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Mel I.

Merritt Island, FL

$60/hr

Experienced NYU Grad for SAT/ACT/Admissions and Math Tutoring

Background check passed as of 7/24/14
Usually responds in about 1 hour

Experienced NYU Grad for SAT/ACT/Admissions and Math Tutoring

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I am a knowledgeable and patient SAT, ACT, math, and college applications coach with more than five years' full-time experience in New York tutoring the SAT with underprivileged students, in Buenos Aires running my own college preparation company, and here in Central Florida working as a private tutor.

I have 99th percentile scores on all sections of the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT and was a National Merit Finalist due to my SAT scores, receiving a $100,000+ merit-based scholarship to attend New York University.

Unlike other tutors, I am highly proficient in teaching all sections of these exams AND the subject material behind them, not just the verbal or the quantitative portions, or strategy only. I focus on each student by creating an individualized lesson and study plan that adapts to his or her level, motivations, and learning type.

As well, I strive to stay very informed about issues that are important to the prospective college student in Florida - the universities' test score and GPA requirements, campus culture, and Bright Futures scholarship requirements. Also, I regularly take the exams and update my prep materials. Every fall I read applications for an elite national college scholarship program, and I regularly attend college fairs and campus tours. I write extensively on these topics and am happy to answer any questions about the college experience!

My students have gone on to their top-choice universities that in many cases started as a dream, including Columbia, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Loyola-Marymount, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, and University of Miami.

Please note: Sessions are typically two hours in length and in-home.

Testimonials

"Incredible tutor "

- Diane, Oak Hill, FL on 10/21/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Theresa, Melbourne Beach, FL on 1/26/15

"Melificent! "

- Alicia, Merritt Island, FL on 1/22/15

"Great overall experience with Mel"

- Angie, Merritt Island, FL on 1/15/15

"Raised my ACT math score by 5 points!"

- Kaley, Satellite Beach, FL on 1/7/15

"Very Calm"

- Amilda, Saint Cloud, FL on 10/25/14

"Great experience!"

- Jodi, Melbourne, FL on 9/16/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Stacey, Merritt Island, FL on 8/20/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics
Elementary Education:
Study Skills
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

College Counseling

I have been providing college admissions counseling in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to students who wish to enroll at US universities, for the past two years. I worked independently, developing a team of advisers who all helped students with the college search, application essays, financial aid, test preparation, and interviews. I have attended countless college fairs, learning what each university is looking for in the ideal candidate. In this capacity, I've seen my students gone on to top universities such as Harvard, Columbia, Brown, the University of Pennsylvania, and many more. And prior to that, in New York, I prepared student FAFSA and TAP applications (for financial aid) for low-income students.

Genetics

As a biology major at New York University, I took several genetics classes, which was in fact my area of specialty. I completed Introduction to Genetics, Laboratory: Genetics and Genomics, and an advanced systems biology class in which my long-term project was on plant genetics.

While tutoring former students for the SAT Subject Test in Biology, I have focused heavily on both the classical and Mendelian genetics they were to see on that exam, and in their coursework. So I'm happy to help students make sense of Punnett squares, family trees, and anything else in the topic!

Study Skills

The key to all tutoring is developing a student's inherent study skills. As a private tutor with 5 years' experience working with diverse student populations, I have been able to develop questions and a timeline for helping students find the motivation that need to take control of their own learning, and to find the goals they need in order to prioritize their education over competing interests. I can't speak to one specific model of developing study skills beyond what I've already stated, since it is such a unique process for each student.

New York University
Molecular Biology

Education

New York University (Molecular Biology)

Incredible tutor — I hired Mel as a ACT tutor for my daughter and both she and I couldn't be any more pleased. Mel was amazing in preparing my daughter for all aspects of the ACT test. Through various exercises and practice tests, my daughter never felt more prepared. Mel had a thorough knowledge of what he was teaching and taught it very well. Mel's test preparation definitely reflected in my daughter's scores. Not ...

— Diane, Oak Hill, FL on 10/21/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Sessions are two hours in length.

Travel policy

Mel will travel within 30 miles of Merritt Island, FL 32952.


About Mel

I am a knowledgeable and patient SAT, ACT, math, and college applications coach with more than five years' full-time experience in New York tutoring the SAT with underprivileged students, in Buenos Aires running my own college preparation company, and here in Central Florida working as a private tutor.

I have 99th percentile scores on all sections of the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT and was a National Merit Finalist due to my SAT scores, receiving a $100,000+ merit-based scholarship to attend New York University.

Unlike other tutors, I am highly proficient in teaching all sections of these exams AND the subject material behind them, not just the verbal or the quantitative portions, or strategy only. I focus on each student by creating an individualized lesson and study plan that adapts to his or her level, motivations, and learning type.

As well, I strive to stay very informed about issues that are important to the prospective college student in Florida - the universities' test score and GPA requirements, campus culture, and Bright Futures scholarship requirements. Also, I regularly take the exams and update my prep materials. Every fall I read applications for an elite national college scholarship program, and I regularly attend college fairs and campus tours. I write extensively on these topics and am happy to answer any questions about the college experience!

My students have gone on to their top-choice universities that in many cases started as a dream, including Columbia, Yale, Brown, Cornell, Loyola-Marymount, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, University of Florida, and University of Miami.

Please note: Sessions are typically two hours in length and in-home.

Testimonials

"Incredible tutor "

- Diane, Oak Hill, FL on 10/21/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Theresa, Melbourne Beach, FL on 1/26/15

"Melificent! "

- Alicia, Merritt Island, FL on 1/22/15

"Great overall experience with Mel"

- Angie, Merritt Island, FL on 1/15/15

"Raised my ACT math score by 5 points!"

- Kaley, Satellite Beach, FL on 1/7/15

"Very Calm"

- Amilda, Saint Cloud, FL on 10/25/14

"Great experience!"

- Jodi, Melbourne, FL on 9/16/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Stacey, Merritt Island, FL on 8/20/14

Education

New York University
Molecular Biology

Education

New York University (Molecular Biology)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
36 hours notice required

Sessions are two hours in length.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Merritt Island, FL 32952

Mel’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Genetics
Elementary Education:
Study Skills
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Precalculus, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Mel I.

Mel I. passed a background check on 7/24/14. The check was ordered by Mel through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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