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Our expert private tutors

Our highly-educated and friendly tutors have all achieved full marks on the tests that they teach, and know them inside out.

All of our tutors:

  • Have achieved full marks on the tests they teach;
  • Are highly educated at top US or UK universities (many have PhDs);
  • Undergo extensive training in these tests;
  • Are passionate about their subjects and about teaching;
  • Know the application processes for schools and universities inside out;
  • Are fully DBS checked; and
  • Want you to do as well as possible.

Our tutors are selected not just for their experience and their knowledge of their subject areas but also for their communication and motivational skills. They’ve graduated from some of the best universities in the US and UK, and understand the American standardised tests inside out. They’re passionate about helping students to achieve their goals and know how to get them there through the right balance of challenge and support.

We only take on tutors who have a proven track record. Before starting work with us, tutors undergo extensive training in our teaching methodology. Our most experienced tutors have well over 1000 hours of standardised test experience.

Our senior tutors include the following:

Jason Smith

Jason is the founder of UES and the curriculum lead for Mathematics and Science. He gained a First Class Master’s degree with Honours from The University of Nottingham, and went on to earn a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He then worked as a nuclear scientist for the European Commission. Jason is a keen sportsman, having competed internationally at Taekwondo. He also has a passion for travel, having visited much of the known (and little known) world, and published articles about his adventures. Throughout this time, he has tutored privately to children studying for a range of exams including GCSE, IB, A-Level and university modules, but now focuses on the US entrance exams, namely the ACT, SAT, SAT II Subjects Tests in Maths and Physics, and GRE and GMAT. His approach is to give students a deep understanding of - and interest in - the fundamentals of maths. This approach has helped get students in to top colleges across the US, including Harvard, UPenn, Duke, and many more.

Jason teaches:

  • ACT Math and Science
  • SAT Math
  • SAT Subject Tests: Math L1, Math L2, Physics
  • GRE and GMAT: Quant and IR sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all levels
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Simon Lewis

Simon is a director of UES London and is the curriculum lead for English. He has designed and delivered courses for a wide range of students from teenagers to postgraduates and professionals, and brings over ten years of teaching experience to UES. Simon graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, in 2003, and then trained as an English language teacher. Prior to working at UES, Simon also worked in business development for Working Links, a public-private partnership running Government contracts, and then set up a social enterprise offering career, financial, and housing advice in Kensington and Chelsea. He is also an accomplished cellist, and has toured extensively across the UK and Europe. Simon has designed English courses and resources for the full spectrum of US standardised tests, and also teaches the maths and science components of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, and SSAT. His approach to teaching and to designing courses is to focus not only on what is taught, but also on how students learn, and to challenge and motivate students in a supportive, relaxed environment. His students have gone on to gain places at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, Duke, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and many more.

Simon teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: English Literature, Math Level 1
  • GRE and GMAT: Verbal and Writing sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
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Loni Reynolds

A US native, Loni was awarded an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in English and Psychology (2005).  She moved to London to study a Master's in Writing in the Modern Age at Queen Mary, University of London (2006). Her PhD was awarded from University of Roehampton (2011); her main area of study was American Literature and her thesis explored religion and spirituality in the work of the Beat Generation. In addition to tutoring, she is an active academic. She has articles published in leading academic journals; she serves as associate editor of Culture and Dialogue and presents her work at UK and international conferences.

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She is passionate about reading and writing fiction, and her short stories have appeared in US and UK journals. She has several years' experience teaching introductory and American literature courses at Roehampton, as well as many years' experience teaching the English, Writing, and Critical Reading sections of the ACT, SAT I, SAT II Literature, SSAT, and ISEE. She also has experience teaching graduate-level exams like the UKCAT and GMAT, as well as providing assistance with English coursework. She has worked with students in one-on-one and school settings, as well as intensive courses, and has taught students from age nine to early twenties. With her academic and editorial experience, she has expertise in teaching writing and has a great track record of improving her students’ essay scores. In addition to English tutoring, Loni also provides help with elements of the US and UK admissions process, such as Common App and supplementary essays, UK Personal Statements, and choosing colleges and universities. She has scored full marks on the tests she teaches.

Loni teaches:

  • ACT: English, Reading, and Writing sections
  • SAT: English, Reading, and Writing sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: English Literature
  • GRE and GMAT: Verbal and Writing sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: English at all levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
  • US College Choice Support
  • UK Personal Statement Guidance

Laurence Varda

Though born in Leicester, Laurence grew up in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of the tech world. He earned his BSc in Pure Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, and went on to do his MA in Professional Acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In addition to tutoring, Laurence is an actor, and has toured nationally and internationally with Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. He is passionate about theatre, cooking, and kick-boxing. Laurence firmly believes that the key to a student’s success is in their developing a strong understanding of material, rather than their learning exclusively how to implement it. He is greatly motivated by his own experience in education, and understands how valuable it is for students to experience successes in their study that allow them to develop positive associations with the subjects they are covering. He has tutored both in test prep, and as a supplement to classroom education. At UES, Laurence tutors all sections of the ACT and SAT.

Laurence teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
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Martine Gagnon

Martine received her BA in Spanish Literature and her MA in Translation Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. She is currently pursuing a part-time PhD in Spanish Translation History at University College London where her research focuses on early modern English translations of Spanish Golden Age literature. She continues to be active in the field of translation as a commercial and literary translator as well as a post-graduate teaching assistant at UCL; her translations of short-stories have been published in Canadian literary anthologies and she presents her research at academic conferences both in Europe and North America. She is passionate about visual arts and has worked as an event and guest coordinator and interpreter at film festivals in the UK and Spain, as well as contributing subtitles for ongoing film projects, both commercial and artistic. Martine has tutored for as long as she can remember, and has been working professionally with standardised tests since 2010. She covers exams and subjects ranging from maths to modern languages to photography. She also assists students with their US and UK university applications, helping past students receive acceptances to such universities as Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Oxford, and Cambridge amongst many others.

Martine teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: English Literature, World History, French, and Spanish
  • GRE and GMAT: Verbal and Writing sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • UKCAT: all sections
  • US College Essay Guidance
  • US College Choice Support
  • UK University Essay and Personal Statement Guidance
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Ross McElwain

After doing a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Cambridge University, Ross moved to Berlin, where he worked variously as a DJ, barman and translator of French, German and English. He returned to London in 2006 to complete a Masters in Research on Samuel Beckett, which is also when he began tutoring. A generalist who is as comfortable with maths and science as he is with languages, Ross initially covered GCSEs and A levels and then moved on to offer assistance in the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, SSAT, ISEE and American university applications. In recent years he has developed a specialisation in assisting students who have additional challenges to face, including autistic spectrum diagnoses, depression and anxiety disorders. As well as teaching one to one, Ross has taught at schools including Bedales, Latymer Upper and Eton. His students have successfully gained places at universities including Harvard, Georgetown, UPenn, Cornell, NYU and Columbia. Alongside tutoring, Ross has directed short films and music videos for major record labels. As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned by production companies in Europe, London and Los Angeles. Ross recognises that doing well on the exams he teaches is often very much to do with building confidence, and developing from there a firm foundation of sound knowledge; he also likes to emphasise how the skills learned in standardized exams can be of enormous use later in life, both in terms of analysing complex situations and learning new things in a systematic way.

Ross teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: English Literature, Latin, German, Physics, and Math
  • GRE and GMAT: Verbal and Writing sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
  • US College Choice Support
  • Oxbridge Entrance Guidance

To find out more about the above tutors or any of our (many) others, or to ask us any other questions, please feel free to contact us .

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