Mark Zegarelli
Mark Zegarelli

Mark Zegarelli


A highly creative educational professional and writer, with 17 published books, and a life’s passion for teaching school-aged and adult students in both the classroom and one on one settings.  Accomplishments include a proven track record of helping students achieve better grades, higher test scores, and mastering curriculum.


Simple Step Tutoring,  Long Branch, NJ, A private tutoring practice founded to help improve student grades, test scores and overall understanding of subject matter and curriculum with an emphasis on the concepts of deliberate practice.

Founder, and Principal Tutor 2014–Present

  • Prepared approximately 75 students for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT
  • Assisted students with achieving an average of 20% or greater increase on test scores
  • Formally evaluated students abilities at enrollment and developed a personalized plan for achievable success
  • Measured student progress to customize deliberate practice areas of focus ensuring achievement of student goals

Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, A distinguished community college offering associate degrees, certificates, and non-credit classes in areas of professional interest.

Math Instructor and Tutor 2008-Present

  • Developed and presented SAT Math and English curriculum and course materials based on an ongoing assessment of student abilities and challenges
  • Provided classroom management and organization allowing students to benefit from structure
  • Tutored college students in Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Statistics, and Calculus in an individual setting
  • Developed and presented a continuing-education seminar named “The Fun Factor,” for public school math teachers
SimpleStep Learning, LLC, Long Branch, NJ, An online educational organization that creates, produces, publishes, and maintains a proprietary online learning platform and course curriculums for students.

Founder, Owner, and CEO 2013–Present

  • Designed an online learning system based upon the principles of deliberate practice, spaced repetition, and the zone of proximate development
  • Wrote and produced all audio-video online course materials
  • Created, produced and published, English grammar courses, on the platform

Volunteer Experience

Mission Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco, CA, A nonprofit, community-based organization creating and preserving high-quality affordable housing, and providing supportive services for residents of low and moderate incomes in the Mission District and throughout San Francisco.

ESL Instructor 2011-2014

  • Developed and presented EFL (English as a Foreign Language) curriculum and course materials based on an ongoing assessment of student abilities and challenges
  • Communicated in English and rudimentary Spanish
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, A nonprofit organization that inspires and enables young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

SAT Instructor 2012-2013

  • Identified challenges and provided with solutions in creating and presenting curriculum to disadvantaged youth students
  • Developed and presented SAT Math and English curriculum and course materials based on an ongoing assessment of student abilities and challenges
  • Regularly coordinated with staff and members to help students best achieve learning goals 

Published Books

Wiley, Hoboken, NJ,  An organization that develops digital education, learning, assessment, and certification solutions to help universities, businesses, and individuals move between education and employment and achieve their ambitions.

  • ACCUPLACER For Dummies (Wiley, 2019)
  • U-CAN Basic Math and Pre-Algebra (Wiley, 2016)
  • 1001 Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Problems for Dummies (Wiley, 2013)
  • ACT Math For Dummies (Wiley, 2011)
  • SAT Math For Dummies (Wiley, 2010)
  • LSAT Logic Games For Dummies (Wiley, 2009)
  • Basic Math and Pre-Algebra Workbook For Dummies (Wiley, 2008)
  • Basic Math and Pre-Algebra For Dummies (Wiley, 2007)
  • Calculus For Dummies (Wiley, 2008)
  • Logic For Dummies (Wiley, 2006)

Sterling Publishing, New York, NY, An organization that us a wholly owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble and publisher of illustrated children’s picture books and nonfiction titles.

  • Logic Puzzles for Wannabe Lawyers (Sterling, 2014)
  • Extra Strength Logic Puzzles (Sterling, 2014)
  • Boggle Puzzles (Sterling, 2007)
  • Sit and Solve Travel Logic Puzzles (Sterling, 2006)
  • Sip and Solve Logic Puzzles (Sterling 2005)
  • Poker Logic Puzzles (Sterling 2004)
  • Sit and Solve Logic Puzzles (Sterling, 2003


ARC Tokyo Japanese Language School, Tokyo, Japan, 2019-current

3-Month Intensive Japanese Course, Completion Certificate

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Bachelor of Arts in English

Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics