SUCCESS STORIES

Jason was recommended to us by a dear friend. We were looking for an tutor for our 12 year old son applying to private schools. Jason, and his colleague Tom, met with him, two or three times a week, for 4 months. They were able to see what his strengths were immediately and therefore able to concentrate on the things that needed work in a short amount of time. Jason and Tom were focused, thoughtful and so supportive throughout the whole process. Together they worked hard and our son’s scores improved greatly. We have three young children who have many more academic hurdles to pass and we will definitely work with Jason and Tom again. We recommend them highly.

PARENT OF STUDENT 1 YEAR

JASON WINTER

founder and director

Jason is the founder and director of the Winter Learning Group. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a dual degree in History and Political Science. He has been tutoring full-time in New York City since then and has extensive experience tutoring the SAT, ACT, ISEE/SSAT, creative and argumentative writing, and higher level math. He also works with students who have different learning styles and executive function struggles. In his spare time, he enjoys running marathons, reading fiction, and exploring NYC’s live music scene.

Subjects Tutored: SAT, ACT, SAT II (Math I and II, Literature), ISEE/SSAT, High School Math (up to and including Calculus), English, Executive Function

THOMAS HOOKER

director

Tom is an advanced PhD candidate studying Russian and Soviet History at Harvard University, completing his dissertation in New York City. He has taught numerous undergraduate courses while at Harvard, winning teaching awards each semester. He is also currently serving as the lead Departmental Teaching Fellow in Harvard’s History Department. He has experience tutoring SATs, New York Regents exams, AP exams, and high school math. Tom graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in History and is an avid golfer and a passionate college football fan.

Subjects Tutored: SAT, ACT, SAT II (US History, World History, Physics, Math I and II), ISEE/SSAT, High School History, English, Math (up to and including Calculus), and Physics

Jon Agins

test prep and humanities

Jon is an advanced PhD candidate studying German Literature and Critical Thought at Northwestern University, completing his dissertation in New York City. During his time studying at Northwestern, he taught a variety of classes, including philosophy, literature, history and German language courses. As an instructor at Northwestern, he often worked with his students to improve their writing, critical reading and research skills. Jonathan graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a BA in German Studies and a minor in Philosophy, after attending the Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn. After living in Chicago for six years, he is happy to be returning to New York City – where he was born and raised. When not teaching or writing his dissertation, Jon enjoys taking long walks, reading, and traveling.

Subjects Tutored: ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, English, History, General Homework Help

Megan O'Donnell

science and math

Megan has a B.S. in Biology from Providence College and a Masters in Secondary Science Education from NYU. She currently teaches high school Earth Science and Living Environment, and has several years tutoring experience in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math, SAT, and SHSAT Prep, previously at Kaplan. As a high school Science teacher, Megan is used to working with all types of students with various learning styles and difficulties.

Subjects Tutored: Biology, Chemistry, SAT Subject Tests (Biology and Chemistry), Math, SAT, ACT, ISEE/SSAT, General Homework Help

David Berger

test prep and math

David has a B.S. in Mathematics from Villanova University, which he attended on full academic scholarship. There he was invited to participate in the Interdisciplinary Scholars Program in Humanities at the Honors College. He was able to test out of Science, having received perfect scores in AP Physics C and AP Chem. In his freshman year, he started to work as a private tutor. He has full-time teaching experience in HS Math and Computer Science. In addition to tutoring, David does consulting work and coding for the web, as well as data and statistical analysis. He is highly passionate about vocal music, having been president of a men’s choir, musical director for an acapella group, and founder and director of an auditioned choir.

Subjects tutored: SAT, ACT, Math, Physics, Computer Programming

Amelia Spooner

humanities

Amelia J. Spooner is a PhD student in United States history at Columbia University. Her current work looks at the intellectual and political history of economic thought in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. In 2010 she graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with degrees in U.S. History and Cultural Anthropology. Before returning to New York for graduate school, Amelia lived in Paris for seven years, where she taught history and geography at a French high school and academic English for the social sciences at the University of Paris-Dauphine. She has ten years’ experience as a teacher, tutor, and college admissions counselor. When she is not perusing French colonial ship ledgers, you can find Amelia singing experimental music, playing intramural soccer, or attempting to decipher the pedal steel.

Subjects tutored: SAT, SAT II (U.S. History, World History, Literature), ACT, TOEFL and IELTS, English, French, College Essays and Applications, General Homework Help

Andrew Lin

science and math

Andrew is a fourth-year medical student at NYU School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in biology. While in college, he taught students in physics, biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry. Since starting medical school, he has tutored middle and high school students in the sciences and has advised numerous medical school and college applicants. He is currently pursuing a master’s in biomedical informatics, with hopes to combine machine learning with his interest in ophthalmology.From his tutoring and mentoring experiences, he understands that students learn in a variety of ways. In fact, his students have taught him over they years that there are limitless ways to flourish and succeed academically. It is this foundation that serves as the basis of his approach when helping students. In his free time, he enjoys calligraphy, drawing, and kitesurfing.

Subjects Tutored: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, SAT II Subject Tests

Adrian Fadil

humanities

Adrian graduated with honors from Davidson College in English Literature. Since then, he has spent extensive time working as a journalist in the Middle East and tutoring students of all ages in SAT (I and II) critical reading, writing, and ESL skills. Additionally, he has worked closely with students to help them process and edit their college essays, and co-taught an undergraduate writing course at Fordham University.  Adrian speaks four languages and holds a certificate in business from Harvard Business School. He recently led a reforestation pilot project in the West Bank that involved the collaboration of NGOs, governmental agencies, and an international start-up.  He is currently completing a historical novel based in the Middle East as he considers returning to school for physics. 

Subjects Tutored: English, History, Physics, ACT, College Essays

Andy Suzuki

test prep

Andy Suzuki graduated from Sidwell Friends School in DC before getting his BA in Economics from Brown University in 2009. Since moving to NYC shortly thereafter, Andy has been dedicating his life to his two passions: music and tutoring. His band has opened for Ringo Starr in front of tens of thousands of people, he has toured Asia, and he has given a TED Talk at the CIA headquarters. Andy brings this same level of excellence and passion to his teaching endeavors. Specializing in the ACT and SAT, he has been tutoring in NYC for nearly a decade. He has experience with all kinds of students: top scorers who have their eyes on the Ivy League and low to mid range scorers who are looking to maximize their returns as quickly as possible. Andy also has extensive experience working with students with special learning needs.

Subjects Tutored: SAT, ACT

Quintin Rizek

math

Quintin is recent graduate of Brown University, where he received a B.S. in Neuroscience. At Brown, Quintin played Division 1 Varsity Football and tutored his fellow student-athletes in a wide variety of subjects including Neuroscience, Calculus, Biology, and Computer Science. Quintin received multiple awards on and off the field, and was a member of the Ivy League Honor Roll. He is currently conducting neuroscience research at Weill Cornell Medical College. Quintin has worked as a mentor in an elementary school special education classroom, and volunteered for the American Red Cross and Autism Speaks organizations. In his free time, Quintin likes to read, exercise, and spend time with friends.

Subjects Tutored: Math, General Homework Help, Mock Test Proctoring

Tomas Frymann

statistics

Tomas is a PhD candidate studying Psychology and Spirituality at Columbia University, with a research focus at the intersection of neuroscience and self-transcendence.  He graduated from UCLA with a double major and highest honors in Psychobiology and Marine Biology.  While in college Tomas tutored high school students in SAT, math, chemistry, biology, English, and Spanish.  He also tutored university students in psychology topics including Social Psychology, Sensation and Perception, and The Psychology of Learning.  After college Tomas solo travelled the world for two years and spent many hours in meditation and contemplation.  In his free time Tomas enjoys surfing, rock climbing, playing basketball, and finding adventures.

Subjects Tutored:  Statistics, Math, Homework Help (Middle School and High School)

Maya Graves

science and math

Maya graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science and a minor in Chemistry. She is current a M.S. candidate at Columbia University Irving Medical Center’s Institute of Human Nutrition. During her undergraduate education, she served as a Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Anatomy Laboratory and worked as a Research Assistant focusing on novel methods to implement the USDA MyPlate and Dietary Guidelines within 4th and 5th grade Rural Indiana classrooms. With a strong background in the biological, chemical and physical sciences, Maya is excited to mentor, teach and help students develop the skills needed to feel confident tackling these tricky subjects. In her free time she enjoys cooking, biking, playing classical piano, and exploring her new home in New York City.

Subjects Tutored: Math, Science, Homework Help (middle school and high school)

John Pena

spanish and biology

John is a recent first-generation college graduate of Brown University, where he received a B.S. in Biology as well as an Sc.M in Biotechnology. He is born and raised out of Tucson, Arizona as a fluent English & Spanish speaker, holds dual-citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico, and has a strong passion for the Spanish culture. At Brown, John played Division 1 Varsity Football and Rugby, and tutored his fellow student-athletes in a variety of subjects including Biology, Spanish, Anatomy, and Physiology. When not tutoring, John currently works for Stryker Orthopedics as a Clinical Specialist for the company’s Trauma division. In his free time, John likes to skateboard, exercise, read, travel, and cook.

Subjects Tutored: Spanish, Biology, Homework Help (middle school and high school)

Casey Luber Seiden

spanish

Casey is a bilingual registered dietitian with a Masters degree in Nutrition and Public Health from Teachers College Columbia University and a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont. She studied Spanish extensively throughout high school and college and participated in study abroad programs in Barcelona, Spain and Oaxaca, Mexico. She has continued to utilize her spoken and written Spanish skills working as a nutritionist with diverse populations across New York at farmers markets, schools, and in her current position as bilingual dietitian at a non-profit family medicine practice. In her free time Casey enjoys running, traveling, and finding the best Mexican food in NYC.

Subjects Tutored: Spanish

Alexandra Rubinstein

college essay prep

Alexandra graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in English Literature. She received a Master of Science of Education at Fordham University and a Master in School and Building Educational Leadership at Hunter College. She is in her tenth year of teaching; she has taught AP English Literature, Grade 11 American Literature, Wilson Reading, Advanced Research Composition. and courses on career and college success. Alexandra is also in her eighth year of college essay counseling; she works with incoming seniors on the oftentimes rigorous college essay process by customizing her support for each client. She is an avid reader, especially of Science Fiction, and enjoys cooking and traveling.

Subjects Tutored: College Essays, Applications, and Supplemental Essays