Justin Scott is one of ESM’s longest-tenured tutors, working regularly with students across the globe since September 2014. His students love his engaging personality as well as his ability to simplify complex material into digestible steps and bullet points. They also love the results: Justin’s students have matriculated to universities including Yale, Stanford, Cornell, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Berkeley, and NYU.
Justin’s students come from a variety of backgrounds and educational environments, but he specializes in working with students remotely. For this reason, he has become an in-demand tutor at boarding schools across the country, including the Culver Academies (IN), Phillips Academy Andover (NH), and Chrysalis School (MT). While Justin is particularly effective because he has memorized every single SAT and ACT problem in history – it’s true, he has – he also has the ability to keep his students organized and motivated, and teaches them the most efficient and effective approaches to boost scores. Justin’s students’ results speak for themselves: one ACT student raised her score from 23 to 31 (out of 36) and got into her dream school, NYU; another raised his score from 26 to 32 and got into his, Yale. Several of his students have scored 35, placing them in the top 0.5% of test-takers.
Outside of SAT and ACT prep, Justin also works with IB students on their Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (ToK) presentations, with AP students in US and World History, Economics, Calculus, and English Language, and with home-school students pursuing independent studies. He also works with younger students hoping to attend elite high schools, and his past students have parlayed their SSAT, HSPT, and ISEE results into admission to Lawrenceville (NJ), Marlborough (Los Angeles), Choate (CT), Culver, and other widely-respected college prep institutions.
Under Justin’s tutelage, a student’s potential growth is limited only by his or her willingness to put in the effort. Because Justin stresses problem-solving skills in addition to memorization of key concepts, his students find increased success even after they finish their standardized testing. His students therefore find themselves better prepared to deal with a variety of future challenges.
Justin completed his Master of Arts at Yale University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, where he won the 2010 Africa Prize for his 130-page thesis on Ethiopian food security. Now, he writes about current affairs for the Los Angeles Review of Books and works with a small team to develop an algorithm predicting baseball players’ daily performance. Justin attended high school at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, where he played baseball, football, and led Kennedy House’s Quiz Bowl team.