I grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, home of my father’s employer, Yale University. When I was 18, I moved to New York City, home of my alma mater Columbia University. Two years ago I moved to Los Angeles, home of the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery.
After graduating from Columbia with a BA in Music and a degree from its illustrious Creative Writing program, I spent my early twenties as a professional musician — touring, recording, writing music for TV — but gave it up to be a comedy writer here in Los Angeles. Now I spend my time reading, writing, playing guitar, and playing pickup basketball, and nothing makes me happier than working with students who share some of these same passions.
My Teaching Experience
I have been tutoring since my Freshman year of college, when I first got hired by the Princeton Review to teach the SAT. In the intervening fifteen years, I’ve helped prepare students for a wide array of other standardized tests, such as the ACT, ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, CHSPE, AP Language and AP Literature. I’m proud to say that I’ve seen many of my students’ scores jump above even their highest expectations, and I’ve helped them land in elite academic institutions across the country.
My Teaching Style
I treat each tutoring session as a conversation. Nothing saps the energy from the room quite like a lecture, so my students and I continuously chat back and forth, discussing new mathematical concepts, better ways to approach specific problems, perhaps even a new video game he or she bought — anything to keep the student engaged and help him or her forget the fact that we’re actually doing work.