Questions about Tutoring

How are you meeting with students?

The classes are in person and are for vaccinated students only. Otherwise I meet students via Zoom or WeChat depending on their location. I use a virtual white board and share my screen to facilitate effective lessons.


Does my child need a tutor?

These standardized tests are three and a half hour long and include math, reading comprehension, and writing.  Students must make use of both outside knowledge and test strategies. 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.

The public school English curriculum does not cover enough grammar for the writing section of neither the SAT nor the ACT.  Some kind of supplemental help is necessary for most students.



Is there a minimum of Test Prep sessions I must contract for? How long should my son/daughter prep.

The following is a list of test prep sessions throughout the year.  A family working with me 1:1 would sign up for a minimum of 1 session.

Session #

1) start prep JULY for the SEPT TEST

2) start prep MID-AUGUST for the OCT TEST      

3) start prep  MID-SEPTEMBER for the DEC TEST

4) start prep MID-NOVEMBER for the FEB TEST

5) start prep MID-JANUARY for the APRIL TEST

6) start prep MID-MARCH for the JUNE and summer TESTS



Do you have small classes?

Yes!  These very small "strategies classes" cost less than half the 1:1 rate.  I instruct students how to answer the different types of questions and involve a lot of  practice.


Throughout the year there is the option of tutoring two students who wish to work with each other and who have similar needs at 75% of the 1:1 rate.



How about online tutoring?

Yes, I tutor via Zoom with an HD camera.  The student does not need any special technology besides a computer with a camera and good internet access.  I use the same lessons as in-person tutoring.

This is a great way to tutor students who are across the country or beyond or who prefer the quiet of their own homes.  Students for whom English is not their first language find my speaking style easy to understand; I speak with a formal, North-east American accent.


What are your fees?

The fees vary based on whether the prep is for the LSAT/GMAT or GREs versus the ACT/SATs.  Also there is a 45 minute versus 60 minute option for more advanced students.  

There are different fees for 1:1, 2:1 and the small class.  Please email me for details.


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. 



Tanya Panossian-Lesser

201-632-1261 (please leave a message)

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-to JW for your 11 point increase on the GREs!

-to PM for your acceptance into Notre Dame!

- to IF for your acceptance to Boston College!

-to RC for your acceptance to Lehigh!

- to CC for your acceptance to  Villanova!

-to SE for your acceptance to the Rutgers College of Engineering!



Tanya was wonderful with my son Anthony. She tutored him for the SATS. 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. She was always available with help and answers to  questions, whenever my daughter needed her. Thanks to Tanya my daughter is confident in her ability and comfortable in approaching the upcoming SAT Test. -Tracy, Ridgewood


Tanya is the "teen whisperer"  - Kelly, Ridgewood



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