“George is hands down the best tutor we have ever encountered. He understands that students cannot excel in math unless their knowledge is built on a solid foundation. In tutoring my daughter, he returned to basics, discovering areas of weakness and explaining misunderstood concepts. A comment that my daughter made in passing, ‘I can ask George any question about math, and he can answer so that I can understand.’ While he is conservative in making promises about outcomes, he committed himself 110% to ensure as successful an outcome for my daughter as possible. Our first goal was to achieve strong performance on the math SAT, where he approached the subject matter in a methodical, knowledgeable way, she scored a 780 on her first math SAT. With that successful experience under our belt, we then wanted to ensure strong classroom performance for the fourth quarter of her junior year. My daughter was receiving B+’s in her honors precalculus class (and averaging B’s on her tests and quizzes), but the subject matter became increasingly more challenging, and she was faltering in her ability to grasp concepts, particularly with respect to the topic of probability. George worked week in and week out to review the various chapters with my daughter, preparing her for tests, encouraging her after a difficult test. She received a B+ for her fourth quarter work, which I believe would have been significantly lower without George’s help. In order for my daughter to achieve an A- for the year, she needed a 95% on her final exam. George worked tirelessly to help her achieve this goal, but again was cautious in guaranteeing any results. My daughter and I were thrilled to see her report card a month after her final, with an A marked clearly for her final exam! We look forward to George helping us negotiate BC calculus as well as the Math Subject II test in the fall!”
The tutor holds a Ph.D. from Harvard, a B.S. from the MIT, 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 receiving two separate offers of admission from Harvard the same year for two different doctoral programs, both with full scholarships (not assistantships) and a letter of commendation from the academic dean for the rarity of this achievement. He had to turn down one of the Harvard offers in order to accept the other. The tutor was also a Fiske Scholar at Harvard.
Academic subject tutoring (schoolwork):
Perdocere is proud to provide by far the best private instruction for schoolwork, 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 material. Correctly build or 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 & ACT preparation:
Perdocere is proud to provide by far 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.
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 success. The goal is not just to get into the 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 carefully, and it is validated by the huge and growing list of parent and student testimonials. The name Perdocere has become synonymous for the best and most prominent private instruction available.
Perdocere is intentionally a one person tutoring company providing customized 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, multi-tutor company, or class setting 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 child myself. Perdocere is a true premium tutoring service. The result is that you receive the highest quality education, second to none.
Do you also teach college students?
Absolutely. I have tutored calculus, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and more to college students. You may be pre-med, economics, business, etc. and have to do well in calculus. You may just want to satisfy your requirements, happily pursue your concentration, and never see math again. Whatever your needs, I will help you ace the class by teaching the material, providing clear explanations, working out problems, studying for tests and quizzes, and removing stress. All tutoring is provided only by me, using convenient online technologies.
Should families get tutoring?
When very senior school officials have their own children tutored, the writing is on the wall. Tutoring is an undertaking to enhance learning and performance, whether it be maintaining, catching up, or excelling beyond the curriculum. Remember, although good grades at school are considered the better predictor for college success, both high grades and SAT/ACT scores are necessary. Perdocere provides by far the best tutoring for schoolwork and standardized test preparation.
Do you teach younger students?
Yes. The sooner a student learns to think clearly, the sooner the seeds are planted for future intellectual growth and curiosity. Please call to learn more.
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 make Perdocere stand out significantly from the rest. For example, a senior level tutor from a franchise had 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 private tutoring available, but to continuously raise it.