I help gifted and engaged students find their love of math, and use it to succeed.
What I do
My mentoring specialty lies at the intersection of math enrichment and overall intellectual performance. 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.
Simply put, there is no better private teacher of mathematics and SAT prep for students of exceptional ability in the entire San Francisco Bay Area than Wes Carroll.Chris Borland
Wes Carroll was *phenomenal*. … It truly was a life-changing conversation. My self-awareness and general insightfulness have noticeably improved since. For me, Wes Carroll was the most helpful Mathcamp visitor ever, by a long shot.Attendee
Wes is a great tutor and a great friend. I’m also a fan of his podcast, The Puzzler!. When you’ve got Wes’ brainpower, a terrific puzzle podcast is just the sort of thing you can crank out for fun, in your spare time.Nathan Fox
Wes Carroll has a laser-sharp focus, a quick wit, and connects directly with what a student needs. If you want to increase your understanding and scores while you decrease your stress, work with Wes.Ben Bernstein, PhD
That was probably the most efficient tutoring session I’ve ever witnessed.Debbie S.
A high-energy, no-nonsense force.Denise Flagg
The Math 2 SAT Subject test help was great. But I especially appreciated the life advice. I know I can apply these new tools to boost my confidence and my success in any aspect of my academic life. Maybe even beyond.C. Leung
You explain things clearly, but if I don’t understand the explanation, you explain it in a different way. And a different way again—and again. You’ll explain something five different ways if that’s what it takes for me to understand.R. Hooper
Not only is Wes Carroll an insightful, brilliant math tutor par excellence, but he is hands down the best Skype teacher I know. I don’t know how he does it, but his enthusiasm and stage presence are even more infectious on screen than in person.Justin Sigars
She is stunned that she did so well. You were simply awesome in working with her, and I can’t thank you enough!David B.
(Yours) was the highest rating this summer among our visiting teachers. (All of the others have Ph.D.’s, by the way.)M. Debowsky
Wes is absolutely fantastic! He figures out how your kid learns and teaches him or her the way they need to reach their goals…With Wes, she learned not only the SAT, she learned to have confidence to do her best.Claire Serrato
…working with Wes, these students will rocket-launch their math scores and even increase their eagerness to excel at highest altitudes. Wes’s enthusiasm is infectious, his efficiency in teaching enormously productive, and his service as a role model for what an ambitious student can achieve priceless. I count on him to help make dreams come true for my brightest academic stars.Scott Cowan
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)