Although Ian graduated at the top of his class in his master’s degree program at Boston University School of Medicine, he was not always the star student. Early in his high-school career, Ian struggled conceptually with history and science and needed assistance when it came to remaining organized when completing homework assignments. His family found him a tutor who helped remediate these issues, and who unknowingly instilled in him a passion for helping others with similar academic needs. This, in conjunction with his own experiences in higher education, reinforced the importance of building a strong academic foundation and work ethic early in one’s life.
The tools and academic mindset that he instills in his students persist beyond high-school, and he has helped many students ease into the college environment. In his sessions, Ian emphasizes thinking like the test maker and remaining active throughout one’s studying process. He draws upon student’s interests to find real-world parallels to the topics at hand, and he tailors his teaching to fit the unique needs of the student in front of him.
Outside of teaching, he enjoys living an active lifestyle, playing drums for a local rock band, and exploring various genres of film. He also volunteers at Loaves and Fishes of Sacramento, and he encourages those who are looking for meaningful volunteer work to consider helping the homeless community of Sacramento.