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"Blake is an exceptional SAT prep professional and helped my son improve his score by 300 points in less than 3 months! He really understands the test and knows how to analyze where my son needed to focus his energy to study. He always had a well thought-out study plan each week using effective tools and techniques. He hosted practice tests and gave solid advice on test taking strategies. He held my son accountable and challenged him. At the same time, he was patient and motivating. My son is super excited about his score!"

-Louise L.

"We have had an excellent experience working with Blake. He worked with our son last year, and he scored a 34 on his first ACT exam. This year he has brought our daughter from a 24 to 31 after her first group of sessions. Easy to communicate with & really cares about our children's personal as well as academic success. Very highly recommend!"

-Karen H.

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My philosophy on tutoring

The pressure to perform well academically stresses both students and their parents. What are supposed to be the final years of enjoying each other’s company before a student goes off to college can instead become arguments and stress over the pressures of college applications. My philosophy is that hard work is required, but positive reinforcement works much better long term than negative reinforcement. My experience has shown me that showing a student how to study the right way is much more effective than punishing them for not doing so after the fact.


About me

I’m a native San Diegan, father, and an aficionado of basketball, vintage video games, pitchy karaoke, and lecturing my son on how much better Star Wars was “back in the day.” I played college basketball at St. Mary’s College and Whittier College where I earned my B.A. in Psychology in 2002. My most important college mentors were coaches and teachers, so once I realized I didn’t want to chase the dream of professional basketball, it’s not surprising that I turned to teaching and tutoring as a career. After college, I taught high school chemistry and started doing some individual tutoring on the side. I realized both that I had a knack for understanding the psychology of standardized tests and that I preferred individualized tutoring to teaching in crowded classrooms of 35 students.