Exceptional and Efficient Writing, AP Lang, ACT, SAT, and GRE Tutor
Exceptional and Efficient Writing, AP Lang, ACT, SAT, and 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 the ACT and SAT, strong writing skills are more valuable than ever for aspiring college students.
I expect a lot of my students, but am also nurturing and encouraging. Many of my students are very busy (and often stressed), so I work with each student to establish a study plan that will work for them. Flexibility is one of my hallmarks. I adapt to each student in order to teach as efficiently as possible.
I am happy to travel locally, but also have significant experience and success working with students online. I also provide online essay editing for my students when they need a paper polished in a hurry.
During my senior year at Rice University, I received a fellowship after my many professors realized I had taken twice as many English courses as any other student in my graduating class. I have an MFA in creative writing from UC-Irvine, and while there I taught new students how to write academic essays and conduct rhetorical analysis. During my final year at UCI, I was awarded the prestigious Strauss Fellowship. With a strong grasp of grammar and a mastery of many styles, if you need a writing tutor, I'm your gal.
I've worked as a GRE tutor for the last two years and have helped many adults (even those long out of school) review the necessary skills in order to succeed on this challenging test. I've been tutoring SAT and ACT students even longer, as I started helping my fellow high-schoolers with these tests when I was in high school. My youngest student is currently a 3rd grader who is discovering the joy of writing. I also work with adults who want to improve their writing and communication skills for their professional lives.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions or would like to schedule a lesson. I'm always happy to advise students on the best path towards their specific goals. Inquiries tend to get addressed within 24 hours if not sooner. Thank you for considering me for your test prep and academic needs! I look forward to helping you achieve your academic dreams!
CANCELLATION POLICY: 24-Hour Notice is required whenever possible if a session needs to be rescheduled. I am dependable and expect my clients to be the same, both for their benefit and out of respect for my time. It is important that we maintain a regular study schedule for maximum educational growth.
Less than 2-hr notice/No Shows: Full Session Price
Between 2 and 24-hr notice: $20 rescheduling fee
Because I work with so many students, I take every care to minimize my exposure. Please give me advance notice if you are sick so that we can make alternate arrangements. I am always happy to meet students over Skype. If you are sick and do not notify me before I show up at our meeting location, I reserve the right to leave and charge the session as a cancellation in order to protect myself and my other students. Please do not put me in this position.
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
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, 9 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, 16 lessons with Sonya
Very helpful and efficient
Sonya helped my daughter to prepare ACT test. Only several lessons, my daughter improved a lot and got perfect score in the real test. She is the great tutor I highly recommend.Ming, 14 lessons with Sonya
GRE Reading Comprehension
Meeting with Sonya just once helped me improve my verbal score by quite a bit. She gave me some tips to quickly grasp the reading passages in the shortest amount of time. Thank you Sonya!Jill, 1 lesson with Sonya
Sonya was ready with a variety of strategies to help me. She listened well and provided lots of feedback with a lot of energy.
I learned strategies to help me annotate my text more efficiently, how to make a preliminary outline for an essay, and key questions to ask myself during my reading. I really liked that Sonya got down to business right away and was very focused throughout the lesson. Going forward I feel more confident in knowing what to look for when I read. This will help me in completing my assignments. Thank you Sonya!Dora, 1 lesson with Sonya
Very Honest and Great Feedback
Sonya has a great set of eyes that can scan for any little details that need fixing, and she gives great suggestions on how to improve writing. With my poems, she told me how to convey my ideas better, and I know exactly what to fix.Miranda, 2 lessons with Sonya
Response time: 3 hours