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Sam

ACT, SAT, Subject Tests, TOEFL

Brown University

Sam is a PhD student in Spanish and linguistics at the University of Toronto, a Connaught International Scholar, and a Junior Fellow of Massey College. He holds an MA in linguistics and an MFA in Spanish creative writing, both from the University of Iowa, and an AB from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Sam has over nine years of tutoring experience and has scored a 36 on the ACT, 2400 on the former SAT, and 800 on the Literature, Math Level 2, and Spanish Subject Tests.

Madeline

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests

Barnard College, Columbia University

Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Madeline has thousands of hours of tutoring experience in both English and Spanish, specializing in the SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests. Her passion for teaching is, in part, genetic—she is a third-generation educator—as well as driven by her dedication to tailoring her teaching to individual students' needs. Madeline is known for her positive energy and unique teaching style, which includes mindfulness and other evidence-based exercises to help combat test anxiety. A New York native, writer, and filmmaker, Madeline is currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

James

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, APs, IBs

Harvard University

A graduate of Harvard University cum laude and tutoring since 2011, James has helped his students achieve exceptional progress across a variety of academic subjects and standardized exams, including the SAT, ACT, AP, and IB exams in physics, chemistry, biology and math.

Jeff

Math & Science

Ohio State University

A PhD in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University, Jeff specialized in designing and creating various drugs against cancer, HIV, and drug-resistant bacteria, as well as teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Jeff also spent two years developing drugs for a startup pharmaceutical company. Currently, he teaches Chem and Biochem at the Duna International College in Budapest. In his 10+ years of experience as a chemist and science/math professor, Jeff most enjoys teaching students, inspiring them by showing the fun and logical sides of biology, chemistry, and math, and helping them succeed in their careers.

Justin

LSAT

University of Florida

Justin has taught the LSAT regularly for over fifteen years, across many states and on college campuses ranging from Cornell University to the University of Florida. He is a graduate of McNeese State University's MFA program in creative writing and holds additional advanced degrees from McNeese State University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Justin practiced law in Florida for several years, retiring from the practice in 2009.

Tim

MCAT

University of Toronto

Tim is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. He studies how to improve care for older adults in hospitals and nursing homes. Tim scored a 37 on his own MCAT, placing him in the top 2% of test takers. He has 6 years of experience as an MCAT tutor and has worked one-on-one with over 50 students. Tim firmly believes that anyone can learn to succeed on the MCAT, and he really enjoys helping future physicians ace the MCAT.

Peter

ACT, SAT, Subject Tests

Yale University

Peter is a Yale graduate with over a thousand hours of experience tutoring SAT, ACT, and Math II students from all over the world. He also served as the director of tutoring for an elite U.S.-based test prep firm. Peter will be returning to Yale this fall to earn his MBA.

Anne Marie

SAT, ACT, GRE

Barnard College, Columbia University

Anne Marie graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in English Literature, a concentration in Creative Writing, a minor in Women's Studies, and extensive coursework in Philosophy. She has tutored students since 2011 in a range of subjects, specializing in the ACT, SAT, and GRE. On her own SAT, she achieved perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections. She is excited to use her expertise to ensure Onsen students are able to meet their potential and maximize their success.

Vivian

SAT Math, ACT Math & Science

UCLA

A two-time graduate of UCLA's mathematics department, Vivian has ten years' experience teaching American and international students math exams and courses at every level from high school GED to SAT/ACT, computer programming, and Calculus. She also has extensive experience designing instructional content and writing curriculum. Vivian uses visual storytelling to help students interpret mathematics as a language of logic through their prior knowledge.

Daphne

LSAT

New York University

Daphne graduated cum laude from NYU Stern with a degree in Business. She specializes in essay writing and the LSAT. Throughout the past 8 years, Daphne has worked with students of all ages and is particularly committed to helping those with learning differences achieve their goals. She is currently pursuing a law degree.

Alex

ACT, SAT

Brown University

A graduate of Brown University’s Literary Arts and Psychology programs, Alex has over ten years of tutoring experience focusing on the SAT, ACT, math and English subject areas, as well as essay writing/editing. In addition to teaching, Alex has spent the last decade in the film industry as a writer/actor and recently created, wrote, and released an award-nominated comedy digital series praised in The New York Times.

Conor

LSAT

Harvard University

A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, Conor has over four years and 800+ hours of experience tutoring the LSAT. He has worked with students of all ages, backgrounds, and aptitudes with the LSAT, and thoroughly enjoys getting to know his students, breaking down the test's complexities, and giving his students the tools they need to succeed on the actual test.

Brad

SAT, ACT

Washington University in St. Louis

Brad was initially drawn to the educational field through his work with kids, supporting them in their growth and development as a counselor, supervisor, and youth advisor. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Social Studies Secondary Education, he taught World History and Economics in St. Paul, Minnesota. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brad has spent the last five years tutoring the SAT and ACT.

Patrick

SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, Subject Tests

Brown University

A graduate of Brown University with a degree in Theatre Arts, Patrick McGowan won the department's award for academic excellence and has several years' experience tutoring the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, and many other tests and subjects. His positions over the years have included doorman, taxi driver, Wall Street intern, and librarian's assistant. Patrick is currently an actor and writer, with experience teaching both disciplines. He maintains a daily mindfulness practice and pays particular attention to helping students manage the pressure of test preparation.

Toph

GMAT, GRE, LSAT

University of Virginia

Toph graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and École Philippe Gaulier. As a proud member of the Onsen Education team, he specializes in preparing students for the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT exams. In the past, Toph spent time working in the investment banking world and performing in Chicago’s famed improv scene. He currently travels the world working on theater and film projects.

Janelle

SAT, ACT

University of North Carolina

Janelle graduated from Bryn Mawr College magna cum laude with a degree in History and significant coursework in English and Gender and Women’s Studies. After completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of North Carolina, she gained 10+ years’ experience teaching domestic and international students at Beloit College, Kalamazoo College, and UC Berkeley. Janelle draws on her extensive teaching, tutoring, and advising experience to help students master the skills they need to ace the SAT and ACT verbal sections, and she excels at creating a compassionate, supportive, and fun learning environment. Having lived in England, Italy, and all over the U.S., Janelle now calls Northern California home.

Sarah Page

SAT, ACT Verbal, TOEFL

University of Georgia

A professional travel writer and graduate in journalism from the University of Georgia, Sarah Page has extensive experience tutoring students in preparation for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. She is also an expert yoga instructor and runs her own yoga studio. Sarah Page blends the mindfulness practiced in yoga with her command of the nuances of English to help students excel on the SAT and ACT Verbal sections.

Katie

ACT Math & Science, SAT Math

Duke University

Katie graduated cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Mathematics and has been tutoring math for nearly two decades, at all levels up to and including calculus. Most recently, she has several years’ experience tutoring SAT Math and ACT Math & Science. She has a passion for teaching others and has worked in the education non-profit sector for over 10 years.

Margrét Ann

ACT, SAT, GRE, TOEFL

Columbia University

A professional writer and three-time graduate of Columbia University, Margrét Ann has tutored the SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, as well as creative and academic writing for the past eight years. In addition to her one-on-one tutoring work, Margrét Ann has taught undergraduate writing and education courses at Columbia University and University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as pre-college summer workshops at such colleges and universities as Yale, Fairfield, Haverford, and Vassar.

Amelia

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, TOEFL

Yale University

A graduate of Yale University, Amelia specializes in SAT/PSAT, ACT, TOEFL, subject test, and writing tutoring. She is proficient in three non-English languages and has over eight years of experience working with students to achieve their goals in college readiness, language fluency, and test preparation. In addition to working with students as a tutor and educator, Amelia consults on curriculum design and professional development for Mandarin Chinese immersion education.

Molly

SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, Subject Tests

Columbia University

After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College, Molly furthered her knowledge of pedagogy and adolescent development by earning a Master of Public Health at Columbia University. Over the past 14+ years, Molly has used her understanding of how people learn to support elementary through college students in subject based learning, essay writing, and test preparation. Her SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and subject test knowledge is extensive, but what makes her services truly exceptional is her ability to create an environment in which students feel safe, inspired, and ready to learn.

Zara

SAT, ACT

Columbia University

Graduating cum laude from Columbia University, Zara has a BA in music theory with concentrations in physics and philosophy. Zara has won merit scholarships totaling over a quarter-million dollars for her academic achievement and test performance. Zara has a passion for tutoring students of all ages and levels to perfect their skills and facilitate deep understanding of subject content.

Sam

ACT, SAT, Subject Tests, TOEFL

Brown University

Sam is a PhD student in Spanish and linguistics at the University of Toronto, a Connaught International Scholar, and a Junior Fellow of Massey College. He holds an MA in linguistics and an MFA in Spanish creative writing, both from the University of Iowa, and an AB from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Sam has over nine years of tutoring experience and has scored a 36 on the ACT, 2400 on the former SAT, and 800 on the Literature, Math Level 2, and Spanish Subject Tests.

Madeline

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests

Barnard College, Columbia University

Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Madeline has thousands of hours of tutoring experience in both English and Spanish, specializing in the SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests. Her passion for teaching is, in part, genetic—she is a third-generation educator—as well as driven by her dedication to tailoring her teaching to individual students' needs. Madeline is known for her positive energy and unique teaching style, which includes mindfulness and other evidence-based exercises to help combat test anxiety. A New York native, writer, and filmmaker, Madeline is currently based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

James

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, APs, IBs

Harvard University

A graduate of Harvard University cum laude and tutoring since 2011, James has helped his students achieve exceptional progress across a variety of academic subjects and standardized exams, including the SAT, ACT, AP, and IB exams in physics, chemistry, biology and math.

Jeff

Math & Science

Ohio State University

A PhD in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University, Jeff specialized in designing and creating various drugs against cancer, HIV, and drug-resistant bacteria, as well as teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Jeff also spent two years developing drugs for a startup pharmaceutical company. Currently, he teaches Chem and Biochem at the Duna International College in Budapest. In his 10+ years of experience as a chemist and science/math professor, Jeff most enjoys teaching students, inspiring them by showing the fun and logical sides of biology, chemistry, and math, and helping them succeed in their careers.

Justin

LSAT

University of Florida

Justin has taught the LSAT regularly for over fifteen years, across many states and on college campuses ranging from Cornell University to the University of Florida. He is a graduate of McNeese State University's MFA program in creative writing and holds additional advanced degrees from McNeese State University and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Justin practiced law in Florida for several years, retiring from the practice in 2009.

Tim

MCAT

University of Toronto

Tim is an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. He studies how to improve care for older adults in hospitals and nursing homes. Tim scored a 37 on his own MCAT, placing him in the top 2% of test takers. He has 6 years of experience as an MCAT tutor and has worked one-on-one with over 50 students. Tim firmly believes that anyone can learn to succeed on the MCAT, and he really enjoys helping future physicians ace the MCAT.

Peter

ACT, SAT, Subject Tests

Yale University

Peter is a Yale graduate with over a thousand hours of experience tutoring SAT, ACT, and Math II students from all over the world. He also served as the director of tutoring for an elite U.S.-based test prep firm. Peter will be returning to Yale this fall to earn his MBA.

Anne Marie

SAT, ACT, GRE

Barnard College, Columbia University

Anne Marie graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a degree in English Literature, a concentration in Creative Writing, a minor in Women's Studies, and extensive coursework in Philosophy. She has tutored students since 2011 in a range of subjects, specializing in the ACT, SAT, and GRE. On her own SAT, she achieved perfect scores in the Reading and Writing sections. She is excited to use her expertise to ensure Onsen students are able to meet their potential and maximize their success.

Vivian

SAT Math, ACT Math & Science

UCLA

A two-time graduate of UCLA's mathematics department, Vivian has ten years' experience teaching American and international students math exams and courses at every level from high school GED to SAT/ACT, computer programming, and Calculus. She also has extensive experience designing instructional content and writing curriculum. Vivian uses visual storytelling to help students interpret mathematics as a language of logic through their prior knowledge.

Daphne

LSAT

New York University

Daphne graduated cum laude from NYU Stern with a degree in Business. She specializes in essay writing and the LSAT. Throughout the past 8 years, Daphne has worked with students of all ages and is particularly committed to helping those with learning differences achieve their goals. She is currently pursuing a law degree.

Alex

ACT, SAT

Brown University

A graduate of Brown University’s Literary Arts and Psychology programs, Alex has over ten years of tutoring experience focusing on the SAT, ACT, math and English subject areas, as well as essay writing/editing. In addition to teaching, Alex has spent the last decade in the film industry as a writer/actor and recently created, wrote, and released an award-nominated comedy digital series praised in The New York Times.

Conor

LSAT

Harvard University

A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, Conor has over four years and 800+ hours of experience tutoring the LSAT. He has worked with students of all ages, backgrounds, and aptitudes with the LSAT, and thoroughly enjoys getting to know his students, breaking down the test's complexities, and giving his students the tools they need to succeed on the actual test.

Brad

SAT, ACT

Washington University in St. Louis

Brad was initially drawn to the educational field through his work with kids, supporting them in their growth and development as a counselor, supervisor, and youth advisor. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Masters in Social Studies Secondary Education, he taught World History and Economics in St. Paul, Minnesota. and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brad has spent the last five years tutoring the SAT and ACT.

Patrick

SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, Subject Tests

Brown University

A graduate of Brown University with a degree in Theatre Arts, Patrick McGowan won the department's award for academic excellence and has several years' experience tutoring the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, and many other tests and subjects. His positions over the years have included doorman, taxi driver, Wall Street intern, and librarian's assistant. Patrick is currently an actor and writer, with experience teaching both disciplines. He maintains a daily mindfulness practice and pays particular attention to helping students manage the pressure of test preparation.

Toph

GMAT, GRE, LSAT

University of Virginia

Toph graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and École Philippe Gaulier. As a proud member of the Onsen Education team, he specializes in preparing students for the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT exams. In the past, Toph spent time working in the investment banking world and performing in Chicago’s famed improv scene. He currently travels the world working on theater and film projects.

Janelle

SAT, ACT

University of North Carolina

Janelle graduated from Bryn Mawr College magna cum laude with a degree in History and significant coursework in English and Gender and Women’s Studies. After completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of North Carolina, she gained 10+ years’ experience teaching domestic and international students at Beloit College, Kalamazoo College, and UC Berkeley. Janelle draws on her extensive teaching, tutoring, and advising experience to help students master the skills they need to ace the SAT and ACT verbal sections, and she excels at creating a compassionate, supportive, and fun learning environment. Having lived in England, Italy, and all over the U.S., Janelle now calls Northern California home.

Sarah Page

SAT, ACT Verbal, TOEFL

University of Georgia

A professional travel writer and graduate in journalism from the University of Georgia, Sarah Page has extensive experience tutoring students in preparation for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. She is also an expert yoga instructor and runs her own yoga studio. Sarah Page blends the mindfulness practiced in yoga with her command of the nuances of English to help students excel on the SAT and ACT Verbal sections.

Katie

ACT Math & Science, SAT Math

Duke University

Katie graduated cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Mathematics and has been tutoring math for nearly two decades, at all levels up to and including calculus. Most recently, she has several years’ experience tutoring SAT Math and ACT Math & Science. She has a passion for teaching others and has worked in the education non-profit sector for over 10 years.

Margrét Ann

ACT, SAT, GRE, TOEFL

Columbia University

A professional writer and three-time graduate of Columbia University, Margrét Ann has tutored the SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT, as well as creative and academic writing for the past eight years. In addition to her one-on-one tutoring work, Margrét Ann has taught undergraduate writing and education courses at Columbia University and University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as pre-college summer workshops at such colleges and universities as Yale, Fairfield, Haverford, and Vassar.

Amelia

SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, TOEFL

Yale University

A graduate of Yale University, Amelia specializes in SAT/PSAT, ACT, TOEFL, subject test, and writing tutoring. She is proficient in three non-English languages and has over eight years of experience working with students to achieve their goals in college readiness, language fluency, and test preparation. In addition to working with students as a tutor and educator, Amelia consults on curriculum design and professional development for Mandarin Chinese immersion education.

Molly

SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, Subject Tests

Columbia University

After graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College, Molly furthered her knowledge of pedagogy and adolescent development by earning a Master of Public Health at Columbia University. Over the past 14+ years, Molly has used her understanding of how people learn to support elementary through college students in subject based learning, essay writing, and test preparation. Her SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and subject test knowledge is extensive, but what makes her services truly exceptional is her ability to create an environment in which students feel safe, inspired, and ready to learn.

Zara

SAT, ACT

Columbia University

Graduating cum laude from Columbia University, Zara has a BA in music theory with concentrations in physics and philosophy. Zara has won merit scholarships totaling over a quarter-million dollars for her academic achievement and test performance. Zara has a passion for tutoring students of all ages and levels to perfect their skills and facilitate deep understanding of subject content.

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Francesco M.

Milan, Italy
SAT: 1200 to 1350
Latin Subject Test: 800
French Subject Test: 770

My Onsen tutors gave me priceless advice, and—more importantly—confidence! The work done with them resulted in a 150-point SAT increase, and I leveraged my scores to get into Bocconi in Milan.

Marcella L.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
SAT: 1410 to 1510 +100 Points in 10 hours

I knew I had a really ambitious goal, but these classes completely took me by surprise! The SAT went from being a super daunting test to one that is doable when the right strategies are applied.

Giulio B.

Milan, Italy
ACT: 26 to 29 +3 points in 12 hours

As an exchange student in the U.S., I was tremendously helped by the Onsen tutoring experience—I was able to reach a 29, quite a result given that English isn’t my first language.

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