John M.

John is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine.  As an undergrad, he switched his major from Pedagogy to English after taking a British Literature course his sophomore year.  In that class, he discovered he had a knack for literary criticism and analytical writing.  In his two short years as an English major, he published multiple articles in the university’s online literary journal and one essay in the Cal Poly Pomona 2020 Library Research Collection.  He caught the attention of numerous professors and was awarded the Faculty Recognition of Excellence: an annual distinction voted on by faculty and given to one student in the English and Modern Languages Department.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude, John took the GRE and scored in the 98th percentile on the verbal reasoning section. 

Joining the English department late in his college career, John felt like he was at a disadvantage compared to his peers.  But after working incredibly hard and graduating with such honors, he knows that no educational goal is too lofty: you just have to be willing to put in the work.  He is passionate about giving students the tools they need to score highly on the SAT and ACT by turning idiosyncratic, unrepeatable guess-work into teachable, structured strategies.  The great news is that critical thinking and disciplined technique are teachable! John seeks to instill these indispensable skills in each of his students. 

​​When not in the classroom, John is probably listening to lectures about literature, golfing with friends, or enjoying pour-over coffee with his wife.