Thank you for your interest in learning more about my business. If you have a question not listed in the table of contents, please contact me so that I may both answer it and consider adding it to the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page.
How much experience do you have?
I began tutoring geometry in 2003 as a sophomore in high school. Until my graduation in 2006, I tutored math and science topics and the SAT Math section both privately and for the National Honors Society. Upon acceptance into RPI, I tutored calculus and physics for the Advising and Learning Assistance Center as well as for the Naval ROTC program. I graduated in 2010 with a dual major in Physics and Applied Mathematics.
When did you decide to pursue tutoring full time?
During my time at school, I also met my wife, who applied for and was granted a job in Tarrytown, NY upon graduation. After we moved there, I got a job at a call center doing debt collection (of all things) in order to pay my student loans. A couple of years afterward, I decided to capitalize on my applied math and physics degree and begin studying to become an actuary. I began tutoring again while I studied for my first actuarial exam. Soon, I was doing far more tutoring than studying, and I began tutoring full time in 2013.
Who are your role models?
We are all a collection of what we like about others. My success and favorable attributes are a result of the giving nature of those who have helped me. Here’s a short list of my favorites.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
I am professional and reliable. I also like to believe I am enthusiastic, authentic, and hard working. However, I am afflicted by scope creep: the expansion of current work to include new goals not in original design. On one hand, it allows me to address problems I didn’t see right away. On the other hand, any one student can only learn so many new things at once. I have worked hard to control this weakness over my years of instruction, and I commonly ask if the work currently being proposed will help to accomplish the goal of that day’s tutorial.
“Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.”
What are your hours?
During the school year, I work all day on Sundays as well as afternoons and evenings from Monday through Thursday. In the summer, I work in the mornings and afternoons Monday through Thursday.
What is your rate?
For one-on-one tutorials for the 2021 – 2022 school year, a weekday tutorial taking place in the morning or afternoon is billed at a rate of $125 per hour. A weekday evening tutorial or a tutorial on a Sunday is billed at $165 per hour. Summer tutorials are billed at $125 per hour. A client’s history with Starling Tutoring is taken into account at the beginning of each school year, when rates are subject to change. See why investing in SAT Tutoring or ACT tutoring might actually net you a financial windfall.
As a person who grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, I understand that my rate is untenable for many clients. In these instances, in the past I may have recommended splitting the costs of tutorials by adding another student in the same class. In the covid era of teaching, however, this would be a very delicate task. If you possess true interest to make this work, please contact me.
Where do you travel to?
To accommodate for reliable arrival times for all clients, I do not travel East of the Greenwich Public Library, nor do I cross the Tappan Zee Bridge. I do not travel very far south of the Cross County or into Northern Westchester either. Thank you for understanding these contraints of time and space.
Why don't you hire other tutors?
There are two big answers to this question. Firstly, any employee of a company is capable of leaving and therefore can not commit 100% to “being there” for a student over the long term. Secondly, any company that hires a tutor must compensate for their own overhead. Typically, a tutor’s hourly rate is consistent with the quality of their instruction. As a result, no client who chooses a “box” tutoring company receives 100% efficiency of value. In other words, the quality of the product you receive is diminished because your dollar goes first to the costs of the company and second to the quality of the tutor.
That being said, I do sometimes endorse my former students to tutor if I am either unavailable or not a good fit for the applying student. But I leave the negotiation of terms and rate to you and my former student privately; I will collect no fee.
“You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general.”
What are your hobbies?
When I’m not working, I spend most of my time with my wife and children in our home in Mohegan Lake. Because I often work for the entire day on Sundays, we enjoy spending time with family and friends each Saturday. I also dabble in home improvement and study Taekwondo at J.Y. Moon Taekwondo in Croton.
In between tutorials, I also like to listen to audio books about brain science and decision making. I’ve provided a short summary of the most important lessons I’ve learned on my research page. I am also learning AP Statistics, and look forward to being able to offer it as a subject next year.
“The easiest way to increase happiness is to control your use of time. Can you find more time to do the things you enjoy doing?”
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Though the Three Party Agreement is an equitable sharing of potential gain and “skin in the game” between parent, tutor and student, there can be no guarantee of outcome.
I love most to tutor the SAT or ACT because they give me the largest chance to radically alter the student’s future for the better. A phenomenal SAT or ACT score is a life changing asset. I also am very fond of AP Physics C and BC Calculus.
Until meeting in public areas like libraries becomes commonplace again, tutorials will take place at your residence.
I do not use any social media for either business or personal use.
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