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Rebecca L.

NYC Ivy Grad Tutoring Writing, Literature, History, Social Studies

New York, NY (10023)

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Hi! I am a Brown alumna 2012 with a degree in US history, settled in NYC by way of Los Angeles. As an all-around humanities nerd I've gotten extensive writing experience across a broad swath of subjects, with departmental prizes in literary criticism and critical theory, as well as strong background in primary-source research. I've worked as a tutor, mentor, and peer educator in the past with students from a variety of backgrounds, and have worked in all kinds of settings from informal discussion groups to formal academic programming. I believe very strongly that developing confidence in one's ideas is crucial to academic success, and I want to work with students to help them think critically and communicate their ideas clearly.

I know research in particular can be very intimidating to students, and I'm happy to help demystify the process. I've worked in libraries and special collections archives for three years and chaired a series of educational workshops on historical research methods for Brown and RISD students at the John Carter Brown Library. I try to have a great sense of humor about primary research - which often seems dry or daunting to students - and I want to help students find both curiosity and amusement in the detective work of historical writing. Aside from writing assistance, I feel excited and confident to help students with reading assignments of all kinds. Finally, having been terrified of the SAT myself, I would love to be of any assistance I can in tutoring students for the SAT, SAT II, or ACT. I can totally relate to the pressure of standardized test-taking in high school, and very much hope to help students feel more confident and in-command when they go in to take the exam.

Outside of tutoring I am a full-time student pursuing a post-baccelaureate certificate in painting. Integrating different fields of study has been essential to my own learning process, and I try to help students connect the subject at hand to other fields that interest them. Beyond that, I work with students to figure out the study strategies and work habits that suit them most and help them excel. In my own experience, a solid, individualized work plan is almost as important to academic success as a grasp of the material itself.

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Rebecca’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Art History, Art Theory , Drawing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
English, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Grammar, Proofreading

American History

With U.S. history as my undergraduate major, I specialize in research paper assistance, as well as tutoring for the AP, the SAT II, and general coursework in US History.

Art History

I specialize in art history research papers, as well as the AP exam. I have completed coursework in art history and studio art, and have five years of professional experience in museums and galleries.


I specialize in writing assistance, as well as reading and SAT/ACT verbal.

Social Studies

Social studies can be one of the most intimidating subjects to students because it engages both abstract thinking and practical reasoning; it also is very writing-intensive, often demanding large amounts of reading and research. I work with students across the board in writing assistance, study skills, and general week-by-week homework help. I specialize in writing assistance, working with students on a structural level to build a paper's outline, and then on a content level, offering tools by which students may learn to express ideas more clearly and effectively. I am also always happy to offer assistance with research strategies and fine-tuning ideas.

For students who need help with social studies readings, I go slowly with each student through his or her assignments, and discuss the text with questions that build the student's analytical reading skills. I also aim to help the student articulate his or her ideas clearly -- often students with brilliant ideas find that their thoughts get lost in translation because they can't always present complex thoughts in a clear or simple way. This is incredibly discouraging and often leads very smart kids to needlessly doubt their abilities. I help students as both a tutor and mentor in this respect, combining practical work tactics and personal discussion to advance students' reading abilities and their confidence.

Finally, I help students prepare for exams by building outlines and reviewing together. I also work with students more generally to develop test preparation skills in this subject.

Study Skills

Time management and focus are crucial tools to academic success, but they are not innate qualities -- they are skills that require hard work to develop, and yet they are not taught in school. However confident a student may feel in his or her knowledge of a subject, it can be just as discouraging to falter on an assignment because of disorganization or time management issues. By working closely with students to develop simple, personalized, step-by-step study habits, I help each tutee find a work process that is manageable and realistic, while also achieving results and improving personal confidence.


I specialize in teaching academic writing. I help students approach papers on a structural level: as we plan an outline together, they learn tools to build future essays in an approachable step-by-step format. We then work together on the paper's content, focusing on thesis, language, and supporting evidence. Finally, we proofread the paper together.

I also provide assistance, when applicable, on preparing research papers and writing bibliographies.

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Rebecca will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10023.

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