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Colin D.

Los Angeles, CA

$120/hr

Patient, Experienced Multi-Subject Tutor (Harvard Grad & J.D.)

Background check passed as of 6/17/14
Usually responds in about 9 hours

Patient, Experienced Multi-Subject Tutor (Harvard Grad & J.D.)

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I am a Harvard University graduate (cum laude) with almost 13 years of tutoring experience. I have achieved perfect scores on the GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ACT, and scored in the 99th percentile on my LSAT exam prior to law school. While in law school, I was a faculty lecturer for the University of San Diego's Test Prep Program, specializing in GRE, LSAT, SAT, GMAT, and college and graduate school application essay writing.

During my time at Harvard, where I was a joint-concentrator in Comparative Religion and Philosophy (with an emphasis on Literature in my Senior Honors Thesis), I worked on a pro bono basis with Boston's Refugee Youth Enrichment Program, tutoring and mentoring ESL elementary school students of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Cape Verdean descent. Additionally, I have tutored and coached cross-country and track and field at St. Augustine High School, Our Lady of Peace Academy, and Patrick Henry High School (in San Diego, CA) for almost 10 combined years. Furthermore, in the time between my college graduation and my matriculation to law school, I tutored full-time (approximately 70 hrs/wk!) in most high school subjects, with an expertise in and emphasis on Math (Pre-Algebra through Calculus AB), English (AP Literature and Language, British and World Literature, College Application Essays, Writing and Composition, SAT Verbal, SAT Grammar & Essay, ACT Reading & English), History (AP U.S. and European History), and Social Science (AP Government & Economics).

A number of my former students have attended and graduated from preeminent undergraduate and graduate universities, including Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, Cornell, Notre Dame, Stanford, Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, and more. While I have worked with exceptionally naturally gifted students, I have also worked with a number of students with learning disabilities, assisting them in their individualized academic goals, both in the classroom and in standardized exams.

Ultimately, whatever the grade level or current aptitude of the student, I am focused on the specific needs of my students. I take a rigorously individualized approach to tutoring, tailoring my lessons to the precise, personal abilities and objectives of my students. I believe in setting long-term and short-term goals, and I believe in constructing an initial plan of study to help keep both parties (i.e., teacher and student) focused on our shared objectives.

The success of the individual student is my primary objective, and to that end I make myself endlessly available for discussion and communication outside of regularly scheduled sessions. I have routinely worked through the night to edit students' college application essays as deadlines fast-approached, and I have frequently talked to and assuaged nerve-racked students in the early morning hours before their various standardized tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, SAT-2).

If nothing else, I am patient. I'm on your side, and I'm here to assist you. I understand that you've sought out tutoring because a particular subject is difficult and/or daunting for you. I can sympathize with that. I have been academically intimidated, and occasionally over-matched, having attended very competitive undergraduate and graduate schools myself. I also recognize which advisors were able to help me and which ones were not. In turn, I've learned how to be patient while remaining resolute in jointly pursuing a scholastic goal.

Lastly, I am in a perfect position to sympathize with the challenges facing students, as I myself continue to take post-graduate coursework in and draft scholarly articles in English Literature. Though I am trained as a lawyer and occasionally assist my wife with her research, writing, and work as a education administrator in the charter schools of LAUSD, private and personal teaching, coaching, and mentoring remain central to who I am and what I care about. That will never change.

Testimonials

"Far exceeded expectations!"

- Julie, Culver City, CA on 5/4/13

"Amazing tutor! "

- Chrystal, Los Angeles, CA on 11/28/14

"Exceptional tutor, great results"

- John, Los Angeles, CA on 9/17/14

"Most wonderful tutor you could ask for!"

- Keanna, Los Angeles, CA on 9/8/14

"A brilliant guy who can adapt his teaching style to you"

- Eric, Los Angeles, CA on 9/3/14

"Got me to 170+ on the LSAT!"

- Nic, Newhall, CA on 9/3/14

"Superior Knowledge"

- Mariah, South Pasadena, CA on 4/10/14

"Professional, patient, easy to work with."

- Victoria, Los Angeles, CA on 1/31/14

"Very pleased - and encouraged!"

- Leslie Dione, Los Angeles, CA on 10/7/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Ada, San Gabriel, CA on 9/20/13

"Just about ready to take this test!"

- Janet, Encino, CA on 8/21/13

"Best tutor I can find!"

- Jie, Alhambra, CA on 5/5/13

"Sounds impressive, but follow through poor."

- Michelle, Sherman Oaks, CA on 4/29/13
Colin replied on 5/9/2013

The mischaracterization explicit in this review is upsetting to say the least. In the course of working with hundreds of students over the years, there are bound to be some students who want something for nothing. Sadly, Michelle is a prime example of that.

On March 10, 2013, I agreed to conduct an initial session with Michelle's daughter, never once asserting that it would be a free "consultation." In fact, Michelle and I had a lengthy consultation via telephone several days prior to the initial meeting! In the interest of immediately assisting Michelle and her daughter, I met with Michelle and her daughter on my fiancee's birthday, a Sunday, during the middle of the afternoon, and spent almost three hours with them teaching her daughter basic math and verbal strategies. I only billed for a fraction of that time (i.e., 1.25 hours), acknowledging that the duration of the session might have been more than Michelle had budgeted for. During the tail end of our session, as we developed a detailed plan of study, it became clear that Michelle had a very fixed budget and thus I generously reduced my billable time by over 50%.

Her contentions to the contrary are hurtful, patently untrue, and indicate a real lack of professionalism and judgment on her part. In the aftermath of my lesson, she - without contacting me - advertised to replace me as a tutor, thus ending our tutor-student relationship. Now, almost 2 months later, Michelle is leveling libelous remarks about my character and my professional ability. It is a pity that such behavior exists in a field that I love and have devoted myself to for over a decade.

"Fabulous tutor."

- Debbie, Studio City, CA on 1/28/13

"Such amazing help!!"

- Jenny, Pasadena, CA on 1/2/13

"Amazing Writer!"

- Daniel, North Hollywood, CA on 12/1/12

"Helped me significantly improve my GMAT score!"

- Amy, Irvine, CA on 10/29/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
Latin, TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Business:
GMAT, GRE,
Law, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Bar Exam,
College Counseling,
GMAT, GRE,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Basketball,
Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field,
Volleyball
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Criminal Justice, GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Law, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Bar Exam

I took and passed the CA Bar Exam in February 2011, my first and only attempt. What's more, I passed the exam without taking a standard prep course (e.g., BarBri, Kaplan, etc.), but utilizing certain BarBri prep materials. I devised and fastidiously followed a rigorous study plan that canvassed all material and contoured my mastery of the subject matter to the precise dimensions of the test. In my test simulations prior to the test, I routinely scored in the 90-95% range in multiple choice questions (sets of 100), and exceeded the maximum number of issues provided in the sample essays/outlines as provided in the BarBri essay workbook. I have assisted several friends/colleagues/students of mine in passing the July 2011 & 2012 and February 2012 bar exams, and am eager to lend my assistance and expertise to anyone in need of getting by this massive hurdle in their burgeoning legal careers!

Basketball

I played club and school basketball from age 5 through high school. I was a point guard at each level, with a premium on defense, fundamentals, and passing. I have coached youth leagues and grew up in a basketball household, where my father played collegiately in Worcester, Massachusetts at Holy Cross, shortly after the time of the legendary Celtics: Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn, Togo Palazzi, and Jack Foley.

College Counseling

I have counseled hundreds of students -- including high school, college, and graduate school -- regarding the application procedure to numerous competitive colleges and graduate (e.g., PhD, J.D., and M.A.) programs. I am especially adept at extracting important experiences and adapting them to the contours of a professional, yet truly personal "personal statement." I myself have developed personal statements and application materials sufficient to receive acceptance and full-scholarships to PhD programs at, among other schools, Yale, University of Chicago, Duke, and Boston College. I have additionally assisted students in gaining acceptance to a host of other elite colleges and graduate programs, including Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Columbia, UPenn, and Brown. I am confident that my thoroughgoing efforts and unwavering patience will allow any applicant to present him/herself in the most memorable and effective way possible.

GRE

I have achieved a perfect score on the official GRE, in each the quantitative, verbal, and writing sections. What's more, I have taught numerous classes and individual students in the subject for over 8 years, imparting my methodology, strategy, and substantive knowledge in each of the sub-disciplines. I have helped students improve scores from the lower quartile to the second and third quartiles; likewise, I have helped students from the middle quartiles reach the top quartile, including a handful of students who obtained perfect scores in one of the three subsets!

Track & Field

I have competed in track and cross-country, among other sports, since the age of 5. I have posted nationally leading times and won national championship competitions as an age-group runner, and I have been a decorated high school and collegiate runner, winning several San Diego area championships and competing as a member of the Harvard University track and cross-country teams.

In the time since college, I have coached for eight consecutive seasons, while also competing as a professional middle-distance runner. I have coached elite runners to sub-4 minute miles and coached collegians to all-American status and high schoolers to CA State Championships.

In my own competitions, I have registered personal bests of 1:49.4 in the 800m and 4:00.38 in the Mile. In the name of good fun, I have won two trail marathons, while setting course records in each: Buzz Marathon (San Miguel, CA -- 2010); Run the River Marathon (Folson-Sacramento, CA -- 2009).

I love working with enthusiastic runners, helping them reach their personal goals, and imparting my experiences and strategies (born from years of effort and study) to help them in their self-improvement!

Harvard University
Philosophy
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D.

Education

Harvard University (Philosophy )

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.)

Far exceeded expectations! — Colin worked with my son to to prepare for his SAT. I was hoping for someone who could lend structure to his prep, orient him to test strategies and review forgotten skills. Colin excelled at these and much more. We feel very fortunate to have chosen him, because he showed an incredible ability to see my son as an individual, champion his strengths and relate to him in a kind and personable way ...

— Julie, Culver City, CA on 5/4/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Colin will travel within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90026.


About Colin

I am a Harvard University graduate (cum laude) with almost 13 years of tutoring experience. I have achieved perfect scores on the GRE, GMAT, SAT, and ACT, and scored in the 99th percentile on my LSAT exam prior to law school. While in law school, I was a faculty lecturer for the University of San Diego's Test Prep Program, specializing in GRE, LSAT, SAT, GMAT, and college and graduate school application essay writing.

During my time at Harvard, where I was a joint-concentrator in Comparative Religion and Philosophy (with an emphasis on Literature in my Senior Honors Thesis), I worked on a pro bono basis with Boston's Refugee Youth Enrichment Program, tutoring and mentoring ESL elementary school students of Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Cape Verdean descent. Additionally, I have tutored and coached cross-country and track and field at St. Augustine High School, Our Lady of Peace Academy, and Patrick Henry High School (in San Diego, CA) for almost 10 combined years. Furthermore, in the time between my college graduation and my matriculation to law school, I tutored full-time (approximately 70 hrs/wk!) in most high school subjects, with an expertise in and emphasis on Math (Pre-Algebra through Calculus AB), English (AP Literature and Language, British and World Literature, College Application Essays, Writing and Composition, SAT Verbal, SAT Grammar & Essay, ACT Reading & English), History (AP U.S. and European History), and Social Science (AP Government & Economics).

A number of my former students have attended and graduated from preeminent undergraduate and graduate universities, including Harvard, Yale, Penn, Brown, Cornell, Notre Dame, Stanford, Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, and more. While I have worked with exceptionally naturally gifted students, I have also worked with a number of students with learning disabilities, assisting them in their individualized academic goals, both in the classroom and in standardized exams.

Ultimately, whatever the grade level or current aptitude of the student, I am focused on the specific needs of my students. I take a rigorously individualized approach to tutoring, tailoring my lessons to the precise, personal abilities and objectives of my students. I believe in setting long-term and short-term goals, and I believe in constructing an initial plan of study to help keep both parties (i.e., teacher and student) focused on our shared objectives.

The success of the individual student is my primary objective, and to that end I make myself endlessly available for discussion and communication outside of regularly scheduled sessions. I have routinely worked through the night to edit students' college application essays as deadlines fast-approached, and I have frequently talked to and assuaged nerve-racked students in the early morning hours before their various standardized tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, SAT-2).

If nothing else, I am patient. I'm on your side, and I'm here to assist you. I understand that you've sought out tutoring because a particular subject is difficult and/or daunting for you. I can sympathize with that. I have been academically intimidated, and occasionally over-matched, having attended very competitive undergraduate and graduate schools myself. I also recognize which advisors were able to help me and which ones were not. In turn, I've learned how to be patient while remaining resolute in jointly pursuing a scholastic goal.

Lastly, I am in a perfect position to sympathize with the challenges facing students, as I myself continue to take post-graduate coursework in and draft scholarly articles in English Literature. Though I am trained as a lawyer and occasionally assist my wife with her research, writing, and work as a education administrator in the charter schools of LAUSD, private and personal teaching, coaching, and mentoring remain central to who I am and what I care about. That will never change.

Testimonials

"Far exceeded expectations!"

- Julie, Culver City, CA on 5/4/13

"Amazing tutor! "

- Chrystal, Los Angeles, CA on 11/28/14

"Exceptional tutor, great results"

- John, Los Angeles, CA on 9/17/14

"Most wonderful tutor you could ask for!"

- Keanna, Los Angeles, CA on 9/8/14

"A brilliant guy who can adapt his teaching style to you"

- Eric, Los Angeles, CA on 9/3/14

"Got me to 170+ on the LSAT!"

- Nic, Newhall, CA on 9/3/14

"Superior Knowledge"

- Mariah, South Pasadena, CA on 4/10/14

"Professional, patient, easy to work with."

- Victoria, Los Angeles, CA on 1/31/14

"Very pleased - and encouraged!"

- Leslie Dione, Los Angeles, CA on 10/7/13

"Great Tutor!"

- Ada, San Gabriel, CA on 9/20/13

"Just about ready to take this test!"

- Janet, Encino, CA on 8/21/13

"Best tutor I can find!"

- Jie, Alhambra, CA on 5/5/13

"Sounds impressive, but follow through poor."

- Michelle, Sherman Oaks, CA on 4/29/13
Colin replied on 5/9/2013

The mischaracterization explicit in this review is upsetting to say the least. In the course of working with hundreds of students over the years, there are bound to be some students who want something for nothing. Sadly, Michelle is a prime example of that.

On March 10, 2013, I agreed to conduct an initial session with Michelle's daughter, never once asserting that it would be a free "consultation." In fact, Michelle and I had a lengthy consultation via telephone several days prior to the initial meeting! In the interest of immediately assisting Michelle and her daughter, I met with Michelle and her daughter on my fiancee's birthday, a Sunday, during the middle of the afternoon, and spent almost three hours with them teaching her daughter basic math and verbal strategies. I only billed for a fraction of that time (i.e., 1.25 hours), acknowledging that the duration of the session might have been more than Michelle had budgeted for. During the tail end of our session, as we developed a detailed plan of study, it became clear that Michelle had a very fixed budget and thus I generously reduced my billable time by over 50%.

Her contentions to the contrary are hurtful, patently untrue, and indicate a real lack of professionalism and judgment on her part. In the aftermath of my lesson, she - without contacting me - advertised to replace me as a tutor, thus ending our tutor-student relationship. Now, almost 2 months later, Michelle is leveling libelous remarks about my character and my professional ability. It is a pity that such behavior exists in a field that I love and have devoted myself to for over a decade.

"Fabulous tutor."

- Debbie, Studio City, CA on 1/28/13

"Such amazing help!!"

- Jenny, Pasadena, CA on 1/2/13

"Amazing Writer!"

- Daniel, North Hollywood, CA on 12/1/12

"Helped me significantly improve my GMAT score!"

- Amy, Irvine, CA on 10/29/12
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Education

Harvard University
Philosophy
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D.

Education

Harvard University (Philosophy )

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90026

Colin’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Philosophy
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
Latin, TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, Criminal Justice, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Business:
GMAT, GRE,
Law, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Elementary (K-6th), English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Bar Exam,
College Counseling,
GMAT, GRE,
LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Baseball, Basketball,
Football, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field,
Volleyball
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
Criminal Justice, GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Law, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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