Brandon Hendrickson, ACT/SAT/ISEE/SSAT Test Prep

Brandon Hendrickson, ACT/SAT Test Prep

Goodness, do I love teaching the SAT and ACT! Does that sound absurd? Maybe I can explain why.

I always did well in school, but in high school I found myself bored and in my junior year decided to homeschool myself. I studied ancient Greek and practiced quite a lot for my SAT – on which I got a 1590 out of 1600! With that, I became a National Merit Scholar, and the first person in my family to be accepted to a four-year college.

I graduated summa cum laude from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State, where I got a fantastic liberal arts education. I then got my M.Ed. in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education from the University of Washington, where I got to examine education with a microscope and a fish-eye lens.

I’ve been leading students through the SAT and ACT for the last decade. It’s an opportunity to help students take on a really difficult challenge, to help lessen the stress of college admissions frenzy, and to build powerful skills they use throughout their lives – skills in reading powerfully, computing inventively, writing clearly, and thinking creatively.

I’m a brain science geek, and I’ve been developing more efficient and more powerful ways to learn. This has culminated in something I’ve created, called a "Deep Practice Book", which I was delighted to give a TED talk on at TEDxYouth@Issaquah.

I'm an aspiring polymath, moderately obsessed with topics as diverse as cognitive psychology, paleontology, the social effects of technology, moral philosophy, and first-century history. I consider it a dull day if I haven't scribbled down at least one potentially life-altering idea.

It's been my delight to help students fall a little more in love with learning, and to do it better.

Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, University of Washington
  • Bachelor’s Degrees in History and Religious Studies, summa cum laude, from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Member of the Advisory Board at foundry10, an educational not-for-profit
  • 10 years coaching the SAT and ACT, as well as assorted other tests
  • Taught an advanced reading class in the Comparative History of Ideas Department at the University of Washington
  • Led seminars in philosophy, world religions, evolutionary biology, and history with students in college, high school, middle school, and grade school.
  • Gave a talk at TEDxYouth@Issaquah: “Why Doesn’t SAT Prep Work?”

"We were very fortunate to have found Lauren last year. Our daughter, a sophomore at BHS, was struggling in AP Chem and Pre Calc. She felt very discouraged after trying hard on her own and going to after school tutorials that were not as effective as we had hoped. Lauren came highly recommended by a close friend. Even though her schedule was already full, she found a way to fit us in. Lauren is very professional: she is always on time or early and is respectful to our family and schedule. My daughter really enjoys working with her for the following reasons:

  -Lauren is energetic, eager to teach and always has an infectious positive attitude

  -Lauren is very good at explaining new concepts and sharing new strategies

  -My daughter is very comfortable talking to her and asking her questions.  

We would definitely recommend her service to anyone looking for tutoring help!"

- Jennifer Chang, Daughter at Bellevue High School; 11th grade

Pre-Calculus & AP Chemistry