Ross Mcelwain

Ross Mcelwain


Central London

Universities attended

University of Cambridge
Birkbeck, University of London

I specialise in

  • ACT
  • SAT I Maths

I also teach

  • AP Exam
  • Application Essays
  • College choice
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • Homework Help
  • ACT English
  • ACT Math
  • ACT Reading
  • ACT Science
  • ISEE Lower
  • ISEE Middle
  • ISEE Upper
  • SAT I
  • SAT I Critical Reading
  • SAT I Writing
  • SAT II French
  • SAT II French with Listening
  • SAT II German
  • SAT II German with Listening
  • SAT II Latin
  • SAT II Literature
  • SAT II Math Level 1
  • SAT II Math Level 2
  • SAT II U.S. History
  • SAT II World History
  • SSAT Lower
  • SSAT Middle
  • SSAT Upper


I have been an SAT and ACT tutor for 7 years, and in that time have coached over 150 students to exam success. My method is based around a set of bespoke materials which aim to take the student through the essentials in SAT maths, reading and writing and then provide him or her with numerous examples of different types of question. With this strong grounding, the student is very well prepared to deal with timing and other strategic concerns in the week or two before the exam.

I teach the SAT1, several SAT2 subject tests (Math 1 and 2, Physics, English Literature, World History, French and Latin), the ACT, and also GRE and GMAT at a higher level.


I have been a professional tutor since returning from Berlin to London in 2006. Aside from this, I am a film director and screenwriter. I currently direct commercials and music videos and am developing numerous projects for the small and big screens.

Personal Approach

I try to tailor my approach to the individual student as much as possible. What I mean by this is that I try to look for the sources of anxiety about the exam early on - eg 'I'm just not good at maths', 'My vocabulary sucks' - and seek to reassure the student about these over and above everything else. This reassurance will typically involve taking extra care over one part of the exam while also making brisk progress through the rest, so that confidence is built while weaknesses are addressed.

I tend to find that this works well. It's so common for students to have an anxiety about 5% of the exam that takes up 80% of their mental energy, and I think that redressing this balance as soon as possible can have a massive impact.