Troup Wood

Troup W.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I've been tutoring professionally since 2012, starting by helping other Dartmouth students with their essays. And what I saw shocked me...

...Even Ivy League students didn't know how to write!

I was lucky to have a rockstar English teacher in high school, but it was at Dartmouth where I spent hours with professors on weekends, going over essays, seeing what the best teachers in the world (according to US News & World Report 2013) thought made a perfect essay.

Now that I've "cracked the code" I can teach your student the simple tricks. Trust me, it's easier to learn how to write when you're young--it makes the rest of your life so much easier.

In 2019, China's largest college-prep company saw how I was helping students and asked me to lecture for them in 10 major cities in China.

Now, not only do I tutor essay writing and English homework--I also do college prep, including building resumes, tailoring applications, and college essay coaching.

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Troup delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

By getting myself into Dartmouth, graduating cum laude with honors, and then volunteering as an applicant interviewer for Dartmouth, I learned how top schools select applicants.

I believe everyone has a story to tell in their personal statement, and I work with students through the brainstorming-phase through polishing their essays. I also help with resume-building, college selection, and demystifying the application process!

I also do English and humanities homework tutoring for any grade level.

See my video on my website (and get a discount!) by searching for "IvyGuideTutoring"


College Prep Coach and Lecturer
Jan 2018 - Present

As a college prep expert, I’ve been featured in Variety Magazine and flown to China to give speeches for the country’s largest education company, New Oriental. I’ve spoken to over 500 students, college counselors, and parents about tailoring applications to elite American universities.

Having interviewed applicants for Dartmouth College as an alumni volunteer, I know what top schools are looking for, and I have their playbook in my back pocket. That’s how I’ll ensure you or your child has an edge over the competition.

My specialty is guiding students through the college application essay. I believe everybody has a story to tell, and together we can tell that story in a way that fits the specific criteria admissions officers want.

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English Tutor
Jan 2015 - Present

I tutor Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College students on coursework in the humanities. As an English teacher, I volunteer inside Juvenile Hall, which has taught me how to engage even the most difficult students. Perhaps it's also worth mentioning that the position came with LA County's strictest safety and background checks.

My other focus areas are creative writing and filmmaking--as a one-man production team, I directed a feature documentary in Nepal and Nicaragua which won "Best International Documentary" at the Laughlin Film Festival. And I won a spot in the CAPE New Writer's Fellowship.

I'm located in Sherman Oaks, but travel within West LA and the SF Valley for private in-home tutoring.

I also offer online tutoring.

I look forward to working with you!

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B.A. in English modified with philosophy
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Dartmouth College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

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John B. Sep 14, 2019
AP English · In home

Troup is the best!! So friendly and professional. I honestly had no idea what I was going to do for my paper before he showed me how to do it. I cannot recommend him enough.

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