All Things Tutoring: Holistic, expert tutoring for Test Prep and Academics

Kids' Classes, Groups, Teams & Tutors
School-Aged, Preteens, Teens, Young Adults

I am a leading educator, mentor, curriculum writer, and tutor trainer in the field of test preparation and academic tutoring. Having worked with nearly three hundred students, and with experience at both large tutoring companies and boutique firms, I bring my expertise to meet the needs of each individual student.

A graduate of Bowdoin College, I offer highly personalized test prep and academic support to make tutoring as straightforward and successful a process as possible. I teach the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, ISEE/HSPT/SSAT, and APs, as well as academic subjects including writing (for all subjects), college essays, math, and history. I have coached students to perfect scores and major score increases.

Test Prep sessions are grounded in the fundamental test-taking approaches:

  • Strategies that guide students through every section of the SAT and ACT​
  • Tools relating to specific question types in each section
  • Content review to fill in knowledge gaps
  • Individualized feedback that builds confidence and skills

I view the tutor's role as a unique one: I not only offer my expertise, strategic guidance and practical tools but also help students feel seen and heard as a person. Holistic tutoring and mentoring reinforces the value of every young person and builds on their strengths – and produces better results, too. Focusing on all the things a student can control – the strategies, content, and self-care – brings their attention where it belongs, and away from future unknowns distracting them from the task at hand. In this way, I support students to have the best possible conditions for success.

I find many students get the highest benefit from 8-12 sessions over a 2-3 month period. However, you are in the driver’s seat, and there is no one size fits all as we decide how to best achieve success for your child and budget.

Michael Nugent
nugent.sfbay [at]