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Masha M.

Caring, kind wordsmith

Brooklyn, NY (11230)

Travel radius
40 miles
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If you want to rediscover your love of literature, write an amazing college application essay, ace the verbal and writing portions of the SAT or the SAT II literature subject test, or just significantly improve your grade in English, I would love to hear from you. I am a Columbia University graduate with a passion for the written word and ten years of tutoring experience.

I don't just want you to achieve your academic goals and attain confidence as a reader, writer, and speaker. I want you to experience the pleasure and joy of language in all its forms. In my experience, as a student and as a tutor, we are most successful when learning is a delight that we can fully engage in.

If you are in the midst of college applications, you may feel intimidated at the thought of writing an essay that captures your essence in one page and impresses the admissions committee. As your tutor, I will help you with every step of the process, from brainstorming and selecting a topic that reflects your individual experience, to writing, editing, and proofreading, to polishing the final copy of a concise, stylish, impeccable essay.

I value your time and my own, and makeup lessons are always a possibility. My cancellation policy is very flexible: four hours. Let us work together.

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Masha’s subjects

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English

I have a BA cum laude from Columbia in English and have done graduate coursework in English literature. I have a decade of experience tutoring children of all ages, helping them to improve their grades and standardized test scores. I have also tutored adult ESL students, helping them expand their vocabulary and gain confidence in reading, writing, and communicating.

ESL/ESOL

As a polyglot, I have always been interested in foreign language pedagogy. I have tutored Russian, French, and Spanish speakers in English and am currently working on my ESOL certification. I try to provide creative, memorable explanations and examples so that students increasingly think in English rather than just translating into their native tongue.

French

I am a fluent French speaker. I got a 6 (equivalent to an A) in native level French in the International Baccalaureate program and a perfect score on the SAT French subject test. I have several years experience tutoring students of all ages. French grammar can be difficult, but you can master it with the help of useful mnemonic devices. Watching French films is a great way to expand your vocabulary and comprehension skills. You can improve your accent by reading out loud and speaking: don't be shy! Learning a foreign language is daunting at first, but the rewards of discovering a new culture and literature are manifold. Get in touch! À bientôt!

Grammar

As a polyglot, I am interested in and familiar with the structure of language. Grammar can often seem daunting, but when it is explained properly, parsing, diagramming, parts of a sentence and parts of speech become very straightforward. I have extensive experience tutoring both native and non-native English speakers, helping them to improve the clarity of their writing and speech via perfect grammar.

Literature

Literature expands our vocabulary, broadens our horizons, enlarges our ideas about the world and develops our capacity for imaginative empathy. Reading and appreciating good fiction and poetry is a tremendous pleasure, and one I work hard to impart to my students. Our lessons are never boring as we analyze, discuss, recite, act out skits, and engage in creative writing. There is no reason why literature homework should be a chore when it can be fun and rewarding.

Proofreading

I have an eye for detail and extensive experience proofreading documents ranging from young adult novels to sermons to fundraising letters. I will teach you what to look for and how to make the necessary changes for an impeccable, mistake-free paper.

Reading

As an enthusiastic lifelong reader, I am eager to share my knowledge and passion. I have worked with children of all ages, including preschoolers, helping them to improve their reading and comprehension skills. My methods vary depending on the age and level of the student, but for the most part I prefer interesting, appropriate fiction to textbooks. My approach yields good results, as parents have frequently told me that this is the first time their child is reading fluently and with pleasure.

Russian

I have a BA cum laude in Russian Language and Literature (double major with English). I am a native speaker and I've tutored children and adults in writing, speaking, grammar, and literature. I use a combination of Russian and American textbooks, depending on the student's background, as well as good Russian fiction and poetry suitable to the student's age and level.

SAT Reading

I got an 800 (perfect score) on the SAT verbal section. In high school I tutored my peers informally; since then I have accumulated a decade of experience tutoring students. I use various test-prep materials like Kaplan and Princeton Review, and recommend interesting, vocabulary-rich books for my students to read. My examples and explanations clarify and simplify analogies, which can be tricky. My students have averaged a 60-point improvement in their verbal scores.

SAT Writing

I got an 800 (perfect score) on the SAT writing section. I want to help my students achieve their goals as well. We discuss and analyze examples of good writing and go over practice tests together. My students have seen their scores improve as they become more confident and intuitive writers.

Vocabulary

Samuel Johnson said, "The Dictionary may do very well; but you cannot always carry it about with you: and when you want the word, you will not have the Dictionary." A wide-ranging, extensive vocabulary improves our writing and speech and makes us appreciate the English language. I have tutored children and adults, both native speakers and ESL students. In my experience, the best way to enlarge our vocabulary is by reading, talking, creative writing, and associative thinking rather than memorization.

Writing

I'm a writer; you can be too. A good writer is a careful reader, an observer, a thinker and a dreamer with a large vocabulary and scrupulous attention to the smallest details that make up the nuance of meaning. Whether you're writing a term paper, college application essay, or senior thesis, I will be there to guide you every step of the way. Your paper will be awesome. I guarantee it.

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Education

Columbia University (English)

Cambridge University (Graduate Coursework)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Masha will travel within 40 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11230.

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