College Prep

SAT/ACT Tutoring, College Counseling, Academic support

SAT Prep & ACT Prep

Taking the SAT or ACT can be one of the most daunting events in a student’s academic career. It can feel like there is so much pressure to do well in order to get into the “right” college or to get a scholarship to make college more affordable. I have been tutoring for the SAT and ACT for the past 15 years.  I have experience helping students who experience dyslexia, ADHD, test anxietyexecutive functioning issues and other learning challenges. Its my job to help identify the specific challenges a student is encountering and tailor the tutoring sessions to help in those areas.

 

Based on my past experience with students I’ve tutored for at least 8 sessions, you can expect to raise your score by an average of 80 to 120 points by working with me one-on-one.

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Andrew is an empathic and intelligent young man who
has been an enormous help with SAT tutoring for two of our boys. He is able to hone in on their unique talents and areas that need improvement and work with them to greatly improve their outcomes.

— Sarah and Jack Cecil

College Counseling

Going away to college is one of the biggest transition of one’s life. College serves as one of the only rites of passage our society has for the transition into adulthood. For many people it means living away from home for the first time and all of the freedoms and anxieties that comes with that. It can be an exciting, scary, hopeful and daunting process all at once.

 

I enjoy helping students and families navigate the process of searching for and applying for college. This is a very formative time in one’s life and it’s important to choose a college that has the environment – academically, socially and, potentially, athletically – that is going to give them the best chance to have a successful college experience.

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Academic Support & Executive Functioning Coaching

Andrew has years of experience helping students who struggle with focus, organization, dyslexia and other learning challenges. His training and experience as a therapist helps him connect easily with students as well as intuitively tailor his approach to each students’ needs. He has been tutoring students for the past 15 years and has completed an Executive Functioning Training through Landmark Outreach, a leader in the field of Executive Functioning.
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Test Anxiety

Test anxiety and confidence issues can be serious road blocks for students, causing them to underperform on standardized tests. As a counselor, I’m skilled at working with clients to overcome the mental hurdles that hold them back from fulfilling their potential. I help students find the balance of focus and relaxation, commonly referred to as the “flow” state.

Score Reports & Diagnostic Test

We will use a diagnostic test to assess the content areas that you need help with and to establish a timeline for our tutoring sessions. We use an online test center through Summit Educational Group, to score your practice tests and provide a detailed score report.

SAT Practice Tests & ACT Practice Tests

Practice, practice, practice!! Like any new skill, it is vitally important to practice. Test Prep is no different. We will practice taking actual ACT and SAT Test under timed conditions to prepare you for the the real thing. The online test center through Summit Educational Group provides a score report for each practice test, indicating strengths and areas of challenge.

Meet the Counselor

Andrew had a plan from an early age to get into the best college he could and this translated into a very focused high school career when he took the SAT five times. He went to Columbia University to study engineering and ended up exploring several different areas of study before landing on Psychology. He has been tutoring and teaching SAT/ACT Prep for the past 15 years. Originally trained as an SAT Tutor through Summit Educational Group in Boston, MA, Andrew and has more recently begun teaching SAT/ACT Prep classes through the Carolina Day School. He currently runs his own private practice in Asheville, NC.

 

Andrew combines his skill and training as a counselor, with his experience teaching and tutoring, to create a very welcoming environment for students. He excels at building rapport quickly and assessing each students unique needs. The most consistent feedback from his students is that they are surprised how engaging a session of prepping for the SAT can be! 

Education & Professional Experience

Education & Training:

Columbia University New York, NY 1996-2000: Bachelor of Arts - Psychology
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC 2007-2009: Masters of Science - Community Counseling
Summit Educational Group Boston, MA: Intensive training from leading test prep company

Clinical Application of Neurofeedback: 36 hour training through the Institute for Applied Neuroscience

Landmark Outreach Training: Strategies to Support Executive Function

 

Professional Experience:

Owner and Sole Proprietor of Riverbank Counseling May 2017 - Present
Carolina Day School June 2007- Present: SAT/ACT Test Prep Teacher and Individual Tutor
Stone Mountain School 2010: SAT Prep Class Teacher at Therapeutic Boarding School for Boys
Summit Educational Group 2002: Individual SAT Tutor

Fees

SAT & ACT Tutoring:

– Individual Session: $80 per hour   (8 Session Series: $600)

– Small Group Session (2-3 Students): $50 per hour per student

Materials: $24 Math/Science Course Book, $24 Writing/Reading Course Book

– Referrall Discount: Free session for referring a friend!

 

College Counseling: $100 per session

Academic Support & Executive Functioning Coaching$80 per session

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
— Dr. Seuss