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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.

Nico Adams

Nico graduated in 2016 from Brown University with a degree in mathematical physics. Throughout high school and college, he worked as a tutor in a lot of different contexts: with students one-on-one, in group sessions through college, and as a TA for several classes. Since graduating, Nico has made tutoring his main job. He primarily tutors in math, physics and chemistry, but he has also tutored English and other subjects. When Nico is working with a student on a difficult subject, his goal is generally to help them see it from a new perspective which makes sense to them. He will try to make sure that students leave each session feeling more confident and empowered than when they came.

Allison Harvey

Allison graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management that emphasized soil science. Though she graduated with a natural sciences degree, she began her college journey studying biology intending to study medicine. Overall, she has had a well-rounded experience in the sciences and enjoys Biology, Ecology, Anatomy, Chemistry, and Earth Sciences. As an avid reader and life long learner, she also enjoys talking about literature and writing, solving math equations, and studying social sciences.

Allison recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach to learning can be frustrating, and is dedicated to helping individuals find the niche that they excel in. Though a typically excellent student, she also knows what it is like to struggle in classes, and enjoys helping students overcome obstacles that prevent them from achieving their best.

Ruth Steinke

Ruth has been working with Higher Mark Tutors since 2017. She has a degree in Mathematics from Carleton College, and is a track and field coach there. She also tutors with the AVID program at Harding High School and works with individual students in a variety of classwork and test prep topics. She tutors Math, introductory high school chemistry, physics, English, literature, composition, US history, European history, and Spanish.

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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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