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Ross McElwain

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Subjects I teach

Graduate: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, Master’s Degree (Philosophy, Literature)
Undergraduate: Philosophy, Anthropology, Literature
American system: SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, Maths 1 and 2, Chemistry, Physics, French, German, World History, U. S. History)
To A-level: English Literature / Language, French, German, Maths, History
To GCSE: English Literature / Language, French, German, Maths, History, Geography, Physics, Biology, Chemistry.

My Experience

Graduate: I have helped over 100 GMAT students (who have applied to top business schools including HBS, ESADE, LBS) and over 150 GRE students (MIT, Columbia, NYU).

As a GMAT tutor:
• I got a score of 770 in the exam myself
• I specialise in helping students who struggle with the quant and have produced a highly effective course structure to help with this
• I am a Cambridge English Literature graduate and am equally at home helping with the verbal component
• I use an electronic whiteboard and a range of online tools to enhance the online learning experience
• I am open to having occasional in-person sessions, especially at the very start of tuition

SAT/ACT/SSAT/ISEE: I’ve helped 500+ SAT and ACT candidates (Harvard, Princeton, UPenn, NYU, Stanford, MIT) and 200+ SSAT/ISEE candidates (ASL). I have also taught SAT/ACT courses (Latymer Upper School, Bedales).

In the SAT/ACT/SSAT/ISEE:
• I have achieved perfect scores in each of these exams
• I am a Head Tutor in these exams at a prominent London agency
• I am a maths specialist and have helped numerous students improve by over 150 points on low scores
• I am a Cambridge English Literature graduate and teach as much of the verbal as I do the maths.
• I use an electronic whiteboard and a range of online tools to enhance the online learning experience
• I am open to having occasional in-person sessions, especially at the very start of tuition

Undergraduate: I have helped students get to grips with their course reading in anthropology (Edinburgh), literature (Oxford) and philosophy (UCL).

A level/GCSE: I’ve helped well over a thousand students with their GCSEs and A levels over the last ten years (Eton, Harrow, St Paul’s, Winchester).

My Qualifications

GMAT: score of 770

SAT: 1600/1600

ACT: 36/36

Master’s degree: Birkbeck College, University of London (Distinction)

Undergraduate degree: Downing College, Cambridge, English Literature (2:1)

A-levels: English, French, Maths, History (AAAA), S level English (Distinction), S level French (Distinction)

GCSEs: 13 A*s

My Approach to Private Tuition

Across all of the different subjects I teach, I always notice the same thing: the main difficulty that learners encounter is getting overwhelmed by what they’re trying to learn. It could be that there seems to be simply too much material to cover; it could be that the concepts seem too difficult; it could be that the whole thing causes anxiety for some completely different reason which is apparently unrelated to the ‘academic’ side of things. I help remove anxiety, regardless of what form it might take, in whatever way seems like it will help each individual most. Before long, it becomes possible to see the task in hand with different eyes – indeed, more importantly, at this point most of my students come to see their own abilities entirely differently. They may have come to me with a fixed idea of what they are ‘bad’ at, but I help them to realise that they have skills they hardly suspected; it’s just that the feeling of being overwhelmed got in the way of their recognizing these.

Fun fact

I was on University Challenge. I got a starter for ten right after Paxman had only said the words ‘What shape wheels…’ (the answer was ‘square’ and it was about a bike).