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Academic Advisors (formerly Connecticut Speed School’s education arm) has been helping students soar past their academic and test preparation goals since 2011.

Our model is simple: pay more for the best instructors around, get those instructors the best resources possible, and use data analysis to make learning as efficient as possible. 

We look forward to helping you with 

  • Academic Tutoring
  • Test Preparation (SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and most any other acronym laden test)
  • Study Skills
  • Supplementation Education (learning about some topic solely because you’re interested in it)

In addition, we have many cutting-edge, low-cost programs designed to fit both your budgets and needs. 



Meet Our Problem Solvers

Vinny Madera

Director of Education

Random Vinny Facts

Favorite Podcast: The Omnibus
Catch him listening to…90s hip-hop, 90s alternative, classic rock, 2019 pop music (thanks kids)
Last books read: Grit, Make it Stick, Parallel Worlds, The Marshmallow Test, Fight Club, and a slew of early-reader books (thanks again, kids).

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

Vinny is writing this about himself in the third person—that makes him feel special. Vinny has a BS in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Connecticut and a MSc from Fairfield University in Applied Mathematics. He is the lead teacher for all the programs running at the Academic Advisors and has written 99% of the content that has helped students see their goals in the rear-view mirror.

In addition to this full time job, he also has a full time job running a national education company (Test Prep Wizards) that specializes in diagnostic testing for school and institutions as well as material licensing. In addition to that, he also is an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater, Fairfield University. He usually teaches Accelerated Statistics but also dabbles in some calculus teaching and more basic statistics courses. He puts that statistics knowledge to good uses pinpointing student weakness through data and then crafting action plans to help students dominate their studies.

Vinny spends what little free time he has with his amazing family, pretending he is still athletic enough to play basketball with millenials, or trying to find 15 minutes to take a nap.


Test Preparation

  • Tier 1 SAT Instructor
  • Tier 1 ACT Instructor
  • Tier 1 SSAT Instructor
  • Tier 1 ISEE Instructor
  • Tier 1 GRE Math Instructor
  • Tier 1 GMAT Math Instructor
  • Tier 1 LSAT Logic & Games Instructor

Academic Tutoring

  • Tier 1 Prealgebra Instructor
  • Tier 1 Algebra I Instructor
  • Tier 1 Geometry Instructor
  • Tier 1 Algebra II Instructor
  • Tier 1 Precalculus Instructor
  • Tier 1 Calculus Instructor (AB & BC)
  • Tier 1 Statistics Instructor
  • Tier 1 Math Instructor
  • Tier 1 Study Skills Instructor

Lead English Instructor

Random Lindsay Facts

Whats on your playlist?
 Lumineers, Hozier, and Mumford & Sons 
What do you do in your free time? 
Free time? Two crazy kids = 0 free time.

Lindsay Quote

Lindsay graduated with a B.A. from Connecticut College (Go Camels!) and an M F.A. in creative non-fiction from Fairfield U (Go Stags!)

Currently, she teaches composition and literature at Fairfield U and Norwalk Community College. In addition to helping students academically, Lindsay has a degree in psychology and uses that to help students optimize understanding of a wide variety of topics. 


Test Preparation

  • Tier 1 SAT Verbal Instructor
  • Tier 1 ACT Verbal Instructor
  • Tier 1 SSAT Verbal Instructor
  • Tier 1 ISEE Verbal Instructor
  • Tier 1 SAT Language Subject Test

Academic Tutoring

  • Tier 1 Writing
  • Tier 1 Literature and Language (AP included)
  • Tier 1 Creative Writing
  • Tier 1 College Essay
  • Tier 1 Psychology
  • Tier 1 History
  • Tier 1 Study Skills Instructor
Carmine (CJ) Corica

Math Instructor

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."

Test Preparation

  • Tier 2 SAT Instructor
  • Tier 2 ACT Instructor
  • Tier 2 SSAT Instructor
  • Tier 2 ISEE Instructor

Academic Tutoring

  • Tier 2 Prealgebra Instructor
  • Tier 2 Algebra I Instructor
  • Tier 2 Geometry Instructor
  • Tier 2 Algebra II Instructor
  • Tier 2 Precalculus Instructor
  • Tier 2 Calculus Instructor (AB)