Hi, I taught middle school and high school for ten years before completing my doctoral research. My secondary school teaching was honored by Stanford University, and every semester I've taught at Harvard I've earned University distinction for top-rated courses. As both a middle/high school teacher and now a social cognitive neuroscientist in the Harvard Psych Dept., I have taken special pride in teaching "good thinking through good writing." I believe strongly that all students can develop their intellect -- it takes deliberate practice! The good news is that I'm good at breaking down complex ideas into bite-size pieces that I can teach you directly. And on the other hand, I can help you build discrete skills to ultimately develop truly interesting ideas, whether in literary analysis or scientific inquiry.
Regarding test-taking, I can efficiently teach you all sections of the SAT, GRE and other exams. Graders of the writing sections of these tests read the essays very quickly; I can quickly show you what kinds of writing stands out and makes a positive impression. In the multiple choice sections, I can show you how to read questions precisely and use your time well. I can also efficiently teach the skills and knowledge you'll be tested on.
FYI, I'm also a coffee lover, and I'll never present myself to you in an under-caffeinated state! Thus you should be prepared for high-energy, good-humored times. But don't doubt that I will maintain a very tight focus on your work!
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