Ian Lekus

Tutor/Essay Specialist


  • Academic Support
  • Application Essays
  • English
  • Geography
  • Government
  • History- Euro
  • History- US
  • History- World
  • Writing


  • ACT
  • AP Exams
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • Subject Tests


  • Bethesda, MD
  • McLean, VA
  • Remote (Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime, etc.)


A native New Yorker, Ian Lekus studied history, politics, and gender studies as an undergraduate at Cornell University and a graduate student at Duke University. Since receiving his Ph.D., Ian has taught nearly two thousand undergraduate and Masters-level students at Harvard, Tufts, the University of Georgia, and the University of Maryland. In supervising more than one hundred senior honors and Masters projects at these universities and in directing a Harvard pre-law advising and fellowships program, Ian recognized how much he enjoys customizing advising and instruction for each student’s individual skills, background, and needs.

A transplant to the D.C. area, Ian is excited to bring his experience to help Prep Matters’ students achieve their goals. Beyond teaching, Ian’s eclectic passions include cooking, photography, biking, sports (especially soccer & hockey), and sci-fi, and on some evenings, he can be found channel-surfing back and forth between Project Runway and the Boston Bruins game.


My best teachers taught me that the art of problem solving included first determining what you are – and are not – being asked. From grammar to geometry, subject knowledge is critical for success on the SAT and ACT, but it is also essential to understand the testmakers’ goals and methods. For a test to be standardized, it must also be predictable, and I work with each student to break down these exams into a series of manageable tasks. From there, my students and I collaborate to identify their strongest skills and areas for further development, so they can make the best use of their study time and approach their exams with greater confidence and comfort.