Welcome to StudyLark
StudyLark Test Prep was founded by David Lynch. For over 20 years, David has drawn upon his teaching and curriculum-development experience to create personalized study plans. We’ll help you achieve mastery more quickly with our modern, well-researched approach. Our one-on-one tutoring program blends real tests, specialized drills, robust teaching content, and expert instruction to get you to your goal.
Individual tutoring, especially with an experienced professional, is much more efficient than a class. You won’t waste time moving too slow or too fast, or talking about topics you’ve already mastered, or sitting through other people’s questions. Most classes are scripted—the instructor may not have the ability or latitude to bring in new test questions to help illustrate a topic if you need extra examples. If the instructor is inexperienced, you may receive unclear or inaccurate explanations, which is not a good use of your time.
As a professional tutor with over 20 years’ experience, I can help a student raise scores significantly, and I can do so more efficiently, with respect to time and cost, than books, group classes, or less experienced tutors. Students enjoy working with me because I am patient, funny, insightful, encouraging, and can give specific, practical, and effective advice.
What services do you offer?
We help people prepare for the SAT, ACT and LSAT.
How do I get started?
The first thing we’ll do is schedule a free consultation. We’ll use that time to answer any questions you might have, learn more about your situation, and tell you about the program. Based on your needs, we’ll put together a study plan and suggest the best way to get started.
Where do the tutoring sessions take place?
All tutoring sessions are conducted virtually using Zoom and variety of other online tools.
How long do sessions last?
Sessions typically last for 1 hour, but this can be adjusted for students who would like longer sessions.
How frequently do you meet with students?
The schedule is flexible, but the most common frequency is weekly sessions. This lets you to keep up your studying momentum while allowing enough time between the sessions to complete a significant amount of homework. You can set up a weekly standing appointment (recommended) or schedule as you go. If you prefer to meet more or less frequently, we can accommodate that as well.
Can students and parents communicate with you between sessions?
Yes, communication is always open. I can be reached any time by phone, email, or text, and I will periodically reach out to the parent to give updates on progress as needed.
How do we know we’ll get results?
Students need to put in the work on their end, but those who do are very likely to see significant improvement. The best evidence for this is that I don’t need to advertise: for years, my client base has come solely from people recommending my services to their friends and family, based on their satisfaction with their outcomes.
What are your rates?
We have several rates, depending on whether you choose to do tutoring by the hour or sign up for a package. Find more details on the services page. We encourage you to do the first session or two at the hourly rate to ensure our program is a good fit, and then if you then want to convert over to a package, we can apply any previous payments toward the package. You never have to commit to something without knowing what you’re getting into.
How and when do I pay?
For the first session, you’ll receive an email invoice that you can pay online with a credit card, Apple Pay, Cash App, or Link. Subsequent sessions are billed automatically to the same payment method. If you choose to do a package, we’ll bill in several installments so you don’t need to pay for the whole thing all at once.
What qualifications and experience do you have in tutoring?
I have 20 years’ experience working with students of all ability levels. I have worked with tutoring organizations of all sizes, from national to local, in which I trained other teachers and developed curriculum. I have written and published multiple books on standardized tests. I am constantly researching the latest trends in the tests, and I network with other tutors nationwide to improve pedagogy.
What materials do you use?
No matter which test you’re studying for, the core of your preparation must be real test questions from the official test makers. We only use real practice tests, along with lots of official test questions as released by the test makers.
In addition to using real tests, we’ve spent years writing the books and resources that we’ll use in the sessions to set you up with the knowledge and strategies you need on test day. This custom curriculum is always up to date and is based on thorough research into the test. We know the books inside and out because we wrote them!
How do you customize the learning experience for each student?
The tutoring program is designed to be robust, organized, and personalized. We use a variety of analytical tools, along with my own observations and feedback from the student, to focus on the areas most likely to yield additional points. We move at the right pace for the student and focus on the right topics. The schedule and workload are tailored to fit with the student’s schedule.
How do you measure and report a student’s progress?
After each practice test, students are provided with a detailed score report breakdown. This provides insights about topics and trends, including how the student is progressing through the homework and curriculum. It shows what assignments the student has completed and makes recommendations for the most valuable topics to address next. It provides an estimated score range if the student were to take the test tomorrow.
How is homework assigned?
I use an online tool called a Trello board to trade assignments and keep everything organized and in one place. Students can get a phone app that allows them to easily submit homework, and they get a notification when results are available. After each session I provide a digital checklist of the homework assignments, and students can communicate with me through the board.
Are you certified by any professional organizations?
I am a founding member of the National Test Prep Association (NTPA), which is a professional association dedicated to supporting test prep professionals, upholding the highest ethical standards, and promoting best practices in the test prep industry.
175!!!!!! I really couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for helping me through this process and putting up with my stress-induced insanity!!
I just got my ACT score back online today. I got a 34! I had a 36 on the science and reading, a 28 in math, and a 34 in reading. Thanks so much for all your help this summer and this fall. It really paid off.
I wanted to tell you that I got a 170. But more importantly, I want to thank you for that 170 — for multiple summers and seasons, for help long after our appointments finished and without anything in return. AND for convincing me not to delete my score!!! I owe a lot to you. I hope you know I am immensely grateful.
I just wanted to let you know I got my ACT score back. I got a composite score of 33 (34 on english, and 33 on math, reading, and science). I’m super happy with my results. Thanks so much for your help!
I wanted to tell you my LSAT score as soon as I knew…168! I am extremely happy with it and I will not be using the cancel option. Such a relief!! I can’t thank you enough for all of your help—seriously! I could not have done this without your guidance!
I just wanted to update you that Zoe’s SAT super score went to 1470, ultimately a high of 710 English, Reading and Writing and 760 Math. As you may remember, her first SAT taken in junior year was a 1330, with a 730 math but a much weaker ERW. You said you knew she could do better because she had done so on her practice tests, and you were right! We wish you the best and thank you for helping build her confidence and skill set. I would definitely recommend you and your excellent teaching skills to anyone and everyone!!
Got a 720! Thanks again for all the help, couldn’t have jumped from a 660 to 720 without your coaching.
2130 super scored!!! Thank you for all you did with Erin. Critical reading went up 90 points after working with you!! Wow! She also had her highest math score since then. I wish we had been introduced to you sooner.
You are clearly a gifted teacher. My score increased by 4 points/17 percentile points in just two weeks. I truly enjoyed your clear explanations and practical coaching techniques.
The ACT went great. Leaving the test center, I was hesitant to make an assumption one way or another about how it went, but I guess I had nothing to worry about! I feel extremely fortunate to have gotten that score. Thank you so much for all your help—you have achieved the feat of making standardized test prep fun, engaging, and something I look forward to in the future.
I ended up taking October and getting a 170!!!!! Just wanted to thank you for all the work you did with me and for helping me get here. I really enjoyed working with you!
My LSAT score went up five points and I got a 171 🙂 🙂 🙂 Having observed many, many teachers over the course of my career as an educator, I’ve seen a lot of people try to break down complex concepts and render them comprehensible to confused students. I haven’t seen many people do it better than you. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for all of your help. I hope that our paths will cross again soon, but I’m thrilled that it won’t be at your place of work.
I recently received my scores back for my SAT. My score increased by 160 points! This is very good considering that we only had a few sessions together. I just wanted to share the good news and thank you for all of the helpful tips and worksheets that you gave me.
Just wanted to let you know that I got a 170 on the December LSAT. Thank you for making studying for the LSAT bearable!