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Sean B.

New York, NY

$100/hour

Premier NYC Math tutor - young, passionate and talented

Background check passed as of 9/13/15
4.8 average from 30 ratings
Sean is very thorough.
— Donna Marie, Secaucus, NJ on 10/26/15

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Fordham University College at Lincoln Center
Math and Economics

Education

Fordham University College at Lincoln Center (Math and Economics)

About Sean

I firmly believe that every student is capable of high achievement in mathematics, and I'm here to help you and your child feel the same and see great results in any math course or endeavor. Empowering students to see math differently is what I love about my job.

I work with students in middle school, high school and college math courses, and I also do a large amount of SAT and ACT test prep - all sections included.

In high school, I was a National Merit Scholar and scored a perfect 800 on my Math SAT, a perfect 800 on Math SAT Level II subject test, and a perfect 800 on my SAT writing/grammar section. I was also consistently the top performing student in all of my math courses. My achievements in high school led to my admission to several top universities and to a full scholarship to Fordham University, which is where I'm currently studying Mathematics and Economics. I worked hard for my scores, grades and achievements, and I've been helping other students do the same for years. I will work to find exactly what it takes to make your child start enjoying and succeeding in math.

About a year ago, I sat in the front row of a TED Talk given by Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, and I can truly say that this experience has shaped my approach and mindset in tutoring more than any of my other past experiences. The talk was about mastery based learning, and he gave a thought experiment that is reflective of the type of mindset that I want all of my students to embrace:

"If we were to go 400 years into the past to Western Europe, which even then, was one of the more literate parts of the planet, you would see that about 15 percent of the population knew how to read. And I suspect that if you asked someone who did know how to read, say a member of the clergy, "What percentage of the population do you think is even capable of reading?" They might say, "Well, with a great education system, maybe 20 or 30 percent."... But if you fast forward to today, we know that that prediction would have been wildly pessimistic, that pretty close to 100 percent of the population is capable of reading. But (today) if I were to ask YOU a similar question: "What percentage of the population do you think is capable of truly mastering calculus, or understanding organic chemistry, or being able to contribute to cancer research?" A lot of you might say, "Well, with a great education system, maybe 20, 30 percent." ... But if you were allowed to be operating in a mastery framework, if you were allowed to really take agency over your learning, and when you get something wrong, embrace it -- view that failure as a moment of learning -- that number, the percent that could really master calculus or understand organic chemistry, is actually a lot closer to 100 percent."

Lack of success in math is never due to an inherent incapability, but rather accumulated gaps in previously learned material. My goal is to help my students realize that anyone is perfectly capable of mastering calculus (or any math course, for that matter) and to help them fill in the gaps in their learning that may be holding them back. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing my students make connections and truly understand the material at hand.


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*Additionally*
Competition Math coach and Math Enrichment:
I also have years of experience coaching high-level competition mathematics - both privately and for groups/teams - up to the 10th grade level. I have privately coached several students to prepare for the AMC 8 and AMC 10 tests (American Mathematics Competition), and I've even had students who are interested in AMC and competition content purely out of interest and for math enrichment purposes, not for "competition" purposes. Students who are successful on tests like the AMC are almost always highly successful on SAT math (score usually between 750 and 800).
I firmly believe that every student is capable of high achievement in mathematics, and I'm here to help you and your child feel the same and see great results in any math course or endeavor. Empowering students to see math Read more

Policies
Cancellation
6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 8 miles of New York, NY 10023
Background Check: Passed

"Sean is very thorough."

- Donna Marie, Secaucus, NJ on 10/26/15
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Math

I've been helping students improve their ACT math scores for years. Improvements of 5+ points are very common. On my own ACT math test, I scored a perfect score of 36. I've found that if students set a goal and spend ample time studying that they are almost always able to succeed. I will help you/your child achieve great scores.

Algebra 1

I've successfully tutored Algebra 1 (and equivalent courses) for over five years. I've worked with students of all ages and capabilities: from a dyslexic student with dyscalculia - a mathematics disability, to students who are looking to achieve top scores on Algebra 1 competition tests. I've found that Algebra 1 is perhaps the most fundamentally important course in all of high school/middle school math. Without a solid foundation in Algebra 1, success in later math courses becomes far more difficult.

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring Algebra 2 (and equivalent courses) successfully for over 4 years. I've worked with students of all ages and capabilities, and Algebra 2 is perhaps my favorite subject in math to tutor. I also have experience coaching Algebra 2 competition level mathematics. I will help you succeed in any Algebra course.

Calculus

I've successfully tutored Calculus for over three years. I've worked with students of all ages and capabilities: from grad students to students in high school who are looking to achieve top scores on AP calculus exams. I've found that calculus is not nearly as difficult as most students assume it to be. Most students who struggle in calculus are not struggling because calculus is inherently difficult, but rather because of accumulated gaps in necessary prerequisite knowledge. I work hard to fill in the gaps that are necessary for success while simultaneously teaching calculus itself. On my own AP calculus BC exam in junior year of high school, I scored a 5.

Geometry

I've successfully tutored Geometry for over four years, and I've worked with students of all levels. From proofs, to triangle theorems to 3D geometry, my knowledge and teaching skills will be of great help to you. I strive to make this often abstract subject seem much more manageable.

Grammar

-Scored 800 on SAT Writing
-Scored 5 on AP English
-Successfully revised many essays
-Deep understanding of the strange grammatical rules of the English Language

Prealgebra

I've successfully tutored Pre-Algebra (and equivalent courses) for over five years. I've worked with students of all ages and situations: from an autistic student, to students who are looking to achieve top scores on middle school competition tests. I've found that pre-algebra is perhaps the second most fundamentally important course in all of high school/middle school math (behind Algebra 1). Without a solid foundation in pre-algebra, success in later math courses becomes far more difficult.

Precalculus

I've been tutoring Pre-Calculus for three years, and my students have all seen great success. Often, my pre-calculus students struggle with their prerequisite knowledge, so I strive to fill in relevant gaps while working on precalc problems. This often solves many issues my students are having. I have experience with students of all levels - from college students to young high school students looking for competition math prep.

Proofreading

-Scored 800 on SAT Writing
-Scored 5 on AP English
-Successfully revised many essays
-Deep understanding of the strange grammatical rules of the English Language

PSAT

I've been helping students improve their PSAT scores for years. On my own PSAT, I scored in the 99th percentile and qualified to be a National Merit Scholar. I've found that if students set a goal and spend ample time studying that they are almost always able to succeed. I will help you/your child achieve great scores.

SAT Math

I've been helping students improve their SAT math scores for years. Improvements of 100+ points are very common. On my own SAT math test and SAT math level 2 subject tests, I scored perfect scores of 800. I've found that if students set a goal and spend ample time studying that they are almost always able to succeed. I will help you/your child achieve great scores.

SAT Reading

-Scored in the 99th Percentile on my SAT
-Named a National Merit Scholar by NMSC

SAT Writing

-Perfect Score of 800 in SAT writing
-Overall 99th Percentile SAT score
-Named a National Merit Scholar by NMSC

Trigonometry

-Successfully tutored many college and high school students in trigonometry
-800 SAT Math level 2 score

Fordham University College at Lincoln Center
Math and Economics

Education

Fordham University College at Lincoln Center (Math and Economics)

Sean is very thorough. — Sean is very thorough. He gives his extra effort and provides the necessary materials to improve and prepare my child for the SAT. My child is very comfortable and completely understands his teaching. ...

— Donna Marie, Secaucus, NJ on 10/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sean will travel within 8 miles of New York, NY 10023.