In our role as academic advisors, we strive to ease the worries parents feel about their child's academic journey and reduce the stress students often encounter. Our experienced team collaborates closely with both students and parents, crafting tailored strategies to improve performance in school and on standardized tests.
But we're not just about grades and scores. Our tutors — experts in their respective fields — are passionate about making learning an enjoyable experience. With us, lessons aren't just informative — they're fun and engaging, ensuring students look forward to every session.
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In 2012, Rob Pollak left his career in law and founded Pollak Tutors to pursue his passion: coaching students and advising their families as they navigate the standardized testing process. In the years since, the team at Pollak Tutors has grown to include engaging subject matter experts who help students excel in their day-to-day coursework, covering all subjects from kindergarten to college.
Rob’s knowledge of both the SAT and ACT allows him to use data analytics and student feedback to guide his students towards the right test and optimal schedule. Well-versed in the methodology and structure of standardized testing, Rob understands that test prep is about more than just tips and tricks (but don’t worry…we’ll teach you those too!), so he works closely with the team to ensure that every one of our students leaves tutoring sessions feeling better able to tackle the fundamental reading, grammar, and math skills that appear on the test.
When we’ve done our job well, students coached by Pollak Tutors find that they are not only prepared for a specific test but also come away from tutoring with an invigorated academic mindset that improves achievement in school.
Rob is a founding member of the National Test Prep Association and has earned Instructional Mastery certification in all subjects of the ACT. He regularly speaks on topics related to standardized testing and has appeared on a number of industry podcasts.
As the office manager for Pollak Tutors, Alyssa does a little bit of everything: scheduling, billing, client/tutor relations, event planning, and more. You’re likely to first hear from Alyssa when it’s time to schedule an initial meeting. She always aims to provide you and all of our clients with top notch customer service. Before she joined Pollak Tutors, Alyssa spent 12 years as a Merchandise Planner for Macy's Department Stores.
When she’s not working, you can find Alyssa in the garden, hosting movie nights, or spending quality time with her husband and two daughters in Berkeley Heights, NJ.
Rob Pollak was the perfect tutor for my daughter. After she scores a 31 on her initial practice test, Rob set a challenging but realistic schedule for her the summer after her sophomore year. He was very professional, patient and supportive. Rob was able to assist her in all the sections of the ACT, not only with content and strategy but most importantly confidence. He was always available to both of us and was especially motivating the week leading up to the ACT. She scored a 35 and was beyond thrilled. He was the first person she wanted to tell the morning the results came out! Thanks again!