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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.

Here is a selection of our tutors:

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 Education 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
Martine G UES

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
Ross M UES

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 .

Isa Rakel

Isa graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Brought up between Finland and London, she has first hand experience of the intricacies involved in applying to the US as a non-American.

Isa R UES

Isa started teaching at 18, tutoring at a women’s literacy camp in Rajasthan and leading performing arts workshops for orphans of the Kosovan conflict, at a Youth Education Centre in Gjakova. Since then, she’s worked with adults and children from diverse backgrounds, as well as students with various disabilities. She takes a holistic approach to teaching, understanding that success depends not only on a student’s knowledge, but their approach to learning, confidence, and a balance between their academic pursuits and other interests.

As well as a tutor, Isa is a performance artist and writer. She began her studies at Central St. Martins before pursuing a degree at Columbia, where she was drawn to the rigorous core curriculum and the opportunity to further herself academically as well as artistically.

Isa teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: English Literature
  • GRE and GMAT: Verbal and Writing sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • US College Essay Guidance

Bassam Beidas

Orginally from Lebanon, Bassam has lived in Cairo, Los Angeles, Beirut, and London. His life has been shaped by a tennis career that led him to attend Pepperdine University, where he earned a BSc in Business Administration, on a sports scholarship. After reaching the top 500 in the tennis world rankings, he founded a start-up in Beirut that later brought him to London.

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In London, Bassam successfully gained entry to the London Business School for his MBA. Bassam’s journey to business school required him to master the GMAT, which further honed his skills in mathematics and English. In the process, Bassam developed the belief that anyone can conquer a standardised test if they are willing to work hard and try different methods. This has allowed him to go on and score perfect marks in other tests including the SAT and ACT.

Bassam places a heavy emphasis on understanding how the test-writers think and getting his students to identify the traps that are waiting for them. He also leverages lessons learned from his time as an athlete, working with his students to improve their diet, sleep, and more in order to bring out peak performance on test day.

Bassam teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: Math L1 and L2
  • GRE and GMAT: all sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
  • Testing advice and support

Justine DeSilva

Originally from New Jersey, Justine moved to Palo Alto, California to attend Stanford University for her undergraduate degree. She majored in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a Creative Writing minor and graduated with Honors in the Arts. During her undergraduate career, Justine studied abroad in South Africa at the University of Cape Town and in the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford, where she joined the Brasenose College crew team. While at Stanford, Justine participated in four different student theatre groups-including a performance as Maureen in RENT with a visiting Malia Obama in the audience-and worked as a tour guide. After graduating, Justine completed a fellowship at Stanford in the Program in Writing & Rhetoric and worked with tutors at the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking before moving to London to pursue her Masters degree in Gender at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Justine believes in meeting students where they are in their foundational knowledge and prioritizes their conceptual understanding in her tutoring methods.

Justine teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
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Olivia Munk

Olivia grew up in Queens, New York and attended Harvard University in 2012. She graduated Cum Laude in 2016 with a degree in English and a minor in Mind/Brain/Behavior. At Harvard, she was an active theatre director and wrote for The Crimson's magazine, Fifteen Minutes,  for which she served as Editor-at-Large. She blogged for Harvard's Office for the Arts, and was a Becky Greenwald Ledecky Fellow for Harvard Magazine, which allowed her to write columns, news articles, and personal dispatches. After graduating, she went on to pursue a Master of Studies in English (1900-present) at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, where she wrote her dissertation on the metaphorical prescience of T.S. Eliot's plays in contemporary American and British playwriting. She was awarded a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa in order to found her theatre company, Part of the Main, which focuses on improving the representation of women creatives and women's stories in the professional theatre industry. Olivia specializes in assisting students on the SAT I/II and the ACT, as well as consulting on personal statements, application essays, and college choice.

Olivia teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: English Literature
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
  • US College Essay Guidance
  • US College Choice Support
Olivia M UES

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 .

Matt Lukacs

After graduating from the University of York with a First-class MPhys in Theoretical Physics in 2016, Matt joined the accountancy firm KPMG to begin a career in finance. Having a change of heart, Matt then decided to study for his PhD in nuclear fusion at Imperial College London, investigating the safety analysis of commercial fusion power stations.

Matt headed various seminars during his time at university and volunteered at weekly sessions to help younger students tackle weekly problems. Since then, he has amassed over 200 hours private tutoring experience for a range of exams including GCSEs, A Levels, IB and degree. He now specialises in standardised tests.

Outside of tutoring, Matt is a keen sportsman, having recently taken up squash as well as playing 6-a-side football on a weekly basis. Most of his free time nowadays is spent training for triathlons.

Matt believes that anyone can solve complex problems if they’re explained in the right way. His passion for the subjects he teaches can be seen in his approach to lessons, not simply repeating facts but allowing a deeper understanding and hopefully enjoyment of the subjects.

Matt teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: Math L1/L2 and Physics
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
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Maria Mateen

Before earning her BA in Psychology and BSc in Mathematics at Stanford University, Maria had first-hand experience of a wide variety of school systems as she moved between Bangladesh, England, Brazil and finally Singapore where she completed the International Baccalaureate program. Maria is now furthering her study of psychology, working toward a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCL. She has also published research in academic journals on the area of emotion and emotion regulation as well as the impact of anxiety on memory. While Maria believes that helping students understand material is crucial to their success, she also puts emphasis on building their confidence in their mathematical and test-taking abilities. This involves showing them how concepts work, helping them understand how to use these concepts in different contexts and learning the particular strategies and techniques necessary to succeed on a particular test. Maria also prioritises putting students at ease, adapting to their learning style and helping them feel in control of their own success. She has tutored for over a decade, both in a test prep setting and as a supplement to classroom education. At UES, Maria specialises in preparing students for the quantitative sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT and GRE.

Maria teaches:

  • ACT: Math and Science sections
  • SAT: Math sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: Math L1 and L2
  • GRE: Quant sections
  • ISEE and SSAT: Quant and Math sections at all levels
  • Debating
Maria M UES

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 .

Ryan Denny

After graduating from the University of York in 2015 with a First Class MMath degree in Mathematics & Physics, Ryan worked for Applied Intelligence, the technology consulting arm of BAE Systems. He returned to academia in 2017 to begin his PhD at Imperial College, working towards a non-invasive means of diagnosing heart failure through analysing arterial haemodynamics.

Ryan has several years’ experience in the one-to-one tuition of students of all ages in a range of exams. In addition to this, he delivers classes to Imperial undergraduates on electromagnetism, fluid dynamics, and mathematics. He is incredibly passionate about education, and believes the key to success is to develop not only a comprehensive subject knowledge, but the confidence to tackle complex problems independently.

Aside from tutoring, Ryan regularly plays both football and squash, enjoys Olympic weightlifting, and is a keen cyclist. He also loves literature and reads whenever he can.

Ryan teaches:

  • ACT: all sections
  • SAT: all sections
  • SAT Subject Tests: Math L1/L2 and Physics
  • ISEE and SSAT: all sections and levels
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