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William R.

Congratulations to my students entering Harvard and Yale Sept. 2019!

Congratulations to my students entering Harvard and Yale Sept. 2019!

$110/hour

About William


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SPRING 2019: 1400 FIVE STAR REVIEWS! CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE ON ACCEPTANCE AT YALE; ALICE AT HARVARD!

2018: Congratulations Tryggvi for front page story in The New York Times! Congratulations, Subah on a perfect 5 on AP EURO, to Alice, on perfect 1600 on SAT; Tryggvi on graduation from Columbia University School of Journalism; and students accepted at Carnegie Melon, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech!

September, 2017: Congratulations 5 students who got 750 or above in Reading/Writing on the...

SPRING 2019: 1400 FIVE STAR REVIEWS! CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE ON ACCEPTANCE AT YALE; ALICE AT HARVARD!

2018: Congratulations Tryggvi for front page story in The New York Times! Congratulations, Subah on a perfect 5 on AP EURO, to Alice, on perfect 1600 on SAT; Tryggvi on graduation from Columbia University School of Journalism; and students accepted at Carnegie Melon, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech!

September, 2017: Congratulations 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-- UC Berkeley! Joey-- Gallatin/NYU!

April, 2016: Congratulations students accepted at Brown, Georgetown, UCLA, and UC Berkeley! JULY 2016: Congratulations to Nick: 5 on AP Euro!

Summer 2015: Congratulations to Miye on acceptance at WILLIAMS! And to Emaan: 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: Claremont-Mckenna! Rachel: 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!!!

June 2013: Congratulations Marcia on 5s -- AP US History and AP English Language. Congratulations J. on transfer to Carnegie Mellon!

Feb. 2013: One of my 8th graders got a 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.

About me:

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 at Columbia College Hollywood, a WASC Accredited film school, where I teach courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences and have been Secretary of the Academic Council.

Having been blessed with great students, I have been blessed with wonderful letters from them, including this one: "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 2015 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 work. The SAT 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.


Education

Harvard College
English
USC
Masters

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  • Hourly Rate: $110
  • Rate details: Lower rates are available for online classes.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/13/2015

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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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The great first session with William

My daughter took the first writing / history session with William tonight. William is very patient and he took time to find out what she likes to learn and showed her some excellent pictures, videos, painting and poems related to her interests and learning. William is very knowledgeable and knows what he is doing. My daughter really enjoyed her first session with William. She is very looking forward to continuing more sessions with William!! 😃 👍

JC, 8 lessons with William

Engaging!

William made European history fun and interesting for my daughter. He knows his history and shares it so students can understand it. Not just dates and events; comprehensive study on European history and history in general.

Nara, 8 lessons with William

Worth Every Penny :)

Wonderful first lesson with my daughter. Had her looking at new ways to brainstorm for her college essay. Gave her great insight on the application process. Glad we found him.

Yvette, 2 lessons with William

Daughter bounces out of lessons thrilled by the history William's covered

She just loves her lessons with William. She can't stop talking about the topics/stories they cover. We are so happy she's found someone engaging and so knowledgeable. THank you!

Meta, 2 lessons with William

VERY PRODUCTIVE SESSIONS!

William knows the right questions to ask to help my daughter see how to approach different questions on the SAT. By using this strategy she learns for herself how to better read, interpret and ultimately answer the questions independently. He is improving not only her test scores but her reading skills!

Jennifer, 9 lessons with William

Very Knowledgable

My daughter likes William's SAT Reading lessons. William's teaching style is very helpful for my kid. He explains the complicated concept in a straightforward way. My daughter is able to find the hidden message under his guidance.

Joe, 9 lessons with William

Exceptional tutor and great subject matter

He's great and teaches me how to meaningfully understand and understand the subject matter. He works at a good pace and challenges me repeatedly. Super interesting!

G, 102 lessons with William

European history makes sense to my son now!

William not only has the knowledge but also has the ability to explain European history to my son in logical sequences, organized by themes, with connection to present world. Understanding the big pictures helps my son to remember the names and details, not just fragments of information. Like my sons says, "Now it all makes sense to me!"

Cathy, 22 lessons with William

Incredibly knowledgeable and helpful

William has been helping my son with general essay writing. He has helped so much in just two lessons. William follows up with me on the content of the lesson, which I really appreciate. I would most definitely recommend him to anyone looking to improve their writing skills.

Ilana, 3 lessons with William
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William R.

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