LSAT personal tutors off CraigsList?

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Postby hitahomer » Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:04 am

minimum 50-65 seems like...

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Postby TechLaw » Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:10 am

I had spoken with a handful of tutors off of craigslist to see what was being presented as expertise in the LSAT area and found that many are legitimate high scorers who are looking for side income. Some of them are former Kaplan/Powerscore etc. employees who decided to take their shows on the road to make better buck. Just be cautious of these types though if the traditional test-prep company style didn't or wouldn't work for you, as they often are giving you the same rigid "method" teaching style - which in my opinion is simply tutoring, not actually teaching. In my book a teacher is someone who can tailor their teaching style to meet individual student's needs and learning styles.

And just as important as verifying their test score is checking their student references - beware any who aren't willing to give you names and contact information of those you can speak to about their skills. I actually had one guy tell me over the phone that when people ask him for references, he tells them it's the most ridiculous thing they could as for, because (I quote): "of course I'm only going to give you the students who did the best, so it's a skewed sample and doesn't mean anything." With that logic it was clear to me why he wasn't a practicing attorney.

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Postby mallard » Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:23 am

hitahomer wrote:minimum 50-65 seems like...


I guess I need to raise my rates again.

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Postby vestrystreet » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:39 pm

Laura Hirsch is amazing! I had her too. she charged 100/hour but worked miracles for me! Im so excited to get my Dec score.

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Postby tjb » Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:53 pm

vestrystreet wrote:Laura Hirsch is amazing! I had her too. she charged 100/hour but worked miracles for me! Im so excited to get my Dec score.



She is amazing!! I know, definitely if you're in NYC, hit up Laura Hirsch. PM me for details. She builds confidence & I was literally solving these LR problems in my sleep (She also helps with RC & LG, but I was always good at those sections). I actually did a group rate with a friend -- it was $75 per hour (well worth it, believe me). Instead of wasting your money on TestMasters (made the mistake of taking it) & Kaplan, test her out first!! She used to be a Kaplan tutor as well, I think.

PS I'm sure Mallard is a good tutor as well!!

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Postby tifania » Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:53 pm

tjb wrote:
vestrystreet wrote:




PS I'm sure Mallard is a good tutor as well!!

+1

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Postby Decemberish » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:52 am

Did any of you guys ever see this post? :arrow: http://www.sickofbeingscrewed.com/read_screws.cfm?ID=245

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Postby velvelf » Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:59 pm

SleekFire wrote:There is an amazing tutor in miami who scored a 180....
hes really good!
(yes i asked to see his report)

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Anyway hes brilliant and explains unbelievable...


Good Luck...




Thanks for the advice SleekFire, Called him up and just had my first class. Like you said absolutely brilliant. I really think its going to go good this time around....


(I also asked for his report... not that I didn't believe you... just wanted to see a freakin 180 with my own eyes... lol !!!)

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Postby tjb » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:02 pm

Decemberish wrote:Did any of you guys ever see this post? :arrow: http://www.sickofbeingscrewed.com/read_screws.cfm?ID=245



I just read this post. Laura was NOTHING like this. So I don't know. Hiring anyone off the internet for anything is a gamble, but my friend & I had a great experience with her. Actually, I forgot to pay for one of my lessons because we wound up talking for a while... She just emailed me afterwards & asked for it the next time I saw her. She was just incredibly down to earth, always early for everything, full of confidence--which begun to rub off on me, & brilliant--she broke everything down for me & if I still didn't understand, she had another way to go about it. So, it's a gamble, but she didn't disappoint when tutoring me or my friend.

PS I also asked her questions over the phone/email if I ever freaked out about anything & she always responded right away...Hope this helps someone.

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Postby vestrystreet » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:49 pm

Hey- I KNOW THE GIRL WHO POSTED THAT SICK OF BEING SCREWED post!!! I actually asked Laura about it and she told me who it was- and its a girl I used to work with!! The girl is a complete psycho who was impossible to work with and eventually threw a fit in the middle of the office one day and got fired. Im pretty sure she gets other people to post fake posts on there and back her up. But Laura is really great!! Definitely give her a shot, whats the worst that can happen?

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Postby Kimberly1987 » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:54 pm

I am currently using a guy name Troy Trang in Orange County, his method is pretty unique especially with grouping games and formal logic question. His background is in philosophy so he doesn't regurgitate the same stuff you learn from the powerscore bible. He is pretty low profile, however, I think his method is awesome and easy to follow.

Prior to him, I was using Powerscore'd method and even got tutored by one of their instructor. Honestly I think some of PS method is outdated especially with relative order games and in and out grouping games. After using Troy Trang, PS approach seems overly complex and hard to follow. Why work extra hard when I can get the same answers doing something much simpler.

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Postby Ineedhelpplease » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:28 pm

To those who are looking for a tutor, I understand how stressful and draining looking for a tutor can be; which is why I'm posting to help even alittle in the search for a perfect tutor.
About myself, I went through a trial process with 4 tutors(1 kaplan tutor) each smarter then the one before but I never felt comfortable with them which is I think half the battle.
By chance I decided to look through these forums and started pming with a tutor in NY named Larkin(tls handle is nikrall), he's very smart and makes his students feel comfortable, and not stupid for getting answers wrong(like other tutors), he's very much catered towards his students. He advertised on craigslist as well which is why I was concerned to begin with but after our first session I've been with him for a month and plan to stick with him for the October test. I was first hoping for a 160 now I'm working towards a 170. For those in the NY area I would describe Larkin as a "perfect tutor".

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Postby Hey-O » Thu Jun 17, 2010 4:21 pm

mallard wrote:
tifania wrote:
mallard wrote:
tifania wrote:Cue the porn music!
:P
Mallard, I need some help with flaw questions. They are my weak spot. Are you in So. Cal by any chance?


Try doing a few untimed from older tests. Read the stimulus and then close your eyes. Do not read the answer choices. Think of the most instinctual and logical way you could attack the argument. Then open your eyes and see if any of the answer choices look like what you were thinking.


Thanks for the advice! It sounds like it does address the reason i get flaw questions wrong -I get distracted by attractive answer choices which do not address the "biggest" or "most important" flaw.
Pre-phasing an answer would help keep me on track... :wink:


I am not a real fan of pre-phrasing when it comes to the test itself, or even necessarily a real preptest, but as a study tool it can really work, and probably flaw questions are where it's the most powerful.


This is a great advice.

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Postby brian_5642 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:00 am

LSATjunkee wrote:Any brilliant craigslist LSAT tutors in southern california?

Also, what were they charging by the hour?

Thanks



Try Troy Trang, he has a lot of teaching experience and knows the LSAT very well. He charge $75 an hour, but his teaching is very effective, especially with logical reasoning and games. His schedule fills up very fast especially near LSAT test dates. I did 10 hours with him and my score went from the mid 150 to high 160. He usually has a lot of students so try to book him early if you can. His company is called LSAT360.com

Good Luck.
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Postby Kimberly1987 » Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:10 am

brian_5642 wrote:
LSATjunkee wrote:Any brilliant craigslist LSAT tutors in southern california?

Also, what were they charging by the hour?

Thanks



Try Troy Trang, he has a lot of teaching experience and knows the LSAT very well. He charge $75 an hour, but his teaching is very effective, especially with logical reasoning and games. His schedule fills up very fast especially near LSAT test dates. I did 10 hours with him and my score went from the mid 150 to high 160. He usually has a lot of students so try to book him early if you can. Good Luck.



Yea Troy is awesome!! He saved me so much time with games and LR. I should have just gone to him originally before wasting my money with Kaplan.
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Postby Nom Sawyer » Fri Jun 18, 2010 6:01 am

Kimberly1987 wrote:
brian_5642 wrote:
LSATjunkee wrote:Any brilliant craigslist LSAT tutors in southern california?

Also, what were they charging by the hour?

Thanks



Try Troy Trang, he has a lot of teaching experience and knows the LSAT very well. He charge $75 an hour, but his teaching is very effective, especially with logical reasoning and games. His schedule fills up very fast especially near LSAT test dates. I did 10 hours with him and my score went from the mid 150 to high 160. He usually has a lot of students so try to book him early if you can. Good Luck.



Yea Troy is awesome!! He saved me so much time with games and LR. I should have just gone to him originally before wasting my money with Kaplan. I heard he is writing a comprehensive book on the LSAT, I think it will revolutionize logic game methodology.


lol didnt even make it to two pages before self promoting new accounts were created..

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Postby nextstep » Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:37 pm

I've offered tutoring on Craigsilst in Chicago for several years. Very few people ask about scores. I think they should, but I also feel like that raw score isn't a very good predictor of teaching success. I would take someone with a 170 and a host of teaching references over someone with a 179 who just started.

But yes, there are many people offering great tutoring services on Craigslist; I've hired several of them to work with our students over the years with great success.

John

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Postby Jennie.a. oakes543 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:18 am

Nom Sawyer wrote:
Kimberly1987 wrote:
brian_5642 wrote:
LSATjunkee wrote:Any brilliant craigslist LSAT tutors in southern california?

Also, what were they charging by the hour?

Thanks



Try Troy Trang, he has a lot of teaching experience and knows the LSAT very well. He charge $75 an hour, but his teaching is very effective, especially with logical reasoning and games. His schedule fills up very fast especially near LSAT test dates. I did 10 hours with him and my score went from the mid 150 to high 160. He usually has a lot of students so try to book him early if you can. Good Luck.



Yea Troy is awesome!! He saved me so much time with games and LR. I should have just gone to him originally before wasting my money with Kaplan. I heard he is writing a comprehensive book on the LSAT, I think it will revolutionize logic game methodology.[/quote


I have used Troy in the past for 2 sessions and he is pretty good, however, I currently can't afford his rates since I loss my job. I also noticed that he raised his hourly rates again. Does anyone here have his solutions to games and explanation to logical reasoning? If you do, please email me. Thanks

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Postby powerlurker » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:28 am

This thread started out interesting and quickly became hella shady....

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Postby dub » Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:32 am

powerlurker wrote:This thread started out interesting and quickly became hella shady....

Really? I don't find it shady at all.

Troy Trang for President 2012!!!

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Postby Crim_Defender » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:45 am

brian_5642 wrote:
LSATjunkee wrote:Any brilliant craigslist LSAT tutors in southern california?

Also, what were they charging by the hour?

Thanks



Try Troy Trang, he has a lot of teaching experience and knows the LSAT very well. He charge $75 an hour, but his teaching is very effective, especially with logical reasoning and games. His schedule fills up very fast especially near LSAT test dates. I did 10 hours with him and my score went from the mid 150 to high 160. He usually has a lot of students so try to book him early if you can. His company is called LSAT360.com

Good Luck.


Troy Trang was my LSAT tutor about 4 years ago while I was struggling with Logic Games, my absolute worst subject. He did wonders for me with games. Once I learned his strategy, I found Testmasters and Powerscore game strategy to be a joke. Like everyone studying for the LSAT, I purchased the bibles, and still struggled with games. The methods taught for grouping games in the bible is so confusing and unnecessary compared to Troy's strategy. All the unnecessary games categories in the LB bibles ( Moving, partially defined, etc..) complete waste of neurons memorizing those stupid classification. Also another word of advice from someone who spend a whole lot of time and money at this LSAT stuff- stay clear away from Kaplan and Princeton Review, they will set you back several months. Kaplan and PR is mainstream and their marketing strategy is geared towards the AVERAGE student. (150 ish) If you want to score in the 90 percentile or higher, look elsewhere. While, I was Troy's student, I got to know him pretty well. He is actually a very nice guys. Without his help I don't think I would have gotten into Duke SOL. I am currently a practicing criminal defense attorney.

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Postby dub » Fri Jul 09, 2010 1:05 am

Crim_Defender wrote:
brian_5642 wrote:
LSATjunkee wrote:Any brilliant craigslist LSAT tutors in southern california?

Also, what were they charging by the hour?

Thanks



Try Troy Trang, he has a lot of teaching experience and knows the LSAT very well. He charge $75 an hour, but his teaching is very effective, especially with logical reasoning and games. His schedule fills up very fast especially near LSAT test dates. I did 10 hours with him and my score went from the mid 150 to high 160. He usually has a lot of students so try to book him early if you can. His company is called LSAT360.com

Good Luck.


Troy Trang was my LSAT tutor about 4 years ago while I was struggling with Logic Games, my absolute worst subject. He did wonders for me with games. Once I learned his strategy, I found Testmasters and Powerscore game strategy to be a joke. Like everyone studying for the LSAT, I purchased the bibles, and still struggled with games. The methods taught for grouping games in the bible is so confusing and unnecessary compared to Troy's strategy. All the unnecessary games categories in the LB bibles ( Moving, partially defined, etc..) complete waste of neurons memorizing those stupid classification. Also another word of advice from someone who spend a whole lot of time and money at this LSAT stuff- stay clear away from Kaplan and Princeton Review, they will set you back several months. Kaplan and PR is mainstream and their marketing strategy is geared towards the AVERAGE student. (150 ish) If you want to score in the 90 percentile or higher, look elsewhere. While, I was Troy's student, I got to know him pretty well. He is actually a very nice guys. Without his help I don't think I would have gotten into Duke SOL. I am currently a practicing criminal defense attorney.


Seriously, gtfo.

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Postby qaz123 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:09 am

Does any know if there are any good personal tutors in DC/MD/VA? I need help bad! lol

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Postby lawls » Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:26 am

IF YOU ARE GETTING A PRIVATE LSAT TUTOR--ON CRAIGSLIST OR ELSEWHERE--MAKE SURE TO ASK THEM FOR PROOF OF THEIR SCORES.

I know this has been said already but I know at least two people who advertise high 170s/180 scores and do not in fact have such scores. Sometimes when called on it they then say "but I get them in practice." If your tutor is telling you this they obviously don't have a clue about the actual exam!

So ask for proof! And Mallard seems like a smart chap if you are in the NYC area. I think it'd be nice if they devoted a sub-forum for advertising LSAT tutoring; many of the regular posters here would probably make great tutors. That said, this thread is getting shady, so maybe it isn't a great place for that.

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Postby Melanie1987 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:57 am

lawls wrote:IF YOU ARE GETTING A PRIVATE LSAT TUTOR--ON CRAIGSLIST OR ELSEWHERE--MAKE SURE TO ASK THEM FOR PROOF OF THEIR SCORES.

I know this has been said already but I know at least two people who advertise high 170s/180 scores and do not in fact have such scores. Sometimes when called on it they then say "but I get them in practice." If your tutor is telling you this they obviously don't have a clue about the actual exam!

So ask for proof! And Mallard seems like a smart chap if you are in the NYC area. I think it'd be nice if they devoted a sub-forum for advertising LSAT tutoring; many of the regular posters here would probably make great tutors. That said, this thread is getting shady, so maybe it isn't a great place for that.



I drive almost 2 hours to see Troy Trang every week. I originally paid for his 10 hour package, but have since worked out a deal with him for additional tutoring. Since seeing him, my score have improved tremendously in logical reasoning and logic game, he virtually showed me all the LR reasoning argument structures and logic game patterns that LSAC uses for their test writing template. I now totally see how this test is so pattern oriented. I think learning these templates really helped me see the LSAT in a totally different way. He's a little expensive, but totally worth it.

Btw, before coming to him, I carefully interviewed his previous students and checked out his references and credential. He check outs. I personally met three of his students that he took from the 140's to the high 160s in just a few short weeks. In fact, when you tutor with him, he totally encourages student/group interaction, so you end up getting to know a lot of his current students. So far I met 5 of his students and they are all pretty high scores.




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