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Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (Psychology)
Boston College Law School (J.D.)
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.
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… Read more
Cancellations - with <24 hours notice, excepting emergencies, 1 hour charge. Special: college counseling, essay writing - offered online. Package commitments are best - lead to discounts.
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 in retrospect makes perfect sense since she is a walking dictionary! Monica was super down to earth and patient. I know that when I get back from vacation I will definitely be seeing her again!
Monica tutored my son for the SAT. She worked hard to help him cover a lot of material for the math component. We are very pleased that, with her help, he brought his score up substantially!
Monica assisted my daughter in the beginning months of AP History. She was a patient and dedicated tutor flexible to tailoring her tutoring to my daughter's specific needs. While the AP US History course is changing, Monica worked hard to become familiar with the recent revisions. Overall Monica was a solid tutor who could be helpful to a variety of students, middle and high school levels for history tutoring.
Monica worked with our daughter on ACT math, she did a nice job and was very good to work with as far as scheduling and choosing a location that worked well for us.
I would highly recommend Monica!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
I majored in Psychology in college, and have followed developments since that time with great interest. The new developments in psychology have a significant neurological and biological basis, which sometimes makes it more difficult than other social science courses. I enjoy tutoring for college level and AP courses, and I have a lot of experience with high school and university tutoring.
The opportunity to help a student improve their reading skills is a wonderful experience. I find that when students read more fluently and easily, all of their schoolwork benefits. It is necessary to read in order to write well, which is a skill that is badly needed for college level work. I enjoy teaching high school students the 'tricks' for the ACT and SAT Reading sections, as well.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.We can work in person, or have remote lessons. The minimum lesson time is one hour per session. Multiple sessions can get a discount.
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