I've worked as a full-time, professional tutor for the last nine years.
In the wide field of test prep, my areas of specialty include SAT I, SAT Subject Tests (literature and U.S. history), AP tests (literature, language, U.S. history, European history, and government), ACT, GRE, and TOEFL. I have helped approximately one thousand five hundred students improve their scores on all of these tests.
Despite my liberal arts background, I am equally adept at tutoring algebra, algebra II, geometry, and advanced forms of arithmetic. Many of my high school students have earned 700 and higher on the math portion of the SAT.
Furthermore, I regularly help international executives with their adjustment to American life, providing a strong emphasis on grammar, idioms, and business English. I've also worked as an ESL instructor.
As a writer, I've published ten books, one of which recently reached #1 in the Amazon Free Kindle store for a day and a half. This year, the Princeton Review hired me to write and edit an AP European History test prep book for global distribution. To other writers, I provide various editorial services ranging from light proofreading to heavy developmental work.
My personal philosophy on tutors: We must tread the fine line between friend and authority. While many may find this murkiness uncomfortable, it's the perfect place for my particular skills: equal parts personality and intellect. Though it's a cliche, I really do make learning fun.
Before entering the world of education, I worked in the film industry as a professional script reader, in high-tech as a sales writer, and in journalism at The Washington Post.
In high school, I was awarded a four-year full-tuition scholarship to The Catholic University of America, where I earned an M.A. in rhetoric and composition and a B.A. in literature. I graduated magna cum laude and was designated a University Scholar for my excellence in the honors program.
I also spent a year studying history and literature at the unbelievably historic and dreamy Oxford University, England. Since all of my "classes" were private tutorials with professors, I can honestly say that I've been on both sides of the tutoring fence.
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