Since graduating from Indiana University with a dual degree in English and Spanish, I've spent the past seven years as an educator. While I've worked mainly as a teacher and tutor, I've also served as community lead and head content developer for an education start-up. I have a MA in English literature from UC - Santa Barbara, where I taught undergraduates and gave lectures on subjects from modernist literature to race and gender in Shakespeare.
My teaching experiences are diverse. I've tutored hundreds of students one-on-one, and run classes in groups as large as 50 at the high school and university level. I'm TEFL certified and taught for two years overseas -- in Taipei, Taiwan and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
For the past two years I have worked as community lead and head tutor for an education start-up, while tutoring for the SAT, LSAT, and general education from middle-school on up.
Test-preparation is a specialty. I scored in the 96th percentile on the SAT and in the 99th percentile on the LSAT. Our start-up also developed its own SAT test-prep curriculum and diagnostic software, in which I played a key role, both creating and actually implementing it in several Brooklyn High schools.
My approach to tutoring is simple and can be summed up in three words: diagnose, teach, assess.
Diagnosing means first learning from the student specifically what the trouble is, and then understanding what their goals are. I do this by breaking the test down into content units, and using a practice test to identify exactly which units the student has not mastered. This allows me to make a clear action plan, based on where the student is now, and where they want to be (1900 on the SAT, 2200?).
The teaching is part content (how do you balance equations), part strategy (how do you manage your time) and part psychology (how do you deal with test anxiety?). Which part is prioritized depends on the student, but this is determined with a diagnostic test and one or two sessions.
Finally, I do weekly ASSESSMENTS, in the form of actual practice tests. This lets us measure progress in a scientific way. I use these assessments to make adjustments and to hold the student, as well as myself, accountable. The actual results from week-to-week should always be clear to parents, students, and myself.
It is my policy to always do a free diagnostic session. This lets you see if it's a good fit, at no cost. If you're interested, let me know. Thanks!
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