Oxford Tutors - NYC

Oxford Tutors NYC is a tutoring collective dedicated to helping students from preschool through university recognize their unique intelligence and potential. We believe that with the right coaching, all students have within them the capacity to succeed academically and to thrive beyond the classroom.

At the core of our approach is the methodology that Oxford University made famous, the "Oxford tutorial system." This form of hands-on mentorship challenges students to be intellectually rigorous, resourceful, and independent, and to approach their studies with curiosity and confidence.

who we are

Elisabeth, Founder & Director

A native Southerner, Elisabeth completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English Literature and Language at Oxford University in England.  As the only American undergraduate in her college, Elisabeth was struck by the revolutionary nature of the tutorial system, and the way in which methodical questioning might transform the "multiple choice" nature of American education.

For more than a dozen years, Elisabeth has been implementing the Oxford tutorial system with students facing challenges in all levels of education, from kindergarten to grad school.

Today, she focuses her attention on admissions strategy at the high school, college and grad school levels. Joined by her incredibly talented teaching team at Oxford Tutors, Elisabeth delights in helping students recognize that everything they need to know is already within them.  


Alex graduated with honors from the Courant Institute of Mathematics at NYU, and is a passionate tutor of advanced math courses and of standardized testing In his free time, Alex competitive table tennis, three cushion billiards and squash…and he’s fluent in Korean!


Benjamin was born and raised around Europe (Brussels, London, Amsterdam and Paris). He returned to England to study Mandarin, philosophy and world religions and then moved to New York for his Master's degree. He is now a passionate tutor of executive functioning and organizational skills, and of course, French!


A native of Seattle, Chase graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in History and Politics. Shortly thereafter he moved to New York and completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University, which included Organic Chemistry, Physics, and Biology courses. Chase has worked with all ages of students in a range of subjects, and enjoys helping students master the complexities of both humanities and hard sciences. He looks forward to continuing his work with students to help them reach their full academic potential.


Jesse attended Princeton University and now tutors Latin, Writing, English, History, French, Ancient Greek, Study Skills, all three sections of the SAT, the ISEE/SSAT, and numerous APs and SAT IIs. When not tutoring, Jesse is an actor and writer and like spending time with his wife Kimiye and daughter Ruby.


Jake graduated from Columbia University. He tutors middle and high school English, Reading, Writing, Math, and Organization/Executive Functioning as well as standardized test prep. Jake is passionate about grade and score improvement but even more so about the holistic growth that is possible with the individual attention and feedback of the tutorial setting. When he isn't tutoring, you'll find Jake living the NYC actor dream.


Katie teaches literature and philosophy at New York University and is an Associate Scholar of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard in May 2015, and holds an MPhil in English from Cambridge University and a BA in Classics from Amherst College. Since 2008, Katie has taught hundreds of college students as a Teaching Fellow and Literature Tutor at Harvard and as a Lecturer at Northeastern University. Katie grew up in New York City and graduated from Hunter College High School, where she was later a substitute teacher. She has tutored middle school, high school, and college students in the New York City area and online for more than ten years. She specializes in writing, English, other Humanities subjects, Latin, and college application essays, and is a warm, enthusiastic, and supportive teacher.


Laura has extensive experience tutoring Mathematics, French Literature, Economy, History, and standardized testing. Originally from Paris, Laura  holds a Master in Science from HEC, France's #1 Business School, and a Master in Fine Arts from Columbia University.When she's not tutoring, Laura works in the city as an actor and a drama teacher and runs the Directed Studies program at the French American School.


Lindsay is a graduate of Columbia University who mentors students in Math, Writing, and standardized tests of all kinds! In her free time, she enjoys getting lost in bookstores, wandering through flea markets, and hunting down cool street art.


Neil received a BA with Honors in Political Science from Middlebury College (where he was captain of the Men's Crew Team) and an MFA from Columbia University. He most enjoys tutoring English Literature and advising on executive functioning, and when not tutoring, Neil enjoys fitness, reading and theatre.


Nick has been tutoring for more than sixteen years. He received his bachelor's in English from Princeton and his master's from NYU in film production. He has helped students with standardized tests including the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEFL, and various SAT II subject tests, and various disciplines including physics, chemistry, writing, history, and mathematics from pre-algebra all the way through to calculus. When not teaching, he enjoys filmmaking and making music on his ukulele.


B Nicole A. Watson is an educator and freelance theater director. She received her BA in History from Yale and an MA in interdisciplinary studies from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Nicole is a former history teacher and currently tutors in History and English as well as test prep for the ACTs, ISEE's SAT Subject tests (History and Literature) as well as the AP History and English exams. When not tutoring, Nicole teaches directing at NYU and directs plays across the country. She also loves running and hopes to run her second marathon this year.


Torrey Townsend tutors in Writing, American Studies, World Literature, and SAT prep. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University and his B.A. from New York University. When he’s not tutoring, Torrey works as a playwright and screenwriter.


Carly graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science. She tutors the PSAT/SAT/ACT, SSAT/ISEE/SHSAT, and the U.S. History, Literature, and Composition APs and SAT IIs, and in her free time enjoys perfecting the art of the grilled cheese.


James Leaf received a BA from Harvard University where he worked as a peer tutor in history and literature. Now, he tutors students of all ages, from elementary school to graduate school, specializing in writing technique, the social sciences, history, literature and the arts. He has been been a guest lecturer at Amherst College, University of Michigan, Connecticut Public Schools, and Barnard College is co‐founder and Artistic Director of The Fengari Ensemble.


Ryan grew up in Austin, Texas, where he received his BFA at the University of Texas before attending Yale University for his MFA.  He has tutored for over 12 years, focusing mostly on teaching standardized tests (ACT, SAT, ISEE, SAT II’s) and helping U.S. and international students get into their top choice schools.  He is also a playwright, screenwriter and actor, and currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two-year old daughter, Iris.


A graduate of Harvard University, George has been a head and assistant basketball coach at schools ranging from Stanford to Ursinus, and now dedicates himself to mentorship in the sports recruitment process. George focuses on helping student-athletes navigate the recruiting process by taking an “every step of the way” value proposition that guides athletes throughout their high school career and ensures that they reach their potential with a successful transition to the college level.


Ian was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and graduated from Yale University with a BA in Music. He enjoys tutoring in a breadth of subjects, including standardized testing, English, Spanish, French, Math, Chemistry, and Physics. Ian is also a musician, theater artist and lover of Japanese food.


Mallory grew up in New York City, where she attended both Hunter College Elementary and High Schools. She continued her studies at Georgetown University, from which she graduated magna cum laude. Mallory tutors math, English/writing, organizational/study skills and several standardized tests. She's seen every episode of "Seinfeld" at least twice.


What our clients say

9 of 10

Students are admitted to their School/University of Choice


of Students Experience a Standardized Testing Score Boost of at least 10%


of families would recommend Oxford Tutors

"...it was a relief to hear something different from Oxford Tutors NYC: "We need to get to know your child before we can tell you how our sessions will work for him." Our tutor insisted on interviewing my son before outlining a schedule and process."


Mother of SAT/College Prep Student

"I got a scholarship to do my ACT prep with Oxford Tutors and the experience changed my life. I was a B student, but I aced the test and then everything changed..."

Rizwan, 18


“I’m delighted to have Oxford Tutors as a resource. They are a special group of people—kind, committed, thorough, and perceptive. They’re team players, and passionate about what they do. I highly recommend them!”

Dr. Larry Hess

Neuropsychologist and Learning Evaluator

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