Patient, Experienced Multi-Subject Tutor (Harvard Grad & J.D.)
Patient, Experienced Multi-Subject Tutor (Harvard Grad & J.D.)
"A brilliant guy who can adapt his teaching style to you"
Eric, 3 lessons with Colin
Response time: 3 hours
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.
A brilliant guy who can adapt his teaching style to you
I found Colin using Google and hiring him was a total shot in the dark, but he ended up being great. Colin is a unique type of tutor: he has completely mastered the LSAT (and I'm assuming all the other tests he teaches), yet he is wise enough to realize that learning a test in not necessarily a mechanical process. When I began studying for the June 2014 LSAT, I was a mediocre test taker - I had done all the required reading (I read the Powerscore Bibles and Kaplan), memorized all the various game types, LR question types, etc., but I was unable to apply that knowledge efficiently. When I felt like I hit a wall, I contacted Colin. I went into my first lesson thinking, "This is a waste of time. I already know all the material, I have nothing to learn from a tutor." I was wrong. Colin watched me do a few LR problems, and then quickly diagnosed the problem - my test taking was too chaotic. We spent almost two hours that day discussing how to streamline the process of reading and answering questions: how to ignore things that don't matter; how to think realistically about what exactly the question was expecting from me; and most importantly, how to trust that taking the test at my own pace will get me the score I want. That lesson was so helpful, I continued to get better on my own for months afterwards. My scores went from the 50th percentile to the 99th on game day. It was only right before the test that I met with him twice more to settle my nerves. Colin was able to diagnose EXACTLY what I was doing wrong within 10 minutes of our first lesson. If that is not an effective tutor, I don't know what is. He is also professional, courteous, easy to get a hold of, etc. He does it right, and I would recommend him to anyone.Eric, 3 lessons with Colin
Patient and helpful tutor!
I have always struggled with math and have had many tutors over the years, Colin is by far the best. He is extremely patient and explains things in a way that I can finally understand.Madison, 24 lessons with Colin
Knowledgeable and to the point
We were really hesitant to get a tutor at first but Colin has been great and exceeding expectations. Colin digs into understudying the student and the issues they are having and targets the problem areas with solutions and suggestions. Quick and to the point allowing you to maximize you time spent together. Patient, encouraging, dynamic and engaging.Ielen, 1 lesson with Colin
I reached out to Colin after I had already taken the ACT twice but still wasn't satisfied with my scores. In order to better my results, I knew that I needed a tutor, and I am SO glad that I chose him! In total, we did 11 hours of tutoring, and every minute was worth it. Colin was consistently prepared and ready to work, and he made sure to customize our work to fit my strengths and needs concerning the test. Even during the week, he would be on call to answer any questions or confusions I had about the homework or test in general, and he always took the time to sit down and answer them completely. I was always excited for my weekly meetings because Colin’s energy is so contagious! He is incredibly kind, funny, and positive, and he makes you feel like you can get it, no matter how difficult the problem or concept. Although we do have a student/tutor relationship, after just a few sessions, he starts to feel like a friend, and this will just make you more comfortable in the working environment. In the days leading up to the test, Colin was so supportive and was texting me to make sure I was in the right state of mind, had all my materials, was getting enough sleep, etc. He really, really cares about the success of his students, even after you have had your last session. I am so grateful for my time tutoring with Colin, and I would HIGHLY recommend him to any student! :-)Brett, 5 lessons with Colin
The Best in the West
Doing it right. We spent time reviewing the various options for the ACT and SAT examination process. Connecting with Colin was perfect. We've realized he offers more than just how to approach these exams. His insight will work with other disciplines. As titled, "The Best in the West - Mr. Colin D."Ed, 7 lessons with Colin
Great with people that have all types of personalities and learning styles! All of my kids are so different in terms of personality, learning styles, and learning needs. Colin had consecutive sessions, with each one of them, and was able to instantly tailor his teaching and style to the student. All of my kids thought he was fantastic and I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend him.Lynda Rothman, 13 lessons with Colin
Colin gets it.
Colin understands the intricacies, patience, and practice involved in achieving a high GMAT score, which he lead me to do in just seven lessons. Colin is fun to be around and makes learning semi-dry material a breeze. Colin helped me vault my score into the upper-echelon of GMAT scores, achieving a 750. This was made possible only by Colin's superior skill in the fundamentals of mathematics coupled with his skill in the mechanics of GMAT test taking. I'll be forever grateful for Colin's time and effort he put into coaching me to the top.Steve, 7 lessons with Colin
The best tutor ever!
So far I've had three sessions with Colin and each have been beyond enjoyable. I've learned so much from him already. His support and patience make me feel comfortable when trying to work through GMAT problems and materials. I know that Colin will be able to help me get to the next step when it comes to my confidence and preparedness when taking the GMAT exam and beyond. Looking forward to working with him more over the next few weeks!!Carly, 22 lessons with Colin
My son took the GMAT in May and wasn't thrilled with his score. He was hoping to boost his score by 20 or 30 more points. He worked with Colin Monday through Friday this past week a couple hours each day and took the test again on Saturday. His score went up by 70 points which he didn't expect in his wildest dreams! Colin is an excellent teacher. Explains things in a succinct yet understandable manner. He also is pleasant and personable which is a plus. Very encouraging and made himself available by text. We feel incredibly lucky to have found Colin through WyzAnt and recommend him without reservation.Ruth, 5 lessons with Colin
Great SAT tutor who has lots of college advice
Colin is very patient and easy going. He explains things in a way that helps my daughter apply it to other problems, not just the problem at hand. He's also such a supportive cheerleader for my daughter giving her encouragement and confidence in her abilities. He has an amazing way of turning her mistakes into examples of her intelligence and ability by showing how mayber she overthought the problem and then explaining strategies to avoid those mistakes in the future. My daughter feels relaxed and confident at the prospect of taking the SAT largely thanks to Colin's calm guidance, teaching and encouragement. I can't praise him highly enough!Erin , 8 lessons with Colin
Response time: 3 hours