Students are often surprised to learn that I was not a natural test taker. After all, I graduated with honors from Columbia Law School. I score within the top 5% of the SAT, LSAT, GMAT and GRE with a perfect writing score, and edited LSAT for Dummies. How can I not have always aced the test?
The truth is that while growing up, I'd routinely bomb standardized tests, despite getting good grades. My SAT scores were underwhelming, to say the least. I decided to take the test again. I started to self-study and realized that after a lot of effort, I improved my score a notch. A light bulb went on. I figured that if effort equaled increased score, that even more effort would increase my score even more. Many review books later, it worked. I went from an average SAT score to an outstanding score that opened doors of opportunity. It is that realization that to this day inspires me to help other people turn their weakness into an advantage.
After graduation from college, I took another look at standardized tests, this time, studying for the GRE. I finally "got it." I understood where the test-makers were coming from and what underlying skills they were testing. These tests opened up to me in a way that was truly surprising. A few years later, I worked at a big-name test prep company but I thought that the level of instruction was rather poor. In response for the need of high-quality, customized instruction, I began Test Heads in 2002 and have since taught thousands of students how to improve on standardized tests and how to improve their graduate school application profile.
I also assist folks to overcome writing blocks in writing their personal statements, in addition to proofreading final drafts. I have edited for Oxford University Press, Wiley Publishing, Hewlett Packard, as well as for professors wanting assistance with publications. I have edited manuscripts presented at the United Nations and published in academic publishing houses. But there is nothing I adore more than helping people craft their personal stories. Everyone has a good story. And it is my privilege to bring it out.
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