Tristan Stapleton

Test Prep Tutor


I was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a rather idyllic, gently rolling landscape that was dominated by the mixed legacy of Thomas Jefferson. While I was attending the University of Virginia, I founded a tutoring company that focused on students with alternative learning needs.

I myself was diagnosed with learning disabilities while in high school, and, unfortunately, found little support. The process of developing methods to re-teach myself much of the material covered during my school days led me to, what I consider, an invaluable aptitude for presenting information in varied manners. As I progressed into my career in education, that experience led me to develop a keen capacity to recognize the strengths of each student and utilize instruction methods that reflect his or her unique intellect and interests. By being able to individually tailor holistic, academic support for each student, I work very hard to foster intellectual self-assuredness through a patient, consistent demeanor and respect for each student’s aptitudes.

I have worked in various forms of education, both classroom and one-on-one, across the spectrum of age groups, learning styles, socioeconomic backgrounds, and within a multitude of subject matters for over 11 years. I possess a dedication to helping students find their inherent strengths and bolstering esteem in those areas so that they feel empowered to explore other intellectual realms with greater facility. These transformations have been among the most rewarding and sustaining elements of my career.

While I am not teaching, you will probably find me outside. I enjoy spending my free time hiking, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, and climbing. I love to travel. I have spent months exploring the national forests and parks across 39 states. I have visited or lived on 5 continents. It is undoubtedly my greatest passion next to teaching because I believe it provides one with a sense of wonder and of humility, and of humor for that matter, that can only be gleaned by sharing in the amazing complexity of our built and natural world, while also reminding us of our inherent connectedness.

Subjects Tutored

SAT
ACT
PSAT
SAT Subject Math2
SAT Subject Literature
Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Algebra 2
Academic Study Skills

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