Tutor Bios


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Chris A. Vettraino, Esq.

Chris has a demonstrated passion for teaching manifested over the last 10 years while working with and helping students of different ages and education levels in a variety of settings. He has effectively tutored economically disadvantaged students as well as students who have attended some of the most prestigious schools in the city. Chris has established methods to help students with learning disabilities and to challenge students at the top of their honors classes. Additionally, he has successfully coached various levels of baseball from little league to high school varsity. Through his many distinct experiences guiding and teaching diverse students, Chris has mastered the ability to assess the unique needs of each of his students and then tailor his lessons and teaching methodology to effectively meet these needs. Above all, Chris prides himself on his ability to challenge students to realize their full potential by teaching them to think critically, getting them to first question, then understand why one thing represents the answer or process and why other things do not.

Prior to founding Paradigm Test Prep, Chris worked for a premier tutoring company in San Francisco where he was the lead SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE and LSAT tutor. He also taught all levels of mathematics between pre-Algebra and AP Calculus, and provided guidance and feedback to high school students to help improve their writing. In addition to working with many adults applying to various MBA and PhD programs, Chris worked with students at premier San Francisco Bay Area high schools such as Bellarmine College Prep, The Menlo School, Sacred Heart School, Menlo Atherton, Crystal Springs Uplands School, San Francisco University High School, Marin Academy, Marin Country Day, and Notre Dame High School. He assisted adults and students in gaining admission to a multitude of universities and programs including Stanford, Northwestern, Georgetown, George Washington, multiple Ivy League schools and several University of California schools.

Chris has tutored students through all stages of the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE and LSAT preparation processes helping them achieve their goal scores. Whether a student is just starting to prepare and hopes to improve significantly, or whether a student has seemingly peaked or plateaued on a section but wishes to improve his/her score to an elite level, Chris provides the right program. With the goal and ability to understand and teach each student on the learning level that is most appropriate and effective for the student, Chris challenges his students outside of their comfort zone, guiding them to achieve those crucial extra points that are needed to be considered for the top universities and programs or qualify for the best scholarships.

Chris’s professional qualifications include a B.S. in finance, a J.D. from the University of California Hastings and membership to the California Bar. Additionally, he is qualified and eligible to receive his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License. He has scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT, the 99th percentile on the LSAT and the 99th percentile on the SAT, including a perfect math score. When not working, he is taking advantage of San Diego’s perfect weather by running, surfing or hanging out at the beach. Other interests include rooting on the Chargers and Padres, playing games and solving puzzles that involve thinking, strategy and logic, and training in the martial art of Soo Bahk Do.

 

Amanda K. Wald, Esq.

PTP - Amanda head shot 3Amanda’s most interesting teaching assignment came in 2002 when she was studying abroad in Italy and one of her professors approached her about taking part in his organization, Una Via. Soon after accepting, Amanda was working in one of Italy’s prisons, teaching English and moral philosophy to a unique group of detainees from around the globe. She recalls them as her most obedient students to date.

Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a major in analytic philosophy. During her time at UCLA, she had a variety of teaching experiences. For several years, Amanda tutored high school students in the SAT, the ACT and various subjects, including math and English. During a year long study abroad at the University of Bologna in Italy, she worked as an English tutor for students and professors affiliated with the University of Bologna.

After scoring in the 99th percentile on the LSAT, Amanda attended Georgetown Law School where she worked with the admissions office as a student ambassador. While in law school, Amanda taught a year-long class on law to high school students in Washington D.C. This experience honed Amanda’s ability to make esoteric concepts clear. After teaching teenagers the basis for proper hearsay objections, teaching math and logic is a walk in the park.

Amanda also worked for Lewis and Roca, LLP. Upon learning the unfortunate truth that the firm had nothing to do with Almond Roca (one of the world’s tastiest confections), she turned to pro-bono work, assisting her own legal clients part-time while doing what she enjoys most — helping students prepare for the LSAT, the SAT , the ACT and the bar exam. Although Amanda enjoys legal work, she prefers to follow her true passion for teaching.

Amanda has more than a decade worth of experience teaching and tutoring, including over 9 years teaching LSAT prep. She also works with major universities, including UCSD, creating and teaching LSAT courses for their students. She has taken what she learned from her work with multiple major test prep companies and combined her own experience with time-honored-LSAT-truths in order to present students with the most useful LSAT prep possible. In addition, Amanda brings her professional planning and management skills to the table, allowing her to create effective and efficient study plans, tailored precisely to the needs of her individual students. She also knows how to strategize with her students to keep them motivated and learning. These efforts have paid off for her students, gaining them admission to some of the top universities such as Stanford, NYU, Harvard and Berkeley. Aside from the LSAT, her other areas of expertise are the SAT (99th percentile score), the ACT, the CA bar exam and admissions counseling.