About Dr. George, Ph.D.

Private Math Tutoring • Grades 7-12 • SAT & ACT Prep

Qualifications

Dr. George holds a Ph.D. from Harvard, a B.S. from MIT, and has over thirty-five years of experience enabling high school and middle school students to succeed. His academic distinction is underscored by the fact that upon completing studies at MIT, he was admitted with full scholarships to doctoral programs at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. This included receiving two separate offers of admission from Harvard the same year for two different doctoral programs, both with full scholarships and a letter of commendation from Harvard’s academic dean for the rarity of this achievement. He had to turn down one of the Harvard offers to accept the other and was also a Fiske Scholar at Harvard. In addition to being extremely well respected in the academic and educational communities, he has authored numerous reviewed publications and presentations. Dr. George tutors because he enjoys crafting minds to rise to their full potential; it is his contribution to society.

Personalized Attention

Perdocere is intentionally a one-person tutoring corporation providing customized one-on-one instruction. Each of my private students receives the highest quality education and individualized attention, provided only by me. This model provides a level of educational excellence that a class setting, franchise, or tutor broker could not possibly approach. Perdocere students consistently outperform others. I do not enroll students and then hire tutors to dispatch. My time is spent preparing for and educating your student myself. Perdocere is a true premium tutoring service. The result is that your child receives the highest quality instruction, second to none.

Academic Subject Tutoring, Grades 7-12

Perdocere is proud to provide by far the best private instruction for schoolwork, homework, and exam preparation for high school and middle school students. Individualized instruction for students who either need to catch up, maintain grades, or excel beyond their curriculum. Work with the student’s curriculum, teach the material in the way each individual student learns best, detailed decomposition of and solutions to problems, and augment the curriculum. Correctly build or rebuild math and science foundations, improve study habits, test taking abilities, organizational skills, build self-esteem and confidence. The writings of Quintilian on education are relevant and insightful for parents and students.

Thinking, not memorization

An equation, fact, or method that is merely memorized will easily be forgotten. A student who does well by just memorizing or following fixed procedures will later find themselves with a serious disadvantage. I emphasize proper comprehension and the ability to creatively use knowledge. This is the intent of school exams, standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, college admissions, and future success. The goal is not just to get into your college of choice, but also to succeed there!

What does Perdocere mean?

The word “Perdocere” is Latin, present active infinitive. It translates as “To Teach or Instruct Thoroughly”. I chose this name very carefully, and it is validated by the huge and growing list of hundreds of parent and student testimonials. Over the years, the name Perdocere has become synonymous for the best and most prominent private instruction available.

Should families get tutoring?

When public school superintendents, private school headmasters, and other very senior school officials have their own children tutored, the writing is on the wall. Tutoring is an undertaking to improve learning, whether it be catching up, maintaining performance, or excelling beyond the curriculum. Although grades at school are indeed the better predictor for college success, high grades and top SAT/ACT scores are both necessary. These standardized tests level the playing field since academics vary across schools. Perdocere provides by far the best tutoring for both schoolwork and standardized test preparation. On that note, lower quality tutoring does more harm than good, and those who are price shopping should beware. A defunct franchise once advertised to potential owners that educational experience was not necessary, and that gross mistake (which others still make) requires no clarification. High quality tutoring cannot be run as a commodity business, it’s about the student, the best tutor, and their journey together towards educational excellence.

Worried about college admissions?

I can make certain that your student’s grades and standardized test scores shine. During the pandemic, cohort learning and classes meeting infrequently simply didn’t work. Grades at school are now more important than ever. For your own benefit, lookup the admissions staff at the colleges you’re interested in, and then their LinkedIn profiles, you may feel better (or worse). Knowing who is assessing applications, and their own backgrounds and qualifications, is enlightening. As I’ve preached for years, be yourself in your application, “esse quam videri” which means “to be, rather than to seem”, and deliver that to your audience.

SAT & ACT Preparation

Perdocere is proud to provide by far the best math preparation for the SAT and ACT. Teach the required material, drill practice exams, detailed decomposition of and solutions to problems, expose underlying themes, question categories, time management, and test taking strategies. Perdocere takes a very unique approach to teaching the math portions of these tests – I actually teach the math! No tricks that try to replace learning and comprehension, no gimmicks with fancy names, no relying on memorizing formulas. Again, high scores are earned through a combination of the best private instruction, developing proper problem solving and test taking skills, and drilling practice exams. Perdocere students consistently achieve superior scores and develop creative problem solving skills for success now and in the future.

Whether to take the SAT or ACT?

The most certain way to determine whether a student has a propensity for one test over the other is to take a separate practice test for each. Perdocere not only analyzes the results of these practice tests, but assesses the abilities and capabilities of the student by direct observation during the examination process. It is usually straight forward to then determine which test is better suited for the student. Single tests that attempt to determine this propensity suffer from a lack of consideration for a wide variety of factors. The math portions of the SAT and ACT are distinctly different and require very different preparation.

Perdocere has been Flattered

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Perdocere is constantly being flattered, but never reproduced. The combination of the one-person tutoring model together with the extensive experience and qualifications of the instructor makes Perdocere stand out significantly from the rest. For example, once a senior level tutor from a national competitor called to request that I teach them SAT preparation! I gracefully said no (also, it would take too many years to properly re-educate them), but it is a compliment that competitors desire Perdocere’s unsurpassed talent for instruction. Perdocere is proud not only to have set the bar for the very best private tutoring, but to continuously raise it.


“The foundation our students receive today will define tomorrow.”
Dr. George, Ph.D.