workshop model) as well as held a leadership position amongst his peers. He has kept himself to a high standard as an educator and has and always will expect the same from his students!... [More About Adam Wasko]
Albert, a master tutor, has a decade of experience as a private tutor, alongside impeccable educational credentials and numerous commendations and certifications, Albert is a consummate master of Mathematics, teaching all levels, from elementary through college curricula. His specialties comprise of: Algebra, Algebra 2, Calculus, and Basic Math. He also tutors a wide range of standardized tests.
For Albert, tutoring isn't work; it’s a fulfilling activity that he would jump at the chance to do. He likes being a positive influence in a student’s life and enjoy using his knowledge to help them succeed in school.
He has been academically savvy throughout my life. He is a consistent honors student in high school and college, while consistently active in extracurricular activities. Albert was previously trained at several tutoring organizations as a math and test prep tutor, and also taught students in the North NJ areas.
Currently, he is working toward Teaching Certification from a comprehensive and rigorous education program.... [More About Albert Appouh]
Albert, a master tutor, was awarded a M.Ed. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently working on his Ed.D. at Seton Hall University. In addition to pursuing his Doctorate, Al currently works as a Mathematics/ELA and Leadership Coach in several school districts. He has been an educator and senior educational administrator in New Jersey for more than 18 years. He has worked as a teacher, a central office administrator, an assistant principal, and a high school principal. Al gained valuable experience working in various counties across the state of New Jersey. He has a keen understanding of the needs, inadequacies and challenges of providing special services to students with special needs.... [More About Albert Gilson]
Alexandra, an expert tutor, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and her interest in acting helps bring a lot of energy and creativity into her instruction. She also completed a double minor in Literature and British Studies, and is well versed in many kinds of literature from America, England, and around the world. She received her Masters in Education in 2014 and is certified to teach secondary English in New Jersey. Alexandra has extensive experience tutoring SAT and ACT English, Reading, and Essay sections. She has also tutored students in the reading section of the ISEE, and helped many students brainstorm and create the perfect college admissions essay. All of her students have gotten into the college they wanted! She has extensive knowledge of grammar and essay structure and experience in helping students one on one with essay writing. Alexandra decided to go into tutoring because she loved the idea getting students comfortable in a personal learning environment so that they could gain skills that would help them in later life.... [More About Alexandra Landau]
Amanda, a master tutor, has an M.Ed. from Rutgers University, as well as an M.A. in international affairs from the American University of Paris. Amanda is a passionate, creative and energetic teacher of French with an extensive background in ESL. As a teacher, she works closely with her students to make sure they acquire not only the material at hand, but also the skills needed to continue learning on their own. Amanda has been teaching in the classroom for 10 years on 3 continents in various countries including the U.S., France, China and South Korea. She has been the teacher adviser for the French honor society, the book club and the soccer club. She has tutored students in preparation for the SAT as well. Amanda is also an avid fan of history and literature. In her free-time she enjoys travel, reading and visiting museum exhibits.... [More About Amanda Mauder]
Anne, an expert tutor, has a bachelor's in elementary education and STEM with a biology specialization. She currently teaches 7th and 8th grade STEM in West Orange, loves to read books, and edits essays and proofreads webtoons.
She is very enthusiastic about science and language arts and has 4 semesters of experience teaching elementary school students.
As a STEM middle school teacher, she emphasizes and hones in on major concepts such as scientific principles, design, measurement, engineering, and hands-on projects among her students. She also has work experiences from summers teaching abroad, Math League tournaments, and camps. She is a prolific reader who has read over 800 books in her lifetime!
Ashley-Lynn, an expert tutor, is currently an environmental consultant with a private firm. She graduated with her B.S. of Sustainability Sciences in 2016 and her M.S. of Sustainability Sciences in 2017, with the high honors of summa cum laude. During her time in University, she was a teaching assistant for the Human Environment course at Montclair State University. Her tutoring experience has been varied over the past 8 years, with a background in Science, Math, US History and English. Her organizational skills and academic background also allow her to teach students the study skills, time management, and test taking techniques to be successful.
Ashley-Lynn is an outgoing individual with a creative tutoring style that stresses the fun of learning through interactive games and lessons for younger children or relevant content for older students. Ashley-Lynn is also fluent in Spanish, enjoys outdoor activities, and loves to sing. Her favorite Broadway show is "Hamilton: An American Musical" because it brings the vibrancy of music and theatre to the American revolution. She loves the unique way that history is taught and aims to do the same in her teaching. Ashley-Lynn looks forward to working with students of all ages as they dive headfirst into the exciting world of learning.
Bob, a master tutor, graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in history and telecommunications management and also earned his M.A. in educational administration. Bob has been a teacher since 1984, and he consider it to be his life’s work. At present he is a history teacher at Madison High School in Madison, where he's taught for 25 years and is an adjunct professor in the history and social science department at Middlesex County College. He also has 8 years experience as an education professor teaching the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) courses, a state-approved alternate route program, at Raritan Valley Community College. Bob believes that students respond to creative, focused, personalized instruction, and that's how he approaches tutoring and teaching. He also strives to give his students the confidence and skills to succeed in any academic endeavor. When he's not teaching, Bob likes to swim, walk, read and tell funny stories.... [More About Bob Grundfest]
Bonnie Sue, a master of multi-sensory learning, has designed and implemented new programs - in a private school setting, small public schools and for a large district. In each of the schools, the programs she developed were successful, allowing the students to demonstrate considerable progress academically and socially. She served as a Literacy Program Trainer and provided consultation/support for classroom teachers. While working for one public school, Bonnie Sue developed and implemented a literacy program in a Language Arts Resource Room setting. The students in these classes were held to high standards, with an expectation of growth and measurable achievement. She designed a targeted, multi-sensory program that included an Orton-Gillingham Language Circle curriculum approach, computer-based instruction and a vocabulary program integrating music, reading comprehension and writing connections. The students in her classes ranged in ability; struggling readers/writers, students at grade-level and students reading at an advanced level.
As a special education teacher at a private school, Bonnie Sue designed curriculum that provided all student populations with extensive interaction and opportunities for growth and communication. The program was based on a multi-sensory approach; she included music, reading buddies, small group work, hands-on life skills practice and Reading Therapy dogs.
Bonnie Sue has also taught at the college level as an adjunct professor. In order to provide a quality special education component for both undergraduate and graduate students, she needed to be in touch with the latest research. She taught both in-person classes and worked with a blended, online format.
In her spare time, Bonnie Sue enjoys gardening (flowers, herbs and vegetables) reading, playing the piano and enjoying her many critters.... [More About Bonnie Sue Bastin]
Brandon, an expert tutor, is a very talented tutor who has helped students excel in mathematics and science. He is skilled at making complicated subjects appear seamless. Brandon tutors elementary math, middle school math, algebra I/II, geometry, trig, pre-calc and calculus as well as statistics. In addition, Brandon is well versed in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Brandon received a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT. He is a talented test prep tutor, chess and math and science tutor. He enjoys helping students to develop skills and confidence. In his spare time, Brandon likes to play and watch basketball.... [More About Brandon Sung]
Brian, a master tutor, is an experienced middle school teacher. He holds NJ State Certifications in Special Education, Social Studies, and K-6 Elementary School Education. He is also highly qualified in Mathematics and Science. He taught most recently as a 7th and 8th Grade Middle School Social Studies and ELA Teacher in the Somerville Public School District. Brian has worked extensively with special and general education students.
Brian graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ramapo Collge with an M.A. in Special Education. Prior to that, Brian graduated from Montclair State University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Philosophy, as a member of Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society. Topics and areas of expertise in mathematics: fractions, probability, ratios, word problems, linear equations, long division, algebra I, 2-D geometry, abstract numbers, and much more. Topics and areas of expertise in social studies/history including colonial, revolutionary, civics, geography, Civil War, African American history, Greco-Roman history.
Brian has tutored students from first-grade through junior college in urban and suburban settings. He brings a focus and dedication to his craft that inspires his clients. With an understanding that learners are individuals, Brian excels in presenting educational material using various strategies, in order to accommodate the learning strengths of his clients including visual, auditory, or kinesthetic modalities. Brian has worked with children across the academic and behavioral spectrum. Whenever possible Brian enjoys geocaching, reading epic fantasy novels, studying geopolitics, following pro sports, discovering adventures with his wife, and learning from his two young children.... [More About Brian ONeil]
Cheryl, a master tutor, graduated from New Jersey City University with a B.A. in history. She is a middle school math teacher and has been for 15 years. She is certified for 5th through 8th grade math, Common Core understanding of subject matter including algebra and geometry, k-5 elementary education Common Core understanding of language arts - writing as well as grammar, and social studies 5-12 understanding that not every child appreciates the early rise of the Americas. She enjoys teaching and has worked with a variety of learners. She plays tennis as well as swims. She enjoys reading and crocheting in her spare time.... [More About Cheryl Lewandoski]
Cheryl, a master tutor, is highly experienced with a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. She has been tutoring English to Middle and High School students for seven years. She focuses on Writing, Reading Comprehension, Study Skills, Grammar and SAT/ACT preparation. Prior to her work as a tutor, Cheryl taught English at Livingston High School. She also worked as a writer and editor for many years. In her free time, Cheryl enjoys practicing yoga and walking her golden retriever, Jake.... [More About Cheryl Trenk]
Chesley, an expert tutor, graduated Montclair State University with a B.A. in English. She is a certified teacher of English and a professional tutor with experience in facilitating all of the vital reading comprehension and writing skills necessary to succeed at middle/high school, on standardized tests and beyond. She has worked at top rated learning centers as well as in student homes helping to build crucial verbal skills. She offers help with the verbal portions of entrance exams such as SSAT/ISEE, SAT, and ACT. Lessons include vocabulary building, exam strategies, timed practice, and homework. Chesley's services as an English tutor also include (but are not limited to) college application essay help, homework help, language arts enrichment, reading comprehension, proofreading, and grammar. Chesley has also worked as a freelance writer and enjoys singing and spending time with her daughter.... [More About Chesley Maldonado]
Chris has a Ph.D. in English and has taught and tutored writing and literature on the high school and college levels for over 25 years. He is passionate about all students' achieving their utmost potential and loves being present for those "a-ha moments" when learners move from confusion to understanding.... [More About Chris Nugent]
Cynthia, a master tutor, is a professional writer with 20 years experience in publishing educational textbooks. She has been tutoring and substitute teaching for over 10 years. She teaches SAT/ACT College Test Prep - specializing in English Grammar, Reading and Writing. Cynthia is an avid historian, and her love of historical fiction led her to study to tutor the AP US History "APUSH" exam. She travels frequently and loves helping English Language Learners conquer ESL. In her free time, Cynthia loves to read, play mah jong, and cook. But, if she could stay in school her whole life she would!... [More About Cynthia Chazen]
Dave, a master tutor, graduated from Rutgers with a B.A. in history and religion. He tutors in k-12 social studies and history, including all of the pertinent advanced placement tests (US/world/European history, macroeconomics, human geography, etc). He also tutors the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT, and the reading and English sections of the ACT. Dave can also teach advanced placement music theory and instruct in basic guitar and bass guitar. He is available in Bergen County on weeknights, Essex County on weekends, and online.... [More About Dave Imbriaco]
Dean, a master tutor, hopes each student will discover academic enjoyment. He started tutoring in high school, continued as a college student attending the University of Pennsylvania, and has been one ever since he graduated and returned to the New Jersey area. He previously taught SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Test preparation courses and worked for Montclair State University as an Upward Bound Summer Instructor introducing incoming students to college-level English. Dean focuses on one-on-one tutoring but is just as comfortable teaching in a small group and classroom setting. When not tutoring students, Dean works full-time as an IT professional for a global exposition company. In his free time, Dean serves as an adult literacy volunteer and teaches digital literacy courses for individuals with limited exposure to technology.... [More About Dean Garcia]
Ebony, a master tutor, is a highly qualified English teacher of grades 6-12. She holds a M.Ed. along with a certification to teach students with disabilities. Ebony is currently working as a teacher in Roselle. She has tutoring experience and also a background in assisting students pursing higher education (college applications, personal statements, college essay, etc.). She has a passion for teaching and helping students reach their highest potential.... [More About Ebony Potts]
Erin, a master tutor, attended Cornell University and majored in Mathematics. Immediately after graduation, she moved to Washington, DC, to work towards her Masters in the Art of Teaching at American University with a focus on Secondary Math Education. Since then she has been teaching middle and high school math. Erin recently moved to New Jersey, where she is now teaching high school Mathematics. She loves mathematics and loves to share that passion with her students!... [More About Erin Goers]
Farzana, a master tutor, earned her B.A. from William Paterson University. She has attained her certification from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in bilingual education. She has more than ten years of teaching experience in a nearby public school district. She is certified to teach elementary grades k-5, special education, ESL., and bilingual students. She has taught students in preschool through seventh grade for both general and special education. She has taught students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and speech delays as well. Farzana enjoys working with any student needing a little extra attention and she proudly helps her students make strong gains in their academic and social skills. Also, Farzana is a handwriting expert having much success teaching students with and without disabilities proper handwriting habits that really stick. When she is not teaching, Farzana enjoys cooking, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.... [More About Farzana Ghani]
Born abroad and taught in private Montessori schools, George is a native British English speaker and can tutor in both UKSE (United Kingdom Standard English) and GenAmSE (General American Standard English). He has taught grades 7-12, from foundational Language Arts to Honors and Pre-AP courses. He currently teaches Honors World Literature, Honors American Literature, and Journalism.
He has worked with the NJ Department of Education on its most recent state curriculum revision committee in 2018 and has presented workshops on student-centered learning with the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English. He was awarded the 2018 Teacher for the Dream Award by NJCTE for his advocacy in increasing the representation of people of color in humanities and education programmes.
George is experienced in tutoring students to succeed in high stakes tests, such as the NJASK, HSPA, PARCC, SAT, and Advanced Placement exams, specializing in writing composition and analysis of informational texts. His favorite genre to read and teach is the essay. He loves helping students find their voices and strengthen their command of the written word. His goal is to see all his students demonstrate academic growth and success, whether it's improving their basic literacy or refining their analytical and rhetorical skills.... [More About George Salazar]
Gerald, a master tutor, is a retired high school teacher. Gerald spent over forty years teaching various subjects in two high schools; everything from Math and Science to History and even Latin and Spanish I. During this time, he also tutored helping numerous students gain a better understanding of the material, pass their courses, and regain their sense of pride and confidence. Since retiring from full-time high school teaching, Gerald has taught GED/HSE classes in all four subject areas. Gerald is currently an adjunct professor at Saint Peter's University as well as Hudson County Community College, where he instructs in both the Sociology and the Education Departments.... [More About Gerald Grimmeyer]
Jerry, a master tutor, has a BSW in Social Work from Indiana University. In addition, he served as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. He then pursued his career in the field of education. Jerry has more than twenty-eight years of experience. He has an Elementary K-6 teaching certificate, Middle School 4-8 Language Arts/Social Science, English 6-12, as well as a Teachers with Students with Disabilities teaching certificate.
Interestingly, Jerry even co-authored the book, "Your Child, My Student." He believes his role is to aid children to reach their full potential and he views teaching as an honor and a privilege. Jerry enjoys spending time with his three children and has enjoyed coaching basketball.