I've worked as a full-time, professional tutor for the last ten years.
In the wide field of test prep, my areas of specialty include GRE
I, SAT Subject Tests (literature
and U.S. history
), AP tests (literature, language
, U.S. history
, European history
, and government), and TOEFL
. I have helped approximately two thousand students improve their scores on all of these tests.
Despite my liberal arts background, I am equally adept at tutoring algebra
, algebra II
, and advanced forms of arithmetic. Many of my students consist of adults who need to relearn complicated math
to apply to graduate school in the liberal arts or sciences.
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
As a writer, I've published twelve books, one of which recently reached #1 in the Amazon 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. During the autumn, I also help anywhere from twenty to thirty high school students with college application
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.
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 in four and a half years. 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.
24 hours notice required
I'm happy to extend a $10/hr discount to any students willing to travel to my neighborhood. I also charge the same rate for small groups (maximum of 3) as I do for individuals.
Travels within 40 miles of Chicago, IL 60640