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Monica B.

Skilled patient focused (Harvard BA) Test prep, writing, SAT, ACT

Newton Center, MA (02459)

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I am an enthusiastic, experienced tutor with great reviews. My education includes a Harvard BA in psychology and a BC law degree. I prefer tutoring to law practice, and I offer Boston area tutoring, close to my home or at a library near you.

Over the past several years, my students have been thrilled with the results of my lessons. I have helped raise test scores and confidence for dozens of students. The typical student gains many specific, critical skills and tricks for taking the SAT, ACT, and SAT II tests, plus the GRE or LSAT. I also teach essay writing and tutor for college courses, such as psychology, history and English.

We often meet twice or three times/week (in the summer). We meet in a local library, cafe, or your home (or mine). My clients come with a wide range of backgrounds and skills, including many immigrants, and I love working with teenagers, from 8th grade through college seniors.

My preferred approach is to present customized lessons, tailored to each student's strengths and weaknesses. Plus I love to teach! I have developed special techniques raising student scores by up to 200 points on average for the SAT, and similar results on other standardized tests. Frequently, I have had success with many types of needs, from underachieving students facing anxiety, and top students who need practice with tips and tricks. My students find my advice about test-taking helpful in addressing focus, motivation, techniques, and of course detailed technical problems.

I love tutoring and motivating students to do their best. My track record shows that I help students. At minimum, a student preparing for a specific exam can make progress in six to ten sessions, with outside homework time. I prefer twice a week lessons of 90 minutes to 2 hours in length. I can give feedback to parents by email or on the phone, and I make sure to get students to participate and 'rate' the classes as we go.

A critical part of being a successful tutor is finding an honest, open meeting of the minds for communicating with and motivating each student and their parents. You will find me reliable and flexible, in terms of location, schedule and customized material.

I offer help with essay-writing or college application advising, in addition to specific subject tutoring in high school and college subjects. The lessons are always creative and lively. My goal is to be effective, patient, and skilled at making the tutoring sessions interesting and even fun.

I hope to hear from you and answer any questions you might have.

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Monica’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Biology, Psychology
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
ESL/ESOL, French, Hebrew, TOEFL
American History, European History, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Career Development, GMAT, GRE, Law, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, English, ESL/ESOL, French, Geometry, Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, French, GMAT, Grammar, Hebrew, Law, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

ACT English

Many students find the ACT English section challenging. I have found several skill-building techniques that I share with my students, and they are happy to see their scores go up quite significantly. I would be happy to share my philosophy of ACT test prep with you, if you hire me.

ACT Math

The Math portion of the ACT is a perfect subject for tutoring. I enjoy preparing high school students for the ACT. In my experience, good students make tremendous progress when I can give them drills, strategies, and specific areas to work on, according to their own strengths and weaknesses.

You are welcome to contact some of my references to hear success stories from previous students, who have improved their standardized scores dramatically after a few months of lessons. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

ACT Science

For most students, once we work together on understanding the question structure for the ACT Science section, they find that this is a fun part of the test and their scores really go up a lot.

Algebra 1

I love teaching math, because there are significant building blocks that sometimes have been overlooked or skipped in prior lessons. So once I can teach the students how to approach class preparation, homework, test reviews and specific calculation methods, there usually is a really dramatic improvement. Especially for young women, gaining confidence in quantitative skills is so important and enhances their self-image and skills.

American History

Having studied US History and also being a history fan, I have a lot of knowledge of the subject area. My experience has included tutoring college level, AP level and high school level courses. US History can be a fascinating subject that leads to an understanding of current events as well as theories of how democracy functions. It is a good course to use to develop memorization skills as well as strong writing skills.

Bar Exam

I am both an attorney and an experienced tutor. I graduated law school and passed the bar on my first try, in 1992. I attended BC Law School and took the BAR/BRI bar exam prep class and in fact acted as a BAR/BRI representative. The bar exam is a difficult hurdle to overcome, and it requires a different strategy than many of the exams a law student encounters in law school. I find that studying with the right approach makes the exam much more manageable.

Career Development

I have been tutoring for 3 years, and in my career path I have engaged in several different professions, from computers to consulting to teaching to non-profit work to a law practice. Most relevant, I worked for 3 years at Winter Wyman, a well-known headhunting firm, and I was consistently a top performer in that time. I am very good at cover letters, resumes, and career exploration leadership.

College Counseling

I have been tutoring many students for the SAT and ACT, as well as assisting them with their college essays, for the past two years. I have probably tutored about 20 students, and have always included goal-setting and target college discussions as part of the test preparation process. My knowledge of the college application process is extensive, as I have worked with several students from start-to-finish on acceptance, including the financial aid application process. I use college search directories, both online and in books, as well as aptitude evaluations and student profiles. My experience includes contact with high school and college admission counselors, who are very helpful to me and to my students.


Working with a student to improve their English is one of my favorite areas of tutoring. From grammar, spelling, sentence structure and critical reading skills, their basic communication improves. Also, working to develop the ability to read critically, and to analyze different types of literature are areas that my students enjoy learning.


Bonjour! I love the French language, and started studying it at the age of 8. By the time I was 17, I was reading French magazines and learning about French culture, before my first visit to France. I really enjoy teaching and sharing the development of skills in another language. French can be a difficult language but with tutoring, a student can make amazing progress in a relatively short time. I do not offer a curriculum in French, so it would be best to use my lessons as a supplement to a French class. Hope you contact me so we can discuss your needs more!


Often students need reinforcement to truly master Geometry. I find that working one-on-one with a tutor makes learning Geometry fun, and can uncover the specific weaknesses that need correcting. Usually, a student makes terrific progress in Geometry if you work with them slowly and clearly, making sure they understand the building blocks. Geometry is one of my favorite subjects, and my students find it fun to study it with me.


I have always liked English grammar. It is an area that schools have neglected in the new middle school and high school curricula that I see, and I find my students are really happy to learn what I have to share. Each student finds that their reading, writing and general ability to express themselves really improves.


I have almost fluent reading Hebrew skills, and strong speaking and writing skills. I have tutored for Bar and Bat Mitzvah for years as well.


I have become acquainted with the ISEE and with its unique features. I have a Harvard BA, strong math and English skills, and 4 years tutoring through Wyzant and other services. My strengths include creative strategies for learning vocabulary, math tips, writing skill development, and more. I have investigated the ISEE and developed some specific strategies for that exam. I require students to work hard and practice, while I offer them support and encouragement. Preparing students for standardized tests requires patience, skilled listening as well as teaching, and the ability to motivate students and overcome their nervousness. In addition, I cultivate good relationships with both the parents and the young students, and they have been very satisfied with my help in all areas.


I am an attorney who has passed the bar and practiced for several years and would be glad to help any student prepare for law school, etc.


I am an experienced tutor as well as an attorney. The LSAT presents many challenges in analysis and logic, and working with a skilled tutor will help maximize your score.


I have 3 years of tutoring experience, full time, and I like working with young teens and adults as well. My piano teaching experience started when I was in high school. I play classical piano and am very comfortable teaching lessons for beginning pianists. My skills are not the same as a professional music teacher, but I can offer skilled techniques of instruction that are transferable from my other teaching. I only do classical, though.


One of my favorite tutoring tasks is assisting students with their college essays. The essay is the best opportunity for each student to distinguish themselves, for the admissions officer. While there is no simple approach to writing the 'best' essay, I know some tips that are quite useful. I am careful to preserve the style and personality of each writer. While the essay writing process has potential to cause stress to parents and students, this is a task ideally suited to tutoring. Why hire me? I have read many essays and quickly assess what is important to include (and remove), as a professional emotions do not cloud my judgment, and most importantly, I have a good sense of humor and a positive attitude toward helping students do their best and reduce their anxiety (and yours, as a parent).

SAT Math

I teach SAT math in two stages: first, reviewing the basic concept areas (and usually students need to review at least one topic in depth). Then, once the basic skills are reinforced, there are lots of tips and tricks that I teach to help in raising a student's SAT math score. I've had great success showing improvement in the total score, and the students have fun as well.

SAT Reading

The SAT Critical Reading section is one of the most challenging innovations that the SAT testers have developed. My approach includes working with the students to improve their vocabulary, reading and analytical skills. Many of the questions involve the application of inference, logic and careful reading of each word in a sentence. There have been several students who have used the skills that I teach them to not only improve their test scores, but also improve their classroom work. There are great resources to improve specific skills, although there is no substitute for the student doing some voluntary reading!

I very much enjoy seeing my students improve and respond to my tips and tricks, so don't hesitate to give me a chance to share them with your student.

SAT Writing

In my experience with students, I have found that the writing section on the SAT is very challenging, and there is a huge advantage to working one-on-one with a mature, qualified teacher. The need to master the complex question structure, as well as tips and tricks that I can share, combine to make my tutoring for this section very successful!

Social Studies

I have a BA from Harvard and a law degree from BC. I also have worked in the social change arena for over 5 years, with a specialty in the Middle East. I am very well-versed in current events, and an excellent teacher of essays, advocacy pieces, and general analytic papers. Also, I have tutored about 30 students in the past 3 years and some of them have needed help with history, current events, etc.


SSAT scores depend upon a thorough review of the questions, and the basic topics being covered. This is like a 'junior SAT' exam, and most students who invest time in private lessons are very happy to see the improvement they can achieve in their score. At the same time, my lessons give students basic skills that they can use for all future test-taking and learning.

Study Skills

I have been tutoring almost full-time for the past 3 years. I have a BA in Psychology from Harvard and a law degree from BC. My methods include teaching students how to plan, breaking down assignments into small parts, using a calendar system, using behavior mod 'rewards', creating a functional study environment, self-testing, and more. I have had great success with students gaining insight into how to study better and becoming better self-monitors and more independent.


Vocabulary is a basic building block for reading, writing and spoken communication. I teach vocabulary to every student who is preparing for a standardized SAT or ACT exam, and the students are thrilled to see the impact it has on their performance.


As an experienced tutor and with several years working as a lawyer, I take great pleasure in helping students improve their writing skills. Editing is a collaborative process, and I make sure that each student's authentic voice shines through in the final product. I believe that essays and other written materials should be the result of the student's own work, not that of the editor or tutor. I would be delighted to help with whatever writing or editing assistance you may need. Please note that my fee for writing consultation is $100 per session, which includes remote editing time as well as the lesson.

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Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (Psychology)

Boston College Law School (J.D.)

Great Tutor! — Although I only got to do a few sessions with Monica before I went on summer vacation, those few sessions were enough to show Monica's caliber, patience, and kindness. In only three meetings I could feel a difference and see an improvement in my critical reading performance. Monica helped me with not only the actual passage based multiple choice questions but also the vocabulary questions -- which ...

— Ilve from Milton, MA on 8/11/13

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Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

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Monica will travel within 25 miles of Newton Center, MA 02459.

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