Focus Tutors & Test Prep


All of our tutors are carefully vetted and personally trained by our founder and president, Chris Falcinelli.

Our test tutors are of course highly qualified in the expected ways: test savvy, well educated, superbly skilled at understanding and communicating both the technical skills and the mindset necessary to succeed in the testing environment. They are great testers and great teachers of testing, and they must be both of those things in order to work here.

Our academic tutors are similarly well-qualified. Great teaching chops are an absolute must, on top of great credentials.

Just as important, however, is that our tutors are good and caring people. To be a truly effective tutor, one must really care about the well-being of the student and must internalize the student’s goals. There is no end to the number of people who can show a student what to do on a particular problem, or point out what’s wrong with an essay, but the great tutors are the ones who go the extra mile to engage with and understand their students. It is our goal at Focus that each and every one of our tutors has the innate empathy to complement and augment his or her teaching skills.

Who We Are

Chris Falcinelli

is the founder and president of Focus Tutors, and our senior test prep tutor. He has been coaching tests since 1995 and has long been one of New York City's most in-demand test tutors. Chris graduated from Princeton University and is the father of two New York City schoolchildren.

Bill McClintick

has spent the past 37 years working in college admissions and secondary college counseling. After a 10-year career as an admissions officer, including a stint as Acting Director of Admissions at Kalamazoo College (MI), Bill moved to the secondary side and spent 27 years as the Director of College Counseling at both Mercersburg Academy and George School in Pennsylvania. Bill's national leadership positions include a term as the President of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He has been a contributor to the New York Times education blog, The Choice, and has served as a secondary school representative on several NCAA committees. Bill has also had a successful career as a soccer coach at the collegiate and secondary levels and enjoys helping prospective scholar-athletes navigate the recruitment process.
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