“Helping OC and SD Students Reach Their Potentials Since 2002”
London School of Economics
Master of Science,
Philosophy and Public Policy with Distinction
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Bachelor of Arts,
Economics and Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude
UC San Diego
Doctor of Philosophy,
Philosophy of Economics
Previous Standardized Test Scores
GRE: 170 (M) 167 (V) 6 (Essay), SAT: 2400 x2, ACT: 36 x4
15 Years Tutoring
Travis is accustomed to reaching summits; he earned an MSc with distinction from the London School of Economics and is now a fourth year grad student in philosophy of science at UCSD.
For 15 years (over 7,000 hours) Travis has worked as a professional test prep tutor and has helped hundreds of Southern California students raise their test scores and improve their academic performances.
Travis has been a top 1% tutor in Orange County since 2009 and a full time test prep instructor since 2002. He specializes in working with students who have plateaued using other test prep solutions.
Improvements of more than 500 points on the old SAT and 9 points on the ACT are a testament to his commitment to his students. Recently he has assisted with numerous 7 and 8 point ACT improvements in as little as two months. Travis' students have gotten in to the usual cast of ivies (Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, Northwestern, Brown) and other colleges (all the UCs, Michigan, Boston, Vanderbilt, Haverford, Amherst, etc).
Travis leads by doing tests in tandem with his students. The result of this extra effort is a deep (he has 6 perfect scores now) working understanding of the SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT and ISEE. As a PhD-level academic, Travis can diagnose a student’s needs and provide custom assignments on the fly. Every tutoring session he creates custom notes for students to review. He is familiar with and able to use prep materials from any company.
Travis has a multifaceted psychological understanding of standardized tests. Among other specialties, he works with test anxiety, time management, executive function, and other more subtle aspects of test taking, aspects that tend to come up for tutorials that have plateaued with other test prep solutions. He blends his tutoring style to each individual student, providing a truly custom experience.
For those who want online tutoring, he uses dual cameras and hand-written notes emailed to the student as PDFs at the end of every session. In every way, Travis remains committed to helping students reach their potentials. References available on request. Academic and online rates vary.
"The time, dedication and support Travis provided to our children was endless. Words cannot express the appreciation, respect and admiration we have for him."
- Jilly R. Sage Hill Parent
"Travis was a fabulous tutor for my children! He worked with all of them. They all excelled working with him and achieved great results and are able to gain entrance to very selective universities."
- Vicki F. CDM Parent
"Travis worked one on one with my son in preparation for the ACT exam. Not only did they work out a great schedule, but they worked efficiently and hit the target goal right on. Throughout the entire process Travis kept my son motivated, but most importantly my son was very happy and never complained. Travis has a special demeanor and can connect with all personality types and ages in any setting. He is the best tutor we have come across and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone else in the future."
- Nina B. University High School, Irvine Parent
"There is no way I would have been as successful on the ACT without Travis. After three previous attempts with the test, his expertise not only helped increase my score to above my original goal, but also helped me regain confidence. He is thorough and methodical without being overwhelming--if anything, he helped me regain a sense of calm as I was studying for and taking the test. He is simply one-of-a-kind!"
- Brittany P. Woodbridge Student
"Travis tutored me for about two years in my latter half of high school. He provided me all the necessary tools to score extremely high on the SAT and subject tests. He cares so much about his students and their success and goals in life. I'm currently at the college of my dreams, University of Southern California, and without Travis' constant mentoring I am unsure if I would have been given this opportunity. I cannot think of someone more highly recommended in my community to not only tutor kids but also guide them through the trials of growing up than Travis."
- Sophie R. Sage Hill, USC student
"Travis is an extraordinary tutor. He is very smart, knows the subject matter and knows how to teach others. He is very patient, very generous with his time and he cares about his students. Hiring Travis was the best decision I made for my daughter's success and I recommend hims to others without reservation. Great guy and a great resource to make available to your kids!"
- Rob W. Dana Hills Parent
Many further references available on request.