John Brown is a STEM educator dedicated to helping all students see themselves as “math people.” He does this by fostering intellectual growth and providing specific tools to help students achieve their goals.
He believes that full-length practice in test-like conditions and continuous improvement based on targeted feedback are the keys to high achievement on standardized tests. He approaches test prep like a coach training an athlete for a race. You need the fundamental skills and strategies being tested, the strength and endurance to maintain top performance throughout, and the mental fortitude to stay focused.
The first step in ACT/SAT preparation is to re-integrate and refresh the math and science that students have learned already, while filling gaps in knowledge. Then it is a matter of building the confidence, accuracy, and speed necessary to execute effectively in a test setting.
In recent years, John has expanded his tutoring practice to include graduate school preparation for the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT.
John has 11 years of experience tutoring math and science in many settings and with many kinds of students, from university and community college to middle and high school. Currently he is a full time math teacher with Chicago Public Schools, teaching Algebra II and Dual Credit Precalculus.
The basis of his teaching and tutoring is a deep and comprehensive content knowledge. John holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Cambridge University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching, and bachelor’s degrees in Math and English from Indiana University.
John knows what it takes to reach the highest level of performance on standardized tests and successful college and scholarship applications. He personally obtained perfect scores on the first attempt on the ACT composite, SAT Math, SAT English and GRE General Math. He won major scholarships and fellowships, such as National Merit Scholarship, Herman B Wells Scholarship (full-ride to Indiana University), Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and the Knowles Teaching fellowship.