Senior Tutor & College Advisor, New York
Stanford University (BA & MA)
Subject Specialties: SAT/ACT, GRE, GMAT, Literature Subject Test, SAT Math I/II Subject Tests, English/Essay Writing/Research Papers, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, College Essays
Score Improvements: +5 ACT points (average improvement) | +10 ACT points (highest improvement).
We’re still accumulating score improvement data for the new SAT (released in March 2016), but on average A-List students improve +200 (new) SAT points.
Clay joined A-List as a tutor in 2007 and since then has helped more than 200 students reach and exceed their goals. He is particularly sensitive to the transition students must make between high school and college, and as a former college instructor is acutely aware of the skills students must develop before stepping into that first college classroom.
Clay’s undergraduate work was in philosophy, mathematics, and linguistics, and so he is well-versed in both verbal and quantitative test preparation. His graduate work was in mathematical logic but he was also certified as an instructor for writing-intensive courses at Stanford.
Helping students become better writers is Clay’s favorite part of the job. He’s guided hundreds of students through the maze of college application essays, along the way helping them develop the writing and editing skills that will be crucial to college success.
Clay also enjoys working with college students and graduates on the GRE and GMAT exams and provides writing instruction and editing assistance to college students in humanities courses.
“To put it simply, Clay was an unbelievable tutor. He understands how to make the most out of each session we spent together, and I can attribute a large portion of my success to his help. He is very good at understanding where people’s weaknesses lie and how to fix them in a way that is both quick and helpful. I would absolutely without hesitation recommend Clay to any friend looking for help on either the SAT or ACT.”
–Ryan S. (Great Neck South, 2016) +400 SAT points
Duke University, Class of 2020
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!