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Sean P.

New York, NY


Ivy League tutor: algebra, geometry, English, writing, grammar

Background check passed as of 1/31/15
5.0 average from 40 ratings
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— Jonathan, Schaumburg, IL on 6/3/15

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Columbia University
Sociology and German


Columbia University (Sociology and German)

About Sean

I am a current senior at Columbia University with a double major in sociology and German. I am a great fit to be your tutor because of my proven academic excellence, nontraditional background, and passion for working with youth to help them realize their full potential.

Since high school I have accumulated extensive experience tutoring subjects including algebra, geometry, and writing. I obtain immense satisfaction from making an impact on a student's intellectual development. The one-on-one teacher-pupil relationship afforded by tutoring makes teaching truly rewarding, because I can tailor my content and approaches to students’ needs, and accurately assess their strengths and weaknesses. After matriculating to Columbia, I learned about Wyzant and used the platform to find opportunities to tutor math, English, writing, and grammar. My ultimate career goal is to become a full-time tutor, and to this end I have maximized my tutoring experience through volunteering. I devote two hours a week to tutoring at Harlem RBI, an after-school program for underprivileged kids from the South Bronx and East Harlem. I also serve as a mentor in the College Bound Mentoring Program, an initiative of Community Impact at Columbia University. This program supports adults with a High School Equivalency degree (GED or TASC) in their application and matriculation to a four-year college or university.

I am drawn to this tutoring platform because of the opportunity to work with students of varying ages and faculties, which keeps the work challenging and engaging. I am available on weekdays and weekends through the end of the school year and am willing to travel if necessary. I am most proficient in algebra and geometry, writing and grammar, and German. Please contact me if you want help. I am someone who understands how important good tutelage is as I have been the recipient of it.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." —William Butler Yeats
I am a current senior at Columbia University with a double major in sociology and German. I am a great fit to be your tutor because of my proven academic excellence, nontraditional background, and passion for working with youth to Read more

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Travels within 12 miles of New York, NY 10025
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"Great tutor!"

- Jonathan, Schaumburg, IL on 6/3/15

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- Trevor, New York, NY on 4/6/15
Elementary Education:
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Algebra 1

I received exemplary notes in high school algebra, and along with geometry, it is my favorite math type, which I find fun.

Elementary Math

Growing up, math was always my strong suit. I've tutored math before as well.


The ability to understand and communicate effectively is increasingly important in today’s globalized world. Whether your focus is on grammar or teasing out the main points of an article, I provide assistance in composition and reading comprehension. Additionally, I was recognized by my school for excellence in the discipline of English.


I received high scores in geometry, which I took a year early. It is literally my favorite math—not only because geometric proofs and shapes are fun, but I see it as the most easily applicable math type.


The ability to demonstrate accurate knowledge of Standard Written English concretely distinguishes a great thinker, speaker, or writer. As a self-described grammarian, I enjoy exploring—and sharing my enthusiasm for—the many nuances of language: grammar, syntax, usage, mechanics, punctuation, etc. From the canonical parts of speech to sentence diagramming (i.e., identifying/labeling parts of a sentence) to the correct use of an em dash, I provide assistance in traditional (and transformational) grammar. Previously, I have been published in my college's anthology and have edited copy for various publications, a newsletter and magazine, and two school newspapers.


“I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.” —Oscar Wilde

Revision in writing is key—first drafts, the enemy. Whether your text needs merely a grammar check or content development, I provide support during the writing process. And, in turn, I teach you the skills necessary to become a self-sufficient reviser. Previous editing positions include: head copy editor for The Eye, an online magazine; associate copy editor for Columbia Spectator, a university daily; managing editor for The Harbinger, a college biweekly.


I provide writing support to high school and undergraduate students. In one-on-one consultations, I offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts. I have over five years of writing consulting experience as a tutor and editor. To learn more about the task of writing, don't hesitate to reach out. Specialties: MLA formatting, personal statements and college application essays, Chicago Manual, journalism, Associated Press style, University Writing, and scholarship/fellowship applications (honors include: e.g., Jack Kent Cooke, FUBiS, and Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarships).

Columbia University
Sociology and German


Columbia University (Sociology and German)

Great tutor! — The lesson with Sean was very helpful. As an international student, I have some difficulties with grammar and spelling, and Sean helped me in these two fields. Sean helped me in editing my papers and taught me useful skills for my future writing assignments. I truly recommend this excellent teacher, especially for international students. ...

— Jonathan, Schaumburg, IL on 6/3/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sean will travel within 12 miles of New York, NY 10025.