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Meet Our Team

Nathaniel Dolquist
CEO and Head Tutor

Nathaniel, Yale ’15, has tutored full-time in New York City and Los Angeles since 2015. His students range from 7-33, and he is always delighted to make connections with new families. He’s a standardized test pro, and his students have emerged victorious from the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, ACT, SAT, AP exams, as well as increased in-class test scores with his help and guidance. Every one of his standardized test students, whether they’re applying to high school or college, has gotten into at least one of their top three schools.

When students work with Nathaniel to apply to high school or college, he helps them craft essays that are authentic, powerful, and effective. He teaches them how to level up from formal academic writing and tell their story in a personal, persuasive way. It is his favorite subject to tutor, and he derives great joy from seeing the work his students create.

Nathaniel has also tutored all levels of math, science, history, and English from elementary to high school: students often stick with him for years. His training in executive functioning has also helped his students with learning disabilities, including ADHD and dyslexia. He is fluent in Spanish and also speaks French, Italian, and some German. As a performer he has traveled to over 50 countries, and he has lived abroad in Ireland, the UK, Italy, Germany, and South America. 

Alex Friedman
Co-Founder

Alex has enjoyed tutoring math, science, and other technical topics since he was a teenager at Stuyvesant High School.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northeastern University, worked as a Researcher at Carnegie Mellon, and did a brief stint as a technology consultant before leaving the corporate and academic worlds to tutor full time.

Having worked with kids, adults, and everyone in between, he came to see that math-phobia, uncertainty, and boredom – not a lack of innate talent – keeps most students from succeeding.

Our Expert Instructors

We select tutors who are not only masters of the material, but who can connect with students in a heartfelt, genuine way. Our educators have graduated from some of the finest institutions in the world, and they’re ready to pass on what they’ve learned to your student.

If you already know which tutor you’d like to work with, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and let us know so we can connect you with them.

 

Our Tutors

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Stephanie B.

Stephanie graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology. During her senior year at Yale, Stephanie independently founded an SAT prep class for underprivileged students at a local New Haven high school, thus sparking her passion for education.

Since then, Stephanie has accumulated over nine years of experience tutoring students ranging in age from elementary school to college not only in test prep—ACT, SAT—but a variety of academic subjects as well (math, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, English—reading and writing—Spanish, and history). She is also trained in the Orton Gillingham technique for giving students with dyslexia tools to learn to read and write.

In harmony with this content-based study, Stephanie also works with students on their executive functioning skills. In her role as an executive functioning coach, she focuses on teaching students self-management techniques that will develop the skills to maintain focus and productivity, organize time and schedules, plan and prioritize tasks, as well as manage emotions and impulses. This training has allowed Stephanie to take a very personalized approach with her students and help each one become a more effective learner as well as prepare them for long term success.

When not tutoring students Stephanie loves to travel, read, and belt out Celine Dion hits at any karaoke opportunity!

Stephanie B.

Stephanie graduated from Yale University with a BA in Psychology. During her senior year at Yale, Stephanie independently founded an SAT prep class for underprivileged students at a local New Haven high school, thus sparking her passion for education.

 

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Gabrielle H.

Gabrielle graduated Yale University in 2015 with a double major in English and Theater Studies, winning both English Department and Senior Thesis prizes; during that time, she also spent a year working for the Yale Admissions Office. After college, Gabrielle lived in Washington, DC, where she served in the artistic department of a regional theater. She’s now returned to Yale, where she’s pursuing an MFA/PhD in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism at the Drama School. In her professional life, Gabrielle has taught learners of all ages in lectures, seminars, and one-on-ones. As a tutor, she specializes in college essays, counseling, writing, and SAT/ACT prep, but has worked with students on a wide variety of subjects. Last year, students she taught matriculated at schools including Stanford, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Virginia. A deep believer in holistic engagement, Gabrielle meets each student, and each family, where they are, and works to individualize her teaching to their needs. In her spare time, Gabrielle loves running, dogs, musical theater soundtracks, sampling perfumes, and supernatural TV shows.

Gabrielle H.

Gabrielle graduated Yale University in 2015 with a double major in English and Theater Studies, winning both English Department and Senior Thesis prizes; during that time, she also spent a year working for the Yale Admissions Office. 

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Clio C.

Clio has worked as a tutor in New York City since 2015. Her students have mastered new skills, improved their SAT scores by hundreds of points, and gone on to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the country. She is passionate about teaching and developing relationships with her students, and works to give them both the support they need now and the confidence they will need to excel in the future.

Clio C.

Clio has worked as a tutor in New York City since 2015. Her students have mastered new skills, improved their SAT scores by hundreds of points, and gone on to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the country. She is passionate about teaching and developing relationships with her students.

 

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Carter M.

Carter has had the pleasure of tutoring students of all ages, from 10-19, in many different subjects for the past 5 years. He specializes in standardized testing for the ACT, SAT, and ISEE, and has helped almost 200 students reach their test goals for junior and senior year. He is able to adapt his teaching style to accommodate the learning differences between his students, and while he has picked up on patterns over the years, no two students are exactly the same!

He tutors both humanities and STEM, and especially enjoys helping students write high quality essays. He graduated from Yale in 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology, and his liberal arts education there has given him a wide breadth of knowledge upon which to draw while working with clients. He looks forward to working with your family to meet your tutoring needs.

Carter M.

Carter has had the pleasure of tutoring students of all ages, from 10-19, in many different subjects for the past 5 years. He specializes in standardized testing for the ACT, SAT, and ISEE, and has helped almost 200 students reach their test goals for junior and senior year.

 

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Daniel F.

Daniel was basically born in school—his parents are both English professors—and has never really left! He went to the University of Texas in Austin (his hometown), where he majored in English and French literature and Chinese language, alongside minoring in neuroscience. After completing three honors theses and being named a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate, he attended and graduated from Yale Law School, before getting an MA in Sinology from the University of London. He then moved to California (where he passed the bar exam to become a licensed attorney) to begin a PhD in Chinese History at UC Berkeley, where he is currently a doctoral candidate. His research focuses on the role of law in theories of political legitimacy in early imperial and medieval Chinese texts.

Daniel has been teaching for nearly 20 years, beginning with the martial arts classes he ran as a teenager. That early interest continued: he helped to found and (for several years) run a martial arts school in Austin and still teaches kicks, punches, and takedowns at every opportunity. He has also worked as a private tutor for 6 years, and a college instructor for 3, during which time he has designed and taught his own college writing seminar. He loves teaching a wide variety of humanities subjects, from poetry to law to history to (especially) classical Chinese.

When not teaching or writing, Daniel continues his lifelong hunt for great bubble tea and tries to take pictures of his daughter that will make his wife laugh.

Daniel F.

Daniel was basically born in school—his parents are both English professors—and has never really left! He went to the University of Texas in Austin (his hometown), where he majored in English and French literature and Chinese language, alongside minoring in neuroscience.

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Alex A.

Alex is a Brooklyn lifer with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from NYU who is currently working on a PhD in Data Science. He has been tutoring since high school, and during his college career was tutoring students in all levels of undergraduate math. He is currently an instructor at NYU, and has taught Precalculus, Calculus, as well as Probability and Statistics courses. He also has written exams for nearly every undergraduate course while working at NYU’s engineering school, Tandon.

With his experience at Tandon, and research in the field of Machine Learning applied to sports, Alex is no stranger to how to use math in applied fields. He has also tutored students in all manner of high school level topics as well as the SAT, ACT, and GRE exams.

Alex believes that solidifying the fundamentals of a topic is the best way to improve. He aims to guide students to use this knowledge to increase confidence and help manage math anxiety. He also believes that every student learns differently, so having a variety of teaching styles to adapt to the needs of the student is important.

Alex A.

Alex is a Brooklyn lifer with a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from NYU who is currently working on a PhD in Data Science. He has been tutoring since high school, and during his college career was tutoring students in all levels of undergraduate math.

 

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Nathaniel G.

Nathaniel graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science. After working as a software engineer at Microsoft, he spent 6 years helping to develop and scale one of the nation’s largest high school computer science programs serving hundreds of schools in 26 states. In addition to tutoring students, he continues to support computer science education programs and serves as a technical consultant and developer to small business and non-profit clients.
Nathaniel lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he performs as a singer and pianist, and directs a semi-professional a cappella group. He also spends time contra dancing and is determined to finally learn the guitar. 

Nathaniel G.

Nathaniel graduated from Yale University in 2009 with a degree in Computer Science. After working as a software engineer at Microsoft, he spent 6 years helping to develop and scale one of the nation’s largest high school computer science programs serving hundreds of schools in 26 states. 

 

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Hattie S.

Hattie is a tutor, mentor, and visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating magna cum laude from Williams College–where a plan to become an engineer magically morphed into a dream for teaching–she taught math and art at a New York middle school for students with language based learning disabilities. Hattie has worked as a tutor since high school and greatly enjoys engaging students one-on-one. Tutoring gives her the opportunity to understand her students as full humans, and she works to engage a student’s full self in order to help them meet every challenge. As a math tutor, Hattie is both teacher and coach, empowering her students with their own potential by helping build confidence and understanding through multidimensional lessons and through thoughtful feedback and support.

In her free time, Hattie is finishing her teaching masters at City College, making prints in her studio, and playing ultimate frisbee in Prospect Park.

Hattie S.

Hattie is a tutor, mentor, and visual artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Tutoring gives her the opportunity to understand her students as full humans, and she works to engage a student’s full self in order to help them meet every challenge. As a math tutor, Hattie builds confidence and understanding through multidimensional lessons and through thoughtful feedback and support.

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Lucía S.

Lucía, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, is a college instructor and writing tutor as well as an occasional translator from Spanish and French into English. Although she’s worn many hats (high school English teacher, freelance journalist, to name a few), she considers herself a lifelong learner. She can’t wait to be part of your journey!

Lucía S.

Lucía, a PhD student in Comparative Literature, is a college instructor and writing tutor as well as an occasional translator from Spanish and French into English. Although she’s worn many hats (high school English teacher, freelance journalist, to name a few), she considers herself a lifelong learner. 

 

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Harrison B.

Harrison is an energetic and encouraging educator with experience helping students of all abilities reach their goals. He’s been tutoring and teaching for over ten years, working both privately and at some of the best private schools in New York City. When he’s not teaching he works as a writer for television. He loves helping students build their confidence, especially in subjects that they’re a little anxious about. There’s nothing that patience, encouragement, and a little inspiration can’t achieve!

Harrison B.

Harrison is an energetic and encouraging educator with experience helping students of all abilities reach their goals. He’s been tutoring and teaching for over ten years, working both privately and at some of the best private schools in New York City. 

 

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Gil S.

Gil has a BS in Chemistry from Wesleyan University and an MSEE from Columbia University, where he was awarded The Jacob Millman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to teaching at Columbia, he has also taught engineering classes at New York City Technical College and ACT test prep at Cristo Rey High School.

Gil takes great pride that all his students’ test scores and grades improve, as well as their testing habits, which benefits them throughout their entire academic life. Gil is passionate about tutoring and helping students, and loves that “a-ha” moment when his students say “Now I get it!!”. With over ten years tutoring experience, for students from both NYC’s public schools and private prep schools, Gil tailors his tutoring approach to fit each student, and his sessions are marked by patience, humor and relating topics to real world examples. Parents have said that not only did Gil help their child improve academically, but that he also helped improve their confidence.

When not tutoring, Gil is a musician who performs every summer at The Edinburgh Festival, and has trekked in Nepal and bicycled through the Canadian Rockies, Mallorca and the Scottish Highlands. He grew up and lives in Brooklyn with his 12 year old son and remembers when there was only one skyscraper in Brooklyn.

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Gil S.

Gil has a BS in Chemistry from Wesleyan University and an MSEE from Columbia University, where he was awarded The Jacob Millman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to teaching at Columbia, he has also taught engineering classes at New York City Technical College and ACT test prep at Cristo Rey High School.

 

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Ian B.

Ian is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at Columbia University, where he studies water treatment. He has extensive experience teaching science and math at all levels from elementary school to advanced undergraduate courses. He also has helped dozens of students with test prep, including the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and GRE exams, and in the past was a public speaking tutor at Yale University.
Ian values kindness and patience in teaching. He puts a premium on explaining new concepts in at least two different ways so that students can learn new concepts from several angles.
Ian earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Yale University.

Ian B.

Ian is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at Columbia University.. He has extensive experience teaching science and math at all levels from elementary school to advanced undergraduate courses. He also has helped dozens of students with test prep, including the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and GRE exams, and in the past was a public speaking tutor at Yale University.
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Nolan R.

Nolan graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics.

He has worked for the Bard Prison Initiative for three years, where he designed and taught High School Equivalency classes in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. He’s also worked as a tutor for over 6 years, with students from the 3rd grade through college. He has years of experience tutoring HS math, Calculus I and II, Physics, General Chemistry and Biology, as well as for the ACT, SAT, and SHSAT exams.

Nolan believes that one-on-one tutoring is unique and effective because it requires students to think about details, ask questions, and engage in discussion of their ideas. It creates space for the undivided attention of the teacher and meaningful affirmation of the student’s practice.

In his free time, Nolan enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and learning to draw. He loves working towards long trips, which has included journeys across China, America, Turkey, Lebanon, Portugal, and Ireland.

Nolan R.

Nolan has designed and taught High School Equivalency classes in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Writing. He’s also worked as a tutor for over 6 years, with students from the 3rd grade through college. He has years of experience tutoring HS math, Calculus I and II, Physics, General Chemistry and Biology, as well as for the ACT, SAT, and SHSAT exams.

 

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Troy S.

Troy has always had a passion for helping students achieve their potential and strives to share his joy for math and science with them. He began private tutoring in math, physics, chemistry, and standardized testing over a decade ago while he was still in high school himself. Since then, Troy earned a Bachelor of Science in both physics and mathematics and has been conducting research as a Ph.D. candidate in theoretical physics at the University of Maryland, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for several undergraduate physics courses. Over the years, Troy has gained invaluable experience working with students to overcome any obstacle that may have prevented them from finding success in STEM subjects. He believes in a comfortable and approachable style of learning that meets the student wherever they are and coaches them to build confidence and gain a strong intuition for even the most complex material. Troy also enjoys applying his technical knowledge in creative ways by exploring ideas in music and visual art through computer programming. His great curiosity extends in many directions, from a love of foreign languages and cultures to foraging for edible plants and permaculture gardening with his partner.

Troy S.

Troy has always had a passion for helping students achieve their potential and strives to share his joy for math and science with them. He began private tutoring in math, physics, chemistry, and standardized testing over a decade ago while he was still in high school himself. 

 

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