Oliver W.


Oliver W.

Tutor

Newport Coast, CA 92657

Will travel 40 miles

$200 per hour.

4.98 177 ratings

Talk is Cheap: Ivy Lawyer, Acclaimed Writer, National Speaker

Your verbal skills equal your destiny. Your ability to write incisively, think critically, reason logically, and speak eloquently is the master key to unlocking wealth, wisdom, and happiness. Yet these skills are going extinct. Far and away, employers identify abysmal communication skills as the biggest problem facing today's workforce; seventy percent of college grads are functionality illiterate; and our scandalous school system treats mediocrity as a virtue, excellence as a vice, and speci... [more]


American History

As an academic coach to GATE gifted and talented students, a significant deal of my instruction is focused on rigorous, advanced level courses. AP American History is among the most requested. I have unique access to best-in-class materials for coaching my students to 5 scores, which many achieve. In addition, the ability to think critically about American History, much as a historian would, is a skill that I build with my students until they are experts. My background as a trial lawyer and professional writer enables me to teach students to write powerfully and persuasively, which is the key determinate of success on the AP American History test.


Vocabulary

My vocabulary, grammar, and writing background includes a high profile book deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic research articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I was valedictorian of my Communications Studies major at UCLA, was one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, and scored in the top percentile on the SAT verbal section. I was a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA.


Grammar

My grammar and writing background includes two years as a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA; a high profile book publishing deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down); academic articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics; and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I have mentored students from all over the world in the substance, structure, and style of English literature, aesthetics, and critical thinking. I was valedictorian of the Communications Studies major at UCLA, I was one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, and I scored in the top percentile on the SAT verbal section.


European History

As a Gifted and Double Gifted GATE instructor, honors and AP courses are my stock in trade. Of all the rigorous classes I'm asked to tutor, AP European History is among the most requested. I have unique access to best-in-class materials for coaching my students to 4 and 5 scores on the AP exam, which a strong majority achieve. In addition, the ability to think critically about European History, much as a historian would, is a skill that I build with my students until they are experts. My background as a trial lawyer and professional writer enables me to teach students to write powerfully and persuasively, which is the key determinant of success on the AP European History test.


General Computer


Reading

My Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning and writing background includes a publishing deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I was a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA, and I have mentored students from all over the world in the substance, structure, and style of English literature, aesthetics, and critical thinking. I was valedictorian of the Communications Studies major at UCLA, I was one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, and I scored in the top percentile on the SAT verbal section.


Spanish


Writing

I was valedictorian of the UCLA Communications major and hold dual Master and Doctor of Law Degrees with honors from Cornell Law School. My writing background includes a high profile book deal with Grove Atlantic for a Wall Street roman-a-clef, academic research articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I've written and argued legal briefs before the highest courts of the land as a litigator at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher -- the top ranked litigation firm in the country. I was Editor of the Cornell Law Review, one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, and scored in the top percentile on the SAT. I was also a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA.


English

My English and literary background includes a publishing deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I was a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA, and I have mentored students from all over the world in the substance, structure, and style of English literature, aesthetics, and critical thinking. I was valedictorian of the Communications Studies major at UCLA, one of two students in my class to receive a 5 on the AP English test, and I scored in the top percentile on the SAT. I was Editor of the Cornell Law Review, and hold dual Master and Doctor of Laws from Cornell Law School. I worked for six years as an attorney at the top ranked litigation firm in the country, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.


ESL/ESOL

Is your child struggling to improve their English in an American or international school? Are their grades lower than they should be? There's a reason for this, and it's a well-kept secret: the teaching method used by virtually all ESL teachers is broken. Instead of a top-down, whole word, grammar, and vocabulary driven approach, ESL students require a bottom-up, syllable and pronunciation driven approach--one that combines high-quality reading and listening comprehension input with syllabic and phonetic output. The brain learns language through exposure to, and imitation of, individual and specific examples of English language in day-to-day life, which are internalized and reformulated for written and oral expression. The sylablle and pronunciation focused approach to ESL is particulalry crucial for Chinsese, Japanese, and Korean students whose native languages are symbolic, in contrast with the abstract and phonetic English alphabet.


Psychology

Upper and lower level Psychology courses and Honors Research were a core component of my major interdisciplinary studies at UCLA, where I graduated major valedictorian. I'm versed in social, abnormal, cognitive and positive psychology, clinical approaches, research and academic writing. My academic writings have been published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics. Beyond my academic and teaching background in psychology, I'm also an ongoing student of it. It fascinates me like few other subjects do.


World History


Proofreading

My proofreading, editing, and writing experience includes a high profile book deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic research published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell Writing Award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Waingrow Publishing Award. I hold Doctor and Master of Law Degrees from Cornell Law School, where I was Editor of the Cornell Law Review. As an undergrad, I was valedictorian of the Communications Studies major at UCLA.


Law

I graduated with honors from Cornell Law School's joint Doctor and Master of Law (JD/LLM) degree program in International and Comparative Law, where I was Editor of the Cornell Law Review and 5-time winner of the CALI award for the top ranked student in the class (Torts, Corporate Law, Legal Writing, Biblical Law, Islamic Law). I worked for six years as a corporate and trial lawyer at the No. 1 ranked litigation firm in the country, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. I graduated class major valedictorian at UCLA. My writing background includes a publishing deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down) for a Wall Street novel, and academic articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics. With my legal coaching, the expectation is for you to score in the top 10% of your class or receive an A or A+ in any particular subject. I am an acclaimed legal writer and oral advocate who has helped law students and practicing lawyers master substantive motion practice and briefing. My legal coaching focuses on five disciplines: case briefing, issue spotting, writing A+ final exams, legal analysis, persuasive rhetoric and argumentation.


SAT Reading

I am a verbal specialist with a strong record of raising student scores hundreds of points on the new SAT. Perfection is attainable on the radically revised new SAT, and my goal is to get you there. I scored in the top percentile on the rigorous original SAT, was one of the two students in my high school to score a 5 on the AP English exam, was valedictorian of the UCLA Communications Major, and was a 5x winner of the CALI for the top-ranked student in the class at Cornell Law School. I look forward to helping you fulfill your potential, on the SAT and beyond.


SAT Writing

As a verbal specialist, I have privately coached students worldwide from mediocrity to mastery on the verbal SAT and other standardized tests, improving their scores several hundred points and altering the course of their lives. Given that the new SAT verbal is significantly easier than prior versions, I anticipate several perfect scores from my students this Fall. I take a highly personalized approach that implements the best technological and pedagogical test prep resources; one that has students practicing at the edge of their difficulty threshold while focusing methodically on weaknesses revealed through diagnostic testing. Beyond test prep, my writing and literary background includes a publishing deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I was a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA; Editor of the Cornell Law Review when I earned my Doctor and Master of Laws with honors; I was valedictorian of the Communications Studies major at UCLA; and I was one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, where I scored in the top percentile on the SAT.


TOEFL

I taught TOEFFL test preparation for one year in Buenos Aires to Argentinian students seeking admission to U.S. graduate schools. Their passage rate was 100%. My writing, English, composition, and vocabulary background includes a high profile book deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic research articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I was valedictorian of my Communications Studies major at UCLA, was one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, and scored in the top percentile on the SAT verbal section. I was a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA.


ACT Reading

As a verbal specialist, I have coached private students worldwide how to master the ACT English, Reading and Writing sections. My goal for students is a perfect score. And yes, with the correct approach, perfection is possible. I take a highly personalized approach utilizing technological and pedagogical best practices; my approach has students practicing at the edge of their difficulty threshold while focusing methodically on weaknesses revealed through ongoing diagnostic testing. Beyond ACT and other standardized test prep, my writing and literary background includes a publishing deal with Grove Atlantic (Cold Mountain, Black Hawk Down), academic articles published in journals such as the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, and numerous writing awards and grants, including the Walter Winchell writing award, the Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Peterson Publishing Award. I was a visiting professor of English Composition and Critical Thinking at UBA; Editor of the Cornell Law Review at Cornell Law School, where I earned Doctor and Master of Laws with honors; I was valedictorian of the Communications Studies major at UCLA; and I was one of two students to receive a 5 on the AP English test at Estancia High School, where I scored in the top percentile on the SAT.


ACT English

As a verbal specialist, I coach private students how to master the ACT English section. Each face-to-face session focuses on maximizing point gains and shoring up weaknesses. In between classes I use leading edge technological and multimedia resources for diagnostic testing and skill building. I have coached students to massive gains with a methodical and highly personalized approach that challenges each student's difficulty threshold and shores up weak points revealed through ongoing diagnostic testing.


Study Skills

I started the Pipeline Program at UCLA, which bussed in hundreds of urban youth for a day of campus tours and hands on seminars that I took the lead in designing and teaching. Those seminars included study skills, test prep, and college admissions tips and resources. In addition, I took several classes in the multi-disciplinary Communications major that had a field work component that I fulfilled as a TA for inner city elementary, middle and high school classes in the surrounding community.


Theater

I was a SAG/Aftra child actor appearing in film, television, and commercial length features (e.g., The Blue Marble, The Tim Conway Show, Wham-o Products). I am formally trained in voice, rhetoric, and stagecraft as a member of the South Coast Repertory Young Actor Conservatory, where I played the role of Tiny Tim in the seminal production of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. As a member of Estancia High School's Debate Team, I won first place in the California State District Extemporaneous Speaking Championship. I was chosen to deliver both my high school and college commencement addresses. I argued numerous high profile Appellate cases before Circuit Courts during my six years as a Gibson Lawyer. I speak at various civic, political, and philosophical organizations on topics ranging from philosophy and epistemology to law and justice.


Web Design

Though I am partial to Wordpress, I create custom websites and blogs with advanced functionality on all the major commercial platforms. I will establish (if you haven't already) and integrate your social media footprint; I will produce and incorporate video openers and trailers; I will write blog content and website copy; and I will handle your domain registration and hosting, all as needed.


Video Production

I've been intimately involved with video, film, and music production my whole life. As a child actor, I was exposed early and often to stagecraft at South Coast Repertory, as well as commercial film and television production. I transitioned into the creative and technical side of video and film as a CBS field reporter and Savoy Pictures script development junior exec. Finally, as an executive producer of high profile underground hip hop artists, I was at the threshold of the online digital transformation, where I learned the ropes of online music video production and viral content marketing through Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, and various niche social media channels.


Business

What do business communications, business English, and Business writing have in common? That's right: business. Yet the same businessmen and women who demand the best of themselves in all facets of business, muddle through life writing ineffectual emails to their co-workers, mumbling tired words to their spouses, and thinking imprecise thoughts to themselves. If you aspire to greatness in any endeavor, your verbal game's gotta be tip top. As a trial lawyer, start-up exec, and communications expert, I've helped numerous business owners, executives, and academics achieve not just verbal proficiency, but verbal mastery. You will too. And if you don't, your competition certainly will.


Career Development

Anyone who holds themselves out as a career development specialist or career coach should have experience, skills, and vision. Have they themselves the experience of navigating the increasingly competitive job market? From a practicing lawyer at the top-ranked litigation firm in the country to a publishing deal with arguably the top publishing house in NYC to private equity GP, I have never hesitated to switch careers mid-stream. I will show you how to navigate the risk and maximize the reward. I am an award-winning writer and sought-after public speaker who will help present and position you as a rock star in your new career, whether that entails writing you a head turning resume or coaching you to rhetorical mastery. Finally, you must cast yourself not just as the best person for the job today, but tomorrow and beyond. This requires input from a trusted advisor who has contemplated the breakneck speed of innovation in our economy, and how to stay ahead of the career curve. I've done that for myself, for career-changing professionals ranging from medical doctors to Wall Street C-Suite executives to mid-market marketing managers. I'll do it for you too.


College Counseling

With the intense competition and astronomical cost associated with elite colleges today, any serious student owes it to themselves (and their parent's pocketbook) to get professional guidance on the admissions process and the wealth of opportunities for educational funding through school-specific and third party scholarships and grants. Having secured admissions and full ride academic scholarships at the Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral levels for the UC System, the Ivy League, and the Sorbonne in Paris, I draw from personal experience and a network of contacts inside admissions offices at the elite colleges to provide top notch college admissions consulting, academic scholarship advice, and college interview preparation in addition to my admissions essay writing and editing services. I've guided students from all backgrounds through the admissions and scholarship process at the majority of UC and Ivy League schools.


ADHD

ADD/ADHD plays a significant role in the underperformance of Double Gifted students. I draw upon my interdisciplinary studies in communications psychology and cognitive enhancement to engage gifted, talented, and highly creative students who are driven to distraction. I am both a teacher and student of accelerated learning strategies and I keep pace with the recent, exciting developments in neurofeedback, flow state training, and neuroplasticity. In addition to the pedagogical components of effective and therapeutic ADD/ADHD instructional design, I am, as a lawyer, versed in the eligibility criteria for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) under Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) standards and 504 Plan implementation.


Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autistic students and others on the spectrum have unique challenges and gifts that our schools are ill-equipped to serve. Indeed, spectrum-related challenges play a significant role in the underperformance of Double Gifted students; I see it every day. I draw upon my interdisciplinary studies in communications, psychology, and cognition to engage students across the autism spectrum, many of whom are gifted, talented, and highly creative. I am both a teacher and student of alternative and accelerated learning strategies, and I keep pace with the most recent and exciting research developments in visual and auditory encoding and awareness, neurofeedback, cognitive therapy, flow state training, and neuroplasticity. In addition to the pedagogical components of effective and therapeutic autistic instructional design, I am, as a lawyer, versed in the eligibility criteria for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) under Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) standards and 504 Plan implementation. I use proven processes to help students on the spectrum become strong, fluent readers, writers, and communicators. Based in part on Orton-Gillingham principles, my style teaches students systematically and sequentially, starting from their baseline skill level and moving toward more complex skills. As each skill is mastered, students (and parents) become more confident, knowing that gaps in literacy and performance are being closed. The processes underlying my approach have proven themselves many times over. I?d love to help you prove yourself too.


CBEST

At UCLA I was heavily involved in mentoring at risk youth in test preparation, study skills, and college and career preparedness. After graduating as valedictorian of the multi-disciplinary Communications major, I formalized this into group coaching seminars in the CBEST, GRE, SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. Later, I added MCAT and LSAT to my offerings. In total, my experience coaching CBEST and TOEFL is roughly 18 months, with 100% success rate (for students who reported back).


COOP/HSPT

I prepare grammar, middle and high school students to perform dominantly over their peers and competition on the tests comprising the full battery of private, charter, and religious school entrance exams, particularly: HSPT, COOP, ISEE, and SSAT. A number of my students have scored in the top 1% (or equivalent tier), while a plurality if not a majority have scored in the top 10%. This happens only with smart instruction. Indeed, many a bright student with relative mastery of the underlying mathematical, quantitative, written, linguistic, grammatical, logical, and other verbal concepts has been rudely awakened upon receiving his or her score. Why? Because, they've been taught, at best, to the subject matter, and haven't been taught at all to the test. Teaching to the test means teaching the methods to identify and solve the various devices the test designers and writers use to increase the difficulty of the exam. The test designers build difficulty into the test not through the complexity of the material per se, but through the trickiness of the answers, the unrealistic time constraints, and the subtleties embedded within the questions themselves. This arsenal of decoys, however, is deployed consistently and predictably, so it can be neutralized with proper coaching. That?s what I do. And it works. Well.


ISEE

I have coached grammar school through high school students to resounding success on all levels of the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, and various other preparatory standardized tests used by private, charter, and religious schools to screen and place incoming students. A number of my students have scored in the top 1%, while a plurality if not a majority have scored in the top 10%. Where so many monolithic test prep companies, as well as individual tutors, go wrong is by teaching to the subject matter instead of teaching to the test. Many a bright student with relative mastery of the underlying mathematical, quantitative, written, linguistic, grammatical, logical, and other verbal concepts has been rudely awakened upon receiving his or her score. Why? Because the test designers build difficulty into the test not through the complexity of the questions, but through the trickiness of the answers, the unrealistic time constraints, and the subtleties embedded within the questions and prompts themselves. This arsenal of decoys, however, is deployed consistently and predictably, so it can be neutralized with proper coaching. That?s what I do. And it works. Very well indeed.


Speech

I am qualified in both the educational pedagogy and commercial aspects of speech, particularly as they apply to double gifted, dyslexic, ADHD, and autistic kids on the spectrum. I incorporate various alternative approaches to reading comprehension and speech pathology, including Orton-Gillingham, phonics, and phonological awareness models. As far as commercial speech goes, I am formally trained in speech, rhetoric, debate, film and television acting as a former SAG/Aftra child actor and member of the South Coast Repertory Young Actor Conservatory.


Criminal Justice

As a Cornell Law School JD/LLM graduate and UCLA undergraduate in the highly selective, multi-disciplinary Communications Major, I've completed with distinction a course of study steeped heavily in criminal justice, ranging from forensic psychology to investigative sociology to criminal law. My six years at Gibson Dunn as a litigator broadened my exposure to, and knowledge of, various professions on both the law enforcement and legal sides of criminal justice, ranging from court reporters to special agents to judges, police and parole officers. I'm well versed and have tutored numerous students in the various proficiency exams required to enter the various verticals in the criminal justice educational and career path.


IELTS

I have coached foreign and ESL students in the IELTS and TOEFL for a total spanning roughly three years, both here in the states and abroad (primarily Buenos Aires and Paris). I teach with custom modules that both isolate and integrate the four English language skills being tested (listening, reading, writing and speaking). I have prepared private clients for both the IELTS Academic and General Training formats, including the nuanced differences in the Reading and Writing components of each. My closely-tailored exam preparation programs maximize your band scores, whether you have one month or one year to prepare. I have also customized private exam preparation programs for dual track students facing parallel administrations of the GRE and IELTS/TOEFL. Though challenging, my students have excelled every time. I?m well versed in the nuances of IELTS scoring criteria and band descriptors for the written and spoken components, from Fluency and Coherence to Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range, Accuracy, and Pronunciation. By teaching to these standards, I am able to elevate student scores beyond their baseline English competency. I assure you that you will perform beyond your expectations on test day, and we?ll have a lot of fun along the way.


Political Science

As major valedictorian at UCLA and the sole recipient of the Highest Honors diploma distinction, I completed two academic years of graduate level academic research and writing in Political Science and Political Communications under the tutelage of world-renowned Political Scientist Dr. Shanto Iyengar, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Stanford University. My original research article on the interplay of Political Science, Journalism, and Public Opinion, co-authored with Dr. Iyengar, was published in the Harvard International Journal of Press-Politics, a first for graduate level research conducted by an undergraduate. I broadened and honed my theoretical and practical knowledge of Political Science, International Political Economics, and International and Comparative Law as part of my dual Master and Doctor of International Law Degree studies through Cornell Law School's Berger International Legal Studies Program, from which I graduated with honors and was Editor of the Cornell Law Review.