The Ridgewood Tutor: for SAT/ACT/GRE prep and homework help The Ridgewood Tutor:for SAT/ACT/GRE prep and homework help

Tanya Panossian-Lesser


I am a National Board Certified Teacher and experienced tutor who provides homework help and full SAT/ACT/GRE preparation for the Bergen County area and online.  References are available- just ask!



Tanya was wonderful with my son Anthony. She tutored him for the SAT'S. I felt she had firm handle on what he needed where he excelled and where he struggled. She is very patient and very professional. - Teresa, Park Ridge


So happy we found The Ridgewood Tutor. Tanya was willing to try many study strategies with my daughter before hitting on a program that worked well for her. Every week was different and it keep my daughter interested and enthusiastic. The Ridgewood Tutor was always available with help and answers to  questions, whenever my daughter needed her. Thanks to Tanya and The Ridgewood Tutor my daughter is confident in her ability and comfortable in approaching the upcoming SAT Test. -Tracy, Ridgewood

Questions about Tutoring

Does my child need a tutor?

The SAT and ACT are three and a half hour long exams that include math, reading comprehension, and writing.  Vocabulary is also part of the SAT prep curriculum and science is part of the ACT curriculum. These tests are challenging in their length and scope of material.  When a student completes my prep program, they will be better prepared for the "big day", and will have grown into a more analytical reader, writer and math student with a college-level vocabulary.


Students that benefit from homework tutoring have shown some of the following characteristics:

  -is not happy with her/his grades so far

  -feels lost in class or doesn't understand the teacher

  -gets test anxiety or performance anxiety

  -struggles with perfectionism to the point that s/he is not always turning in work on time

  -is very disorganized or overwhelmed with his/her class load


Is there a minimum of Test Prep sessions I must contract for?

No, there are no musts.  After a consultation and a diagnostic test, we would agree on the number of sessions that would allow the time and work it will take to reach the desired score.  I would suggest to someone with very high aspirations for score improvement on all three sections to sign up for between 16 and 24 weeks/ 2 hour sessions/ 1x a week.  Others have chosen an 8 weeks/2 hour session/1 x a week program. 


Is it only one-on-one tutoring?

There is the option of tutoring two students, who have similar needs, at the same time at a reduced rate.


Where do you meet the students?

We meet at the Ridgewood library on the first floor (between the circulation desk and the windows).  Or we can meet at the student's home if there is an adult present and if it is in the Ridgewood/Glen Rock area.


How about online tutoring?

Yes, I tutor via Google chat.  I use the same lessons as in-person tutoring.


Do you have references?

  Yes, they are available upon request.  You can also read a few reviews online.  The links are on my home page. 



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