1100 Five Star Reviews! Top 100 Tutor Nationwide for 2015
1100 Five Star Reviews! Top 100 Tutor Nationwide for 2015
"unbelievably great teacher!"
Nicholas, 35 lessons with William
Response time: 3 hours
Holidays 2017/2018: I'm in India, Nepal, Thailand until Jan. 14. Available to work on-line, but please excuse gaps in internet access.
SEPTEMBER, 2017: Congratulations to my 5 students who got 750 or above in Reading/Writing on the August SAT!!!
Spring 2017: Congratulations: Tryggvi-- $50,000 scholarship to Columbia University School of Journalism! Lydia-- acceptance: Dartmouth, NYU! Tina-- acceptance at UC Berkeley! Joey-- Gallatin/NYU!
April, 2016: Congratulations to my college counseling students accepted at Brown, Georgetown, UCLA, and UC Berkeley! JULY 2016: Congratulations to Nick: 5 on AP Euro!
Summer 2015: Congratulations to two students who got 4 and 5 on AP Euro and Lit! April 2015: Congratulations to Miye on acceptance at WILLIAMS! And to Emaan, on acceptance at UC BERKELEY!
March 20, 2015: Congratulations SAT students Alice and Lisa on acceptances at Dartmouth and Northwestern.
March 2015: CONGRATULATIONS TAO ON ACCEPTANCES AT DUKE AND UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO; Judy on grad school acceptances at GEORGETOWN and UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO!!
Dec. 28. Congratulations to two students who have received over $50,000 in scholarship offers!!
May, 2014: Congratulations Marcia on acceptance at Claremont-Mckenna! Congratulations Rachel on full tuition at UC SD!
March, 2014: CONGRATULATIONS, GOR ON ACCEPTANCES AT YALE, PRINCETON, WILLIAMS, COLUMBIA, U. PENN and U.C. BERKELEY!
February, 2014: Congratulations Erica on $40G scholarship to NYU!
Oct. 24, 2013: Congratulations to Gor on perfect 800s on both SAT Critical Reading and Writing!!!
Aug/Sept. 2013: 200 mile monsoon trek in the Nepal Himalayas..
June 2013: Congratulations Marcia on 5s -- AP US History and AP English Language.
June 2013: Congratulations J. on transfer to Carnegie Mellon!
Feb. 2013: One of my 8th graders just got a 2270 on the real SAT--perfect 800 on Critical Reading!
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 individuals, unique, creative, and fun? Indeed, when are they going to become the kind of students top colleges actually want?
The truth is, one of the best ways to score well on standardized tests is to be a person with great intellectual curiosity, with wide interests, who reads a broad range of challenging subjects. The best kind of tutoring isn't about narrowing a student into a robot, but about opening him/her up into a thinker.
After graduating in English from Harvard, I worked for a talent and literary agency in Hollywood, reading screenplays for the agents of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Ridley Scott. Later, I was in charge of literary development for a producer at 20th Century-Fox, where I worked with the writers of plays like "The Producers" and scripts like "Spiderman." Meanwhile, I was developing my own skills as a writer, eventually launching a film of my own, starring Oscar winners Patricia Arquette and Frances McDormand, which was released by Columbia Pictures and nominated for the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
I moved to Europe for 13 years, where I worked as a translator for Art History books and for television. I continued to work in the film industry; for five years I was under contract to New Line Cinema, writing for the Executive Producer of "Lord of the Rings." Returning to the States, I have spent the past several years developing an original drama about Robert Kennedy in consultation with several of the late Senator's closest friends and colleagues.
In order to have the means necessary to write independently of a film studio, I launched a second career as an educator. I am now Associate Professor at Columbia College Hollywood, a WASC Accredited film school, where I teach advanced college writing and courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences. I'm also Secretary of the Academic Council.
Having been blessed with great students, I have been blessed with wonderful letters from them:
You happen to be one of the most intelligent, well-spoken, and funny teachers I have ever had the privilege of studying under." "Your class was aimed to raise creative blending and thinking." "Since taking your class I can honestly say that I am a better person, intellectually and spiritually." "You inspired me to try many new things!"
Alongside my college lecturing, I have developed a thriving tutoring business. In 2012 I was one of the top 100 tutors at Wyzant-- out of 40,000 nationwide.
I do not teach "tricks." I expect the student to be ready to work. The SAT is not an intelligence test; it is a test of a set of intellectual skills which can be developed by the average student. These skills are not especially "difficult" on a cognitive level, but a certain degree of motivation and application is essential.
Alongside the SAT, I tutor ACT, AP History (Euro/U.S.), English, Art History, and have had excellent results providing editing/consultation for my students' College Applications. I will not write your essays, but I can steer you towards a presentation which can give you your best shot. In my own case, I was not rejected from any of the colleges to which I applied, and was accepted by Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley. (O.K, I was wait-listed at Princeton.)
I am fluent in Italian and work regularly as a translator. My clients have included major film/TV producers and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I am an avid photographer, and have worked professionally; the highlight was two tours with the Irish rock band, U2. I've traveled extensively in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Pacific and Asia, in 2013 completing one of the first circuits of the remote and rugged Tsum Valley/Manaslu regions of the Himalayas during the monsoon.
William hasn’t set a schedule.
William has shared 1 article on Wyzant Resources.Go to William’s resources
unbelievably great teacher!
William is able to communicate the key concepts of AP European History and AP US History to my teenage son in a conversational tone that captivated him. Our son got a 5 on the AP European History exam after 2 months with William. (US history is for 2017)Nicholas, 35 lessons with William
Transformed my essays for the better!
After my last session, I turned to my dad and could not stop talking about how much William had helped me. Before these tutoring sessions, I had solid ideas about what I wanted to write about in my UC insight questions, but whenever I began writing, I was stuck. William helped me come up with outlines and polished the finished essays. His advice is extremely helpful; He's blunt and knows what he's talking about. He won't beat around the bush if a paragraph needs to be cut entirely. Since he has tutored hundreds of other people, he speaks from experience when criticizing. When I showed him my USC supplemental, I thought that all that needed to be fixed was flow, but after 10 minutes with him, it was noticeably stronger. I feel confident in my essays now and I'm waiting anxiously for March!Jennifer, 3 lessons with William
A brilliant instructor
William is an intelligent and compassionate teacher with such an incredible life experience. His teaching is mind-blowing! I would rate him 7 star if there is a choice. Thank you thank you, William!!!!!!!May, 3 lessons with William
Knowledgeable SAT tutor
Excellent tutor i would highly recomend him for all subject!! He is patient and knows what hes talking about. He will defintely help you raise your grade in multiple subjects.Shonney, 6 lessons with William
Excellent tutor! Results are amazing!
We are very happy with our tutor. My son was struggling with English in school and now he is in college and he has got all "A"s in his English classes. Thanks to William!Tanya, 205 lessons with William
Extremely knowledgeable and fantastic tutor
William has mastered AP Euro. I highly recommend him to anyone who is taking this course. I only wish my we had started with him earlier in the year. Even though we started late his advice had been invaluable and will surely reflect in her ultimate grade.Lily, 25 lessons with William
William was had excellent ideas and was very helpful organizing a plan for an important research project and forming a thesis for high school Sophomore, would highly recommendJill, 6 lessons with William
Great and knowledgeable tutor!
Before I met with him, my college essays were bland and lacked focus. However, after only three sessions with him, I am confident to finally submit my essays to college, because they are visibly improved and interesting.Dani, 4 lessons with William
Efficient and knowledgeable!
William is an excellent tutor! He's great at college counseling and helped my son get great ACT scores in Reading and English. I highly recommend his services.Nnogo, 8 lessons with William
William did excellent job is tutoring the SAT class. He is a top notch teacher who knows the stuff very well and be able to articulate as wellShirley, 138 lessons with William
Response time: 3 hours