Benjamin Pisciotta grew up in New York, attending Saint Ann’s school in Brooklyn. He graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Physics along with advanced studies in Mathematics after attending Johns Hopkins University and Brooklyn College. Ben has acquired a broad and deep experience working with children for the past fifteen years, teaching high-school and middle-school math and science in the NYC public schools, as well as teaching in more informal settings such as the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and leading his own Physics and Chemistry classes for groups of homeschooled students. As a private tutor, Ben has worked with students learning elementary-level arithmetic through college-level Calculus and Statistics; sciences including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology; and the math and science portions of standardized tests, including the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests.
Ben prides himself on his responsiveness to the needs of his students. While he brings a deep understanding of the subject area, his experience and pedagogical training help him to identify not just the content gaps, but the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional needs of his students as well. Some Physics students may learn best by starting with a deep survey of background material, while others respond better to categorizing problem types and identifying recipes or algorithms that work for each type. Some SAT students are excited by memorizing every single tips, tricks, and strategies and learning how to pick out the relevant problem types, while others may benefit more from a targeted review of content. By listening deeply to his students, and constantly adapting to their needs, Ben is able to make learning a comfortable, engaging, and effective experience.
When he’s not tutoring, Ben is training in Non-Violent Communication, bird-watching in Central Park, folding origami, or cooking vegetarian and Italian meals. He is currently enrolled at Columbia University in their Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program.