Exceptional Writing, Literature, and ACT/SAT/GRE Tutor
Exceptional Writing, Literature, and ACT/SAT/GRE Tutor
I've always loved learning. To me, teaching is an extension of that thirst for education. I started tutoring my fellow classmates in high school and never stopped seeking to help others learn. In graduate school, I taught writing and rhetoric classes to students from the science and engineering schools, helping them develop vital communication skills. My biggest passion is for the English language -- I love helping students express their thoughts as well as teaching them how to see the...
I've always loved learning. To me, teaching is an extension of that thirst for education. I started tutoring my fellow classmates in high school and never stopped seeking to help others learn. In graduate school, I taught writing and rhetoric classes to students from the science and engineering schools, helping them develop vital communication skills. My biggest passion is for the English language -- I love helping students express their thoughts as well as teaching them how to see the beauty of language. However, I also have a strong math background and have helped numerous students prepare for and pass standardized exams.
For the last three years, I have worked primarily as a private tutor specializing in ACT, SAT, GRE, English, college admission essays, and other forms of writing. It pleases me greatly to watch students grow in confidence and knowledge as we discuss test strategies and strengthen their content knowledge. I teach test prep in a way that is conscious of the fact that standardized testing is only one step in a student's journey, and I try to impart my students with skills that will empower them to succeed after they have moved on to the next stage in their education. One of the greatest gifts I own is the ability to learn and teach myself new things, and I try to pass this gift on to my students through fostering intellectual curiosity.
My writing tutoring is my biggest strength and passion. From essay writing to rhetorical analysis, I can teach any genre of writing. In addition to my academic writing interests, I also write poems, short stories, and screenplays. Indeed, one of my jobs is to provide screenplay coverage for a Hollywood agent who deals in distribution rights to foreign films. By my count, I have read and analyzed around 10,000 pages of screenplays within the last year. I am a speed reader and can impart many of my strategies to students, which is particularly valuable for the timed reading sections on the SAT, ACT, and GRE. And with the new writing sections on
Very kind and Professional
Sonya helped me polish my personal statement 10x better in just an hour. She is very professional and knows exactly what areas need improvement. Definitely will be working together again.Sorob, 6 lessons with Sonya
grateful for the help
Sonya is wonderful to work with. I would have struggled with the essay prompts for days and procrastinated, but Sonya pulled the answers out of me in a way that was fun and painless. She put my thoughts into words in a way that looked really good. Thank you, Sonya.Siew, 4 lessons with Sonya
Saved my daughter from a last minute deadline
Sonya was patient and kind with my daughter. She taught her how to write and polish an essay. I have tried to help her for years, and all it took was 1 hr and 40 minutes with Sonya. Thank you.Siew, 4 lessons with Sonya
Patient, dynamic and inspirational tutor
Sonya is working with my daughter on reading comp and writing in preparation for the ACT and SAT tests. My daughter actually looks forward to her sessions! Her confidence is building and she seems to be having fun during the sessions--this despite my daughter being a math and science girl.Kathleen, 24 lessons with Sonya
She was really great at explaining and helping me understand concepts for writing essays. Sonya is definitely an amazing teacher, and I can't wait for our next lesson!Yuri, 68 lessons with Sonya
Sonya is awesome!
She is very knowledgeable and has a very caring teaching style. She is always encouraging her students! She makes scheduling super easy and is very good at keeping in contact. Like reminders of lessons, etc... Our family would highly recommend Sonya!Patty, 10 lessons with Sonya
Great Preparation for the GRE
She prepared me for for the GRE by helping me understand the reading comprehension and tackle complex passages with simple techniques. Techniques that will also be used in graduate school.Johnathan, 1 lesson with Sonya
Comprehensive, impactful tutoring session
Sonya worked with my son who is really struggling and she was able to make an immediate impact on his current schoolwork. I would definitely recommend her for any student needing help with writing/grammar/etc.Terri, 1 lesson with Sonya
Brilliant and thoughtful.
I’ve met with Sonya several times and look forward to many more sessions as I study for the GRE. Sonya has the answers to all my questions and takes just the right amount of time to answer them. I’m learning a lot quickly. Sonya is one of the smartest tutors I’ve met by far.Peter, 7 lessons with Sonya
Sonya has been wonderful with my son! She is so responsive, knowledgeable and reliable. My son has had 2 lessons so far and I have already booked the next one. I’m so thrilled to have found her. I know my son will learn a tremendous amount from her.Sharon, 34 lessons with Sonya