Austin's ability to clearly and effectively teach and his many years of experience teaching students in test prep (SSAT, SAT, ACT), math, English, study skills, and writing make him a highly sought after tutor.
Austin graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Philosophy and Theology. His favorite courses at Georgetown introduced him to the rich history of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, and his interest only increased when he set out to learn about Madhyamaka philosophy and practice on his own. Himself a former sufferer of test anxiety, Austin incorporates the basic tenants of mindfulness into his tutorials, and he always seeks to put into perspective for his students the value of learning for learning's sake.
After college, Austin moved back home to Houston and spent the next two years working as a mentor and tutor to ninth graders in Houston ISD’s Apollo 20 program; he has been tutoring K-12 ever since, with a specialization in math, English, social sciences, and test preparation. One of his most rewarding experiences has been coaching SAT/ACT students who have ADHD and learning differences.
Austin believes in the transformative power of one-on-one, student-centered learning, and is always trying to engineer new and better ways to deliver difficult-to-learn math and English concepts. He seeks to nurture the innate abilities of each of his students and thinks the best way to inspire learning is to discover, explore, and draw out their unique strengths.
"Absolutely professional. Absolutely on time; if caught in traffic, Austin would unfailingly call to update his ETA. Austin is not a chatterbox; rather he is a quiet, steady intellect who patiently guided both my children (& they are quite different) through very challenging academic coursework. I credit him with helping to build their confident work ethic; 'yes, this is hard, and it feels overwhelming sometimes, but we can break it down and understand it.'"
"Austin is a fantastic teacher- his liberal arts background helps him articulate really tough math concepts, and he can help simplify complex math to help explain the process, the theory and the reason the math is important. My daughter made all 'A's' during her two years with Austin and, more importantly, she no longer 'hated' math." -Parent