Dear Students, Parents, Colleagues, and Friends,
My name is Lucas Penick, and I am delighted to be able to offer my services to all students in need of additional assistance with their educational missions! If you, or any student you know, is in search of academic excellence, please let them know I am accepting students immediately.
I offer a full range of private tutoring, including ACT, PSAT, and SAT, the FCAT, and every K-12 academic subject. I also offer tutoring for graduate and professional school exams including DAT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT-V, and OAT.
I have been a teacher for nearly 30 years--from my early days as a nationally-ranked debate coach, to my later work with precocious child actors, to my more recent work with high school and college students seeking achievement at the highest levels -and my several thousand students over those years have gained admission to virtually every college or university in the country, including each of the Ivy league schools.
I myself was a National Merit Scholar, and I score in the 99 percentile on each college or graduate exam I teach; the targeted preparation I provide my students improves their chances dramatically in the selective admissions process. I am from a family of teachers, and my life's mission is to assist young scholars searching for direction to articulate, and achieve, their dreams.
My aim is to move my students from an adolescent approach to activities (ie.,
"Hey, that's fun and I'm good at it, so I like it!") to a more collegiate, adult approach (*I can learn it by applying the skills I was taught, and I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment from mastering difficult material").
My goal as a teacher is, simply put, not to merely prepare my students for a particular test, but to use student challenges as an opportunity to change how students approach learning, to enable them to see the benefits of a professional and thoughtful approach to mastering a difficult activity. I often use the context of my students' personal experiences, struggles, and interests to aid them in seeing the value of committing to a rigorous and coherent pattern of higher and continuing education. That change results in a more mature test-taker and greater academic achievement.
Approach Test Strategically, with Confidence
Discover New Strengths, Lose Self-Defeating Habits
Master Focus, Timing, & Self-Awareness
Achieve High Scores, Grades, & Select Admissions
My students typically improve around 5 points per section on the ACT and 100 points per section on the SAT, though this number does vary based on student effort and the starting point (lower scores have greater room for improvement). I have seen students improve as much as 12 points out of 36 on the ACT composite score and 400 points out of 1600 on the SAT, so tremendous improvement is possible. My students have improved as much as 80 percentile on college, graduate, and professional school exams, and many have even achieved perfect scores!
Students routinely improve grades in their classes as well, as many of the global strategies and techniques I teach apply not only to these standardized exams, but to tests, and learning, in school. Preparing for these exams increases the efficiency of student study time and reduces the amount of time required for homework. I not only teach students how to take exams, but more importantly how to study and prepare for arduous challenges.
In addition to one-on-one tutoring, I offer a two-hour "Introduction to College Admissions and Testing" course, suitable for individual classrooms or large audiences. I also can build courses to suit student needs, for small or large groups.
Please email, text, or call today to discuss with me further how I can help to advance your program, and please feel free to share my information with your students who are seeking outside assistance.
Thank you for your time; I'm looking forward to working with you!
AB The University of Chicago
National Merit Scholar
K-12 Academic Tutoring, College Admissions Counseling, &
"If we are all students, we are also all teachers."
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