Hi, all! I'm Charlie. I graduated from the University of Chicago last Spring, and I'm headed for Harvard Law School this Fall; in the interim, I'm preparing students to take the ACT and LSAT online and locally in Chicago. I've been tutoring and instructing students of all ages for more than five years now, and since I started focusing on standardized test prep specifically I've spent a lot of time and effort to become the best LSAT and ACT instructor that I can be. I'm really proud of the rigorous, student-centered pedagogical approach that I've developed, and I'd love to show it to you!
Cumulative collegiate GPA: 3.87
Academic Honors: Dean's List (2012-2016), Phi Beta Kappa
Test scores: LSAT - 174, ACT - 35
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, English Literature
ACT Composite: 35
ACT English: 35
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 36
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1520
SAT Math: 720
SAT Verbal: 730
SAT Writing: 770
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 740
SAT Subject Test in Literature: 760
SAT Subject Test in Physics: 700
Fencing, Reading (especially Victorian novels, sci-fi, fantasy, and hard-boiled detective stuff), kung-fu movies from 1970s Hong Kong, standardized testing, underground rap and indie rock music, poetry that rhymes, educational policy
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
SAT Subject Tests Prep
What is your teaching philosophy?
Setting a number of achievable, challenging, and relatively immediate goals is the key to inspiring motivation in a student of any age (although the goals themselves should change based on a student's age). Once goals are set, it's simply a matter of following through and helping them to achieve them. Once they get a taste for the carrot, the stick becomes unnecessary.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a typical first session with a student, I would dive right into whatever work was most urgent, and carefully discover the ways in which that student learned best. During and after that session, I would tailor my approach to their strengths and work on showing them the fun side of whatever subject they were struggling with.