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My name is Brooke. I'm a Stanford graduate and have scored perfectly on the recent SAT (2400!) and also scored in the 99th percentile when I took the test (out of 1600) in high school. Additionally, I've scored 36/36 on the ACT. I've been teaching and tutoring for over a decade and have over 10,000 hours experience tutoring children, teens, and adults.
Not only have I taught the tests working for or contracting with 10 different education companies, I have also been a curriculum writer, writing SAT prep curriculum, as well as debate and literature curriculum, for three different established education companies. I have also worked as a mentor and teaching assistant at the University of Southern California. I'm currently in the process of writing my own SAT prep book series for the new SAT.
In addition to test prep -- I also specialize in essay writing and college essay and application consulting. I've helped many students, and even adults looking for a career reboot or admission to grad school, craft a personal statement. I also have extensive experience teaching ISEE, SSAT, AP language & comp, AP literature & comp, AP US history, algebra I, geometry, algebra II, precalculus, SAT II (literature, math I & IIC, US history), GRE, LSAT reading section, MCAT verbal section, and essay writing. I am a grammar expert and have several students with whom I focus entirely on writing.
I also have experience teaching ESL to students ages 8-48, and can also help with pronunciation and accent elimination.
I do not specialize in upper-level science subjects (physics, chemistry, biology) or calculus, but can provide light homework help on occasion to students I have in other subjects.
For the last two years, I've been one of the top 100 WyzAnt tutors nationwide. I graduated with honors in American Studies from Stanford University in 2002 and completed an MFA in cinematic arts from USC in 2008. Though my academic background weighs heavily toward writing and verbal, I naturally excel in mathematics and am comfortable teaching that as well (fun fact: I have received a perfect score on the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and GRE math sections!). I've also tutored several students to a perfect score on the SAT math section! I've helped students pass out of Algebra and Geometry over the course of a summer -- and taught the entire course of both subjects via tutoring sessions from the ground up. I've also taught Math Olympiad and contest math -- I was on the state championship math team in high school.
I am a seasoned professional with test prep-- I've seen how several companies teach, I've worked with most every published SAT prep book available, and I know what works best and how to get results. My students describe me as energetic and funny. As a test prep expert and college essay consultant, I've worked with many levels of students from 99th+ percentile scorers and National Merit Scholars -- to those with learning disabilities. I've had former students attend Harvard, MIT, and Princeton, but have also worked with students just surviving high school.
With most standardized testing students, I start by having them take a diagnostic test. Using the results from this test, we make a personalized, targeted lesson plan to cover everything the student needs to know-- without wasting time covering areas he or she has already mastered.
If you live outside my 10 mile radius, do feel free to contact me. I tutor students farther away, schedule permitting, for a higher hourly rate. I also have worked with students online-- from Colorado to Sweden and China!
Hope to hear from you soon!
The ACT English section tests students on many rules of grammar--most of which are very teachable. Likewise the structure of the test presents many "pitfalls" that students sometimes struggle with. I point these out to students and help then guard against these types of inadvertent errors.
At Stanford, I majored in American Studies, so have a strong foundation in American History, as well as interdisciplinary work that deals in part with American History. I've helped multiple students with their course work in American History, including teaching effective techniques for developing research papers and preparing for the AP exam.
I've worked with multiple education companies over the last 8 years as a college essay and admissions consultant and lead instructor, guiding students to write essays that give them an edge in the admissions process. One example of a success story: I've had a student in the mid 1500's on her SAT who got into UCLA -- in part, I believe, because she wrote one of the most compelling admissions essays I've ever read (note students in this range or below make up less than 16% of admitted students to UCLA). I've also served as a Stanford admissions volunteer, working info sessions and college fairs, so understand the process from an admissions perspective as well. I have a strong background in writing (BA in American Studies from Stanford).
College Consulting services include:
-helping students develop a list of colleges they wish to apply to
-organizing a student's college application "to do" list
-helping students tailor their application to make the best impression possible to each school
-planning student application essays, discussing what makes a memorable essay and individually consulting students about what topics would best fulfill essay requirements
-discussing which teachers to request recommendation letters from
-editing and one on one revision of student's application essay
Along with teaching the SSAT and ISEE, I have helped several students applying to Catholic high schools with the HSPT exam. Like the ISEE and SSAT, the HSPT exam tests students' knowledge of both math and reading. Overall, it is typically an "easier" test than the ISEE or SSAT, but students can still use problem solving techniques that I teach for standardized tests in general, and I can also target and address individual student weaknesses. With over 10 years teaching standardized tests, I have helped students reach their goals and gain admission to private Catholic schools.
I've worked with children and adults who speak English as a foreign language, from beginners, to advanced students. I've also worked with several students using workbooks and targeted practice to reduce accents--focusing on proper vowel pronunciation--the primary source of accents (even in different regional dialects of American English). I've also taught grammar and sentence construction, whether basic grammar, idiomatic use of prepositions, or phrasal verbs (another very pesky subject for ESL students). Additionally, I have helped students preparing for the TOEFL.
As a graduate of USC School of Cinema Television's MFA program, I'm qualified to teach all aspects of independent film making, including producing, editing (Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects), directing, and digital cinematography. I can also review screenplays and write coverage (former script reader for Lakeshore Entertainment).
My greatest experience with the GRE is with teaching the math section. Oftentimes adult students haven't seen a right triangle in ten years, and may need a brush up on basic math skills. I use drills and worksheets to help students regain their prior proficiency in these basic skills, as well as learn a few new ones necessary for this particular test. I also have experience teaching the verbal (as well as writing) section, though now that the test has been revised, there are unfortunately fewer typical multiple choice tricks one can use (namely-- process of elimination). However, I can guide students in general principles of reading comprehension and vocabulary to help them grapple with the test, regardless of the fact that the new format is more challenging than the prior iteration of the test. A couple of successes: I've had one student improve her math score by 20 points (from ~20th percentile to 89th!), and another score within a few points of perfect overall on the exam for admission to a top 10 program in her field.
I've worked for three different education companies in Los Angeles teaching ISEE (at every level!) to students. I've helped students reach their score goals and gain admission to schools such as Marlborough and Harvard Westlake. ISEE is the 2nd most popular subject I've tutored in the past year (behind SAT prep and just ahead of ACT prep.) As I have extensive experience teaching middle school math, and have scored perfectly on the SAT (recent test 2400), I also can apply my standardized test knowledge to the ISEE test.
The ISEE is a standardized test used for admission to private school. The test comes in three levels -- lower, middle and upper. It tests math achievement, reading comprehension, verbal skills (vocabulary), and quantitative reasoning, and also includes an essay which is not scored, but sent to prospective schools. In my experience many students struggle on the ISEE because it is a multi-level test, meaning that 6th graders are confronting a test that includes topics they have never even seen in math class, or words they haven't learned! In the competitive private school admissions world, even though the test makers may claim that these younger students are not expected to know the upper level material, students who have private tutoring and can learn these skills despite their grade level carry a distinct advantage. Teaching students math and vocabulary beyond their grade level is usually a critical component of ISEE prep-- particularly for 4th, 6th, and 8th grade test takers.
Of course, ISEE scores are only one component of private school admissions-- students are also judged according to their grades, interview, essays, and other factors. In any case, I have always seen students I've worked with improve their scores.
Linear Algebra is an extension of many upper level Algebra topics students confront in Algebra II, including matrices, determinants, vectors, vector spaces, transformations, and eigenvectors/values. I have previous experience tutoring students in college level Algebra and Linear Algebra, and feel comfortable tutoring college students taking an introductory Linear Algebra course.
Please note I ONLY tutor the VERBAL section of the MCAT.
I began tutoring this section after a student approached me because of my GRE, LSAT and SAT background, even though I did not at the time have MCAT on my resume as a subject I teach. After a couple months of lessons, he improved his verbal score by several points-- and subsequently I have gone on to work with several other students over the past several years who have wanted to improve their MCAT verbal scores. Teaching MCAT verbal is one of my favorite subjects, because the questions present a unique challenge!
From my 10+ years of tutoring, I'm something of a reading comprehension expert.
I've scored perfectly on the SAT and ACT reading sections, and have performed very well on the LSAT reading sections as well (I usually miss 0-1 per section-- and usually only miss questions when pressed for time). I've also had a GRE student I coached score in the 98+ percentile on the new GRE (168/170).
I've gotten a perfect score on the SAT Math section twice! Once in high school on the old format test, and again as an adult on the revised SAT.
The problem a lot of students have with SAT math is that they look at a problem and they don't know where to begin. Rather than ask questions in a straight forward manner, the test is constantly asking students to dive in and use what they know -- and figure out the problem as they go. I help teach this problem solving method to students who are more used to math from school-- which requires them to look at and example problem and then do more problems exactly like the example. The SAT is different-- but that doesn't mean it can't be taught! It can! I break down strategies and "go to" ways of dealing with problems that may look impossible-- but actually use skills that many students already have.
I also collate types of problems and drill skills in math-- so that students can conquer types of problems they may not have learned at school (probability, statistics, and sequencing -- or other areas that typically get neglected in schools that haven't gotten through the whole book by the end of the year).
I've been teaching SAT reading for 8 years.
The reading test is standardized-- meaning that there are particular trends and preferences of the test. I help teach these to students, and also help them tease out questions to eliminate wrong answer choices.
Much of doing well in reading comprehension has to do with precision and clarity-- I teach techniques so that students can better understand the intent of the author and silence their own opinion to become better readers and "listeners" in a metaphoric sense.
Depending on the student, I also on occasion teach techniques for reading faster.
I've had several of my students score in the 99th percentile on this section.
The SAT Writing section is the most teachable portion of the SAT -- I've coached several students to a perfect score in this section, and several more to scores of 700+.
This section is straightforward in the sense that you either know the rule or you don't-- with the exception of the essay and idiomatic usage questions. I help teach students these rules and generally see good results-- and occasionally, dramatic score increases.
For the tougher idiomatic questions-- I have idiom lists and techniques students can use to increase their chances of doing well on these tough questions. I also have specific strategies that I teach for students to maximize their essay score depending on their individual writing strengths and weaknesses.
I have an MFA from USC's School of Cinematic Arts and have TA's for hundreds of graduate and undergraduate film students. I've also professionally produced content for Yahoo! Screen, PBS, and Stand Up to Cancer, and my work as a director has aired on MTV Europe and KCBS in Los Angeles. I know pre-production, production, and post production aspects of the field. I'm familiar with Final Cut Pro, AVID and After Effects.
The best tutor our son ever had — Brooke has an amazing talent and worked with our high school student via skype and the results are just amazing. She helped him with pre calculus and next she is going to help him with AP history as well as college entrance essay preparation. I don't often say something is a sure thing but Brooke is a sure thing if you want results. ...
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