David Thompson


Master of Arts, Education, California State University-Dominguez Hills, 2005

Bachelor of Science, Education, Boston University, 1996

Associate's Degree San Diego Community College, 1993


Massachusetts Initial License, Social Studies, 5-9, 8-12 (retired); SEI Endorsement

David has been teaching and tutoring students in grades 3-12 for over 25 years, in English Language Arts, Math, History, Social Studies, and MCAS preparation. He prepares students for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, MAPs, and GED tests. He prepares students for private school and college admission, including interview coaching and admission essay support. He has extensive experience working with ELL populations as well as students with a wide range of special needs, including providing students with executive functioning skill support.

David says:

I love tutoring kids, but, more importantly, I love seeing each child accomplish their goals. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a client get into their top-choice school based on the hard work they put in. I make sure the kids are set up for success…the first time!

Kids want me as their tutor because they learn quickly while having fun, but I also teach how to remember new skills/knowledge. There are so many fun ways to remember what you learn…I tend to get creative when it comes to memory tricks. That gives our sessions a great balance between academics and the arts.

I am very flexible. If you have to change the day/time/length of a session, I can accommodate you.

I have a wealth of experience teaching HW help in all subjects through the college level, including prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, MAPS, interviews: you name it, I can teach it.

Personally, I play in a band and create the drum and synthesizer tracks for a huge wall of sound. I love and own classic cars. I love a great history book. I love Massachusetts as well! Great communities and super families!”

David was also named Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year 2004.

“My son really enjoyed working with David Thompson. His test scores definitely improved from his first test to his second and in only a short amount of time. David would think of creative ways to remember things and made learning fun for my son. He was always reliable and flexible in scheduling. I would highly recommend David and would definitely use him again in the future!” -Lindsey D, Woburn

“When I first spoke with David Thompson and explained my hopes and needs in getting my Middle School-aged boys prepared for their needed improvement on their second attempt at the ISEE exam, he responded, “results are my middle name.” I can now confidently say that he was not lying. Both of my children significantly improved their scores after working with David. He was extremely easy to work with, communicated well, was always very prepared for the sessions and had an extremely personable approach, which made the sessions enjoyable for my children. I was extremely satisfied with our experience. Highly recommend David and would certainly use him again.” -Keven K, Natick

“Alexandra was super communicative and made the process of finding a tutor so quick and simple. She spent time listening about my daughter’s education, tutoring needs and personality and Wow! she really chose the perfect tutor for her. My daughter was reticent to have a tutor, but from the moment David Thompson walked in the door, she was smiling and excited to learn. Her first comment when he left was that he was funny and super, super smart! In fact, she now looks forward to his weekly tutoring visits; the one day she had to do a zoom session she commented that she missed him being in person. He makes her laugh and makes learning fun, which is a true gift that he has, yet he is extremely professional and communicative. The entire experience went well beyond the expectations of my husband and I!” -Jen R, Charlestown

“We really appreciated David Thompson’s tutoring. He had a lot of helpful and fun learning tools and worked with our daughter to make sure she understood math concepts. She got into the exam school we wanted! Thanks very much for all of your help preparing for the ISEE exam, and we will give you a call in a few years to help our younger daughter.” -Rachel P., Hyde Park

“I just wanted to let you know what a fantastic experience and positive outcome we had as a result of David Thompson’s tutoring. My son was able to score more than nine times higher on the verbal section of the SSAT than he had originally scored, with his overall score being four times higher than his original score! From the beginning, we were so thrilled with David. He motivated our son to study on his own and our son actually went in to the test excited and confident about taking it the second time. We would absolutely use David again if needed in the future. Thank you to Boston Tutoring Services for all your help and organization.” -Margie F., Carver

“We asked for David Thompson for our son specifically because he was able to be flexible in timing for sessions, but most importantly because he patiently but in a thoroughly no-nonsense way taught our son HOW to do the test (and as needed, math that he hadn’t even learned in school yet). David carries himself in a way that is simultaneously gentle but gets the kid’s respect, and I think that’s the key to his success in teaching.” -Jen G., Brighton

“We are happy with David Thompson in correcting our essays. Being the first immigrant and bad at English, his help really makes a difference! I just found that this website does not allow me to leave 5 stars. He definitely is the 5-star tutor.

Thank you, Dave.”
-Wendy L., Natick

“I wanted to send my thanks for sending David Thompson along to tutor my daughter. He was very flexible with meeting as my daughter’s schedule can be a bit crazy and he worked at her pace so she wasn’t getting overwhelmed. Finding out that there really isn’t going to be an ISEE test [due to Covid-19] let us do some interview prep and he really did a great job getting her to talk and add pertinent information and help her stand out. She is very reserved and she ended up feeling very comfortable and doing a great job in her interviews. Again, we appreciate everything he did and couldn’t recommend him more!” -Jen P., Dorchester

“My great thanks and appreciation to David Thompson from BTS for preparing my daughter for a private school exam (ISEE) and an interview.

While we started the process late and had not much time before the deadlines, David worked with us to create a plan for test preparation and interview. The sessions were planned and conveyed in a way to make the most of tutoring time with guidance and structure for self-study between the sessions. The materials were well organized. And it all took place online. David also was very engaging and motivating.

As a result, my daughter was confident to talk during the interview and was able to improve significantly in the testing scores compared to practice tests.

I highly recommend David’s services.” – Anna K., Brookline

Dave Thompson was fantastic in getting my son ready for the ISEE. He covered all the content in a stress-free and fun approach. My son saw a meaningful jump in his scores as a result. I have made a point to recommend Dave to several people since our time with Dave. My son was accepted into all of the schools that he applied to and ended up choosing The Roxbury Latin School. Dave will always be in our hearts! Thank you Dave.” – Anonymous, Boston

“My son had such a positive experience working with David as his SSAT upper level tutor.  We just received the actual test score, and are so proud!   He made great strides, particularly in the verbal section where he was struggling, and managed to bring up his score significantly from the practice exam he did immediately prior to working with David.  I would highly recommend David for any prep tutoring services.  He was kind, but firm, provided excellent guidance on strategies, and helped build my son’s confidence along the way.  Moreover, David was very flexible in working with our schedule, which sometimes changed from week to week depending on academic and sports commitments.  David often went above and beyond, including providing additional resources that Aidan could use to practice on his own.  Thank you to Boston Tutoring Services, and a special thank you to David, for everything.” – D.C., Wayland