College and Grad School FAQs
 

How does Lexington Tutoring, LLC differ from other tutoring services in the area?

If you only have a moderate level of need, your university can probably help you to find a student on your campus who will provide tutoring. If, however, you find that you are confronting a more substantial challenge, we can offer high caliber support.

Our tutors are scientists, mathematicians and educators who are academic high achievers with real world experience in their current professions. We are not a sign-up list for recent graduates filling in while they seek employment. Our tutors are successful professionals actively working in the fields that they tutor.

How does college-level homework coaching work?

If support is needed in more than one subject and time management/organizational support is also needed, we provide what we call homework coaching. In two or three weekly sessions your tutor will work with you on whatever is due. The method by which you work will be determined as you and your tutor assess your present skills and your time management strategies. The tutor will provide an emailed weekly report.

Following these sessions, after completing any remaining assignments, your tutor may ask you to email copies of your completed papers/assignments to him/her.

On the weekdays when you are not scheduled to meet, for each class upon which you are focusing in your sessions, it is sometimes effective for your tutor to ask you to phone or text him/her and to briefly convey what was covered in classes that day, what assignments were given, what long range assignments were discussed and what handouts were distributed. Then, if possible, you might be asked to email to your tutor scans of any handouts (especially assignment sheets for major assignments) and the URLs for any major assignments your professors have posted online.

These are all strategies we use, some or all of which might be ones you’d like us to deploy with you.

I have difficulty keeping track of assignment and project due dates. What do you recommend?

Many of our students have found that slip-ups in tracking assignments and projects can present a real obstacle to their success. Our organizational coaching helps students with attention-related concerns and/or executive functioning issues to manage daily challenges, such as prioritizing time, connecting actions to outcomes, and planning ahead.

Our homework coaches have found that Google Calendar-- a creative, unique, free online time-management tool--can help ameliorate this problem. Our tutors (and, sometimes, their parents or members of their support team) also have access to these calendars, and can facilitate the system or make notes and suggestions where appropriate.

Are any of your homework coaches Massachusetts certified learning disabilities specialists?

Yes, eight of our tutors are learning disabilities specialists. Four others have substantial experience with students who have learning disabilities. All have deep skill sets across the curriculum. They offer substantial, knowledgeable academic support in math, science, history, language arts and test prep in addition to working with their students to increase their conscious awareness of the various strategies available in their own academic situations and how to choose the ones that will be optimal.

What support do you offer in addition to face-to-face sessions?

We provide a weekly report to each of our students. This is our vehicle for communicating the bigger picture to you and to your support team. The report details what tests or quizzes are coming up, how long range assignments are to be chunked and managed, what difficulties are persisting and what victories can be declared. The contents of the report are what the student needs to internalize in order to eventually be his own coach. For twice-weekly sessions, the report requires 30 minutes of the tutor's time. For once-weekly sessions, the report requires 15 minutes of the tutor's time. We prorate the tutor's emailed weekly report at our support services rate of $60 per hour.

We offer the following optional support services. We prorate whichever services you choose at $60 per hour and itemize them on your weekly invoice.

  • In order to foster consistency and responsibility, we provide brief, daily support, direction and feedback to our students via telephone and email if requested. These homework check-ins can be very helpful to students who have difficulty with executive functions.
  • If requested, we email our students’ professors and advisors for clarification of assignments, feedback on student progress, information on make-up work owed, etc.
  • Please note that we invoice time spent on email and telephone communications from parents to tutors and from tutors to parents as support services.
  • We are available to attend support team meetings. We invoice attendance at meetings within 8 miles of Lexington at our session rate. Our session rates are posted here. We add a travel surcharge when such meetings are farther afield.
  • Prearranged, prepaid, scheduled Skype video sessions can supplement homework coaching sessions. Our rate for supplementary homework coaching by Skype video is posted here.

What resources do you recommend for getting started with the college application process?

High school students can sign up on this free site to accrue incremental scholarships from about 100 participating institutions, including Oberlin, Temple University and soon, the University of Iowa.

We recommend this New York Times blog to those who could use some help understanding how to apply to college and how to pay for it.

“Is an elite college worth the price of admission?” According to this New York Times article, for business and humanities majors, yes, but for science and technology majors, not so much.

We also recommend reading “What You Don’t Know About Financial Aid (but Should)” and “Questions About Financial Aid?”

According to this NY Times article, for well-qualified students, getting into a good college isn’t any more difficult than it was generations ago.

Where do you provide services?

We offer office and university/public library visits throughout Metro West, on the Northeastern University campus and throughout most of the greater Boston area. We are able to provide prep for some of the MTELs in Tewksbury, Easton, Holliston, Framingham and some other outlying areas with no travel surcharge and in some outlying areas with a travel surcharge. We also provide sessions by Skype Video, Google Hangouts and FaceTime for a variety of special circumstances.

Do you offer MTEL prep?

Yes, we can help you to raise your MTEL scores, minimize your MTEL prep time and maximize your results. Please see this page of our website for more information about our MTEL prep, a list of the MTELs we cover and our MTEL FAQs.

Do you offer GRE prep?

Yes. Please see this page of our website for more information about our GRE prep and our GRE FAQs.

Do you offer GMAT prep?

Yes. Mike Bertini, our GMAT coach, has his MS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Management. He is currently pursuing a PhD in International Economics and Finance at Brandeis University and also has an MA from Brandeis University in International Economics and Finance and a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Mechanical Engineering.

Do you offer Praxis prep?

We offer preparation for the Praxis I and most of the Praxis II English Language Arts and Social Studies exams. Please see this page of our website for more information about our Praxis prep and our Praxis FAQs.

What tutoring do you offer for MBA students?

We offer tutoring in introductory, intermediate and advanced financial accounting, financial statement analysis, international accounting standards, governmental and nonprofit accounting,  management accounting, cost accounting, planning and managerial control, accounting information systems, tax accounting, auditing and fraud examination.

Our MBA tutor will work with you to

  • apply accounting functions and general business principles to real life situations and interpret economic realities of local and global communities.
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts relating to financial accounting, financial management, management accounting and technical proficiency in the use of accounting techniques.
  • develop your knowledge of the general legal framework, and of specific legal areas relating to business
  • manage computerised accounting and technology resources in organizations
  • identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within organizations.
  • complete financial statements: the balance sheet, the income statement, the statement of retained earnings, the statement of cash flows
  • help you to understand accounting principles and topics: GAAP Principles, 4C’s of Credit, creating financial projections, time value of money & bond valuation, weighted average cost of capital


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 Expertise
 

Victoria Zeuner, BA

  • MS, Chemical Engineering—Northeastern University
  • Member of The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • BS, Chemical Engineering——Northeastern University
    • Recruited scholarship athlete for Div 1 Women’s rowing
    • 2015 recipient of the Huntington 100, Outstanding Co-op Award
    • International Co-op, Deans List (Spring 2014)
    • Freshman Recognition Award for Northeastern University 2010-2011
    • Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Academic Award--Women’s Rowing (2011, 2012)
    • Kappa Delta Outstanding New Member Award 2012
  • At the college level, tutors chemistry, biology, precalculus, calculus, multivariable calculus, lab & technical writing & courses leading to a degree in Engineering
  • At the college level, provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • Provides assistance with college & graduate school selection
  • Conversant with: MatLab, AutoCAD, C++, Aspen, Visio, Polymath, Maple, Serial Cloner, Microsoft Office Suite Adobe Photoshop, QDM & Livelink
  • Previous to joining our team, was a Northeastern teaching assistant for the undergraduate chemical engineering courses Thermodynamics & Process Safety
  • Native speaker of English; fluent in French (business conversational) & German (basic)
  • When she’s not working with our students or wearing her scientist hat at Sanofi/Genzyme, Victoria is kayaking, rowing & cycling

Brad Lewis, MEd

  • MEd, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • BA, Neuroscience, Boston University magna cum laude
  • When he's not working with our students, Brad teaches chemistry at West Roxbury Academy
  • At the college level, tutors courses precalculus, calculus, courses leading to a degree in neuroscience & courses leading to an MEd
  • At the college level, tutors chemistry
  • Previous to joining our team, worked extensively providing academic tutoring to varsity athletes through BU's athletic department
  • MTEL prep provider for
    • Mathematics (47)
    • Mathematics (09)
    • Mathematics (53)
    • Chemistry (12)
    • Biology (13)
    • General Science (10)
  • When he’s not working with our students, Brad
    • teaches chemistry at West Roxbury Academy
    • coaches wrestling at Boston Latin
    • competes in endurance races & triathlons

Greg Andrus, BS

  • Printed circuit board design engineer at Bose where he works in the Product Development team of the Automotive Systems Division
  • Currently pursuing his MS in Engineering Management
  • BS, Electrical Engineering--Northeastern University, summa cum laude
  • Recipient of the Tau Beta Pi Forge Scholarship No. 2 in 2012
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in electrical engineering, Algebra 1 & 2; geometry; trigonometry; precalculus; calculus; linear algebra; probability & statistics; fourier series & partial differential equations; differential equations; multivariable calculus; physics (w/ & w/o calculus); electricity & magnetism; circuit theory; basic chemistry; economic decision making; basic Chinese & Spanish
  • GRE prep provider
  • At the college level, provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • Plays piano and guitar; tutors music theory
  • During his high school years, Greg earned a 3.6 GPA, acquired the rank of Eagle Scout, scored 740 on his Math I SAT II test, 750 on his Math II SAT II tests, 5 on his AP Calculus BC test & 5 on his AP Statistics test.

Michael Bertini, MS, ABD

  • Currently pursuing a PhD in International Economics and Finance at Brandeis University
  • MS, Brandeis University--International Economics and Finance
    • received the 2014 Best Teaching Assistant Award --Brandeis International Business School
    • 2013-2014  Leadership Fellow--Brandeis International Business School
    • 2010-present Graduate fellowship--Brandeis International Business School
  • MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute--Management
  • BS, Worcester Polytechnic Institute--Mechanical Engineering
    • Baccalaureate Graduation Speech--Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • member of the Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society--Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    • Charles O. Thompson Scholar--Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Tutors courses leading to a degree in mechanical engineering, management & international economics & finance; accounting, finance, business law & other MBA courses, statistics, precalculus, calculus, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, physics, government & politics, macroeconomics, microeconomics & history
  • GMAT & GRE prep provider
  • Provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • Before pursuing his PhD, Mike worked for Otis Elevator for 4 years as a Mechanical Engineer

Megan Joiner, BS

  • Engineer at iRobot, specializing in optimizing their line of household care robots
  • BS, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Graduated valedictorian of her class & Dean’s List
  • Recipient of the Arioch Scholarship (awarded to students who have demonstrated both academic achievement & active involvement in their school & community), the Presidential Award & Wentworth’s Beatty Award for academic excellence
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in materials science & engineering, statistics, precalculus, calculus, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability & physics (w/ & w/o calculus)
  • Provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support

Ajay Ghadiyaram, MS

  • Cyber security engineer at the MITRE Corporation
  • BS and MS, Electrical & Computer Engineering--Carnegie Mellon University
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in electrical & computer engineering, pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, matrix algebra, geometry, trig, pre-calc, calculus, multivariate calculus, physics, US government & US history
  • Tutored  intro to C# for java & calculus at Carnegie Mellon
  • Is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, Va, world-renowned for its talented faculty and sky high SAT and ACT scores & ranked by US News and World Report as the 4th best selective high school for the gifted and talented in the USA
  • At Jefferson, Ajay was inducted into the National Honor Society based upon cumulative GPA, leadership & community service
  • Scored above 700 on all three sections of on his own SAT & on his Math II, Physics & US History SAT II tests
  • Received a score of 5 on both the AP Calculus BC (AB subscore - 5) & AP Government exams

Jon Langford, BS

  • Previously a research scientist in the drug discovery department of Hydra Biosciences, Jon is on an eventual path to his doctoral degree in medicinal chemistry & drug discovery
  • Dual Bachelor of Science degrees, Neuroscience and Biology--the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • At UMass, Amherst, Dean’s list & a member of the National Honor Society of Neuroscience
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in neuroscience & biology, physics, biology, psychology, statistics, earth science, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus & calculus
  • At the college level, provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • At the college level, provides MTEL Biology prep

Josh Sanford, MEd

  • Learning disabilities faculty at a metro west school
  • MEd, Lesley Unversity--Students with Moderate Disabilities
  • BA, Bates College--Classical & Medieval Studies with a secondary concentration in Educational Studies
  • 15 years of experience in working in Special Education
  • At the college level, tutors courses required for LD degrees & Classical & Medieval Studies
  • MTEL prep provider for
    • Communication & Literacy Skills (01): Reading Subtest; Writing Subtest
    • General Curriculum (03): Multi-Subject Subtest Multiple-Choice Question Analyses; Mathematics Subtest
    • Foundations of Reading (90)
    • Mathematics (Elementary School) (53)
    • Middle School Humanities (English/History)
    • English (07)
    • History (06)
  • Provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • Experienced at designing individualized instruction & at identifying the learning styles & strengths of his students, including those with executive function disorders, ADD, ADHD, selective mutism, mood disorders & emotional disabilities
  • Massachusetts Educator’s certification: Special Education – Moderate 5-12

Nevin Katz, MEd

  • Technical Project Director at EDC in Waltham
  • MEd, Harvard University
  • BA, Swarthmore College--Biology, with additional work in Chemistry
  • Author & illustrator of the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series, a nationally published set of teacher resource books for secondary school classrooms.
  • 8 years of experience teaching at the secondary level
  • At the college level, tutors biology, chemistry, physics & calculus, provides writing coaching & tutors web design & front-end web development (HTML, CSS, Adobe Tools--Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, InDesign & Photoshop)
  • At the college level, provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • MTEL prep provider
  • Is an excellent writing, executive function & homework coach
  • Massachusetts Educator’s certifications: Biology, Grades 5-12

Courtney Cooper,MEd & MS

  • Currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology at American International College
  • MEd--American International College
  • MS--University of New England--Literacy
  • BA --Wheelock College--Human Development
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in human development & literacy, language arts, history, human development & psychology at the college level
  • Provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support
  • Praxis prep provider

Brandon Robinson, MEng

  • Principal/Managing Partner/Asset Manager at a metro west investment firm
  • BS & MEng—Cornell, with honors
  • Founder & Project Manager of the Cornell Snake Arm Robot Design Team
  • Authored winning paper presentation at the ASME 2004 Student Mechanism Design Competition.
  • Selected to represent Cornell Systems Engineering at the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2004 conference in Toulouse, France.
  • Paper co-author “The Design and Manufacture of a Snake Arm Robot” presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2003 Rochester Conference.
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in mechanical engineering, calculus, physics, accounting,modern European & American history, physical sciences & provides research paper support
  • At the college level, provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support

Amy Berninger, MPh

  • Senior analyst in program implementation & policy evaluation at a public policy, business research & consulting firm in Cambridge
  • MPh, Boston University--Epidemiology
  • BS, State University of New York, Albany--Human Biology
  • At the college level, tutors courses leading to a degree in epidemiology, algebra, geometry, statistics, probability, health, English lit & comp, American & world history, earth science, biology, chemistry & art history
  • Is a very effective homework coach in all of the above plus trig, precalculus, physics, psychology & anthropology/li>
  • At the college level, provides writing coaching, homework coaching & executive function/time-management/organizational support

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