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My son has always been a good student but not as motivated as he should be. I was concerned as a parent when his SAT scores came back fairly low the first time he took them. I knew the scores were not competitive enough. A neighbor told me about Sullivan Tutoring. Her son's scores increased by 300 points after his course at Sullivan Tutoring. I called and voiced my concern about my son's scores and felt deep down that he would not be motivated enough to put in the extra work at Sullivan. I was very wrong. Scott is so kind and wonderful to his students as are all the teachers. After the 10 week course my son retook the SATs and raised his score by 200 points. I would highly recommend this center to anyone. The staff has a way of making the learning fun and motivating. Thank you Scott for all you did.

- Karen Celentano

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Sullivan Tutoring offers the "perfect SAT prep" package for the busy student. Unlike other programs that teach a generic prep course, Sullivan Tutoring customizes each lesson to the subject topics that will help your child. When my daughter went to Sullivan Tutoring, she was already a strong math student and didn't need to be taught the subject matter. Instead, Scott Sullivan taught her how to solve problems more quickly, as well as what shortcuts to take and what test-taking strategies would work best.

I also love the flexibility that Sullivan Tutoring offers. We were never "locked in" to a specific day and time, and they were more than willing to work around sports schedules, play practices, social lives etc. In addition, the staff at Sullivan has a way of building the student's self esteem and confidence, which is very important when preparing for standardized testing. By the time the test date arrives, Sullivan students are well prepared and confident. Sullivan Tutoring offers the best of all worlds when it comes to SAT prep.

Christine Nuccio

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Sullivan Tutoring not only bolstered our daughter, Alison's, confidence academically, but they increased her SSAT math scores by 22 points over a three-month period. We have found Alison's tutors, Scott and Katie, to be professional, flexible, and attentive to our daughter's needs. Scott and Katie came highly recommended to our family, and they instinctively know how to maximize our daughter's learning potential.

Patti Cusack
Ipswich, MA

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I have no doubt that working with Scott and his associates made a significant difference in the college process for my daughter. The personalized tutoring cannot be compared to a group approach and it is entirely worth the premium. Scott has a great rapport with his students, and he brings out the best in all of them with his relaxed and caring demeanor. His office provides a casual learning environment where students work individually with him, focusing on the specific areas where they need to improve. His flexible scheduling options work well for busy students.

Scott is also very accessible to parents. He’s very approachable and welcomes any questions regarding his teaching strategy or a student’s progress. When my daughter’s guidance counselor stated that her math score simply would not improve if she took the SAT a third time, I asked Scott what he thought. He said he had a hundred examples where he could refute that statement. My daughter worked with Scott for another month and raised her math score another 100 points! Her scores opened doors to scholarships and honors programs and set her apart during the application process.

I will be sending my son to Scott next and look forward to an equally rewarding experience for him. I recommend Sullivan Tutoring without reservation. I have sent many friends to Scott and no one has been disappointed.

Nancy Williams, Lynnfield

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As the parent of three college students who have all attended Sullivan Tutoring to prepare for the SAT, I highly recommend the program. My three children have varied interests, skills and natural aptitude and the tutors recognized that in preparing each one for the standardized tests. While the ultimate goal was to raise their test scores, they gained much more than that: They gained confidence, awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, and the motivation to work hard to achieve their potential. At the tutoring sessions, my children learned test-taking strategies, including the “tricks” of the tests, short cuts to problem solving and time management skills. All of my children felt very comfortable at the center.

When I think about Sullivan Tutoring, six words immediately come to mind:

  • Support: Scott Sullivan and his associates constantly remind the students of their strengths and freely praise their efforts. Their encouraging and positive words help the children believe that they can master the test.
  • Comfort: The calm, relaxed environment of the center appeals to the students. After a long school day, they are always warmly greeted, offered a drink, and then they review their work in a pressure-free environment.
  • Personalization: The students receive individual attention during every session, and the work they do reflects their individual needs. Working one-on-one with a tutor, they are able to ask questions to better understand their errors and learn from them. Rather than sit in a classroom of 20 students listening to one teacher give general instructions for several hours at a time, students focus on their own specific lessons for an hour and a half.
  • Flexibility: Test preparation sessions are scheduled at the student’s convenience. Sullivan Tutoring takes the stress out of adding tutoring sessions and the associated homework to the already hectic schedule of a high school student. Sessions can be scheduled any day and at any time, as often or as infrequently as time permits.
  • Enthusiasm: All of my children have commented, “Scott loves his job!” Scott and his associates are enthusiastic, committed professionals who truly want to help the children do their best.
  • Results: Sullivan Tutoring gets results! My children’s standardized test scores increased significantly. Their verbal scores increased an average of 100 points and their math increased an average of 130 points.

Sharman Shaw
North Reading High School parent

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As a parent and former Admissions Representative for West Point, I highly recommend Scott Sullivan and Kathryn Marquis to everyone I speak with about improving SAT scores. Scott worked successfully with each of my three sons and helped each of them achieve important college and career goals during their junior and senior years of high school. My oldest son improved his SAT Math scores by 110 points while working with Scott. That improvement was the key to his winning very early appointments to both West Point and the Air Force Academy. My twin sons each worked with both Scott and Kathryn, who helped each of them improve their Math, Reading and Writing total scores by 230 and 200 points respectively. That improvement was the key to each of them winning a four-year, full tuition ROTC scholarship in the first round of the Army’s national Selection Board competition. They will be able to use those scholarships at the college of their choice. Again, they will have great choices -- thanks to the invaluable SAT tutoring with Scott and Kathryn. Their tutoring approach is personalized, efficient, wonderfully motivating, highly effective, and has made each of my sons self-confident about achieving their testing goals. Tutoring with Scott and Kathryn was an outstanding investment in so many ways for my sons.

Bill Davis
Bedford High School parent

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Our students say:

I came to the sessions with a PSAT score of 1900 (570 Reading, 700 Math, 630 Writing). After taking the SAT's in May and October of this year, I received a best score of 2150 (690 Reading in May, 780 Math in May, 680 Writing in October)! I owe many thanks to you and Sullivan Tutoring. Without the sessions, the cards, and the vocab words, I know I would not have done as well as I did. I have already mentioned your tutoring services to many of my friends and will continue to do so, because I feel that Sullivan Tutoring is an excellent SAT preparatory course. Thank you again for your tutoring, guidance, and support.

Katie Wilkinson
Bishop Fenwick '11

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The Sullivan Cards were extremely helpful for me. I was actually the first student to get the cards! I liked how the table of contents made it easy to find what I was looking for, since I had to use them a lot. The math cards had directions for how to solve a problem, but also one or two examples to reiterate the idea. This was very helpful for me since it takes me a few tries to solve something. The English cards told me exactly how to solve each type of question I would encounter on the SAT's, common mistakes and how to avoid them, and tips for writing the essay. I thought basic knowledge would get me through the SAT's but the cards pointed out a lot of things I might have missed without them. The Sullivan Cards were an incredible resource to help me prepare for the SAT, but what I learned is also applicable in school. Thanks again for everything. I am really happy with my scores!

Emily Benson
Danvers High School

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My SAT scores were not nearly good enough to be competitive for what I wanted to major in. Sullivan tutoring not only helped me reach the scores I needed to get, but it brought them well above what was needed. The entire staff is so helpful and kind to all of their students. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to raise their SAT scores.

Greg Celentano

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Sullivan Tutoring is unique in that they have an individualized aspect to their teaching method that can be found nowhere else. The tutors quickly realize how students learn best and use this method to effectively teach. My scores increased steadily and I ended up with a final score of 2190. I would highly recommend Sullivan Tutoring to anyone about to take the SAT.

Mike Cooney
Tewksbury Memorial High School, ‘09

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Sullivan Tutoring gave me the confidence I needed to succeed on the SAT. Ten sessions of practice and a one-on-one tutoring environment really made the difference for me. On the day of the test, I was confident and prepared to do my very best. My scores increased 350 points from my PSAT to my SAT. I couldn’t have received my scores without the help of Scott Sullivan and his associates. Thank you!

Kelsey Kind
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, ‘09

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Sullivan Tutoring humanized the testing process, not only by presenting the information in a manner that was easy to understand, but also by giving me the confidence that I was prepared to succeed. Thanks to their personalized approach, my total score increased by 390 points, from 1770 to 2160, substantially broadening my college options.

Annalise Eaton
Manchester-Essex Regional High School, ‘09

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Sullivan Tutoring was absolutely an essential part of my SAT success. When I first started studying for the test, I was very anxious about the math section. Math had always been my Achilles Heal, and a 530 math score on my PSAT only served to reinforce that weakness. But Scott Sullivan's calm, collected demeanor -- along with his vast knowledge of the test -- instilled in me the confidence I needed to perform my best. His ability to instruct and support, while displaying remarkable warmth in a personal setting, immediately doused the flames of my anxiety. As a result of Scott's tutoring, my math score increased by 160 points. Thanks for everything!

Chris Butterfield
Marblehead High School '09

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I was a student at Sullivan Tutoring for almost two years during my sophomore and junior years of high school -- and my experience was nothing but fabulous throughout. I had mostly wanted help with math section of the SAT and I expected to learn a few time management skills that could come in handy during the test; however, with the amazing one-on-one tutoring at Sullivan Tutoring, I raised my score 120 points on the math section alone. The environment at Sullivan Tutoring is energetic and friendly; Scott successfully manages to work personally with each student in a completely stress-free way. I literally saw my scores increase week to week. With my new scores, I was accepted to Boston College, where I am now a junior. I wholeheartedly believe that I owe a lot of where I am today to Scott and the Sullivan Tutoring team.

Molly Pye
Swampscott High School, ‘06

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