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Interview with Elias Neibart – Founder of Elias Neibart Tutoring

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Elias Neibart is the founder and owner of Elias Neibart Tutoring in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Elias Neibart was a Pat H. Odom Dean’s Achievement Scholar at Emory University. Neibart graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Emory and is working for two years before attending in law school.

Neibart interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

During college, Elias Neibart also conducted research. Neibart’s focus was on the American founding and the United States Constitution. Neibart also participated on the Emory University Mock Trial Team, where he was a nationally recognized mock trial competitor.

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Elias Neibart currently works in New York City, and he will soon attend Harvard Law School.

Between classes, we had the chance to sit down for a short interview with Elias Neibart to learn a little more about why he started Elias Neibart Tutoring and how he has translated his academic and extracurricular success to a promising new business venture.

Why did you start Elias Neibart Tutoring?

In advance of attending Harvard Law School, I have been asked to work with a growing number of students to improve their test scores and get admitted to top ten law schools.  It was clear to me there was a demand not adequately met by existing law school tutoring solutions.

What distinguishes Elias Neibart Tutoring from many better-known tutoring services, is that our classes are customized and personalized to meet the specific needs of our students, building on their testing strengths and eliminating testing weaknesses with cutting edge study strategies and proven test-taking tactics.  It is not one-size-fits-all.  Everyone learns differently and I am able to adapt my teaching style to the specific talents of the student.  In a smaller, more comfortable environment students are more free to make mistakes and ask questions, without the glare of peers and this is a much more conducive environment to mastery.

What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?

A typical day involves one or two two-hour sessions with my students. Before each session, I usually spend thirty minutes reviewing my lesson plan. To make the best use of my time, I plan out lessons to the minute; I create 8 fifteen-minute blocks, and I note what concepts or questions I want to review during each segment. By preparing in advance and outlining the goals for each class, I ensure that my students and I are staying on-track and using time effectively.

How do you bring ideas to life?

I think it is very important to be enthusiastic about the material you are teaching. If you actively engaged, your students will be engaged, and this passion and energy bring lesson plans and the ideas I try to convey.  The law can be presented in a dry textbook manner, but in the hands of a gifted and teacher, it can inform and inspire.  This is the standard I aspire to with every student and in every class.

What’s one trend that really excites you?

Since 2018, there have been notable increases in law school applications, and the number of people registering for The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by The Law School Admission Council.  From 2017 to 2018, the American Bar Association (ABA) reported an 8 percent increase in law school applications, the largest law school programs had seen since 2010.  LSAT registrations increased over 21 percent during that same academic year. These trends have continued in 2019 and 2020 and the 2019-2020 admission cycle saw a 3.3% increase in applicants, and experts anticipate a similar increase for 2020-2021.  This is a promising trend for the law school tutoring industry, and I have seen a similar uptick in demand for my tutoring services.

According to a recent report, the global private tutoring market was valued at approximately USD 96,218 million in 2017 and is expected to generate around USD 177,621 million by 2026, at a CAGR of around 7.1% between 2018 and 2026.

One of the more notable changes over the past 12 months has been the shift to online tutoring.

In response to the current health crisis, I recently launched a range of virtual options for prospective law school students seeking online learning and tutoring in advance of their law school admissions exams.

COVID-19 and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has meaningfully altered the way that all tutoring companies operate, and the industry is trending towards using Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft Teams. This shift excites me because now I can reach students globally who need assistance. I am no longer limited by my usual 25-mile radius.