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.Matt Associate Director and Instructor
Matt started his tutoring career in high school helping his peers at Willam Penn Charter with college entrance exams after scoring in the 99th percentile on the SAT. He went on to attend Johns Hopkins University, where in addition to earning his degree in political science, he worked in the student writing center teaching other students how to improve their writing and editing essays. He went on to work as an editor at a Baltimore-area magazine, teach English in China, and helped lead a startup in Washington D.C. that is still thriving today. We’re very happy Matt transitioned full time to test prep education, as his knowledge and patience are a great asset to all our students.Julia Senior Instructor
After scoring nearly perfect on her SATs, Julia earned her Bachelor’s in Economics at New York University with a four-year merit-based scholarship. Late in her college years she decided to pursue medicine, so after graduating, she returned to school for a deeper study in the sciences. At the same time, she worked at a community center in Queens, NY as a health insurance navigator, helping others gain access to healthcare. She is currently studying for her Master’s in Biomedical Studies at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has tutored for more than 7 years, focusing on the ACT and SAT.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.Alexandra (Alex) Senior Instructor
Alex graduated from Villanova University in 3 years with a Bachelor of Arts in English and kept right on going after she earned a full tuition scholarship to pursue her research at the graduate level. She began her tutoring career in high school and continues to tutor in the Villanova campus writing center. Alex has a keen Interest in assessment development, and completed an internship with Education Testing Services (ETS), one of the large standardized test makers. With a heart for literature and a head for anything she sets her mind to, Alex has the ability to give students unique insights into the tests.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 will be greatly missed when she goes to law school in the fall!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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