$135 / hr
Los Angeles, CA
5 miles Travel Radius
Having completed my PhD, I have succeeded at every level of academic achievement; with almost 15 years of teaching experience, I can help your child do the same.

My focus is on helping your student ace his or her life changing tests!

It's great to watch students succeed beyond their wildest dreams, and it's also wonderful to watch students experience the transformation of character and the growth of self-esteem that can accompany great academic achievement.

I specialize in high level test...
James was fabulous. He showed up at our first session well prepared and ready to jump in. He immediately put our 10 year old son at ease and has him started on a great program. We are so happy we are committing to 12 weeks to continue his prep for ISEE in December. Highly pleased with James.
- Megan C. from San Francisco, CA
James was very supportive in helping put my son's mind at ease on how the SSAT is scored to make him feel encouraged he can do well and gave him useful tips on test strategy
- Anne S. from Atlanta, GA
My daughter went from an 18 on her first test to 27 on her second try. James has continued to tutor my daughter and just made a 29 on her third attempt. She wants to do even better so we will be contacting James soon for further help. Thanks so much James!
- J V. from Madison, MS
James was truly excellent. He?s organized, clear, and explains many strategies for successful test taking. He also teaches content, while he prepares the students for the test.
- Liza R. from Miami, FL
James is very knowledgeable and gets right to the heart of the work that needs to be done. Excellent tutor who is familiar with the materials and how to study for the SSAT.
- Cindy S. from Atlanta, GA
My daughter worked with James for about a month prior to taking the ACT. He helped her prioritize the areas where she could make the most impact with her scores. She scored a 34 overall and a perfect 35 on math. James also helped her with her essay writing skills. She scored an 11 out of 12 on her essay. Needless to say, James was the right fit for our daughter and we would highly recommend him for ACT tutoring.
- Amy I. from Pike, NH
James helped my son with his personal statement review for his college application. His brilliant suggestions and recommendations in structuring the contents for the essay immensely helped my son. James was extremely proactive in responding to questions timely and efficiently. My son was extremely happy with the final outcome of his essay. We will definitely recommend James to our friends and acquaintances.
- Pervin M. from San Jose, CA
My 13-year old daughter had a great first session with Dr. W. to begin ISEE prep. Dr. W. seemed knowledgeable, resourceful and very competent. She looks forward to her next session.
- Amy S. from New York, NY
James is extremely resourceful individual with result oriented approach. I would highly recommend James if you want to achieve your goal of highest score. Thank you James.
- Rupali S. from Cupertino, CA
James was fantastic with my son assisting him with preparations for the SAT. HE was very knowledgeable, engaging and zeroed in on the exact areas that my son needed help. Appears he knows exactly what is doing and has my son motivated to accomplish more!
- Gina H. from Staten Island, NY
Mr. Wagner, I just want to thank you for everything you have done with Shania. I know it has been a lot of scheduling challenges but you pushed through and stuck with us. Last night before Shania's lesson she took a practice test and her score went up 200 points and we owe all the gratitude to for helping us get to this point. I'm so proud of Shania and her progress. Thank you for everything. Saroya Hardaway
- Saroya H. from Mcdonough, GA
He is very good at what he does. He explains skill and concepts so they are easy to understand. I highly recommend him for anyone who needs useful tips for taking the SAT.
- Min R. from Warrington, PA
James kept working with my son over many months and really kept him busy with homework between tutoring sessions...it was tiring at times but at the end of the day, my son's ACT scores greatly improved and a couple weeks ago he was admitted Early Decision into his dream school, University of Michigan! Thank you, James!!
- Holly S. from Grand Haven, MI
James has been great. He has accommodated my sons busy schedule to get lessons in which is greatly appreciated. He explains the lessons and is good with explaining why my son got something wrong so he doesn't make the same mistake. My son feels allot more confident with the upcoming test and strategies needed. James is great at communication and keeping me in the loop on my sons progress. My son went up by 19 points in his reading section and he went up by a 10 points on his composite score by the time he was done working with James. Thanks
- Carol J. from Appleton, WI
James had a great first ISEE tutoring session with our 8th grade son! He really knows what he's doing and took advantage of digital tools so they could work on solving practice test questions together on an iPad while video chatting.
- Timonie H. from San Carlos, CA
We are just starting out with James for ISEE tutoring and I can tell he is going to be great. He has great resources, covers a lot of material and is great with kids.
- Christina J. from East Falmouth, MA
Dr. W., I sincerely appreciate your help! We significantly improved my sons test scores in a short a period of time. We could not have done it without someone at your skill and engagement level. Thank you!
- Constantine K. from Cranbury, NJ
My daughter took one lesson with James and hopes to continue several more. She found him knowledgeable, thorough, and insightful. She has tried other tutors, but noticed a big difference with her first lesson.
- Betty S. from Colorado Springs, CO
James gave my son some helpful tips about the SAT. They set up how to make the best out of each session. Overall James seems to be knowledgeable and my son is encouraged.
- Gina P. from Villa Park, CA
Went out of his way to fit our lesson in. Very patient - noted areas to work on right away. Explained the process well. Look forward to working with him for both my kids. I have no doubt there will be significant improvement.
- Lynn W. from Yorktown, IN
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