Hi, my name is Catharina! I have been an SAT/PSAT Critical Reading, Writing and Essay specialist in the Princeton area for 8 years. My educational background includes a BA from the Univ. of Illinois as well as an MA from the Univ. of Wisconsin (Summa Cum Laude). There is no greater satisfaction for me than learning that my student has gotten into his/her first-choice school with a good financial package by maximizing his SAT scores. I have dedicated my career to helping him achieve this goal.
In coaching for the SAT Reading and Writing Tests, I tailor my intensive work to each individual student to maximize her skills while eliminating weaknesses. As we work together, I make ongoing progress assessments and continuously adjust my tutoring strategies accordingly.
In the Critical Reading section, I teach my student how to be an active, predictive reader. SAT questions are written with traps and diversions. I teach my student to recognize these pitfalls while searching out the hidden clues to accurate answers. I also direct my student in a progressive plan for vocabulary development.
In preparation for the Writing portion of the exam, I teach my student the fundamentals of grammar and proper usage in an accessible way. Also, I teach my student how to navigate the unfamiliar protocols and expectations of the SAT Essay. We work on the key elements of preparedness for writing a cogent, high-scoring essay. As an added benefit, your teenager will likely improve his overall writing skills. Finally, I teach my student how to reduce test-taking anxiety and manage time and energy optimally on test day.
I try to keep our sessions challenging, but not overwhelming, and I assign homework after every lesson. I am dynamic, engaging and have great rapport with my students. Finally, and most importantly, I give them the preparedness and confidence that will allow them to 'nail' their test.
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