The Learning Edge has provided personalized tutoring test preparation to students across the state of Connecticut (Guilford, Madison, Woodbridge, Westport, Weston, Branford, Wilton, Easton, Hamden, New Haven, etc) since 1999. Our mission is to show students that the test prep process can be fun and that if they are ready and willing to play the game, their scores can go up an enormous amount. The Learning edge offers private tutoring for academic subjects, SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Subject tests, AP exams, ACT and SAT group courses, and online test preparation via Skype.

Grade A Test

Need to grade an ACT or SAT that you have completed for your private session or group course ? Click the green button to log in and put your answers in! Good luck!!!

Grade A Test

Our Tutors

Meet the Learning Edge tutors!

To send a message to a specific tutor, just click on the green CONTACT button below that tutor's description and a message will be sent directly to that tutor.

  • Mark Anestis
    Mark Anestis

    A Yale graduate ('97), Mark began tutoring students in preparation for standardized tests in 2000 and has never looked back. He brings a fun-loving approach to his sessions with students and helps them see the tests for what they are - games to master and dominate!

  • Annick Mcintosh
    Annick Mcintosh

    Annick began working for The Learning Edge in 2011 while attending graduate school at Yale. With thousands of hours of tutoring experience, Annick has mastered the craft of online tutoring and brings an upbeat attitude to the game of test prep.

  • Sarah Cwikla
    Sarah Cwikla

    Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Environmental Engineering via scholarship from Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters of Business in Finance from UConn. She caters each session to the needs of her students. She brings energy to each session to keep students engaged and excited about their progress. Sarah has been working with students in the Westport area for the Learning Edge for over 10 years!

  • Cynthia West
    Cynthia West

    A former English and history teacher, High School Principal and Princeton University administrator, Cynthia guides students to become confident and competent writers and to use their reasoning skills with a renewed sense of purpose in school, college.

  • Cara Given
    Cara Given

    Cara has been teaching formally for eight years, but has taught and worked with children for as long as she can remember. Her passion for teaching and helping students to succeed is apparent. Cara uses her experience with students of all ages to find the right approach for each student's unique learning style.

  • Amanda Petrus
    Amanda Petrus

    Currently an assistant professor of chemistry at a local Connecticut University, Amanda strengthens analytical thinking and cultivates lasting independence and confidence in her students.



The Learning Edge tutors can work with you privately one-on-one in our Westport or Hamden offices, privately one-on-one via Skype online, or in a group course in our Westport of Hamden offices. Click on the buttons below to find out more information about each mode of tutorial!

  • Private

    When working with a Learning Edge tutor privately, you will typically meet for one hour each week in either the Hamden or the Westport office. If working with a tutor in preparation for the SAT or ACT, you will typically meet for 10 - 12 weeks ahead of your first test date.

  • Classroom

    The Learning Edge group courses (ACT and SAT) consist of ten 90-minute class sessions as well as three full-length proctored practice tests. These courses are capped at 11 students and take place in our Hamden office.The Learning Edge also offers group courses for subject tests. Please contact Mark Anestis if you would like more information on these courses.

  • Online

    When working with a Learning Edge tutor privately via Skype, the only difference from the in-person tutorial is that you will not be in the same room as the tutor.You will still typically meet for one hour each week and if you are preparing for the SAT or ACT, you will typically meet for 10 - 12 weeks ahead of your first test date.


Word of the Day


Vocab is the hardest part of the preparation for the SAT because it requires the most discipline. Starting off with a word a day is a good way to get your feet wet, and then you want to dive in and try to learn 3-4 new words each day.

Start by following along with our word of the day on this site. Then step it up and download our vocabulary app THE DAILY WORD to really build up your vocabulary. The link for the app can be found near the bottom of this home page.


  • Parent of Weston High School Class of ’20 student
    Parent of Weston High School Class of ’20 student

    I just thought I’d send a quick note letting you know that the entire ride home last night, D and H were talking about how much they learned! They shared how you made class so much fun that it captured their attention the entire class time. So, thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in a relatable and fun way with these kids.

  • Weston High School Class of ’19 student
    Weston High School Class of ’19 student

    I just wanted to thank you for tutoring me. You helped me so much that I got a 34 on the ACT!!  Science went up 10 points from December!! Thank you giving me the tools and information necessary to succeed!

  • Parent of Weston High School Class of ’19 Student
    Parent of Weston High School Class of ’19 Student

    We are profoundly grateful for all you have done for our daughter. Of course, you have helped her make marked improvement in her test scores, but you’ve also, more importantly, changed her attitude, dispelling her apprehensions and giving her self-confidence. What a tremendous gift.

Our Apps

  • Perfect ScorePerfect Score

    Play your way to your Perfect Score on the SAT with The Learning Edge's new SAT test prep game!

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  • The Daily WordThe Daily Word

    The Daily Word was created to try and make the painful SAT vocabulary review process easier and more enjoyable. We do not expect you to prefer vocabulary review...

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Contact Us


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