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David Phelps

BA, Yale University, Literature

Algebra, Chemistry, College Consulting, English Literature, French, Geometry, History, Latin, Physics, Spanish, Writing

David began tutoring in 2009, when he embarked on the job of private tutor and educational consultant to an internationally traveling family. A literature major at Yale, where he won a number of the top writing awards from the English Department, David has specialized in literature, languages, and history while tutoring all academic subjects at all levels. As a tutor, he has worked with students from lower school to grad school, from those struggling to improve their study habits and concentration to those looking to secure their place at the top of the class at New York’s best schools. As an educational and college consultant, he has helped families relocate their children to better-fitting schools and helped high schoolers both select and win admittance to their first-choice colleges and universities. His students have regularly been recruited by Ivy League writing programs and won national awards for their essays at the highest levels; most recently, he is very proud to have home-schooled a high schooler to admission at Yale.

A writer by trade, David has contributed to a number of academic anthologies and catalogs on art and, in particular, film. In 2010, The New Yorker declared him young critic of the year, and since that time, he has co-edited anthologies on classical Hollywood cinema and been invited around the world to lecture on experimental and world cinema. In the capacity of a professional translator, meanwhile, he has translated academic books and texts from French, Spanish, and Portuguese; he is also proficient in Arabic, German, and Latin. In all cases, however—as a writer, translator, editor, and tutor—David has seen his primary task simply to connect people, cultures, text, and ideas to one another. In that sense, Forum represents the culmination of a years-long ambition to provide New York families and tutors alike with a more effective way to expand and improve their interests, standing, and capabilities—a way to connect the people who can help each other the most.

Most recently, David is the co-founder (with Thomas Howell) of Felix, the first autopay app for freelancers and their clients: felixapp.co.

In his spare time, David enjoys skiing, hiking, playing piano—and catching up, like so many of his students, on Silicon Valley and Comedy Central.

Lloyd Mifflin Prize for Outstanding Work in English, 1st place (Yale, 2008)
John Hubbard Curtis Prize for Excellence in English (Yale, 2007)
The Elmore A. Willets Prize for Fiction (Yale, 2007)
National Dean’s List
AP Scholar with Distinction