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I am an international education professional who helps students gain the skills and confidence necessary to achieve their ACT/SAT, ESL/ELL, TOEFL, and essay writing goals.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, I earned my Master's degree in English Literature at the University of Oregon. I taught freshman and sophomore argumentative writing courses at UO for two years before moving to Shanghai to teach English to adult learners for a year.

In my most recent role, also based in Shanghai, I developed curricula and wrote mock tests for ACT, SAT, and TOEFL courses taught across mainland China. As a result, I've cultivated an understanding of the thought process behind each exam. I combine this knowledge with my three plus years of classroom teaching experience to deliver excellent results.

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Brian’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: University of Oregon - Masters, English

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 34

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1580

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 750


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What is your teaching philosophy?

My results-oriented teaching philosophy is based on the following idea: a student should be able to clearly explain what he or she has learned after a lesson, AND why that lesson is important overall. If the student can articulate both elements satisfactorily, the lesson has been a success. This practice is inspired by some of my own teachers, whose valuing of clear, independent thinking I admire to this day.

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