Nishtan Schulman: Advanced Math/ SAT Prep

University: State University of New York at Buffalo, BA 1973, major Psychology, minor Math. Secondary school teaching credential in math.

Law School: Graduated from Northeastern University Law School, Boston, MA. JD degree in 8/76. Passed the California Bar Exam in 1983.

Teaching Experience: Has taught math since 1978 at: Colfax High School, Colfax Elementary, River City HS, Orangevale Elementary, Sierra College, Living Wisdom school, Prosser Creek charter, Horizon charter. Taught independent study in Grass Valley and summer school at Nevada Union. Taught GRE prep at Sac State, and SAT prep for UC Davis and the Fairfax Lectern.  Has led SAT workshops at many schools including: Laguna Creek HS, Rocklin HS, Sacramento Waldorf, North Tahoe HS, Truckee HS, Sugar Bowl Academy, Nevada Union HS.  Has presented workshops on mental arithmetic at the Northern California math conference in Asilomar.  Has given private SAT workshops since 1985 in Sacramento, Roseville, Auburn, Grass Valley, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

I have been teaching at high schools, middle schools, elementary schools and junior college in northern California for over twenty years. During that time I have also been offering SAT Prep workshops. I believe the most important element in education is the teacher and his or her experience and ability to communicate effectively. I have made SAT prep training the focus of my work and have helped many students improve their scores. In the ’98–’99 school year I took the test, with the HS students, four times and achieved a perfect score. I know this test very well. Most importantly, I communicate the information in a simple, interesting manner. My SAT preparation classes are fun, stimulating, positive and effective. I concentrate on techniques of problem solving that can really make a difference. I also address proper attitude, use of time and other test-taking skills.

I am frequently asked about my success rate in improving students’ scores. I have had many students improve significantly. The students who improve most from my class have a good foundation in basic skills, pay attention in class, and practice at home. In acquiring any skill there is no substitute for practice.