Our names are Daniel and Patrick Brown, and we founded Occam Education in 2009.
Our students have studied business, medicine, consulting, architecture, international relations, film-making and dozens of other subjects at top universities across the US and the UK (yes, including at Ivy League schools), but we do more than just help students reach universities. As you learn about us, you will find that our services are absolutely personalized but they all have a single purpose: we simplify the process of getting an excellent education followed by a great job in a career your child will love.
We differ from other tutoring and consulting companies in our method and our goal. Our method blends mentoring, education, psychology and science to create personal development plans. Our model emphasizes actualizing self-potential through experiential and traditional learning. Our goal is to guide young students through adolescence to become happy, successful adults working in careers they find energizing and fulfilling.
Our teaching and development philosophy is heavily influenced by positive psychology. Our entire team focuses on guiding students to become self-motivated, happy and productive members of society in careers that they choose. We emphasize the importance of persistence over the belief in biological genius, and our standardized testing results demonstrate exactly this: test scores rise dramatically with study. We also push our students to seek out and embrace failure. Highly competitive admissions processes have encouraged many students to avoid risk: students take easy classes to ensure good grades, and students seek extracurricular activities that will safely yield impressive results. Risk aversion is a shortsighted strategy that ultimately proves harmful as ‘safe’ choices become increasingly limited. We encourage our students to embrace failure as an opportunity to build resilience and an opportunity to demonstrate perseverance.
We work remotely with students 365 days a year. Our consultants and tutors speak with students regularly to plan homework, identify tasks and ensure we stay updated about what is happening in our students’ lives. We deliver private lessons to students using WebEx, a teleconferencing platform that features screensharing and tools for real-time and interactive collaboration using documents, videos and educational software. We organize and archive all communication in a single Occam platform. Students have access to complete their homework, see their lesson schedules and review upcoming tasks and deadlines. Parents have access to this so they can be as involved in the day-to-day operations as they would like. We also provide weekly and monthly email summaries for parents who prefer more condensed updates.
We are dedicated to three values that define the service we provide: personalization, transparency, and excellence. Every student is unique, which is why we customize the delivery of our services to each student – from the lengths of lessons, to the way we communicate, to the structure of the courses we teach. We take pride in providing our clients with information about their children as soon as it becomes available via our revolutionary online client management platform. No other company allows families to see tasks, lesson reports and test scores in real time. Excellence drives us to continue improving our service, even in the absence of competition. We continually incorporate new findings from psychological and educational studies and invest in new technologies to ensure our services tomorrow are even better than they were today.