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After earning an an honors degree in English from Harvard, Michael Robin spent a year tutoring the SAT and ACT at Wilson Prep in New York. He then joined Teach for America, the organization which places top college graduates as teachers in failing urban schools. He earned his teaching credential in 2009, and taught 11th grade English and Creative Writing for two years at Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, Connecticut. The same year, he began serving as an alumni admissions interviewer for Harvard College.
Since 2011, he has worked as a tutor and admissions coach in Los Angeles for students of all grade levels. Michael's students have gained admission into the top high schools in Los Angeles, including Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood, Loyola, New Roads, and Crossroads, and some of the top universities in America, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Washington University, and Vanderbilt. His academic students have seen their GPAs increase as much as two full letter grades.
Michael works to build trust and comfort with each of his students in order to guide them to achieve at their highest potential. He has helped hundreds of students hone their test-taking skills and improve their study habits, organization and time-management.
I am a Harvard and Teach for America alumnus and a certified teacher who has been tutoring ISEE in Los Angeles since 2011. I teach students a strategic approach to taking the test that enables them to minimize anxiety and maximize their scores on every multiple choice section; I also give students a strategic toolkit that helps them craft creative and well-structured ISEE essays. My ISEE students have seen their scores increase by as much as 4 stanines, and they have been consistently accepted into the top private schools in Los Angeles, including Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood, Loyola, New Roads, and Crossroads. As one happy parent said of my ISEE work, "No one should take the ISEE without first studying with you."
I earned my honors A.B. from Harvard in 2008, and my teaching certificate in 2009 through Teach for America. Since 2008, I have taught hundreds of students strategies to help them do well on standardized tests; the results speak for themselves. My college admissions students have seen gains of as much as 300 points on the SAT and 5 points on the ACT; my ISEE students have seen scores as high as 9s; and my academic pupils have seen their GPAs increase as much as two full letter grades.
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