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 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 7 years, he has also worked as a tutor and curriculum developer.Larissa Senior Instructor
Top scores on the PSAT and SAT brought Larissa to Bryn Mawr College, where she earned a degree in English. She began tutoring at Crimson Review in 2008, before taking a break to pursue her master's degree from Temple University. In 2018, she returned to her undergraduate alma mater to pursue her interest in archaeology as an independent scholar, which she continues to this day alongside her work helping students do their best on the SAT and ACT.Ryan Senior Instructor
Originally from New Jersey, Ryan attended Rowan University on an academic scholarship, where he graduated cum laude with three Bachelor’s degrees in business management, HR management, and marketing. He later completed his MBA from Rowan, as well as a Master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Ryan seeks to inspire confidence in high school and college-aged students, and to encourage them to have ambitious goals for their futures.Bethany Senior Instructor
Bethany scored in the 99th percentile on her ACT in high school, which led her to Villanova University where she studied sociology and began preparations for medical school. She graduated cum laude and received the Lawrence J. McGarry Award from the Department of Sociology for academic excellence and commitment to social justice. She was also Chapter President at Villanova University of the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia, and remains active in the community today.Ben Mastery Learning Advisor
Ben studied at Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Since then, he received grants from National Geographic and studied and worked as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow to produce audio documentaries about environmental issues. He is currently earning his master's from MIT, and is a frequent contributor to Crimson Review's materials and teaching methodologies.Noël Materials Development and Operations Director
Noël has responsibility for new material development, and manages business operations for Crimson Review. She scored in the 99th percentile on her SAT and went on to earn her degree at Villanova. She is currently earning her degree from Villanova Law.Bill 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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