About

Instructor Qualifications:
The instructor holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a graduate of the Boston Latin School, and has over thirty years of experience helping students. He has also held senior corporate positions. Academic distinction of the instructor is underscored by the fact that upon completing studies at MIT, he was offered admission with full scholarships to doctoral programs at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. This included the very rare achievement of receiving two separate offers of admission from Harvard the same year, both with full scholarships and a letter of commendation from the academic dean, for two different doctoral programs. The instructor had to turn down one of the full Harvard scholarships in order to accept the other. The instructor was also a Fiske Scholar at Harvard.

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. Perdocere emphasizes proper comprehension and the ability to creatively use knowledge. This is the intent of school exams, standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT, and college admissions. The goal is not just to get into the college of choice, but also to succeed there. Remember, the foundation our students receive today will define tomorrow.

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 list parent and student testimonials. The name Perdocere has become synonymous for the best and most prominent private instruction available.

Personalized Attention:
Perdocere is intentionally a one person tutoring company providing tailored one-on-one instruction. Each student receives the highest quality education and individualized attention, always from the same experienced Ph.D. This model provides a level of educational excellence that a franchise, chain, or class setting could not possibly approach. Perdocere students consistently outperform other students. I do not enroll students and then hire tutors to dispatch. My time is spent preparing for and educating your child myself. Perdocere is a true premium tutoring service. The result is that you receive the highest quality instruction, second to none.

Academic Subject Tutoring:
Perdocere is proud to provide by far the best private instruction for school work, homework, and exam preparation for high school, middle school, and college calculus. 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. Rebuild mathematical 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.

SAT Preparation and ACT Preparation:
Perdocere is proud to provide the best math preparation for the SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests. 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 unique approach to teaching the math portions of these tests – Perdocere actually teaches the math! No tricks that try to replace learning and comprehension, no gimmicks with fancy names, no relying on memorizing formulas. High scores are earned through a combination of tailored instruction, diligent work by the student, 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 math tutor from a now defunct local franchise called to request that I teach them SAT preparation! I gracefully said no (also it would take too many years to properly train an educator), 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 math tutoring, but to continuously raise it.