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Mr. Benjamin H.

Bachelor in In-Progress · specializes in SAT and ACT Mastery · 18-21 years old male

green Apple award green apple award - rising tutoring star

"***My Background*** To make sure that I understand the SAT and ACT better than any other tutor, I spent the last two years learning the other end of the test; I worked as a practice test writer for multiple testing agencies, wrote tutoring curriculum for various tutoring companies, and completed practice tests for both the SAT and ACT every month to stay sharp. My students consistently have an more...

"***My Background*** To make sure that I understand the SAT and ACT better than any other tutor, I spent the last two years learning the other end of the test; I worked as a practice test writer for multiple testing agencies, wrote tutoring curriculum for various tutoring companies, and completed practice tests for both the SAT and ACT every month to stay sharp. My students consistently have an unparalleled understanding of how to master their test of choice because they learn to approach the test with the mindset of a test writer. I’m currently on a gap year from pursuing degrees in Government and Economics at Harvard University. I’ve received more than two million dollars in scholarship offers to study at a dozen different universities such as Cornell, Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, UCLA, etc. My test scores allowed me to attend my dream school - I tutor to make sure that my students can do the same. Outside of education I’ve advised multi-million dollar startups on venture capital pitching, helped established businesses secure six-figure contracts by refining their message, sat on the board of directors for a 2,000 volunteer non-profit, received a congressional commendation and $36,000 grant for my work in the homeless community, and delivered guest lectures at UC Davis. I’m also an internationally awarded speaker and debater: I’ve received speaking awards from institutions such as Stanford University and UC Berkeley and traveled as far as South Korea for competitions. I love using my background in public speaking to better communicate complex ideas to my students. ***My Philosophy*** My primary goal is to help students adapt the information they already know and skills they already have to efficiently push past any problem. My teaching method is fundamentally different from the way a student is used to learning in school. If we’re reviewing how to solve a polynomial, for example, I won’t waste time explaining the lengthy underlying concepts followed by one method to solve the problems. Instead, I introduce 3-4 different ways to solve the problem, record how long each approach takes the student when doing practice problems, and then assign a series of similar problems as homework so they can refine the fastest method. Here’s the structure to our lessons: Diagnostic call - The student walks me through their approach to solving a sample set of problems. Based on how each student’s mind works, I design a custom set of strategies and exercises. 1st call - I teach the student the strategies they’ll be implementing and begin to assign homework. Homework is a combination of completing portions of practice tests from my personal database, reviewing individual strategies, and practicing exercises such as speed reading. Following calls - Students will come to lesson with their completed practice test from the previous week and cooperatively go through each problem they missed and figure out how we could adapt a strategy they already have or invent a new one to answer similar questions in the future. ***My Results*** My ACT students improve their scores by an average of 4.1 points and my SAT students by an average of 340 points. In context, that means a student who had the average accepted score at the University of Florida now has a score high enough for Harvard. Many of my students make substantial leaps within a single session because of the personalized strategies I teach. One student tripled their ACT reading speed within a call while another improved their SAT grammar score by 220 points after two hours of work. All of my students in the last two years have gone on to attend one of their 3 top choice universities. Students tell me that after working with me on the SAT or ACT they are able to use the same strategies to do better on tests in high school and college." less...

Details

fee: $60 (for 60 min)
years of tutoring: 3-5
students tutored: 50-100
travel distance: 0 miles
tutoring method: online only
member for: 10 months
award: Green apple
references: "I learned more from a single lesson with Ben than I did in my 4-month ACT class. Instead of telling me what to do he taught me how to approach the test like a puzzle. I don't think I could possibly feel more prepared for my test next week." -Sarah, Oregon [improved her ACT score by 4 points after 9 hours of tutoring] "Ben took the stress out of testing for me and my husband. He handled the scheduling and materials, assigned a healthy amount of work outside of lessons, and followed up to make sure our daughter was always on track. She even admitted to enjoying her ACT preparation for the first time! We'll definitely be using Ben for our son next year and couldn't recommend him enough." -Sarah's Mom

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Education and Qualifications

school: Harvard University

***My Scores*** SAT: 2400 ACT: 36 SAT Math II: 800 AP Calculus AB: 5 AP Calculus BC: 5 AP Statistics: 5 AP Spanish Language: 5 AP Spanish Literature: 5 AP Microeconomics: 5 AP English Language: 5 AP English Literature: 5 AP Human Geography: 5 ***Testimonials*** "I learned more from a single lesson with Ben than I did in my 4-month ACT class. Instead of telling me what to do he taught me how to approach the test like a puzzle. I don't think I could possibly feel more prepared for my test next week." -Sarah, Oregon [improved her ACT score by 4 points after 9 hours of tutoring] "Ben took the stress out of testing for me and my husband. He handled the scheduling and materials, assigned a healthy amount of work outside of lessons, and followed up to make sure our daughter was always on track. She even admitted to enjoying her ACT preparation for the first time! We'll definitely be using Ben for our son next year and couldn't recommend him enough." -Sarah's Mom

Boston, MA 02114

Subjects Tutored

Test Prep
ACTACT English
ACT MathACT Reading
ACT SciencePSAT
SAT ISAT Math
SAT ReadingSAT Writing