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Monica B.

Newton Center, MA

$90/hr

Great tutor-SAT math, SAT reading, ACT math, ACT science, etc.

Background check passed as of 7/21/14
Usually responds in about 4 hours

Great tutor-SAT math, SAT reading, ACT math, ACT science, etc.

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I am an enthusiastic, experienced tutor with great reviews; as my students know, I am warm, flexible, and efficient, making the most of the short time we work together. The typical SAT student gains up to 150 points on the SAT. I provide test prep advice, and targeted, critical skills and tricks for taking the SAT, ACT, and SAT II tests (or the GRE or LSAT). I also teach essay writing and tutor for college courses, such as psychology, history and English.

I have a Harvard BA in psychology, and business training experience, plus a law degree from Boston College. These days, I prefer tutoring to law practice, although I still maintain a home office for both law and tutoring. I love working with teens, helping them to overcome obstacles and find their way to doing their best on standardized tests as well as school subjects. I am especially strong in helping students with their writing.

I teach at homes, libraries, or my home, in the Greater Boston area. I can 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. I prefer to teach for 90 minute sessions, with a break, though some students find 2 hour sessions to work best.

My students have a good time while developing strong test taking and study skills, and they enjoy working together as a team with me. I am constantly trying new material to improve on the latest required preparation; for example for the revised AP US History exam, I have worked with a high school junior in analysis and essays, writing very complex material. Recently, I have also tutored college students in a variety of courses: psychology, history, English, marketing and sociology. My strengths include customizing my lessons to each student's needs, while making the lessons pleasant and productive.

Over the past several years, parents and students have been thrilled with the results of my lessons. I have helped raise test scores and confidence for dozens of students. We often meet twice a week, if possible. We can 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. 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 provide feedback to parents by email or by phone. In my lessons, I make sure to get students to participate and I test their progress.

A critical part of being a successful tutor is establishing clear and honest, open communication, and knowing how to motivate each student. You will find me reliable and easy to work with.

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

Testimonials

"Great Tutor!"

- Ilve, Milton, MA on 8/11/13

"Patient and Dedicated Tutor"

- Susan, Boston, MA on 12/19/14

"Great tutor"

- Leslie, Wellesley Hills, MA on 9/17/12
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Psychology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Hebrew,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
European History, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
GMAT, GRE,
Law,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
English,
ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
Bar Exam,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
GED, GMAT, GRE,
ISEE,
LSAT,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar,
Hebrew,
Law,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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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

In Fall of 2014, I have spent many hours tutoring the new curriculum in AP US History with a high school junior who has been improving substantially. 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 four years. Helping edit the essays is one of my favorite tasks. In all, I have tutored about 40 students, and have always included goal-setting and college targets 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.

English

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.

Geometry

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.

Grammar

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.

GRE

For the math, here is how I would approach it - we can review the types of problems, give you strategies to solve them, and practice, analyzing your mistakes so you can improve. Please let me know if you'd like to meet. For the verbal sections, we work on vocabulary, grammar, reading with strategic approaches, and various other necessary skills. I enjoy the challenge of helping talented students overcome the test barrier to be able to attend graduate school. And the analytic sections require specialized focus on the test itself.

Hebrew

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.

ISEE

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.

Law

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.

LSAT

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.

Proofreading

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

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

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.

Writing

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.

Monica’s Resources

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I would like some feedback about this description of my tutoring services- both tutors and  students are welcome to reply:   Dear Parent -  Thanks for getting in touch with me. I am always glad to hear from a new student! I know you asked just about availability and rates, and I am providing a general outline of how I work, ok? I live in Newton Centre,... read more

The best preparation for the SAT essay section is two-fold: first, learn and use new sophisticated vocabulary words to help in expressing your ideas more clearly; second, practice outlining and writing several essay questions each weekend. I encourage my students to send me essays to grade, in between lessons, since I can help turn a '3' or '4' essay into a '6' score!

I have several students who would be glad to read more, if they have books recommended to them that are 'interesting'. I'm compiling a list of books for different grade levels, and would appreciate any recommendations from tutors or parents.   My immediate need is for books for an advanced 5th grader, and a 9th grader who is only interested in sports and the Odyssey!   Also,... read more

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
Psychology
Boston College Law School
J.D.

Education

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, Milton, MA on 8/11/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation policy - with <24 hours notice, excepting emergencies, leads to a one hour charge. RATES: college counseling and writing rates=$100/hour. Package commitments provide reduced rates.

Travel policy

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


About Monica

I am an enthusiastic, experienced tutor with great reviews; as my students know, I am warm, flexible, and efficient, making the most of the short time we work together. The typical SAT student gains up to 150 points on the SAT. I provide test prep advice, and targeted, critical skills and tricks for taking the SAT, ACT, and SAT II tests (or the GRE or LSAT). I also teach essay writing and tutor for college courses, such as psychology, history and English.

I have a Harvard BA in psychology, and business training experience, plus a law degree from Boston College. These days, I prefer tutoring to law practice, although I still maintain a home office for both law and tutoring. I love working with teens, helping them to overcome obstacles and find their way to doing their best on standardized tests as well as school subjects. I am especially strong in helping students with their writing.

I teach at homes, libraries, or my home, in the Greater Boston area. I can 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. I prefer to teach for 90 minute sessions, with a break, though some students find 2 hour sessions to work best.

My students have a good time while developing strong test taking and study skills, and they enjoy working together as a team with me. I am constantly trying new material to improve on the latest required preparation; for example for the revised AP US History exam, I have worked with a high school junior in analysis and essays, writing very complex material. Recently, I have also tutored college students in a variety of courses: psychology, history, English, marketing and sociology. My strengths include customizing my lessons to each student's needs, while making the lessons pleasant and productive.

Over the past several years, parents and students have been thrilled with the results of my lessons. I have helped raise test scores and confidence for dozens of students. We often meet twice a week, if possible. We can 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. 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 provide feedback to parents by email or by phone. In my lessons, I make sure to get students to participate and I test their progress.

A critical part of being a successful tutor is establishing clear and honest, open communication, and knowing how to motivate each student. You will find me reliable and easy to work with.

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

Testimonials

"Great Tutor!"

- Ilve, Milton, MA on 8/11/13

"Patient and Dedicated Tutor"

- Susan, Boston, MA on 12/19/14

"Great tutor"

- Leslie, Wellesley Hills, MA on 9/17/12
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Education

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
Psychology
Boston College Law School
J.D.

Education

Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (Psychology)

Boston College Law School (J.D.)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation policy - with <24 hours notice, excepting emergencies, leads to a one hour charge. RATES: college counseling and writing rates=$100/hour. Package commitments provide reduced rates.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Newton Center, MA 02459

Monica’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
ACT Science,
Psychology
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Hebrew,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
European History, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Career Development,
GMAT, GRE,
Law,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1,
English,
ESL/ESOL, Geometry,
Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
Bar Exam,
Career Development,
College Counseling,
GED, GMAT, GRE,
ISEE,
LSAT,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT,
TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development,
College Counseling,
ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar,
Hebrew,
Law,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

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.


Monica’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Monica. View all of Monica’s resources

I would like some feedback about this description of my tutoring services- both tutors and  students are welcome to reply:   Dear Parent -  Thanks for getting in touch with me. I am always glad to hear from a new student! I know you asked just about availability and rates, and I am providing a general outline of how I work, ok? I live in Newton Centre,... read more

The best preparation for the SAT essay section is two-fold: first, learn and use new sophisticated vocabulary words to help in expressing your ideas more clearly; second, practice outlining and writing several essay questions each weekend. I encourage my students to send me essays to grade, in between lessons, since I can help turn a '3' or '4' essay into a '6' score!

I have several students who would be glad to read more, if they have books recommended to them that are 'interesting'. I'm compiling a list of books for different grade levels, and would appreciate any recommendations from tutors or parents.   My immediate need is for books for an advanced 5th grader, and a 9th grader who is only interested in sports and the Odyssey!   Also,... read more


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