Ivy Bound

Ivy Bound

5.0 (2)
100 employees
20 years in business

About this tutor

 Ivy Bound stands out with clients (parents and students) for three reasons: 
1. Clients like our instructors' credentials.  All tutors have a top 1% scores on the SAT or ACT, and all teach with clarity, enthusiasm, empathy, and high test knowledge.  Beyond that, all bring dedication and passion to helping elevate their students.
2. Clients like Ivy Bound's flexibility. They have a choice of over 50 active tutors, the choice of times for tutoring sessions, the choice of venue, and the choice of size (large class, small class, "form your own" class, 1-on-2, or 1-on-1).
3. Many students need a motivational push; many other students have the motivation but need the organization to get studying done effectively.  Ivy Bound's personnel help with both.  Even the founder conferences with parents and students each month, to make sure we are doing everything we can to get them to high test scores.

We like our work because we can see clients' success in a fairly short time. Our students' success is the most important aspect to us. Learning the results of our respective clients' college application process is one of the most satisifying parts. These results seem to be very satisfying for students as well- admission to universities they have yearned to attend, and for parents - big scholarships based on SAT/ACT scores that save them $40,000 to $280,000. Simply put, we enjoy propelling students and giving parents a return on their investment.

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Bethesda, MD 20810
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  • Laurel Klepacki

    My son increased his SAT score by 270 points (1600 scale)… it was the best investment I've made for my son. Your course allowed my son to seek out higher caliber colleges than he would have been able to had he not attended Ivy Bound. I recommend Ivy Bound to anyone looking to maximizing their SAT scores.

  • Lisa O

    First I'd like to thank them for the work their tutors did with Lauryn. She was accepted to 8 out of 9 of the schools she applied to, was given scholarship money at 7 out of 8 that she was accepted to, and has decided to attend Villanova. She's been given a full academic scholarship for 4 years. I know none of this would have happened without the SAT scores she achieved I've heard too many heartbreaking stories recently of top students who did not get into the schools of their choice - there is no doubt in my mind it was due to their SAT scores not being what they could have been. THANK YOU!”

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Once we have assesed what type of help you need/your prefrences, we will find/create a class that works with your schedule. If you choose private/semi-private tutoring, we will begin to compile a list of tutors for you to choose from. Once you have made your choice, we send over an enrollment agreement. Once this document is e-signed and returned, you can begin the tutoring as soon as possible. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

We find there is no formal education that directly help with tutoring technique. The best tutors are natrually ethuisiastic about helping others, naturally have empathy for others, and natrually have a creativity to help untangle difficult concepts for others. None of this is learned in school. A few aspects our founder works at  are, developing clairity, learning from others stumbles, and applying feedback he gets from others. These too do not come from formal education. As far as academic related qualifcations our tutors have scored very highly and are required to re-test every other year to ensure they can still assist at a high level. These tutors range from brillant college students to college proffesors. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Ivy Bound offers classes as well as private/semi-private tutoring. We have over 50 subject courses, test prep for each grade level and enrichment courses such as speed reading, legos, robotics and more. The price does vary depending on the type of help you need as well as what way you would like to be assisted. Our junior tutors range from $48-$88/hour and our senior tutors start at $130/hour. However, this can vary as each client is different. 

How did you get started teaching?

Ivy Bound has many tutors. Our founder,Mark Greenstein, got his start tutoring 1st generation college students in South Central Los Angeles. Each tutor is unique, and we let you pick the one you want. During our process, we send over biographys of each tutor so you can make an informed and comfortable decison. 

What types of students have you worked with?

From our founder: Oh my. I've been at this for 34 years. So, the better question is what "types" have I NOT worked with?. I don't even like the term "type" with any human characteristic. That's especially true in education - there are spectrums of diligent, or talented, of knowledgeable, of creative, of interested, and of enjoyable. One "type" that I don't work with for long is the uninterested student. That doesn't mean permanently uninterested. But when there is a strong reluctance to learn, I typically tell the parent "it's best we wait, and return at a time your child is ready to absorb".

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

We will give one "real life" and one Ivy Bound related event. We like dedication and success, so when an older Tom Brady is performing well still, we find that inspiring. It just shows how dilegence and dedication can result in success and we believe that translates to all aspects of life. One Ivy Bound related event, is a young woman who did Ivy Bound SAT tutoring, she improved 200 points and she is going to attend Harvard in the fall, we are all very proud!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

From our founder: I have four pieces of selection advice to parents. They at first seem grating, but after 30 years of teaching and guiding others, these hold up well" 1) Don't interview a tutor; spend that time having the tutor teach. In other words, get started on the agenda. That lets the student experience the sessions instead of having a tutor talk about the sessions. It also lets the student grapple with the subject right away. 2) If it's SAT or ACT prep, don't be concerned about the tutor's major or background. My firm has music majors and acting majors who are effervescent tutors. They are knowledgeable ENOUGH in the subject to be 2 steps ahead of the student, and they are skilled at delivering material. 3) If it's SAT or ACT Prep, don't be concerned about a strong tutor's forte. Ivy Bound's strongest younger tutors have all scored 1570 or better on the SAT. So even in their "weaker" area they have at least a 770. For ACT it's similar, the tutor who is a "math goddess" still has at least 34 of 36 as her worst section. 4) If pining for a perfect 800 or a perfect 36, DO be concerned whether the tutor you are considering has propelled students to that perfect score.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

We hope this dosen't sound heretical...dont think, just ask. No student should have to cogitate long and hard just to pose a question. They are YOUR tutor. We do not need student's to impress our tutors with questions. Ask natrually-that's the best way our tutors can delve into a possible "thread" that might answer future questions in advance. Our tutors are also highly adaptive and compassionate so your needs are always being taken into account from the moment you reach out. Ivy Bound is here for YOU.

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