SAT Tutor and ACT Tutor– Harvard-Educated, Over 30 Years Experience


My name is Chris Dingman. I offer what I believe is the highest quality SAT and ACT tutoring available.

A summa cum laude graduate from Harvard, and voted Marin County's Best Tutor for 2022 by readers of The Pacific Sun, I’ve been helping students greatly improve their SAT scores for more than 30 years.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area in California and teach by Zoom everywhere. My teaching career began as an undergraduate at Harvard, where I served as a course assistant in Calculus. Since then I’ve been teaching and tutoring for more than 30 years, as well as working with numerous educational companies to develop educational content, including standardized test preparation and instructional videos.

Why Work With Me instead of a Test Prep Company
  • Experience: Teaching is an art. It isn’t just about conveying information. It’s about meeting a particular person and helping that person feel comfortable and confident. I have a deeper background, more expertise, and more experience helping students than do test prep company teachers. To make a profit, SAT prep companies have to pay lower rates to their instructors and higher rates to you, keeping the difference. This means they hire instructors with less experience. When you work with me, you cut out the middle man. All your money goes to buying quality instruction instead of a company’s overhead.
  • An Individualized Program: Any “one-size-fits-all” program for teaching is really a one-size-fits-none” program. I assess students with a practice test and then target only the areas your teen needs to study and practice. We go at the pace that best suits your teen, pausing to take more time where needed and skipping over the material your teen has already mastered. All your money goes to teaching material your particular teen can benefit from in a style that suits them.

  • Along with standardized test prep, I also tutor all levels of math, from basic math through Calculus, as well as physics, chemistry, and biology.

    In addition, I have a parallel career as a professional writer of screenplays, essays, and poetry, and I tutor writing from organizational help, to sentence structure/style, to grammar. My writing website can be found at www.SparkWrites.com.

    To find out more about me, please read below or visit my website at:

    My rates vary according to frequency of tutoring and time of the year. Please contact me regarding your particular needs and schedule
    All my tutoring is online by ZOOM or Gmail Meet.

    More About My Approach:
    Teaching isn’t just knowing the answers. It’s an art. Classrooms are not good environments in which to practice the art of teaching. Working with me, students feel a sense of calm and confidence that allows them to think clearly, ask questions, tap into their natural desire to learn, and to succeed.

    My tutoring approach is easy-going, focused, and individualized. These three elements complement and amplify each other. Time spent with me is more efficient and effective than classroom instruction, which must use what I call a “one-size-fits-none” approach. By contrast, I help create a relaxed atmosphere and authentic connection that puts students at ease and allows optimal learning.

    Students often succeed with me even when they've been frustrated by subjects or other tutors and teachers. Students almost always see both their confidence, scores, and grades go up.

    Online Tutoring Platforms
    Zoom is not a good platform for classroom instruction but is an excellent one for one-on-one private tutoring. While maintaining a visual connection to the student, I can use my computer as a whiteboard which I share with the student. (All whiteboard notes can be sent to the student after the session.)

    You can contact me from my website at
    Or call me at

    I have outstanding references available on request.

    I look forward to hearing from you with any questions you may have.

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