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MY 2023 STUDENT GRADS: HARVARD, YALE, STANFORD, DARTMOUTH, COLUMBIA
William R.

8,577 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $140
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MY 2023 STUDENT GRADS: HARVARD, YALE, STANFORD, DARTMOUTH, COLUMBIA
MY 2023 STUDENT GRADS: HARVARD, YALE, STANFORD, DARTMOUTH, COLUMBIA
William R.

8,577 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

8,577 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About William


Bio

2023: I am delighted to report that this year that ALL of my students were accepted at one of their top choices, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, University of Chicago, and UC Berkeley. What makes me even more proud is that some of these students studied with me for years, and not only preparing for standardized tests. Some of my favorite teaching experiences have included creating individual study programs in fields like philosophy, U.S. History, and...

2023: I am delighted to report that this year that ALL of my students were accepted at one of their top choices, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, University of Chicago, and UC Berkeley. What makes me even more proud is that some of these students studied with me for years, and not only preparing for standardized tests. Some of my favorite teaching experiences have included creating individual study programs in fields like philosophy, U.S. History, and art history. Great test scores are terrific-- and I love helping kids get them-- but if students devote their teen years only to cramming for tests, when are they going to have time to become remarkable, thinking individuals?

About me: After graduating in English from Harvard, I went to Hollywood, in charge of literary development for a producer at 20th Century-Fox, where I worked with the writers of scripts like “Ordinary People” and "Spiderman" before launching a film from my own concept, directed by Oscar nominee John Boorman and starring Oscar winners Patricia Arquette and Frances McDormand, released by Columbia Pictures, described as a “masterpiece” by the critic for The New Yorker.

I moved to Europe for 13 years, working as a translator for art history books and television. For five years I was under contract to New Line Cinema, writing for the Executive Producer of "Lord of the Rings." I spent several years developing a drama about Robert Kennedy in consultation with several of the late Senator's closest friends and colleagues.

I am an avid photographer, and have worked professionally, including two tours with the Irish rock band, U2. In 2013 I completed one of the first circuits of the remote Tsum Valley/Manaslu regions of the Himalayas during the monsoon. However, first of my passions is animal conservation; I work at a big cat sanctuary in Africa twice a year.


Education

Harvard College
English
USC
Masters

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  • Hourly Rate: $140
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  • Background check passed on 4/13/2015

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Approved Subjects

Art

Photography,

Photography

My photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including TIME, PREMIERE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, and CONDE NAST TRAVELER. My photographs of the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas of Nepal were exhibited in a one-man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. I've worked on film sets and music videos with Oscar winner Frances McDormand, Emmy winner Patricia Arquette, Aerosmith, Madonna, Val Kilmer, Grace Jones, U2, and many others. One of my photos of Bono is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Also, my photography of U2 is a significant part of the beautiful coffee table book: U2 SHOW. As a production still photographer, I have worked on film sets from Italy to Malaysia. These days I mostly shoot nature, most recently (2011/2012) in the Greek Islands, Swiss Alps, Burgundy, the Eastern Sierra, and the Yasawa Islands, Fiji. I'm a good teacher-- and have led several filmmaking classes with kids for Star Education, a leading provider of Enrichment Services and Gifted/Talented programs.
Art History

Computer

Photography

Photography

My photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including TIME, PREMIERE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ROLLING STONE, and CONDE NAST TRAVELER. My photographs of the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas of Nepal were exhibited in a one-man show at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. I've worked on film sets and music videos with Oscar winner Frances McDormand, Emmy winner Patricia Arquette, Aerosmith, Madonna, Val Kilmer, Grace Jones, U2, and many others. One of my photos of Bono is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Also, my photography of U2 is a significant part of the beautiful coffee table book: U2 SHOW. As a production still photographer, I have worked on film sets from Italy to Malaysia. These days I mostly shoot nature, most recently (2011/2012) in the Greek Islands, Swiss Alps, Burgundy, the Eastern Sierra, and the Yasawa Islands, Fiji. I'm a good teacher-- and have led several filmmaking classes with kids for Star Education, a leading provider of Enrichment Services and Gifted/Talented programs.

Corporate Training

Italian

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Literature, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

History

Music History,

Music History

I teach Humanities courses at the college level-- including the history of Romanticism, which includes the music of Berlioz, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius, and Mahler. I have personally met some of the most important figures in classical music of the past half-century, including Artur Rubinstein (considered by many the greatest Chopin interpreter of the 20th Century, friend of Ravel and Stravinsky), Yehudi Menuhin (perhaps the greatest violin prodigy of the 20th century, who collaborated with Sir Edward Elgar and many others). I have attended concerts by all of the most important orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. I have personally discussed both composers and performance practice with such leading contemporary figures as Esa Pekka Salonen, Helene Grimaud, Andrew Von Oeyen, and Emmanuel Villaume, music director of the Dallas Opera and popular conductor also at the Lyric Opera, Chicago, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Met. At the Village at Northridge I have led a popular course on Romanticism in Music for over 4 years. I studied the piano in my youth, but was content to quit after learning Mozart's 23rd Piano, Concerto, which remains perhaps my favorite work. At Wyzant, I am one of the top tutors in Los Angeles; indeed, during the first week of May, 2015, briefly I was #1 out of more than 4,000. I have more than 600 five-star ratings.
American History, Art History, European History, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

English, SAT Reading, Writing

Language

Italian

Most Popular

English, Writing

Music

Music History

Music History

I teach Humanities courses at the college level-- including the history of Romanticism, which includes the music of Berlioz, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius, and Mahler. I have personally met some of the most important figures in classical music of the past half-century, including Artur Rubinstein (considered by many the greatest Chopin interpreter of the 20th Century, friend of Ravel and Stravinsky), Yehudi Menuhin (perhaps the greatest violin prodigy of the 20th century, who collaborated with Sir Edward Elgar and many others). I have attended concerts by all of the most important orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. I have personally discussed both composers and performance practice with such leading contemporary figures as Esa Pekka Salonen, Helene Grimaud, Andrew Von Oeyen, and Emmanuel Villaume, music director of the Dallas Opera and popular conductor also at the Lyric Opera, Chicago, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Met. At the Village at Northridge I have led a popular course on Romanticism in Music for over 4 years. I studied the piano in my youth, but was content to quit after learning Mozart's 23rd Piano, Concerto, which remains perhaps my favorite work. At Wyzant, I am one of the top tutors in Los Angeles; indeed, during the first week of May, 2015, briefly I was #1 out of more than 4,000. I have more than 600 five-star ratings.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have over five years experience counseling students on the college application process, from test prep to college selection, as well as guidance on the essay. I consider the college selection process as a part of education itself. When a student views the many programs of study available, it can open him/her up to the many possibilities life itself offers. Too often today students are not even aware of the tradition of liberal arts education, falling into a pattern of applying only to "brand names" they or their parents are already familiar with. That said, students I have advised have been accepted at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Amherst, Williams, U. Penn, Columbia, Carnegie-Mellon, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Claremont McKenna, and other top schools.
Philosophy

Science

Philosophy

Summer

Italian, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have over five years experience counseling students on the college application process, from test prep to college selection, as well as guidance on the essay. I consider the college selection process as a part of education itself. When a student views the many programs of study available, it can open him/her up to the many possibilities life itself offers. Too often today students are not even aware of the tradition of liberal arts education, falling into a pattern of applying only to "brand names" they or their parents are already familiar with. That said, students I have advised have been accepted at Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Amherst, Williams, U. Penn, Columbia, Carnegie-Mellon, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Claremont McKenna, and other top schools.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (2,042 ratings)
5 star
(2,025)
4 star
(6)
3 star
(3)
2 star
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1 star
(6)

Reviews

Great Tutor

Mr. R. Is a knowledgeable, fun tutor. My daughter really enjoys his class. his. He teaches more than school teacher does. Wish my daughter can learn more from him.

Ming, 36 lessons with William

Amazing College Essay Help

William was fantastic at helping me with my college essays, and thanks to him I was accepted into Yale! He is an excellent writing coach who's also extremely knowledgeable about the topics I wrote about, great at communicating and also very personable. I’d highly recommend him if you need help with college essays.

Yumei, 14 lessons with William

Awesome at college counseling

William is very thorough in reviewing the essays, providing honest feedback, setting the right expectations and at the same time taking chances for the reaches. My daughter enjoys learning from William.

Usha, 40 lessons with William

Great Teacher!

My son enjoyed taking lesson with him, He explained him ver well! He know the strategies how to help his students, when they struggle with something. Thank you!

Mariam, 2 lessons with William

Humorous, outside-of-the-box, while also wise

My favorite part about his teaching is the discussion about current issues or world events. He always comes up with things different to what I have known previously, using perspectives normal people couldn't have thought of. Through his lessons, I have not only improved my knowledge on grammar and essay-writing, but also broadened my world views and deepened understanding of history.

Haiman, 40 lessons with William

Creativity and Knowledgeable teacher

William has very special way to teach my son used a critical thinking on AP European history and explain very detail. Let my son come is very enjoyable to learn and studying. My son told me he has learned more with William than in his school or other.

Evan, 44 lessons with William

Knowledgeable and reliable tutor

William has a wealth of knowledge. We are so glad to able tap into his vast experience and knowledge in helping kids with college essays. We would highly recommend William to anyone seeking help in essay writing.

Shoban, 2 lessons with William

Very knowledgeable and motivating teacher!

Fantastic and engaging! My son comes away from every session excited about learning. He says he’s learned more with William than in all his courses combined!

Elisabeth, 146 lessons with William

Sparks Creativity

My son says William helped him think creatively about his experiences, so he now has a good idea how to begin his college essay. The mechanics of writing is easy for my son - mining his life for interesting topics is the hard part. William definitely opened some doors in his mind!

Catherine, 1 lesson with William
Hourly Rate: $140
Response time: 47 minutes
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