Ben Honken

Ben has been tutoring since 2009. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Math Minor. Ben tutors Math, Chemistry, and Physics and has experience tutoring students of all ages, with his youngest student at 6 years of age and his oldest at 55. Ben enjoys working with students from different backgrounds and life stages and has experience tutoring students with learning disabilities.

As a former homeschooled student, he is passionate about individualized education. He believes that students are unique and should be taught in a unique way, tailored specifically to meet their needs. He founded Higher Mark Tutors with a passion to see every student reach their full potential. His desire is to connect students with the local tutors who are best equipped to meet their needs.

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Nick Skuza

Nick, graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Astrophysics as well as a B.S. in Physics.  He has been educated and trained to understand a broad range of mathematical and physical concepts and excels at explaining such concepts. He has a way of simplifying subject matter so that it is easy to understand and learn, even for those not confident with mathematical concepts.  He believes in the Socratic method of teaching which means he asks questions that will lead students to the correct answer rather than simply providing them with the answer.

He has been tutoring for over two years in several subjects including but not limited to: AP Calc, AP Physics, intro college level calculus and physics as well as the math and science portions of the ACT.  He knows what its like to struggle with tough subject matter and understands how frustrating it can be to when a subject that might have been been easy in the past suddenly becomes very difficult.  He is ready to help if you need it!


David Bezat

David Bezat loves working as a tutor to help students succeed. He has been tutoring with Higher Mark since early 2019. He has experience tutoring through the University of Wisconsin River Falls and began assisting students in a technology-focused magnet school. There he worked with primarily 3rd through 6th graders, and through the UWRF teaching program, he began working with more high school students. He loves assisting students of all levels, and have been working in the field of special education for the past three years. He is currently a paraprofessional at Lionsgate Academy. He enjoys working in an integrated program with a focus on Autism Spectrum disorder, and other learning disabilities. Although his major was in English, he has found success tutoring math, science, and readiness for standardized tests. He is always willing and eager to help students achieve their highest level of success, and his objective is to build a solid relationship with those he works with.


Stephen Longfield

Stephen, a native of Dubuque, Iowa, graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College with a major in mathematics and a minor in statistics. He has a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Over the past eleven years, he served as a tutor at St. Olaf College, a teaching assistant and instructor at the University of Illinois, and an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has taught such subjects as algebra II, trigonometry, precalculus, finite mathematics, differential equations, discrete mathematics, and calculus I, II, and III, and has received excellent reviews from his students. He strives to share the wonders of mathematics with his tutees and help them achieve their full potential.


Barb Short

Barb began tutoring in 1990 while working on her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in statistics and mathematics at the University of Minnesota. At the same time, she graded homework for an array of primarily undergraduate math courses. After completing her Masters in Statistics at North Carolina State University, she started tutoring students in lower division math courses again. She taught math courses at the U of MN, St. Thomas University and Normandale Community College and then returned to tutoring exclusively in 2014 with a greater emphasis on statistics.

Over her career she has benefited greatly from excellent teachers and tutors and for that reason it gives her great pleasure to help a student understand a concept, apply a theorem or definition to a problem, interpret a graph, or follow the reasoning behind a particular strategy. She likes strengthening a student’s confidence, helping them develop a sense of mastery, and perhaps helping them discover or rediscover the joy of mathematics.

Higher Mark Tutors’ Code of Conduct

In addition to completing our application process and passing a background check, all of our tutors are required to abide by our 28 point Tutor Code of Conduct. Feel free to click the link to view our code of conduct.

If for any reason you feel your tutor is not adhering to this code of contact please contact Ben@highermarktutors.com.

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