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Sean B.

New York, NY

$120/hour

Premier NYC Test Prep/Math tutor - young, passionate and talented

100+ Hours
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 and Columbia University
Mathematics and Financial Engineering

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Fordham University and Columbia University (Mathematics and Financial Engineering)

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 differently is what I love about my job.

I work with students in middle school, high school and college math
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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
Science:
ACT Science,
PSAT
Elementary Education:
Grammar

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I have experience working on ACT prep with students of all levels and needs. I've found that ACT English, in particular, is one of the subjects where I'm able to help students improve very quickly. An added benefit is that learning standard English conventions and grammar rules for the ACT also helps with a student's writing skills in school as well!

Highlights of my student's successes (overall ACT scores):
-Student-athlete went from a 12 to a 21
-UPenn bound student went from a 32 to a 35 (one question away from 36)
-Student went from a 22 to a 29, accepted to dream state school

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.

Highlights of my student's successes (overall ACT scores):
-Student-athlete went from a 12 to a 21
-UPenn bound student went from a 32 to a 35 (one question away from 36)
-Student went from a 22 to a 29, accepted to dream state school

ACT Reading

I have experience working on ACT prep with students of all levels and needs. ACT Reading, though notorious for it's time constraint and difficulty, can be tackled by even the slowest of readers. If a student is willing to put in the work to improve their overall reading abilities and practice new comprehension strategies, he/she will absolutely see results. An added benefit is that improving an ACT Reading score almost always means that a student's general reading skills have improved - something that is helpful for future studies and life in general!

A few of my qualifications:
- 99+ Percentile SAT Score
- Perfect Scores of 800 on SAT Math, SAT Writing, and SAT Math Level II
- National Merit Scholar - 99+ percentile PSAT Scorer

Highlights of my student's successes (overall SAT scores):
-Student accepted to University of Florida Honors College - 200 Point Increase
-High School Junior - from a 1450 to 1570
-Student accepted to small private college - from a 760 to 1020

ACT Science

I have experience working on ACT prep with students of all levels and needs. I've found that ACT Science gives students trouble because they simply never practice these skills in school. I work with students to give them the tips and tools that they need to better understand the ACT science section. What once seemed like the most daunting section of the ACT often becomes the favorite of my student's!

Highlights of my student's successes (overall ACT scores):
-Student-athlete went from a 12 to a 21
-UPenn bound student went from a 32 to a 35 (one wrong question away from 36)
-Student went from a 22 to a 29, accepted to dream state school

Algebra 1

I've successfully tutored Algebra 1 (and equivalent courses) for over six 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 mathematics 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. I have perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II.

Algebra 2

I've been tutoring Algebra 2 (and equivalent courses) successfully for over five 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. I have perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II.

Calculus

I've successfully tutored Calculus for over four 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.

A few Qualifications:
- 4+ years experience
- Score of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II
- Score of 5 on AP Calculus BC
- Completed Multivariable Calculus 1 and 2 in college

Geometry

I've successfully tutored Geometry for over five 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.

A few Qualifications:
- 5+ years experience
- Perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II

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 six 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.

A few Qualifications:
- 6+ years experience
- Perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II

Precalculus

I've been tutoring Pre-Calculus for four 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 simultaneously working through 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.

A few Qualifications:
- 4+ years experience
- Perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II

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. 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.

A few of my qualifications:
- 99+ Percentile SAT Score
- Perfect Scores of 800 on SAT Math, SAT Writing, and SAT Math Level II
- National Merit Scholar - 99+ percentile PSAT Scorer

Highlights of my student's successes (overall SAT scores):
-Student accepted to University of Florida Honors College - 200 Point Increase
-High School Junior - from a 1450 to 1570
-Student accepted to small private college - from a 760 to 1020

SAT Reading

I have experience working on SAT prep with students of all levels and needs. SAT Reading, though notorious for it's time constraint and difficulty, can be tackled by even the slowest of readers. If a student is willing to put in the work to improve their overall reading abilities and practice new comprehension strategies, he/she will absolutely see results. An added benefit is that improving an SAT Reading score almost always means that a student's general reading skills have improved - something that is helpful for future studies and life in general!

Highlights of my student's successes (overall SAT scores):
-Student accepted to University of Florida Honors College - 200 Point Increase
-High School Junior - from a 1450 to 1570
-Student accepted to small private college - from a 760 to 1020

SAT Writing

I have experience working on SAT prep with students of all levels and needs. I've found that the writing portion of the SAT is one of the easiest sections to improve scores in quickly. It's a matter of learning standard English conventions and simple strategies. An added benefit to improving grammar skills is that a student's writing in their English classes almost always improve as well!

A few of my qualifications:
- 99+ Percentile SAT Score
- Perfect Scores of 800 on SAT Math, SAT Writing, and SAT Math Level II
- National Merit Scholar - 99+ percentile PSAT Scorer

Highlights of my student's successes (overall SAT scores):
-Student accepted to University of Florida Honors College - 200 Point Increase
-High School Junior - from a 1450 to 1570
-Student accepted to small private college - from a 760 to 1020

Statistics

I've worked with students of all levels taking courses in statistics - from Stats 1 in college to AP Statistics in high school. On my own AP statistics exam I received a score of 5.

A few Qualifications:
- 3+ years experience
- Perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II
- 5 on AP Statistics
- Completed multiple higher level college Statistics courses

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is now tested on both the ACT and SAT, so for high school students it is crucial that they have a solid foundation in trig. Additionally, knowledge of trigonometry is important for success in calculus courses. I have been working with students to enhance their understanding of trigonometry for over 5 years, and I have successfully worked with students of all levels - from high school to college. I will help this seemingly abstract subject become far more simple and manageable.

A few Qualifications:
- 5+ years experience
- Perfect scores of 800 on SAT Math and SAT Math Level II

Fordham University and Columbia University
Mathematics and Financial Engineering

Education

Fordham University and Columbia University (Mathematics and Financial Engineering)

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: $120.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

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