I help gifted and engaged students find their love of math, and use it to succeed.
What I do
I don’t aim to change the contents of my students’ minds. I aim to change their architecture. To my students, this means tackling fun problems and challenging puzzles that they’d never see in a classroom. To their parents, it’s about authentic engagement, permanent advancement, and self-management under pressure.
Why I do it
Because I love it. And because gifted students are too often under-served.
Gifted students have the potential to bring about positive change in the future. But they don’t get extra attention when they stop learning.
I challenge bright kids in order to turn complacency into determination, disinterest into engagement, and frustration into delight.
I’ve spent nearly 15 years (starting in 2002) working full-time to help students excel at math and general problem solving.
I taught as a student instructor at MIT, and earned an SB.
Math Puzzle Master
In 2009, 2015 and again in 2017, my team won the MIT Mystery Hunt, arguably the most challenging amateur puzzle competition in the world. (This taught me more than I expected, about intellectual success under pressure.)
Math Competition Coach
From 2008 to 2013 I was Head Coach of the (San Francisco CA) Urban School Math Competition Team.
From 1995 to 2007 I was also a part-time professional musician.
Wes Carroll’s Blog & Puzzler PodcastBelow you'll find my most recent posts and episodes. Click the posts to access my blog and podcast.
Say NO to ROPO (in private education)
What’s wrong with math education
Put a little math in your life!
What’s wrong with standardized tests for teachers?
Cheating on the SAT
22: Split the check
Podcast – 21: The faulty odometer
Podcast – 20: The middle digit
Podcast – 19: The token tax
Podcast – 18: The circular track
I do incredible things for focused families like yours.
My students are in: Middle school through college
I charge: $375 to $525 per 85-minute session
($375 for initial sessions; $450 for curriculum work; $525 for test prep)