5.0 (24)
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33 years in business

About this tutor

Lander and I cover SAT, ACT, SAT II (math and science), AP (math and science), IB (math and science), writing, ESL, technical writing, scientific writing, and some other topics. 

Lander specializes in hardcore, take no prisoners test prep and AP/IB math and science tutoring. I specialize in scientific and technical writing, English, and essay writing. I do not write students' essays for them, but I do contract writing for professionals, heavy editing, rewriting, ghostwriting, and so on. I also provide test prep advising free in 10-minute calls, as I have time. 

Both I and my son, Lander, have been tutoring high school and college students since before we went to college. For many years, we've each used my unique inquiry-based method that gets to the heart of the matter right away to give you the greatest effect for your time and money. 

With degrees in both education and English and experience in both teaching and professional writing, I'm ideally prepared to help students and professionals improve their writing skills. 

My tutoring experience began in childhood as teachers nearly always asked me to help other students. By age nineteen, I was tutoring college students of all ages. During college, I taught in our communications lab, helping students learn to more effectively communicate in writing. During graduate school, I taught college writing courses. After earning my graduate degree in English, I wrote for several Fortune 500 companies, medical researchers, engineering companies, colleges, and others. 

As a longtime college counselor, I coach students in essay writing to prepare them for their SAT, ACT, and college application essays. I help students with all aspects of the writing process until they are able to write compelling essays. When they approach their college essays, they can effectively write compelling essays to support their applications.

I have nearly forty years experience writing, teaching, and teaching writing. I taught my own son how to write essays for standardized tests and college applications. He became a full National Merit Scholar and was offered admission to ten top national universities, most with full rides. I can help your students stand out too. 

Despite having aptitudes for teaching and writing, I had no mentoring during my youth. That's a key reason I do this. Working with youth is satisfying to me because whenever I teach key skills and knowledge, students tend to become transformed. While group education allows more students to be educated, it does tend to leave them with gaps in the skills and knowledge. I find and fill those gaps.

Once their gaps are filled, my students can perform at a higher level for the long run. Writing skills they learn with me stay with them for the rest of their lives. I find that very satisfying. 

My son, Lander, has been using my inquiry-based tutoring and test prep method for fifteen years, both before and after he went to Caltech, the Big Bang Theory School. No, he's not asocial like some of those characters. He's very engaging and LOVES helping people succeed. He's truly amazing. He covers math, science, and test prep objective sections. So, he covers the SAT, ACT, GRE, and the math and science SAT II's. He also covers AP and IB courses for the pure sciences and math, including AP Calculus AB & BC and AP Statistics. You can access Lander's services through me. 

We get our thrills from seeing students quickly evolve and then, without our direct help, produce results that help them get into the colleges that will best prepare them to fulfill their career dreams. 

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  • Kate Morlie

    Five cousins in our family use them and always get an excellent result. They know what they are doing. We don't use anyone else unless it's for something they don't cover, but the cover most of what we need.

  • Gina

    Lander and Andrea are awesome. Getting started was very simple. No fine print. Just set up your times, show up, and learn. No pressure to buy more. For a college student who has limited time, this was great.

  • Kate Morlie

    She's very professional and runs the program efficiently. She gets better results than any tutor or teacher we've ever had for our kids. We have never had a truly professional tutoring service before, though we thought we did. She works differently than most and we'll never go back. Between her and Lander, they cover all the subjects we need except foreign languages. They also do our test prep and college counseling and cover our kids' three cousins. Because their time can be scarce, we have put some cousins in the same sessions if they are taking the same courses. We're also putting them in a custom summer course with her so they can all work together on test prep. It's kind of amazing how they can work with kids who are at different levels and help them all. I am not sure how they do it, but it works well. My brother and his wife as well as I and my husband all highly recommend the Martins. We feel they are the most trustworthy tutors we've had because they know what they are doing and are very honest about everything we've discussed with them.

  • Tim and Julie H.

    Andrea provided our son with comprehensive educational mentoring and college counseling for three years of high school. He earned better grades than he'd ever earned before. He got into three Ivies and four other prestigious universities. We cannot thank Andrea enough for all the work she did with our son. Be aware that Andrea expects students follow through on whatever they agree to do. She's personally easy going, but she is very serious about her program.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The two of us, mother and son, use the same exclusive method for different topics. Lander covers math, science, and test prep, and Andrea covers writing and educational mentoring/college counseling. 

Before anything else, we learn about their goals. While most students have practical goals such as getting into a good college, many have never considered longterm or higher level goals. By helping students recognize or even form higher-level goals, we create a context and stimulate them to power the process with their own passions. 

Once they become fully motivated from within, we use our exclusive process to find and fill their skill and knowledge gaps.

Our math, science, and test prep students quickly begin to develop more optimism and confidence as we guide them through processes they previously thought were mysterious or complicated. We build skill from the most basic skills to the most complex, starting with the gaps we find in the basic skill areas. By reinforcing foundations, we help students truly master skills rather than simply showing an telling them things they'll quickly forget. 

Our writing students develop their own "voice" and their own "story." These serve as their brand and context for an essay that relates to them personally, as most college application essays do. Even when writing expository essays, students who are motivated from within write more effectively.  

By iteratively guiding students through the writing process, we help them develop confidence in their writing and motivate them to discard bad habits and ineffective strategies. Our typical writing students say, "I wish I'd learned this years ago. Why don't they teach this in school?"

Math, science, and writing are easier than most students think, but skill matters. If your student believes that they cannot write a compelling essay or get the right answers to objective questions for their standardized tests or college applications, we can help them. 

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