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Expert Skype Tutoring: Online Test Prep for SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT & GRE with a Harvard Grad & Perfect Scorer.

I am a Harvard graduate (class of '02), SAT, ACT and GRE perfect scorer, and full-time private test-prep tutor/coach (SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE) based in San Diego, California.  Since my graduation with honors in 2002, I have amassed 20 years and 20,000 hours of professional tutoring experience, and I have earned 99% scores on every test that I teach.  I can now say with total confidence that I am one of the best test-preparation tutors in the world.

To arrange private Skype tutoring with me, or for a free 15-minute consultation, please contact me directly at 619-889-2935 (call or text) or mcelroy@post.harvard.edu.   You may also book tutoring hours with me here.

Live in Idaho but want to connect with an expert ACT or SAT tutor in San Diego?  Reside in Texas, but want to work with a 99% scoring GRE or GMAT tutor?  Don’t want to change out of your pajamas before starting your LSAT tutoring session? Or maybe you’re just too tired of spending gas money and wasting time sitting in traffic.

I’ve got the solution for you: real-time, online private tutoring via Skype.

Many people are hesitant to try online tutoring, feeling that the personal connection provided by in-person tutoring is invaluable. And while I would be inclined to agree with this assessment in many cases (such as instances where the student lacks motivation), there are also many other instances where online tutoring would be at least as effective, if not more effective, than in-person tutoring.  For a self-motivated student, Skype tutoring can work wonders, and its convenience is unmatched.  In fact, nearly 100% of my students now meet with me exclusively online--including many who live right here in San Diego--and some who live much further away!    

Here is how it works:

1) If you haven’t already, then go to www.Skype.com and create a free Skype account and username. Find my username and add me as a contact.

Is this sounding too complicated for you?  No problem.  I have international calling capabilities on my mobile phone, and am happy to conduct phone sessions with you anywhere in the world, time zones permitting.

2) Make sure that we have the same books and materials (taking into account that there are often different editions of the same book). You can’t have an effective tutoring session unless the student and the tutor are looking at the exact same material.  This shouldn’t be a problem, so long as we coordinate in advance. 

3) Create a lesson plan and timeline for tutoring.  How often are we planning to meet before the test? What type of homework will be assigned, and how much?  What are your score goals?

4) Connect with me via Skype the same way that you would over the phone.  I will sometimes use the chat bar to type written messages.  What’s nice about this is that it provides a written record of each session.  We can also exchange phone numbers as a backup solution, in case there are any technical issues with Skype, or internet connectivity problems.  

I am often asked, "how is a tutor on the other side of a computer screen supposed to draw out math problems for me / my student?"  Easy.  I don't need any special equipment; I simply write out the solution with pen and paper as usual, then I take a picture with my phone and send the image file to you directly via Skype's chat feature. It's seamless and easy, and requires zero extra work on your end. 

If you like, then you could even use Skype's new built-in call recording capability to record your computer’s screen so that you have a full video and audio record of the lesson. This is very helpful if you'd like to go back and re-watch the video to review certain topics / conversations.  I also use the Skype app on my phone (which can be used simultaneously with the computer application) to send my students photos of any necessary visuals, such as correctly solved math questions. 

That’s all! Yes, there is no *exact* substitute for meeting with your tutor in person, but Skype comes pretty darn close.  It’s the most convenient way to connect with an expert tutor such as myself without having to leave your home. 



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