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Colin D.

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

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

$150/hour

  • 8,452 hours tutoring

  • Silver Lake Los Angeles, CA 90026

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

Eric, 3 lessons with Colin

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About Colin


Bio

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...

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.


Education

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

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $150
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/4/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

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!
GMAT, Law

Corporate Training

GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Law, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

Writing,

Writing

Having tutored fellow undergraduate students at Harvard University in writing, I also tutored my classmates during law school in legal writing. During undergrad, I received a Summa Cum Laude on my written Senior Thesis, and I received university recognition in law school for excellence in legal writing and research. As a practitioner, I have written innumerable memoranda and moving papers that I have successfully argued in California superior and appellate courts. As an instructor, I work with over 100 students per year on application essay writing for competitive universities and colleges, spanning from J.D. and Ph.D. to MBA and undergraduate programs. I regularly assist undergraduate (and graduate) students at most Los Angeles area colleges with significant writing projects , including graduate dissertations. I love the writing process and look forward to sharing my insights with new students to help them become self-sufficient, confident writers themselves.
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History, European History, Geography, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

Having tutored fellow undergraduate students at Harvard University in writing, I also tutored my classmates during law school in legal writing. During undergrad, I received a Summa Cum Laude on my written Senior Thesis, and I received university recognition in law school for excellence in legal writing and research. As a practitioner, I have written innumerable memoranda and moving papers that I have successfully argued in California superior and appellate courts. As an instructor, I work with over 100 students per year on application essay writing for competitive universities and colleges, spanning from J.D. and Ph.D. to MBA and undergraduate programs. I regularly assist undergraduate (and graduate) students at most Los Angeles area colleges with significant writing projects , including graduate dissertations. I love the writing process and look forward to sharing my insights with new students to help them become self-sufficient, confident writers themselves.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

Latin

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Writing,

Writing

Having tutored fellow undergraduate students at Harvard University in writing, I also tutored my classmates during law school in legal writing. During undergrad, I received a Summa Cum Laude on my written Senior Thesis, and I received university recognition in law school for excellence in legal writing and research. As a practitioner, I have written innumerable memoranda and moving papers that I have successfully argued in California superior and appellate courts. As an instructor, I work with over 100 students per year on application essay writing for competitive universities and colleges, spanning from J.D. and Ph.D. to MBA and undergraduate programs. I regularly assist undergraduate (and graduate) students at most Los Angeles area colleges with significant writing projects , including graduate dissertations. I love the writing process and look forward to sharing my insights with new students to help them become self-sufficient, confident writers themselves.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Other

College Counseling,

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.
Geography, Law, Philosophy

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have created content for online ACT Science courses, have regularly scored a perfect 36 (as well as on all other ACT sections), and have coached numerous students to scores above 30 (including several perfect scores of 36 in the past year alone!). I find the Science section's mixture of reading comprehension and data dissection to be very learnable (for the student) and very coachable (for the teacher). I enjoy helping students overcome their fears of the section to achieve scores they never before thought possible.
Philosophy

Sports/Recreation

Baseball,

Baseball

I played high school baseball, a year of college "JV" baseball (Harvard) and have played on select/travel adult softball teams throughout southern California since 2005. I primarily have played shortstop and centerfield, but have experience as a relief pitcher in high school and college, and simply love the game, its skills and position-specific training, and the atmosphere cultivated during games and drills themselves.
Basketball,

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.
Track & Field

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!

Summer

Writing,

Writing

Having tutored fellow undergraduate students at Harvard University in writing, I also tutored my classmates during law school in legal writing. During undergrad, I received a Summa Cum Laude on my written Senior Thesis, and I received university recognition in law school for excellence in legal writing and research. As a practitioner, I have written innumerable memoranda and moving papers that I have successfully argued in California superior and appellate courts. As an instructor, I work with over 100 students per year on application essay writing for competitive universities and colleges, spanning from J.D. and Ph.D. to MBA and undergraduate programs. I regularly assist undergraduate (and graduate) students at most Los Angeles area colleges with significant writing projects , including graduate dissertations. I love the writing process and look forward to sharing my insights with new students to help them become self-sufficient, confident writers themselves.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have created content for online ACT Science courses, have regularly scored a perfect 36 (as well as on all other ACT sections), and have coached numerous students to scores above 30 (including several perfect scores of 36 in the past year alone!). I find the Science section's mixture of reading comprehension and data dissection to be very learnable (for the student) and very coachable (for the teacher). I enjoy helping students overcome their fears of the section to achieve scores they never before thought possible.
Bar Exam,

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!
College Counseling,

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,

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!
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ASVAB, GMAT, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT

Ratings and Reviews


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He's the man!

Get in with Colin if you want quick and easy ways to rock any Standardized tests. He is absolutely knowledgeable in the math and English but also knowledgeable in how to best prepare for tests and test strategies and what the test committees look for. Whether in LA or anywhere in the world, it is worthwhile to find a way in to Colin's schedule.

Avraham, 4 lessons with Colin

Great tutor.

Four week review to prepare for GRE retake. Very strong on all fundamentals and details of exams. Particularly strong grasp on intuitive concepts in math. Great intellectual sounding board. Highly recommended!

Evan, 9 lessons with Colin

Excellent

Colin helped to edit my graduate application essay! As an international student, he helped me a lot in the part of how to present what I want to input in the essay. He was very patient and easy to talk to! Colin is definitely the best teacher!

Bingyu, 7 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

INCREDIBLE tutor!!

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

Fantastic Everything!

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

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