About Us

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SARA NICHOLSON, Phd

Owner and TUTOR

A life-long advocate for learning, Sara has been teaching for most of her adult life.

After completing her PhD in Musicology, Sara Nicholson taught first at Towson University in Maryland and then at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  She stepped out of her academic career to raise her two young children and began teaching and tutoring with a national test prep company.  After over a decade of consistently high student evaluations and student score improvements, Sara left the company in 2015 and currently tutors privately for the ACT, the Revised SAT, the ISEE/SSAT, and various AP and SAT subject tests.  

She works with high-, medium-, and low-scoring students whose goals can range from getting a perfect test score to getting a more competitive score on a single test section.  Sara helps families think through which test (ACT/SAT) is the best fit for the student, different prep options, and how best to utilize the student’s study time. 

Additionally, Sara consults with schools and other organizations to create and implement test prep seminars and other programs.  

When she is not working with students or spending time with her family, Sara enjoys racing Ironman distance triathlons and even manages to exercise the right half of her brain by occasionally playing music and writing about playing music.

 
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Brian Becker, PhD

Chief Materials Creator and Tutor

 

Brian works as a writer, editor, and teacher, whose primary work at the moment is in the Writing Program at Rutgers. In this capacity, he is an assistant director, overseeing the composition and administration of the Placement Test and the coordination of Basic Composition. 

In over ten years of work with The Princeton Review, Brian contributed to and edited many Princeton Review publications in a number of fields, including all four subjects of the ACT, all subjects of the SAT and PSAT, Early Edge, and the GRE in Literature Subject Test. Additionally, Brian wrote the Writing and Language section of The Princeton Review's Course Workbook for the New SAT.

When not playing squash, Brian works tirelessly to read every word, hear every note, visit every town, and write the most morose tale his life can inspire.

Brian tutors students prepping for the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, and ACT who live in Manhattan or wish to meet in our virtual classroom.