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Ben

SAT- Reading & Writing, ACT- English & Reading, High School English Language Development, US History, World History

Ben is a passionate instructor who loves the English language and he brings that passion to his students every day. He holds an undergraduate degree in English, an MA in English and an MFA in English-Creative Writing. All of his degrees are from San Francisco State University. Ben is an alum of the Kings Academy and grew up in the Bay Area. Ben has been with Insight Education since 2011 teaching numerous SAT boot camps, SAT Classes, AP US History Classes, World History Classes, and private 1-1 SAT & ACT Prep and other private tutoring assignments. Ben is currently also a lecturer at San Francisco State University and Ohlone College.

Tutor accepting new students: No

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Chinmayi

SAT Preparation in Math and English, SAT Subject test tutoring

Chinmayi is a recent graduate of Williams College with a degree in Mathematics, and a Fulbright grantee to Bulgaria teaching English and coaching debate to high schoolers. She grew up in Saratoga and attended Lynbrook High School. She has five years of experience tutoring students of all grade levels in English and Math and is excited to help her students at Insight prepare for the SAT and university.

Tutor accepting new students: No

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Gary

All levels of Chemistry- Chemistry Honors, SAT Subject Test Chemistry and AP Chemistry.

Gary holds a PhD in Chemistry from UC Santa Cruz. He served as a tenured professor at De Anza College for over 12 years and has over 22 years of teaching experience in Chemistry. Gary is also a current member of the faculty at West Valley College and has previously taught at a number of California Community Colleges and CSU campuses. Since 2011, Gary has taught all levels of Chemistry- Chemistry Honors, SAT Subject Test Chemistry and AP Chemistry in Classes and extensive 1-1 tutoring at Insight. He is a fantastic instructor who keeps his students engaged and learning throughout the course with a sprinkle of humor and storytelling.

Tutor accepting new students: Yes

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Jennifer

SAT- Reading, Writing& Math, ACT- English, Reading, Math & Science, All levels of Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Math

Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University. She led various research projects at the NASA Ames Research Center before shifting gears to academics. With more than 15 years of experience in teaching high school academics, Jennifer prides her expertise across all levels of Mathematics, including SAT Math and ACT Math/Science, Math Level-2, Calculus and Statistics. Her knowledge and teaching expertise of high school and university-level science subjects includes Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering, as well as English, History, and Economics. Her forte lies in collaborating with the students to support them in achieving their academic goals through personalized approach and instruction.

Tutor accepting new students: Yes

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June

All levels of Math

June has a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical Engineering and worked as a software engineer for over a decade in the tech industry. In the past 3 years, June shifted gears and focus and has enjoyed working with middle school and high school students with various math levels. She has taught at Genius Academy, Sylvan Learning Centers, Math&Beyond and Idea Math. Her goal as a math teacher is to help students to understand thoroughly the connections between various math concepts and skills.

 

Tutor accepting new students: YES

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Lyan

ACT, SAT Verbal, Biology, Chemistry

Lyan holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from UC Santa Barbara. She is passionate about education and enjoys working with students, helping them better understand coursework and reflect on their own learning styles. Lyan has experience teaching students and peers in biology as well as first aid and CPR. She has always been interested in medical biology and pathology and has experience working in emergency medicine. She is currently pursuing a nursing degree. She is excited to tutor students in the ACT, SAT Verbal, Biology, Chemistry, and Physiology. 

 

Tutor accepting new students: No

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Matt

All levels of Math

Matt has a Master’s in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and taught all levels math there for five years. After a brief stint in the software industry, Matt also taught English in Taiwan and tutored primary school students in phonics and readAll ing at Lindamood-Bell. He also has experience in editing and proofreading essays for history and English classes. 

 

Tutor accepting new students: YES

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Natalie

ACT- English & Reading, High School English Language Development

Natalie has been teaching English and Reading for more than 30 years after earning her B.A. In English at Yale University and Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Purdue University. After retiring from De Anza College, Natalie specializes in ACT- English and Reading, and High School English Language Development tutoring and class instruction at Insight. She loves to read and believes that reading is one key to contentment and success.

Tutor accepting new students: No

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Ravi

STEM Subjects, SAT and ACT

Ravi is a futurist academic, advocate, and artist. He graduated from UC Irvine with a Double B.S in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with honors, and was deeply involved with student life during his time there. As a former counselor and “Mission Director” at U.S Space Camp, Ravi encourages ethical and compassionate research in and applications of STEM such as bio-ethics for our environment. For about a decade he was focused on working individually with students in many STEM subjects as well as Social Sciences (History, English, Spanish, Economics, Civics, etc.). Ravi has worked with students ranging from K- 12 years of age at all levels of academics. He has also taught both the SAT and ACT exams in their various iterations throughout the years. Ravi is committed to fostering a holistic learning environment where students can better understand the subject at hand as well as the application of the subject to daily life. As a Bay Area native, he is keenly aware of the pressures students face and works to provide the best knowledge and understanding for each student he works with. 

Tutor accepting new students: No

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Sarah

SAT English and Writing

Sarah holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from UC San Diego and a Masters in Education from San Jose State University. She is passionate about English and Writing education at all levels and has been working professionally with students to improve their reading and writing skills since 2013. As an undergraduate, she worked as an Assistant to the Director of the University Writing Center where her primary focus was supporting students in transitioning to college-level writing. Her teaching style focuses on individual engagement and supporting the students to take ownership of their own learning process. 

Tutor accepting new students: No

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  • Insight Alma Mater: UC Berkeley

    October 17, 2019

    Welcome back to Insight Alma Mater! For those of you that haven’t ready last weeks blog, written by counselor Jenny Huang, make sure you go back and read that one first as today’s story picks up right where that one left off. Insight Alma..
  • College Facts Friday: American University

    October 10, 2019

    This week we’re taking #CollegeFactsFriday to the capital and learning more about American University, located in Washington DC!    1. American University was founded by John Fletcher Hurst in 1893, and first took on undergraduate student..
  • Insight Alma Mater: UC Santa Barbara

    October 6, 2019

    Welcome back to the Insight Alma Mater blog series! The story you’re about to read is one with an unexpected ending – make sure you return to our blog this time next week to find out what happens! Below is Insight Counselor Jenny Huang..
  • College Facts Friday: University of Denver

    October 3, 2019

    This week we’re heading to Colorado for #CollegeFactsFriday, learning more about the University of Denver!    1. Students at DU reap the benefit of its amazing location, located near the beautiful Rocky Mountains and enjoying over 19,000 ..
  • How To Ace Your ACT Essay

    September 26, 2019

    If you’re planning on taking the ACT soon, you may be wondering how to best approach the essay portion of the test.     Well, first we’ll talk about general tips – such as what actually is an ACT essay! Then we’ll discuss what do yo..
  • College Facts Friday: UC Riverside

    September 19, 2019

    As we enjoy the last few weeks of sunshine… wait, who are we kidding? It’s California! It’ll still be sunny in November! Well, even still, we can’t help but want to write about a school in sunny CA for #CollegeFactsFriday. Rea..
  • Tips for Strong Letters of Recommendation

    September 17, 2019

    For students thinking about getting letters of recommendation for their college application, it can tricky to figure out how to best go about the process. We are here to help answer all of your letter of rec questions, and guide you on how to be in t..
  • College Facts Friday: Columbia University

    September 13, 2019

    This week, #CollegeFactsFriday is heading to New York City! Learn more about Columbia University below:    1. Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King’s College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest instit..
  • College Facts Friday: Santa Clara University

    September 6, 2019

    We’re back in the Bay for our #CollegeFactsFriday, this week looking at Santa Clara University! Read on for some facts:    1. Santa Clara University was named the top-ranked regional university in the western United States in the 2019 U.S..
  • A Little Etiquette Can Still Take You A Long Way

    September 2, 2019

    We live in a society driven by technology, that allows individuals to interact through keyboards and some kind of screen. Unfortunately, this means that some people either lose their politeness or don’t develop it in the first place. The anonymity ..

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