The Crimson Review was started in 1986 by William H. Wood. After receiving a BA from Harvard (magna cum laude), he earned his law degree from Villanova Law School. While he attended law school, Bill tutored part-time, and discovered that he liked teaching more than lawyering. Thus, Crimson Review was born, and has served thousands of students over the last thirty years.
We expect our students to succeed. Our students regularly improve over 150 points (many 200+) or reach the 99th percentile. Our students have been accepted at all the most selective schools in the country, including all the Ivy League colleges, and we’ve had numerous students achieve perfect SAT scores.
Over the years, we have refined our approach to the SAT and ACT. We use group classes to introduce test taking strategies, understand content, and review foundational skills and knowledge. We use one-on-one sessions to cover individual needs with students, whether that is some extra algebra, tips on reading questions, or methods to reduce test anxiety. We also give students a variety of materials to continue their study outside of our classrooms, and are always available for questions.
If you have any questions or would like more information on what our courses cover or options for your student, please give me a call.
Director, Crimson Review
- Craig Director
Craig has been tutoring for nearly 25 years. His educational background includes being high school valedictorian, attending Denison University on a full academic scholarship, and graduating magna cum laude. He scored in the 99th+ percentile on the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GMAT, and LSAT. When our founder Bill Wood retired in 2015, Craig took over as Director, where he has responsibility for monitoring all student progress at Crimson Review to ensure all students achieve their goals for college admission.Jason Senior Instructor
Jason attended Crimson Review himself as a high school student, which helped him score in the 99th percentile and get into Vassar College. During college, he developed a love of teaching while working as an SAT tutor and as a youth educator at a local farm. After graduating, he was accepted into the Teach for America program and earned a master’s degree in education from Wilmington University. Alongside with being a classroom teacher for the past 9 years, he has also worked as a tutor and curriculum developer.Chuck Senior Instructor
Chuck Staab was raised in Ocean City, NJ and attended Ocean City High School. He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and graduated cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Music with Minor Certificates in French Language and Musical Performance. He currently lives in Philadelphia and takes pride in helping students take the stress out of the test and make their best effort.Matthew Senior Instructor
Matthew Faller is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a B.A. in the Humanities as a member of the Honors Program, and the University of Notre Dame, where he received his M.Ed. as an ACE Teaching Fellow. He taught high school math for two years in Pensacola, Florida, and now works as a woodworker in Philadelphia. His love of teaching and being able to help students individually brought him to tutoring for the Crimson Review, and he is happy to be able to share his expertise in math and beyond with his students.Gwyneth Senior Instructor
Gwyneth scored in the 98th percentile on the SAT and attended the Pennsylvania State
University. During her time at Penn State, she worked as a research assistant and later as a
teaching assistant. Additionally, Gwyn joined the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and the
International Honors Society for Psychology, Psi Chi. She was the Distinguished Graduating Senior for Penn State’s Criminology Department, and graduated magna cum laude from Penn State with a degree in Criminology and a degree in Psychology. Today, she only uses the latter degree in helping students overcome any obstacles in the way of success on the SAT and ACT.Ben Senior Instructor
Benjamin is an experienced SAT/ACT Tutor with a strong background in education. He holds a Teaching Certification through Gratz College, as well as a Bachelor of the Arts via Temple University. With a passion for helping students succeed, Benjamin brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their tutoring sessions. He has worked in various teaching roles throughout the tri-state area, with significant experience designing engaging curriculum for high school students. With his dedication and commitment, Benjamin provides personalized support to help students excel in their SAT/ACT exams.Sara Senior Instructor
Sara grew up in Philadelphia where she attended Central High School. While there, she scored in the 99th percentile on the SATs. She also took multiple AP and honors courses, including AP Statistics and AP Language and Composition. For college, she attended Arcadia University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Data Analytics. As a tutor, Sara uses her advanced knowledge of mathematics and her experience with testing to fully break down and explain complex concepts in a way that's easy for students to understand.Neil Senior Instructor
Neil is an experienced educator across multiple subjects and has previously served as Crimson Review's primary School Day Educator. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a Finance degree. During his time there, he served as the head of the professional development committee for coed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi. Additionally, Neil served as a proctor for the school of business, and as a summer science instructor on a university research vessel. He is currently pursuing a master's degree from Purdue University. He also loves travel and Italian Renaissance art.Ina Administrative ManagerBill Wood Founder, Retired 2015
Crimson Review was started in 1986 by William H. Wood. After receiving a BA from Harvard (magna cum laude), he earned his law degree from Villanova Law School. While he attended law school, Bill tutored part-time, and discovered that he liked teaching more than lawyering. Thus, Crimson review was born, and has served thousands of students over the last thirty years. Even though he’s currently enjoying retirement, many of Bill’s teaching methods and ideas are still in use today.
As Pennsylvania’s premier tutoring center, Crimson Review provides test prep programs for students for all skill levels. We offer individualized test preparation for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and college entrance essays that will give your student the confidence needed to perform better. Our convenient location allows us to service students across the Main Line and Philadelphia area including Malvern, Radnor, Newtown Square, West Chester, Chester Springs, Havertown, and Wallingford.
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