Ian has been doing test prep and college consulting for a decade. In that time, he’s delivered some of the highest improvements on the SAT and ACT in the country and has helped over 90% of the students he worked with get into their top choice colleges. Through thousands of hours working 1-on-1 with students, he also made a simple realization: amidst all the worry about being evaluated and good enough to be accepted (at an elite college, on social media, or among their friends), students have lost sight of what makes them so special: their incredible, unique capacity to learn. Ian has an unconventional but extremely effective approach to excavating the incredible learner that exists in each student he works with. He’s the author of The Tutor Bible: Learning to Learn Again, where he details his philosophy and illustrates the overlooked reality that every great leader, thinker, and doer had an expert tutor or mentor. Like Aristotle for Alexander the Great, Ian will stop at nothing to make your child great.
The savant is the inner genius that exists within all of us. Ian believes that to bring this out students need more than just tutoring but Savant Coaching, which goes beyond just academics in order to foster deep personal development. Getting students into strong colleges is important, but ensuring that they are prepared to make the leap is necessary so they arrive at college with passions they can stake their identity in and a fearless attitude toward the academic challenges they will be faced with.
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Ian sits down with host Fonz Mendoza to chat about his journey in education, his approach to excavating the brilliant learner in every student, and his new book The Tutor Bible, Learning to Learn Again.
Ian chats with host Ludo Millar about the importance of having empathy for students and his passion for a better future in education. ‘Like plants growing towards the sun, people grow towards affirmation‘. - Ian Siegel