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  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Richene H.
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I was so fortunate to find Sabari or Barry as we call him to Tutor my daughter in AP Computer Science-Programming Java in her Junior Year. He helped her with problem solving and algorithm development. She began to feel more confident with the tests and homework assignments and her grade kept improving. He is very Nice, Professional and Accommodating I Highly recommend his Tutoring services!!


Our mission is to prepare students for success at top-notch colleges and universities. Math and statistics private tutoring are available as well as individualized home school instruction and test preparation.

  • 3 years in business

We're so good we're badass! We "Guarantee an A or B or it's free!" We handle all levels of difficult classes but are known for the high level nightmares, like statics, dynamics, statistics, calc 1-4, organic chemistry, physics, and just about anything else that keeps students up at night. Tutors are local and go your college. We have a 90% success rate on guaranteed plans. For the 10% who don't pass and retake a class they get a free 15 or 25 hours. Now that's a deal!


I can tutor a range of math subjects for high school and junior high. I have spent the previous two summers tutoring Algebra 1 and geometry. Throughout high school, I constantly helped my friends with their math and became a the student tutor for CSF.

  • 4 years in business

Perhaps my having a Single Subject Math Credential plus my may years experience teaching math at the secondary level. I have spent countless hours on my own making sure the student understands the concept that I was teaching.

  • 29 years in business

One on one contact, use of whiteboard to explain concepts. Experience teaching meddle school Robotics at Dunn School, SYZ. Part of Santa Ynez High School Robotics team Tutoring advanced Physics AP Students at SYZ High School. Two years teaching high school physics in the Central Pacific ( Caroline Islands with Liebenzell Mission. Retired from UCSB High Energy Physics mentoring PHD Grad Students.


My goal is to help and assist students and their parents achieve their educational goals. I am proficient in mathematics, US history, English, SAT and ACT subjects.

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How do you study for the SAT?

Your SAT prep strategy can mean the difference between a great score and a mediocre score, as well as the difference between being accepted to or rejected by your school of choice. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a college entrance exam that measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of what they have learned up to this point in school and what they need to succeed in college. In addition to arming students with the knowledge they need to excel in the math, reading and writing components of the test, SAT prep can help improve scores by teaching students crucial strategies for taking the test itself. Professional SAT prep tutors can work with students one-on-one or in group sessions. Typically, tutors recommend that students who are comfortable and caught up with their regular schooling begin SAT prep at least three months before the test. If you’re targeting an elite school, six months before the test is a good time to begin. Students who are behind in school are advised to start early to ensure they’re caught up and feeling confident in all the relevant subjects. Suggestions for long-term SAT prep include taking challenging high school courses, completing all homework assignments, preparing for class tests and quizzes, and participating in class by asking and answering questions. There are free SAT prep training tools online; for those who’d like a one-on-one tutor to take them to the next level, the national average rate is $70 per hour.

When should you start preparing for the SAT?

It’s never too early to start preparing for college entrance exams, but professional tutors recommend a baseline of at least three months before the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the gold standard for college admissions, and SAT prep is important for doing well. Your child’s SAT scores will have a major effect on which colleges send acceptance letters. Professional tutors can work with your kids to coach them on how to take the SAT, as well as studying the actual academic content. Doing well on the SAT is as much about knowing the right test-taking strategies as about having a firm grasp of the subject matter.

To understand your student’s readiness for the SAT, they can take the pre-SAT (PSAT) starting in their sophomore year. SAT prep can be structured around the student’s PSAT scores, so tutors can address any challenges and weak subject areas. If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League or elite school, SAT prep with a tutor or study program should start at least six months before the test. Vocabulary is a key element of the student’s SAT preparation and success. The national average rate for SAT prep tutoring is $70 per hour.

What is in the SAT test?

As your child is preparing for the SAT, it’s helpful to know the specifics of the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is made up of three main categories and one optional essay. Students have a total of three hours to take the test, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay. In total, there are 154 questions. During SAT prep, it’s helpful to take timed practice exams to understand how you’ll do during the actual test. Here is a brief overview of each of the four categories:

  • Reading: 65 minutes with 52 questions. The Reading test measures command of evidence, words in context, analysis in history and social studies, and analysis in science.
  • Writing and Language: 35 minutes with 44 questions. The Writing and Language test covers the same topics as Reading, as well as expression of ideas and standard English conventions.
  • Math: 80 minutes with 58 questions. The Math test looks at the student’s understanding of algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, and advanced math in the context of fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.
  • Essay (optional): 50 minutes with 1 essay. The essay will demonstrate the student’s competency with writing, analysis and reading.
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