Massiha Habibi

Tutor

Subjects

  • Psychology

Tests

  • ACT
  • AP Exams
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • SSAT, HSPT & ISEE

Locations

  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)
  • Tenleytown, DC

Bio

SAT and ACT test preparation tutor, Massiha Habibi, has an enduring interest in understanding how complex systems work. His participation in and enthusiasm for science and academics earned him many honors in high school, including a new award for “Most Likely to Marry Physics.” His first and second television appearances were on “It’s Academic.” Knowing that the undergraduate years are the best time in life for in-depth study of subjects of interest, he took a course load heavy in social sciences, hard sciences, and math. Massiha graduated from College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology.

As a child, Massiha accumulated a formidable collection of nicknames, with “Moose” becoming the ultimate winner. In his free time, he likes to emulate Charlie Rose by questioning people about their areas of expertise and their experiences. He enjoys staying informed about the latest technology, science, and international news. He also enjoys EDM (electronic dance music) concerts.

Philosophy

Try this analogy: Performing on a standardized test is akin to running laps, while learning a subject is comparable to hiking up a forested mountain. In other words, tutoring a student for SAT and ACT test preparation is closer to training than teaching. The goal isn’t to expand a student’s thinking but to focus it and make the process second nature.

During SAT and ACT test preparation, I introduce students to the approaches and techniques that are most effective for these kinds of tests. I identify what is slowing them down or holding them back. I guide them to practice where it is most needed. Most importantly, I make sure that students are calm when they arrive on test day. They can look at the test book, knowing there are no surprises in store for them.

With one-on-one tutoring, we can go much faster in the areas in which a student is comfortable and stop to point out real world connections. Helping a student get to the moment of clarity at the end of the proverbial hike is the biggest thrill. It’s a joy when students continue to explore subjects for the rest of their lives.