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Sean S.

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Rice Grad Specializing in Test Prep, Business, and STEM

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Rice University
Bioengineering

Education

Rice University (Bioengineering)

About Sean

To whom it may concern,

I specialize in preparation for standardized tests. I've developed systems for each test that I've taken, and can quickly update them accordingly with the latest available material. My scores for each test (GMAT - 790, MCAT - 41, SAT - 2400, ACT - 36, SAT II Biology M - 800, SAT II American History - 800, SAT II Math Level 2 - 800, SAT II Chemistry - 800) speak for themselves and are the product of disciplined application of well designed study strategies. I can pass these strategies on to the student as well as use them to identify where the most gains can be achieved.

In addition, I graduated Rice with a 4.0 in Bioengineering, so I am particularly well versed to teach high school or college level math and science. Though I have only recently come back to teaching, I taught my classmates for years in both high school and university, including a paid position as a TA for the introductory MATLAB course for 7 semesters. I also have some experience tutoring with Varsity Tutors. Finally, unlike most students who cram for tests and forget the material later, I have a nearly eidetic memory and am quite capable of teaching things learned years ago.

Because of my high rate, it is significantly more efficient to do an initial consult, then have me develop and present a study plan and strategy. Afterwards, the student ideally does the majority of the work on their own, and I analyze the results to provide targeted feedback and explanations. This methodology economizes time and money for all parties involved. If you or your child is willing to put in the hard work, I can almost guarantee substantial improvement. I am looking forward to working with you!

Sean S.
To whom it may concern,

I specialize in preparation for standardized tests. I've developed systems for each test that I've taken, and can quickly update them accordingly with the latest available material. My scores for each test (GMAT - 790, Read more

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This rate includes all expenses and time associated with travel. If significant travel time on my part is required, rates will be adjusted accordingly.

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Travels within 40 miles of Houston, TX 77006
In-person lessons
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary

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Accounting

I received formal accounting education as part of the curriculum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management, where I received a Dean's Award for my work. Afterwards, as part of my work as a strategy consultant at BCG, accounting was a fundamental requirement. Part of our training involved an Accounting course from Harvard Business School. Additionally, I received my Series 65 (the test required to be a licensed financial advisor nationally), which included knowledge of accounting

ACT English

Not only did I score a perfect 36 on the ACT English, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving ACT scores in less than two months.

ACT Math

Not only did I score a perfect 36 on the ACT Math, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving ACT scores in less than two months. Additionally, I received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load involving extreme knowledge of mathematics

ACT Reading

Not only did I score a perfect 36 on the ACT Reading, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving ACT scores in less than two months.

ACT Science

Not only did I score a perfect 36 on the ACT Science, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving ACT scores in less than two months. Additionally, I received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA) and am a twice published author in scientific journals

Actuarial Science

As part of my job as a financial advisor, I received my Series 65 (the test required to be a licensed financial advisor nationally), which included knowledge of actuarial science. Additionally, I was involved in the design of the algorithms governing actuarial recommendations for our company and, after receiving my Series 65, educating current and prospective clients on the principles of actuarial science that governed what would be prudent portfolio choices

Algebra 1

After receiving a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam (the highest possible score), I went on to university and received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load for which algebra was an indispensable foundation. Additionally, I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - Math Level II overall and in every subsection

Algebra 2

After receiving a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam (the highest possible score), I went on to university and received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load for which algebra was an indispensable foundation. Additionally, I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - Math Level II overall and in every subsection

American History

Not only did I receive a 5 on the AP American History exam (the highest possible score), I was known in high school for preparing complete 50 question practice exams that other students would take to prepare before each test administered by the school. Finally, I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - American History overall and in every subsection

Anatomy

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Anatomy was necessary as a component of multiple courses involved. Additionally, I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam, a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection, and a 14 on the Biological Sciences section of the MCAT (99.9+ percentile). Finally, I was twice a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, coming 21st in the nation my senior year

Biochemistry

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Biochemistry was obviously fundamental to that degree. Additionally, I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam, a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection, and a 14 on the Biological Sciences section of the MCAT (99.9+ percentile). Finally, I published two papers on molecular design of pharmaceuticals in scientific journals

Biology

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Biochemistry was obviously fundamental to that degree, and I also published two papers on molecular design of pharmaceuticals in scientific journals. Additionally, I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam and a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection. Finally, I was twice a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, coming 21st in the nation my senior year

Biostatistics

I received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University with a 4.0 GPA. Biostatistics was a required course, and I got one of the highest grades in the class. Furthermore, Biostatistics is very similar to regular statistics; I had already received credit for AP Statistics upon entering Rice. Furthermore, I have since honed my knowledge by reading books on the subject (such as Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise) and taking up card counting as a hobby (which has unfortunately gotten me banned from several casinos on account of my being caught doing so)

Business

I received formal business education from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management, where I received a Dean's Award for my work. I then went on to become an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group for two years (one of the Big Three consulting firms) and was considered the most capable analyst in my cohort. I was later involved as a director of a Registered Investment Advisor (where I got Series 65 certification as an Investment Adviser Representative). Finally, I have been involved as the primary founder or equity hire in 7 startups over the years.

Calculus

After receiving a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam (the highest possible score), I went on to university and received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load for which calculus was an indispensable foundation (including multivariable calculus, differential equations, and numerous engineering courses).

Career Development

As part of my passion for teaching, I have now started a company based on life coaching and personal development: my method to career development involves determining where one's passions truly lie and laying out a map to get there.

I have used this methodology successfully to help several friends over the years and am now beginning to commercialize it. In three cases, this contributed significantly to career advancements, including one going from part time gigs to a job as a paralegal, one going from part time gigs to a job in IT, and one getting a residency position.

Chemistry

After getting a 5 (the highest score) on my AP Chemistry exam, I went on to university where I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Chemistry was obviously fundamental to that degree. Additionally, I achieved a perfect score on my SAT II - Chemistry overall and in every subsection, as well as a 13 on the Physical Sciences section of the MCAT (99.+ percentile), which includes chemistry. Finally, I published two papers on molecular design of pharmaceuticals in scientific journals

Differential Equations

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering. One of the classes required was Differential Equations, and I got an A. Furthermore, I was required to utilize both ordinary and partial differential equations in much of my higher level coursework.

Ecology

I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam and a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection. Finally, I was twice a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, coming 21st in the nation my senior year

Economics

I was an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group for two years (one of the Big Three consulting firms) and was considered the most capable analyst in my cohort. I was later involved as a director of a Registered Investment Advisor (where I got Series 65 certification as an Investment Adviser Representative). Also, I have been a voracious reader of economics books, articles, and blogs; this passion was in part driven by my own economics, finance, and policy blog that I wrote for two years

Electrical Engineering

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering. One of the classes required was Introduction to Electrical Engineering, and I got an A. Furthermore, I was required to utilize these concepts further in Bioinstrumentation.

English

I scored perfect scores on the SAT Writing, SAT Reading, ACT Writing, ACT Reading, and GMAT Verbal. I got a 13 on the MCAT Verbal (99%+ percentile) and a 5 on AP English Language. I have not stopped reading since, having read hundreds of books totalling over 100,000 pages

European History

Not only did I receive a 5 on the AP European History exam (the highest possible score), I was known in high school for preparing complete 50 question practice exams that other students would take to prepare before each test administered by the school

Finance

I received formal finance education as part of the curriculum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management, where I received a Dean's Award for my work. Afterwards, I was an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group for two years (one of the Big Three consulting firms) and was considered the most capable analyst in my cohort. I was later involved as a co-founder of an algorithmic trading startup and as director of a Registered Investment Advisor (where I got Series 65 certification as an Investment Adviser Representative). Also, I have been a voracious reader of finance books, articles, and blogs; this passion was in part driven by my own economics, finance, and policy blog that I wrote for two years

Genetics

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. I entered Rice with significant knowledge of genetics from AP Biology and the USABO (I placed 21st in the country and genetics was my best component). While at Rice, I further explored genetics by taking a graduate level Gene Therapy course, in which I received an A+.

Geometry

In addition to easily coming top of my class in Geometry in high school (and getting a perfect score on the hardest test), I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - Math Level II overall and in every subsection, including those that required knowledge of Geometry

GMAT

Not only did I score 790 (99th percentile), but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving GMAT scores in less than two months.

Government & Politics

My interest in government and politics started reading newspaper articles in middle and high school, further developed during frequent friendly political debates at Rice University (including as a founder of a political club) and after graduation, and culminated in my own economics, finance, and government policy blog that I wrote for two years

Grammar

I scored perfect scores on the SAT Writing, SAT Reading, ACT Writing, ACT Reading, and GMAT Verbal. I got a 13 on the MCAT Verbal (99%+ percentile) and a 5 on AP English Language. Grammar is fundamental to all of these.

Linear Algebra

I learned the theory component of linear algebra as part of MATH 201 and CAAM 210 (a computational and applied mathematics course focused on programming) at Rice University. I received an A in the former course and an A+ in the latter. Afterwards, I served as a teaching assistant for CAAM 210 for 3.5 years. I have since applied that theory in MATLAB programming for the Boston Consulting Group, an RIA of which I was a director, and various side projects

Literature

I was a voracious reader in high school reading more than was required for my courses on the most advanced track. I have not stopped reading since, having gone through hundreds of books totaling over 100,000 pages

Logic

I learned formal logic as part of a course in the Philosophy department during my time at Rice University, and I have applied formal logic as part of my extensive programming history during university (where I served as a tutor for a programming course for 3.5 years), for the Boston Consulting Group, an RIA of which I was a director, and various side projects

Marketing

I received formal finance education as part of the curriculum at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management, where I received a Dean's Award for my work. Afterwards, I was an analyst at the Boston Consulting Group for two years (one of the Big Three consulting firms) and was considered the most capable analyst in my cohort. During that time, I was involved in two due diligences as the survey analyst, a role that was highly marketing intensive. A critical part of this was "enabling" clients by teaching them the tools and concepts necessary to evaluate the marketplace

MATLAB

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering. As part of the coursework, I took CAAM 210, which teaches an introduction to MATLAB. I received an A+ in the course and went on to be a teaching assistant for the next 3.5 years. I also continued to use MATLAB during my employment at BCG and subsequently at a financial advisor devising quantitative trading strategies. My friends who are professional engineers call me for MATLAB help to this day

MCAT

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. As a result, I took all the necessary coursework to provide me with a solid foundation the Physical and Biological Sciences and performed well. Furthermore, I got a 41 (99.9th percentile) on the MCAT and have replicated my study plan.

Mechanical Engineering

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering and graduated with a 4.0. As part of the degree, I took Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, in which I got an A. I further applied those concepts in Biomechanics, where I also got an A.

Microbiology

I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam and a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection. Finally, I was twice a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, coming 21st in the nation my senior year

Microsoft Excel

As a professional strategy consultant at BCG, I was a "power user" of Excel (a term used by Microsoft) and was required to complete an online training course lasting dozens of hours. Additionally, I was considered the best data analyst in Texas for my cohort

Microsoft PowerPoint

As a professional strategy consultant at BCG, I was a "power user" of PowerPoint (a term used by Microsoft) and was required to complete an online training course lasting dozens of hours

Microsoft Word

As a professional strategy consultant at BCG, I was a "power user" of Word (a term used by Microsoft) and was required to complete an online training course lasting dozens of hours

Organic Chemistry

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Organic chemistry was obviously requisite to that degree. Additionally, I scored a 14 on the Biological Sciences section of the MCAT (99.9+ percentile), which includes Organic Chemistry. Finally, I published two papers on molecular design of pharmaceuticals in scientific journals

I have taught Organic Chemistry on certain occasions, both to my fellow students at University and as part of MCAT tutoring

Philosophy

In addition to taking several Philosophy classes in university (and getting top scores in the class every time), I have subsequently pursued that interest in my spare time, especially delving into non-duality via recordings and books from over a dozen schools of that philosophy

Physical Science

After getting a 5 (the highest score) on my AP Physics B and Physics C exams, I went on to university where I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Physical Science was obviously fundamental to that degree. Additionally, I scored a 13 on the Physical Sciences section of the MCAT (99.+ percentile)

Physics

After getting a 5 (the highest score) on my AP Physics B and Physics C exams, I went on to university where I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Physical Science was obviously fundamental to that degree. Additionally, I scored a 13 on the Physical Sciences section of the MCAT (99.+ percentile), which includes Physics

Physiology

I graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and graduated with a 4.0+ GPA. Anatomy was an integral component of multiple courses involved. I got the highest score in my Systems Physiology class at Rice out of a class of over 300 students). Additionally, I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam, a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection, and a 14 on the Biological Sciences section of the MCAT (99.9+ percentile). Finally, I was twice a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, coming 21st in the nation my senior year

Political Science

My interest in government and politics started reading newspaper articles in middle and high school, further developed during frequent friendly political debates at Rice University (including as a founder of a political club) and after graduation, and culminated in my own economics, finance, and government policy blog that I wrote for two years.

Though I have extensive teaching experience in other fields and deep knowledge of political science, I have not taught Political Science specifically

Prealgebra

After receiving a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam (the highest possible score), I went on to university and received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load for which prealgebra was an indispensable foundation. Additionally, I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - Math Level II overall and in every subsection

Precalculus

After receiving a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam (the highest possible score), I went on to university and received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load for which precalculus was an indispensable foundation. Additionally, I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - Math Level II overall and in every subsection

Probability

I received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University with a 4.0 GPA. Biostatistics (which involved probability) was a required course, and I got one of the highest grades in the class. Furthermore, I have since honed my knowledge by reading books on the subject (such as Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise) and taking up card counting as a hobby (which has unfortunately gotten me banned from several casinos on account of my being caught doing so)

PSAT

Not only did I score a perfect 240 on the PSAT, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving PSAT scores in less than two months. My last SAT student (using an identical method) saw over a 10% increase in her score.

Psychology

In addition to taking psychology courses at Rices and getting A+ in every one, I have also kept up with the field via various teachers of social dynamics and psychology books (such as the work of Robert Cialdini)

Public Speaking

After taking a Public Speaking course at Rice University (in which I received an A), I became comfortable with Public Speaking and have since given public talks as the president of clubs, as part of elevator pitch/business plan competitions, and in professional settings as a consultant and businessman. I have now started a company based around my passion of teaching which involves frequent public talks. For students, I have developed a methodology based around belief realignment.

Reading

I scored perfect scores on the SAT Reading, ACT Reading, and GMAT Verbal. I got a 13 on the MCAT Verbal (99%+ percentile) and a 5 on AP English Language. I have not stopped reading since, having read hundreds of books totalling over 100,000 pages

SAT Math

Not only did I score a perfect 800 on the SAT Math, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving SAT scores in less than two months. My last student saw over a 10% increase in her score. Finally, I received my B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice (with 4.0+ GPA), a course load involving extreme knowledge of mathematics

SAT Reading

Not only did I score a perfect 800 on the SAT Reading, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving SAT scores in less than two months. My last student saw over a 10% increase in her score.

SAT Writing

Not only did I score a perfect 800 on the SAT Writing, but I have also developed a specialized set of methods for significantly improving SAT scores in less than two months. My last student saw over a 10% increase in her score.

Statistics

I received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University with a 4.0 GPA. Biostatistics was a required course, and I got one of the highest grades in the class. Furthermore, Biostatistics is very similar to regular statistics; I had already received credit for AP Statistics upon entering Rice. Furthermore, I have since honed my knowledge by reading books on the subject (such as Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise) and taking up card counting as a hobby (which has unfortunately gotten me banned from several casinos on account of my being caught doing so)

Tax Preparation

This is something I know from personal experience on account of having to file my own tax forms for companies that I have started. Additionally, I received my Series 65 (the test to become a licensed financial advisor), which involved knowledge of tax consequences

Though I have explained tax preparation, structure, and consequences to some dozens of people, it has never been done in a formal tutoring session

Trigonometry

In addition to easily coming top of my class in Geometry in high school (and getting a perfect score on the hardest test), I scored a perfect score on my SAT II - Math Level II overall and in every subsection, including those that required knowledge of Trigonometry

Vocabulary

I scored perfect scores on the SAT Reading, ACT Reading, and GMAT Verbal. I got a 13 on the MCAT Verbal (99%+ percentile) and a 5 on AP English Language. I have not stopped reading since, having read hundreds of books totalling over 100,000 pages

Writing

I scored perfect scores on the SAT Writing, ACT Writing, and GMAT Verbal. I got a 13 on the MCAT Verbal (99%+ percentile) and a 5 on AP English Language. I have not stopped reading since, having read hundreds of books totalling over 100,000 pages. I also wrote a policy blog for over two years, producing enough material to fill a 200-300 page book

Zoology

I scored a 5 on my AP Biology exam and a perfect score on my SAT II - Biology M overall and in every subsection. Finally, I was twice a USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist, coming 21st in the nation my senior year. Zoology was a required component of all of these.

Additionally, I have a particular personal interest and extra experience here because my family acquired a safari park, and I invested a significant amount of time in studying the local zoology from the game ranger's training manuals.

Rice University
Bioengineering

Education

Rice University (Bioengineering)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $125.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

This rate includes all expenses and time associated with travel. If significant travel time on my part is required, rates will be adjusted accordingly.

Travel policy

Sean will travel within 40 miles of Houston, TX 77006.