What do you do when the SAT/ACT books, classes, or instructors just aren't cutting it?
Does it often feel like the prep book lessons just don’t make sense, like they missed entire steps of the logical process?
Do the back-of-the-book explanations feel too skimpy/vague, overly complicated, or just plain wrong (hello typos)?
Or have your instructors struggled to explain things clearly in a way that clicks for you?
What Have You Tried?
Maybe you’ve resorted to asking your friends, but you’re never totally sure they fully understand the concepts themselves. Or they struggle to give you a clear, concise answer that recognizes all your points of confusion. Instead of trying to figure out the missteps in your own logic, they just teach you their way of approaching the problem.
In reality, you got through 80% of the problem just fine and only needed a small hint at the end, but now you’re stuck trying to redo the problem from a completely different angle because that’s the only way your friend knows how to do it.
Perhaps you’ve tried asking your teachers, but they aren’t SAT/ACT experts, so they resort to teaching you the long-winded “school” way. But that’s exactly how students fall for the SAT/ACT traps, which were specifically designed to get you if you approach the questions the “school” way. There are specific shortcuts and patterns to the SAT/ACT that you need to know if you hope to make short, easy work of these problems.
If you ask your parents, then they might need to brush up on academic concepts they haven’t thought about in decades. Do they have the time and patience?
Oh, but there’s the almighty Khan Academy or educational Youtube channels, right? Well, the truth is that they can be great...sometimes. But you have to spend hours searching through the videos to find the right one for you. Sometimes, you don’t want to sit through a whole lecture describing the entire ends and outs of the whole concept. You just need help on one or two specific issues about the particular question you’re stuck on, but there’s no quick, reliable help.
And have you even seen the official Collegeboard explanations? They're terrible!
Here’s a quote from one of the explanations, which unfortunately is typical of most of their explanations:
As it is used in line 1 and line 65, “directly” most nearly means
- A) frankly.
- B) confidently.
- C) without mediation.
- D) with precision.
Choice C is the best answer. Akira “came directly, breaking all tradition,” (line 1) when he approached Chie and asked to marry her daughter, and he “ask[ed] directly,” without “a go-between” (line 65) or “mediation,” because doing otherwise would have taken too much time.
Choices A, B, and D are incorrect because in these contexts, “directly” does not mean in a frank, confident, or precise manner.
But what if you thought that A, B, or D was correct? The explanation just states that they're wrong because they're wrong (no actual explanation)! How are you supposed to learn?! The Collegeboard is infamous for providing useless explanations like these. Infuriating, huh?
Your on-call SAT/ACT mentor
If you’re ready to skip all the hand-wringing, frustrating moments of fruitless studying, and endless hours of banging your head against the desk when everything you’re reading might as well be in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, then you’re exactly the type of student I designed my “Tutor in Your Pocket” program for!
It’s pretty much what it sounds like—you get a tutor in your pocket. No, not literally. I can’t miniaturize myself and live in your pocket. You’d have to feed and care for me like a Pokemon or something, and I definitely wouldn’t make a good pocket pet.
But I am an exceptional SAT/ACT mentor with 12+ years of experience (20,000 hours and counting). Whenever you're stuck on a SAT/ACT question, I'll clear up your confusion and teach you the most effective ways to solve it. I'll show you the strategies and explain the underlying concepts.
I'll be your on-call SAT/ACT mentor you can "pull out of your pocket" at anytime, so to speak. Ask, and you'll receive a personalized answer quickly, so you can end the agony and confusion.
Who Am I, and Why Should You Trust Me?
I'm Peter Peng, Brown University alumni and founder of Young Prodigy.
- 1I Get Massive Score Increases
My students routinely see industry-leading improvements (200-300+ on the new SAT, 5-7+ on the ACT). And those are just the typical improvements I help produce. My records are over double that for my top students. I'm not in the business to merely improve your score; I'm in it to move the needle to exponentially increase your chances of admission into the college of your dreams.
- 2I Trained the Trainers
I've worked for 4 major test prep companies, trained their instructors, and even wrote their curriculum before founding Young Prodigy. I've discovered what works and what doesn't, so I know these tests better than anyone.
- 3The SAT/ACT is My Full-Time Job & Obsession
Unlike the vast majority of tutors who teach as a part-time gig, I live, breathe, and sleep all things SAT/ACT. In the last 12+ years, I've mastered not just the SAT and ACT's academic content and strategies, but also the skill of training others to do the same—two very different skill sets.
- 4I Created the Curriculum
I've researched, tested, and refined SAT/ACT strategies for 12+ years. I've published some of the most in-depth SAT/ACT strategy guides found anywhere, including over 500 pages of SAT/ACT guides. I've recorded dozens of hours (50+) of SAT/ACT video content. Would you rather work with someone who has merely learned the curriculum or the curriculum creator himself?
- 512+ years of Experience
After mentoring nearly 2,000 students 1-on-1, I'm intimately familiar with the ways students think, so I know how to meet them where they are and guide them back in the right direction. Unlike typical tutors, I don't impose my personal approach for a specific problem because there is more than one way. My experience has taught me to see my students' line of thinking, so I can course correct only as needed. I inspire critical reasoning, not rote memorization.
Here’s an 50-minute interview I did describing the biggest mistakes students make and my favorite strategies in each section of the test:
But don't take my word for it.
Here are what some of my students have said:
University of Chicago (San Marino High)
I started prepping for the SAT with Peter during the first half of my Junior year after a friend recommended him to me. What was great about Peter was that every session was productive and tailored to my needs. Unlike many test prep companies, every lesson focused specifically on what I needed to work on, whether that was non-calculator algebra problems or figuring out a consistent way to decipher the reading section.
Honestly, when it came to the SAT, I lacked the discipline to study/do practice problems without something to motivate me. Peter became the person who sat me down and encouraged me to concentrate on studying with manageable workloads and individualized explanations of problems. In the end, Peter saved me from possibly every student’s nightmare: having to take the SAT a million times. In only two tries, I was able to achieve an SAT superscore of 1540 [out of 1600].
Later that year, I started applying to college. During that time, a lot of people are left wondering “am I doing this right?” Luckily, with Peter I never needed to worry about that. He was a crucial part of mapping out what parts of the college experience was important to me, and from that, creating a list of colleges that I applied to.
In addition, having Peter’s assistance in writing my college essays was an invaluable help. His help on my essays never made them more “stuffy” or “only what colleges want to hear” and instead allowed me to illustrate my own strengths and personality better than I could have done on my own.
I was then admitted to my dream college (The University of Chicago), and I owe a lot of that to Peter. During the college admission and standardized testing process, having a trustworthy and dedicated person to guide you can make the difference between a stressful and fruitless experience and a happy ending, and there is no better guide for that than Peter.
Junior at Simi Valley High School
My first attempt at SAT [before working with Peter], I scored a 1480. My reading was what I needed to improve especially in regards to historical passages. Peter helped me prepare for the reading portion of the SAT by outlining a set of useful and practical strategies. One of the strategies that worked especially well for me was the order in which we tackled the test. Unlike other conventional methods, Peter showed me how to analyze each question with its corresponding section of the passage. This "divide and conquer" method really helped me manage time efficiently and gave me a much better chance at getting more questions right.
I only had 4 sessions with him and my English score improved from a 690 to 750 (with only 1 wrong in the reading section)—[and a total of 1540 out of 1600]. I strongly recommend him for anyone who is trying to get that perfect score or reach a score that's above 1500. His strategies work very well. Peter has helped me gain more confidence in tackling not only the SAT reading, but also other English tests such as the AP English Language exam. I will definitely be using him to do my college essays and will update based on what colleges I get into.
UC Santa Barbara (Arcadia High School)
Peter helped me with ACT tutoring from January through April during my junior year and I was able to score a 35 on my first try!
I first felt very nervous about how I would prepare for the ACT because it was so late into my junior year and I hadn't started any tutoring or practicing at all. I felt way behind all of my fellow classmates that used Elite for test preparation. That is usually the most popular option for students at Arcadia High, but I think Peter has helped me far beyond what Elite could have done.
When I took my first diagnostic ACT test, my composite score was a 30. My lowest scores were 28’s in both English and Science and I thought I would never be able to reach the 33 that I hoped for.
Thankfully, Peter has perfected the most effective ways to prep his students for testing. He targeted the areas that I especially needed help with first and slowly improved my skills little by little. He was patient and explained everything that I didn't understand thoroughly. The homework that he assigned wasn't outrageous and it was specific to the areas that needed more help. It was such a positive boost when he would lessen my workload when he saw improvement because it showed me that my efforts were paying off and that I was getting closer to my goal.
In addition to this, Peter gave me really awesome techniques and tricks that helped me with my timing and grammar issues. It made the entire test a lot less daunting and easier to tackle. It really helped change my perspective on how to approach things and I even had time to spare while taking the test.
I was floored when I got the scores for my ACT back. I got a 35 in both English and Math and, to put the cherry on top, I scored a perfect 36 on the Science section. It's crazy to think that Science started off as my worst score and I improved 5 points from my original composite score of 30.
Greg Van Kirk
Rice University (Arcadia High School)
I began prepping to take the SAT in the summer before my Junior Year. I took a blind public practice test with no prep and no direction and scored around 1900. I wanted to do better, but didn’t quite know where to start. The test seemed long and some of the questions needlessly confusing.
During his initial presentation, I saw that Peter was precise and thorough; he had done his research and had a well-thought out strategy to help a student succeed. As I worked with Peter, I was impressed by his calm demeanor and detailed explanations. He always knew multiple ways to attack a problem and always had a way to make the problem make sense.
He perfectly tailored the whole experience to me, something that I truly appreciated and something that ultimately helped me be my most successful.
Through Peter’s help, I was able to improve my SAT score to 2300 with 770 in Reading and Writing with a 760 in Grammar, a score I was very proud of. After college decisions came out in April, I was accepted to: Rice University (my top choice), UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Occidental College, and Santa Clara University. I owe a lot to Peter for helping me get to this awesome school, and I highly recommend him to anyone in need of help with their test prep. He is flexible and can definitely work to help you achieve your goals!
You Got Questions, I Got Answers
Imagine I design a customized study plan just for you based off of your specific strengths and weaknesses. Then as you’re working through the practice problems and tests, you get the comfort of knowing that whenever you get stuck, I’m just a click away.
You can post up your question, let me know what you’re thinking, and then I’ll swoop in with a clear, detailed explanation to clarify and teach you everything you need to strategically and quickly answer the problem. I’ll show you the proper SAT shortcuts, identify the errors in your logic, and offer you the right strategies to avoid these mistakes in the future.
Stuck between two choices but always somehow picking the wrong one? Post up your question, and I’ll show you the exact way to confidently and rapidly eliminate the wrong answer. I’ll write you step-by-step instructions, draw you a diagram if necessary, or even record a short personalized video response just for you.
This is the laser-targeted support you’ve been missing and that no video, book, or other instructor (as far as I know) provides. Those lectures and explanations are created as one-size-fits-all solutions, but you aren’t the “average student.” You’re uniquely you, with your own specific ways of understanding and logic. That’s why you need a personalized explanation that accounts for your specific logic (or gaps in logic).
I’ll go over every answer choice with you, so you understand exactly why it’s right or wrong—no guessing or “feeling” involved. Everything on the SAT/ACT is black and white, which means the answer is NOT up for interpretation. That means there’s a clear, uncontestable reason why every choice is either right or wrong, and I’ll help you understand those reasons.
That’s what I mean by “Tutor in Your Pocket.” You can call on me as if I were in your pocket, and get help quickly. You don’t have to wait for next week when you get to go to SAT/ACT class again before you can review your homework.
That’s not how learning works! If you’re stuck, you need answers immediately. You wouldn’t want to do 100 questions for homework only to realize you approached them all in the wrong way, only discovering your mistake a week later, would you? What a waste of time and effort.
Instead, I’ll be with you every step of the way...identifying any problems you’re facing right away, so you can start applying the right strategies to your practice immediately.
Plus, if you must wait a week before you can review your homework with your tutor, you’ll likely have forgotten what the story was about, why you were attracted to that answer choice, or what you were thinking when you did that step in math. The faster you can get an answer, the fresher the story or problem is in your head, so you can quickly eliminate your confusion.
The reason most students struggle to improve on the SAT is that they never get true clarity about the concepts, traps, and patterns of the test. Instead, students often brute force their way through dozens of practice tests and hundreds, if not thousands, of questions...doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over when they don’t get proper guidance to adjust their approach and thinking.
I’ve always said practice does NOT make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. As the “Tutor in Your Pocket,” I’m here to ensure that you do practice in the right way, so all your hard work actually pays off and you can see that shiny score that you can proudly show off. You can finally say, “I aced the SAT/ACT!”
So How Does the Program Work?
It begins by having you take a full-length timed (all in one sitting with the same short breaks as on the real test) SAT or ACT.
I’ll provide you a copy of the test to print out and instructions on how to take and score the test. Send that score over to me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll analyze what you should focus on in your studying.
With my custom study plan, you’ll go get the books or materials I recommend, based off your current level and skills gap (I’ll also provide you links for free to official tests and some books/worksheets/pdfs, as well as some of my exclusive guides I’ve written for my 1-on-1 students).
Then you get cracking! Start doing the work, asking for help whenever you need it each day.
I’ll send you an invite to my private student area, where you can post the SAT/ACT questions you have. Every day, whenever you get stuck, just post a screenshot or picture of the problems that are tricky for you, along with an explanation of your thought process.
Then I’ll come in typically under 24 hours, often FAR faster, to answer your questions. I’ll provide detailed explanations for each answer choice, bullet point notes, drawings or diagrams when relevant, or even a short video I’ll record just for you to explain everything. If there’s a broader concept you need to understand to do well on these types of questions, I’ll even provide you a quick lesson on the broader concept.
Throughout your SAT/ACT journey, you'll have me on-call as your mentor, providing you individualized guidance to ace this test.
You just have two simple choices to make:
1) For how many months would you like to enroll?
1 month, 3 months, or 6 months?
2) How many answers would you like to receive each day?
5 answers/day? 10 answers/day? Unlimited answers/day?
Normally, the only way to get this white-glove service from me is to sign up as one of my premium 1-on-1 students for a program costing a few thousand, but I’m offering “Tutor in Your Pocket” at a miniscule fraction of that cost.
You’ll be part of a small, intimate group of 20 motivated students (maximum), which means you’ll also be able to learn alongside your peers. This not only adds an extra sense of community and motivation, but also allows you to read other students’ questions and my answers to them for you to further learn!
It’s part of the learning process for you to get rare insight into OTHER people’s thinking—because you’ll start to notice how they fall for different traps or come up with a creative way to solve the problem that you might not have thought of.
Typically, you can’t trust the posts of other students in such communities (like on Reddit) because you don’t know how well they know the concepts, but I’ll be here moderating and commenting to correct mistakes and provide both high-level strategies and specific tactics.
To recap, "Tutor in Your Pocket" offers:
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the program start?
It starts on Monday, July 6th, 2020. But your month starts the day you enroll to ensure you get the full month’s worth. If your test date falls before the end of your month, you’ll need to decide if you want to sign up for that month or not. I don’t offer partial months.
Are there payment installment plans?
Sorry, I don’t offer installment plans. Please pick the program you would like. The full price is due upfront upon enrollment, and your month begins counting the day you enroll.
What kinds of SAT/ACT questions am I allowed to ask in the program?
Only official Collegeboard or ACT questions from official tests or approved books/materials. Most of the big-name books out there sold at Barnes and Noble or on Amazon do NOT contain carefully researched questions that correspond with the actual SAT/ACT’s question style, patterns, and specific traps.
As a result, these prep book questions are often far off the mark, never quite capturing the feel or difficulty level of the real test. Working with sub-standard prep materials is not only a waste of time, but also a real detriment to your learning because it trains you to recognize the WRONG patterns and concepts. Imagine studying for months, only to get to the real test and realize that it’s completely foreign because you’ve been studying bad material...shudder. I don’t want that for you!
As an SAT/ACT veteran of over 12 years, I’ve tried virtually all the famous (and many not-so-famous) books, so I can recommend a list of top-notch prep books and specific insights into them. You can ask questions from any of the official SAT/ACT tests or from my approved list of practice books. I can also provide you with links to various official tests and books/worksheets (pdf format).
How do I ask the questions?
You’ll be invited to a private student portal, where you can upload screenshots or pics of your question. However, this program is NOT about having you list a bunch of problems or posting screenshots/pictures and just waiting for me to answer them. This program is designed to be an effective learning program, which means you (the student) must be an active participant in your own learning. Remember, learning is NOT a spectator sport!
So for every question you ask, I expect a written explanation of your thinking process. You are required to give me your thought process for each individual answer choice (except for math), telling me why you think it’s either right or wrong. If you’re stuck or can’t choose between two choices, you must tell me what exactly is confusing you. Simply pasting a question and asking, “I’m stuck, please help?” won’t fly here.
By writing out your thought process, you gain the major benefit of slowing down enough to logically think through the rules and steps. It forces you to reason your way through each choice and analyze each choice and their differences, which are the precise skills you’ll need to do well on the actual test.
Doing so also lets me understand where your thinking went awry, so I can come in and guide you specifically where you got stuck. I won’t answer questions that are not accompanied by a detailed explanation of your own analysis first.
My job is to provide you exceptional explanations, but your job is to grapple with the question as best you can, rather than sitting back and passively asking for the explanation. Studies show that simply reading an explanation (even one that you understand) only leads to 20% retention because it’s merely passive learning. But writing out your explanation is active learning, forcing you to get much more attuned to the question and concepts. Then I’ll come in to guide you through your sticking points with personalized guidance.
How strict about daily question limits? What if I have one or two extra burning question(s)?
Not very strict, as long as you don’t abuse the limit. If you are 1-2 questions over your daily limit every so often, that’s fine...I’ll do my best to still answer promptly. But if you’re regularly over the limit, I’ll kindly ask you to upgrade your plan or I’ll stop at your daily question limit, so I can get to other students’ questions. If I have time that day, I’ll come back to answer your extra questions, but if not, I’ll just count the extra questions towards your next day’s limit.
Do unused daily questions rollover to the next day/week/month?
No, sorry, the daily question limits expire each day at 11:59pm PST. This is to encourage you to put some practice each and every day. Small but consistent work is the best way to improve (cramming is terrible for learning or retention!) Furthermore, if you piled up all your questions for days or even weeks, then suddenly unleashed a massive barrage on me, I wouldn’t be able to answer them all in time! I set aside a good chunk of my time each day to answer these questions in depth, so please take advantage of that.
If I sign up for a lower monthly plan first, can I upgrade later to a higher monthly plan?
The higher monthly plans offer significant discounts, so if you’d like to get those discounts, you’ll need to sign up for the higher monthly plans now. The cost of a lower monthly program will NOT be applied towards a higher monthly program, so please pick the level you want when you sign up.
If you’d like to just test out 1 month first to see if it’s a fit for you, you can just do the 1-month program. You can then later add on 3 additional months or 6 additional months (so you’d get a total of 4 or 7 months), but those will count as separate, new programs.
If I want to upgrade to a higher daily question limit, can I do that?
Yes, you can. You can email me at email@example.com to tell me you’d like to upgrade, and I will bill you for the difference between your current limit and the upgraded limit for that month. However, the higher daily limits will not retroactively apply to days that are already over. The new limits will start on the day you upgrade.
What if I want to downgrade the monthly plans or the daily question limits?
Sorry, I don’t offer that. Please decide which plan you would like carefully before you enroll. All sales are final (no refunds), so even if you don’t use several months at all or don’t use your full daily question limits, there are no prorated charges.
Can we share a single membership between siblings, cousins, and/or friends?
Sorry, each student will need his/her own separate membership, which will each be billed individually. This is to ensure each student is getting personalized feedback on the specific questions they need. Please do not share accounts.
After 12 years, I know the amount of work that even the most ambitious and motivated student does each day, so if the "unlimited questions" program is abused by having multiple students ask questions under the same account, that account will be immediately terminated with no refunds, even if there are remaining months.
Just be ethical, and we are good!
I have another question that wasn’t answered.
No problem. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask your question! If you'd like to chat, email me and we can schedule a quick online video call to go over your concerns.
If you're ready, then enroll now below!
For more testimonials (or the full-length version), head to www.youngprodigy.com/testimonials/
Mother of A.L. - Washington University in St. Louis
My daughter A.L is a senior from a competitive private high school in Pasadena, California. A.L. was accepted early decision to her dream private college in September 2016.
Mr. Peng was working with A.L. in her junior year on her ACT. A.L. was a good writer and works on her school newspaper; however, she was over careful and took too much time to structure her writing. Mr. Peng taught A.L. not only the best way to approach the writing subject, but also a systematic way to organize her thoughts quickly. My daughter received 36, a perfect score, on her ACT writing.
A.L. also had challenges on the Science section on her ACT. Mr. Peng taught her how to apply common sense and no need to over analyze the tricky problem. A.L. then received 34 of 36 on her ACT composite score.
We were especially impressed with Mr. Peng’s ability to deal calmly yet professionally with the nervous parents. It definitely make our daughter’s learning more effective.
His professionalism, availability and knowledge throughout the process helped our daughter beyond words. I recommend him highly to students who prepare to get in highly competitive colleges, especially the private ones.
University of Southern California Neuroscience, UC Berkeley (Arcadia High)
Before meeting Peter, I had purchased SAT prep books and tried to self-study for the test on my own. However, I kept hitting the same obstacles and did not show much improvement. Many of my friends had gone to Peter for help before, and they recommended me to seek Peter for help.
I vividly remember him stating his teaching philosophy upon my first encounter with him, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” I was immediately blown away by this perfectionist mindset and attention to microscopic detail. Peter helped pinpoint my weaknesses and gave me insightful tips to overcome them.
His teachings translated over to my ACT tests as well, as I showed marked improvement in many categories. Despite having a busy schedule with percussion rehearsals and soccer practices, Peter was extremely flexible and always checked up on my progress throughout the week.
Peter is the perfect tutor. His consistent work ethic and invaluable experience will surely bridge all gaps between you and your goals.
When I became an Eagle Scout, I was allowed to hand out little medals of gratitude to a select few who had made a lasting impact in my life. I spent hours forming and refining a list, taking names on and off. One was never erased though. And that was Peter Peng.
What I really admire about Peter is his work ethic and his ability to understand my thinking process and tailor a curriculum to my needs. Whenever I hit a wall or a mental block, Peter is able to find its weak points and tear it down by teaching me fresh new techniques and methods. Peter also always keeps up with the latest changes to these tests and creates new curriculum and techniques to help his students conquer them. I improved my SAT score from an 1850 to a 2300 (2350 super-score). I scored an 800 in Math, an 800 in Writing, and a 750 in Critical Reading.
With Peter’s support and ACT techniques, I was able to pull that score up to a 35...On my last try, I also scored a 36 on the ACT science section, opening doors to opportunities in any major in the STEM field.
Peter is a lot more to me than just a tutor. He is my mentor. He has stuck with me through thick and thin. Peter was always very supportive and took the time out of his schedule to answer my annoying questions and even shoot me reassuring texts before my SAT and ACT.
ISHAAN DEV // Arcadia High School Student
Accepted: UC Berkeley (Chemical Engineering), UCLA, UC San Diego, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, UT Austin, and more
It was always funny to see how he literally knew every answer to every kind of practice test we ever took without any sign of an answer key anywhere around.
When I first met Peter, I was a little ashamed to admit that I was an awful critical reader. I usually scored 600 or lower on this sub section of the SAT, which often ruined my overall score. Peter worked with me on this category and within a few trials, he had figured out the mistakes I was making when reading the passages.
Rather than drill me with useless and unnecessary techniques as a company like Elite does, Peter targeted my specific weaknesses and used the allotted lesson times to gradually strengthen my critical reading skills. He taught me how to read a passage quickly while absorbing the necessary material in a systematic way that best suited me. He taught me how to synthesize my own answers when reading questions so that I could find the correct answers in the critical reading section both quickly and accurately.
Overall, my critical reading score improved by over a 100 points, which dramatically improved my overall SAT score. Peter also sharpened my grammar and mathematical skills and made me a smarter test taker. I improved by almost 200 points in the writing section and by over 100 points in the math section.
I learned that with a few simple techniques and a well-rounded intellect, one could easily improve their SAT score in the span of a few weeks. This was a concept that the thousands of packets from other companies would never be able to teach me.
CHRIS ZAKI // Arcadia High School Student
Accepted: Princeton University, University of Southern California (USC), and more
I got to stay out of it and keep the relationship with my daughter intact.
Dominique began meeting weekly with Peter, and in between those weeks, Peter would give her assignments as she prepared for taking the ACT. In addition to the weekly meetings, he assured us that he would be available to Dominque at any time with questions. He responded immediately with answers and advice. He had her on a rigorous but certainly doable schedule.
My daughter is exceptional. I know every parent thinks that, but I will share why mine really is...she has ADD and dyslexia. On top of that she tore her ACL and Meniscus midway through her junior year. She had a major surgery, studied for the ACT, took a battery of psychological tests so that she could receive extended time for the ACT, challenged herself with AP courses, and took outside art classes. Guess what?
Yesterday, she was accepted to the University of Southern California. This is her dream school. Peter’s commitment to her and to our family as she plowed through this was greatly responsible for this outcome. We worked with Peter for several months and in that time, Dominique’s ACT score rose 7 points.
I am so forever grateful to Peter, not only for his guidance and expertise all along the way, but for making what could have otherwise been an unpleasant experience pretty relaxed. No stress...you won’t find it from him.
CAROL DEMIRJIAN // Mother of Campbell Hall Student
Accepted: University of Southern California (USC) - 1st choice - and more
By my final ACT, my score went up a full 7 points, and my English score was a 35!
Before I worked with Peter, I had awful test anxiety for standardized testing. Once I started working with him, I completely started to gain more confidence. He taught me how to take my time and really concentrate on what the questions were. I have to admit that my worse subject on the test was math.
Peter also helped alleviate my stress by talking on the phone with me (for free I might add) for half an hour every day when the test was approaching and we would do math problems. It showed me how much he truly cared about helping me gain the confidence I needed in order to take the test.
We would always focus on Science and Math primarily. At first, I was quite nervous for the Science section. I never really enjoyed Science, but Peter helped relieve my anxiety by showing me that the section was really just reading and analyzing charts and graphs. So by the time I was taking my ACT and reached the Science section, I felt quite prepared. My best score was always English. It made me feel so confident that Peter would never worry about my skills for that section of the exam!
He was very proud of my achievements. Now I am going to the University of Southern California, my first choice college, and I know I could not have done it without the help and guidance of Peter!
RIO THOROGOOD // The Buckley School Student
Accepted: University of Southern California (USC) - 1st choice - and more
My mom found several SAT tutors for me, but the only one I clicked with was Peter.
Hi! My name is J.D., one of Peter’s students for 2 years. I am now headed down south to Duke University. In the end, I got into several schools that made choosing one difficult...schools like Duke, Columbia, Cornell, Rice, Vanderbilt, Washington University in St. Louis, Amherst, University of North Carolina, and University of Michigan.
I went to a prep school in New York for all of high school, but Peter was able to meet with me on Skype. My school was very intense, and I would come home late from sports practice, games, with long nights of studying ahead. This made meeting times difficult, but Peter was very flexible and made himself available to me. We would meet at strange times and on the weekend, but Peter never would complain, even if it was 4 or 5am for him in California.
Before working with Peter, I went to an SAT camp because of my poor 10th grade PSAT scores. My 11th grade PSAT scores did not bode well for the schools that I wanted to go to either. Peter was able to find my weakness and knew what exercises to do to make me better. He is no doubt knowledgeable as he was my tutor for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, and college admission essays.
I think the main reason why we got along so well is because of how friendly he is. Let’s face it, the college process is not a lot of fun. Luckily, Peter friendliness and positivity help out.
I started with only a PSAT of 134 out of 240, but with Peter, I hit 2080 out of 2400 on the SAT, which was good, but Peter wouldn’t let me settle for that. He encouraged me to try the ACT because he knew I could perform better there, and ended up with a 34 composite, a near perfect score. On the SAT Math Level 2 test, he helped me get a 750. He also helped me reach 730 on the SAT Literature test.
Having the college process behind me, I am very glad that I had the help I did. Peter was an amazing tutor. While Peter is friendly, he knows what he is doing and is tough. The best student for Peter is one who is ready to work hard. I can promise you that if you do work hard, great results will come about. I would recommend Peter to anyone who needs help in the college world.
J.D. // Student at prestigious New York college preparatory school
Accepted: Duke, Columbia, Cornell, Vanderbilt, Rice, Amherst, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Michigan, and more
He understands when to be concise in his answers, or when to draw out a detailed explanation.
I took the ACT a little bit later than many of those who decided to take it at the beginning of their junior year. I decided to take the ACT late in my junior year (instead of the beginning of my junior year), because I felt the extra time would naturally allow me to mature intellectually.
However, this also placed me in a time crunch. I did not want to have to study for the ACT over the summer and take it again as a high school senior, so I only had a few opportunities to achieve the score I wanted. During this time, I was also in the heart of my junior year, meaning that my schedule was busier than ever. Knowing this, I wanted to maximize my studying efforts, which, for me, meant learning from a teaching figure.
As Peter guided me through his PowerPoint presentation during our consultation meeting, I noticed his attention to detail and professionalism. I could tell he was truly invested in tailoring his teaching style to each student’s needs. As a student, I’ve learned that the best teachers are not only intelligent and experienced, but also calm and patient. Peter checks all of these boxes.
Moreover, he offers different ways to approach the same question or problem. With Peter’s help, I was able to improve my initial ACT score of 29 to 34. I would recommend motivated students who are unsure how to approach studying for the SAT/ACT to work and improve with Peter. High school, with the accompanying standardized tests and college admission process, can bring about a lot of stress. Having Peter as a guide reduced the anxiety along the way.
FORREST HOFFMAN // Arcadia High School Student
Accepted: Columbia University, CalTech, and more
You're probably missing something simple but major. Peter will point out what you're missing like he did for me.
I had two months to study for the June ACT. I didn’t know where to start—my math scores weren’t great, the science section completely overwhelmed me, and the reading section was too fast. After I realized my scores were not improving, I asked a friend how he scored so high on his ACT. He recommended Peter. I started weekly sessions with Peter a month before my ACT, and in a month my score raised 5 points. Five!
The two things that Peter helped me with the most were math and science. I improved my math score by 4 points from listening to Peter’s tricks for speeding through the math section, like plugging in the answers and making up answers, and from the copious math worksheets he gave me that targeted my problem areas. Similar to math, my science score improved 4 points. Science was completely overwhelming and fast-paced before starting my sessions with Peter. Peter helped me break down the science section until I understood the fastest way attack the science section effectively. Peter is always very clear and easy to understand, while still fitting a huge amount of material into a session.
I feel so relieved that not only my ACT is finally over with, but that I scored what I feel I need for I the colleges hope to attend. I’ve only taken the ACT once, thanks to Peter, and now I feel free to work on maintaining improving my GPA and college apps. I recommend anyone who believes the scores they are getting don’t match what they should be to consider Peter.
LISA AMADOR // San Marino High School Student
Accepted: UC Davis and more
Before getting help with Peter I had an ACT composite of 25, after working with Peter I achieved a 33, which is an 8-point improvement!
I was struggling tremendously with the ACT and could not get above a 30 on any practice tests. In fact, I started off with a 25, so I decided I needed extreme help as my junior year was quickly closing in on me and college apps would be coming soon.
My biggest problem before working with Peter was being able to get scores above the 30 mark on any practice ACT and even the real one. I felt like I was not capable of getting such a high score and it seemed almost impossible to me since you can only miss so few questions to earn a good score. I wanted to work with Peter because I heard about how good he was and how he had helped my friends.
The best thing about working with Peter was that he was extremely flexible. Being a competitive swimmer consumes a lot of my time and Peter was always there to work around my schedule. He would be willing to drive all the way to my house (an hour and a half drive) just to have a session of the same amount of time. If the session had to be quick (1 hour), he would suggest Skyping over the computer. He would also be willing to help me with anything I needed. I would sometimes text him at 12 at night and he would respond right away. Sometimes I would even call him at the most unorthodox times and he would answer. He would thoroughly explain EVERY single problem thoroughly and not just give me the right answer.
Before getting help with Peter I had an ACT composite score of 25, after working with Peter I achieved a 33, which is an 8-point improvement! My goal was to earn a 32 and I simply surpassed it and surprised myself. I believe this is going to help me tremendously when applying to colleges for now I am in the 99 percentile.
I would definitely recommend Peter to anyone that is looking for a serious tutor that is willing to go to extreme measures to make sure you achieve your goal or surpass it in my case. I feel that if I did not go to Peter I would regret a lot of my decisions and perhaps still be in bad position when applying to colleges. Thank you so much Peter and I hope all of you who read this have the same wonderful experience as I did.
PATRICK TULAPHORN // San Marino HIgh School Student
Accepted: Washington University in St. Louis, NYU, and more
UCLA (San Marino High)
I had always been a strong student with straight As. Yet, I struggled with the ACT. I first took the test blind (no preparation) and got a 27. I was tutored [not by Peter] and on the next test I got a 28. I switched tutors because I was unhappy with moving only one point up (I was aiming for at least above a 30). I decided to find another tutor and studied extremely hard. However, I still only moved up one point (29). I was getting extremely frustrated because I thought I understood all of the concepts.
A friend recommended Peter to me and I decided to give him a try. After our first meeting, I was extremely intrigued with his style of tutoring. He was extremely thorough and organized. I thought my other tutors were teaching me how to take the test, but Peter really taught me. He showed me tricks and ways to be a good test taker. He also pinpointed what I did not know and helped me master concepts.
I found Peter really wanted me to succeed and it was easy for me to get along with him. I was very comfortable asking questions and he took the time to explain things perfectly. After working with Peter for only a month, I took the ACT and got a 32. I improved three points in just a short amount of time! I stopped taking the ACT after that because it was September of my senior year and I had already taken it four times.
I wish I had found Peter earlier, because with his help and more time I am sure I could have done even better and probably wouldn't have had to take the test so many times. I don't know where I would be without Peter. He helped me get into amazing schools, including UCLA. I will be starting school there in the fall and have Peter to thank for making my dreams a reality.
I would recommend Peter to anyone who wants to succeed and is willing to put the work in. If you struggle with test taking, I would suggest Peter.
University of Virginia (Pilgrim School)
Hello, my name is Jordan Hodgkins. I graduated from Pilgrim School in Los Angeles this past May and currently attend the amazing University of Virginia. My hard work and grades allowed me the opportunity to attend an elite college; however, the SAT was my worst nightmare considering the fact that every time I had to take it, I choked under the pressure. Since I did not want my scores to affect my chances of getting in the college of my dreams, my mother contacted Peter.
My college counselor immediately recommended Peter to my mom upon discussing my concern for the SAT. He never ran out of amazing things to tell us about Peter’s achievements and success for other students studying for the test. Looking back at the process now, I am truly grateful I had put my entire faith in these two amazing men.
Peter was knowledgeable in everything that there was to know about the SAT. The first session consisted of him telling me all the “secrets” about the test; some of them were straightforward, but some were thought out and could tell that only someone that has taken this test many times could have made the connection.
The sessions thereafter were dedicated to the sections themselves. Originally I was super slow and was falling for all of the traps. But as time progressed, I gained speed and eventually was making minimal errors, only getting the hard ones wrong simply because I ran out of time. Peter acknowledged that I was a slow test taker, but he taught me tips and tricks to use that to my advantage.
I am forever indebted to Peter for helping and supporting me through a such a terrifying and stressful process. It is because of his guidance that I was accepted into UVa early action and now have the chance to apply into the University’s school of Commerce. I can promise you that he will make it so your dreams can become achievable goals!
Emory College (Northwood High)
I took the ACT test twice while prepping under Peter. The first test I got a 31 and the second one I hit my goal of 33.
When I took the practice ACT my sophomore year I got a 28, which isn't relatively bad for no prep or experience with the ACT whatsoever. What concerned me the most was time management and the science section. The content of the test is not particularly difficult but the time allotted made accuracy in completing the test difficult for me for sure. In that practice ACT test I guessed C for two whole science sections after staring at those passages and not knowing what to do as I ran out of time. I was looking at some websites in the early fall of my Junior year when I found a video of Peter talking about ACT tips for about an hour. It really seemed like he knew what he was talking about and I even took notes. After looking into Young Prodigy, my parents and I established a meeting with Peter at a Panera in Los Angeles.
After meeting with Peter and talking to him, it was clear that this would be the best way to get the results I wanted. His experience working with other tutoring companies and his emphasis on improving on particular skills rather than constantly taking practice tests in hopes of improvement really stuck out to me. Compared to the competition that I had researched and looked into beforehand, it seemed that Peter was the way to go.
We would Skype about once a week and really focus on particular areas such as grammar, math concepts, and reading strategies. Peter helped me raise my lowest scoring section, the English section, from a 28 to a 35. He also helped me drastically improve in accuracy and time management for the math and science sections and taught me strategies and concepts that I couldn't possibly have gotten independently or even from other ACT Prep tutors. The homework Peter assigned was reasonable yet effective as he provided me with some great resources that enabled me to really master the material. Peter had said that improving points gets more and more difficult when approaching 36, which I soon found out. However, Peter gave me the opportunity and encouragement to improve to the point I wanted to get to, which was a score of 33 for me personally.
My favorite part of working with Peter would have to be his constant kindness and patience towards me, even when my progress was slower than either of us wanted. I always felt free to ask questions and to own my mistakes so I could legitimately improve upon them.
After working with Peter, I'm relieved that I don't have to worry about standardized testing anymore. I have a lot of gratitude for Peter and everything he's done for me. I take a lot of solace in knowing that when I apply to colleges this fall, I will have an ACT I am comfortable with. I would highly recommend Young Prodigy to ambitious students who want competitive ACT or SAT scores considering that Peter is well versed in both.
It is important to note that the time you spend with Peter, both in meetings and in doing the work independently, is well spent and as efficient as possible.
As of now I have personally recommended Young Prodigy to a few friends of mine and would highly recommend at least reaching out to and considering Young Prodigy if you are interested in attaining a good if not great score on either the SAT or ACT.
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