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Brown University
Literary Arts
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Master's

Education

Brown University (Literary Arts)

Iowa Writers' Workshop (Master's)

About Mark

I'm a 2006 graduate of Brown University, where I studied writing, literature, math, and critical theory among other things and a 2012 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, which many consider the best writing program in the world. I've worked as a tutor, teacher, or professor for twelve years. I taught high school math and high school English before entering graduate school. From 2012 to 2014, I served as the writer-in-residence at Cornell College, where I taught creative writing. I have perfect or 99th percentile scores on SAT, ACT, SAT II, and GRE tests.

As a teacher, I build on students’ natural strengths and native intellectual curiosity. Students reinforce academic content, personalize their learning process, and learn how thrive in educational institutions.

I offer one-on-one or small-group tutoring in math, language arts, social studies, and science for students of all ages and ability levels. In addition to academic content, I teach study skills, time and stress management, effective reading, and executive function.

I'm currently a PhD student in the University of Denver's creative writing program and on faculty at Denver's Lighthouse Writers Workshop where I teach fiction and college-essay workshops. My first book, a short-story collection, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books. I have peer-reviewed papers in the journals LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory and TCL: Twentieth-Century Literature.

EXPERIENCE
TEST PREP TUTORING:

Standardized tests are not strong predictors of your success in college, graduate school, or your career. They are, however, fierce gatekeepers. A bad day at the testing center can end your application season; a good score can save you tens of thousands of tuition dollars and wildly open your professional horizons. Studying for these tests is not like studying for your Biology final. It's more like triathlon (or decathlon!) training. My approach breaks down like this:

(1) Focused teaching/review of test content: these tests cover a wide but delimited range of math, grammar, and logic concepts, often disguising how they appear. At whatever pace you need, we'll build your proficiency with the math and verbal content and build your "test literacy"--your expertise in how the exam spins a few dozen concepts into ever-new questions.

(2) Good habits. First and foremost, standardized tests measure how good you are at standardized tests. They measure your time-management, anxiety-management, and endurance at least as much they measure your math and verbal chops. We'll do time trials and stress tests and develop personal techniques for keeping your wits about you come test day.

(3) Homework. No coach can get you through 26.2 miles if you don't do your daily runs. Together, we'll design a rigorous, efficient, and achievable homework schedule that will get you in shape. I can advise you on which study materials to buy and provide some I've written myself.

My test-prep qualifications. Out of college, I taught GRE, GMAT, LSAT, SAT and ACT classes for Kaplan Test Prep. I've tutored independently since 2009. I have perfect or 99th percentile scores on the GRE, SAT, ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, SAT II Writing, SAT II Math IIC, SAT II Physics, AP English Language, AP English Lit AP Calc BC, AP Physics AB, AP US History, and AP European History.

AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING:

As an after-school tutor, my primary goal is to develop your student's independence and love of learning. Our starting point is always the student's natural strengths and curiosities. I'll teach you how to personalize your learning process to keep yourself challenged, excited, and engaged.

I'm comfortable tutoring most middle-school and high-school subjects. I love teaching all math. I love teaching writing and lit. History, physics, etc. No French, no Chinese, solo un poquito de español. I worked as a high school math teacher and language-arts teacher before returning to graduate school. I've taught creative and academic writing at Brown University, the University of Iowa, and Cornell College. Through the International Writing Program, I’ve taught distance-learning literature courses in Kirkuk, Iraq and Hargeisa, Somalia. I can challenge ace students who are bored with their As or help students fighting not to fail.
I'm a graduate of Brown University (3.95 GPA, honors) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I've worked as a tutor, teacher, or professor for twelve years. From 2012 to 2014, I served as the writer-in-residence at Cornell College.
I'm a 2006 graduate of Brown University, where I studied writing, literature, math, and critical theory among other things and a 2012 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, which many consider the best writing program in the world. I've worked as a tutor, teacher, or professor for twelve years. I taught high school math and high school English Read more

Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 35 miles of Denver, CO 80206
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Discrete Math, Elementary Math,
GED, Geometry, GMAT,
GRE,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science,
PSAT
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
GED, GMAT,
GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Reading, TOEFL, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL, GMAT,
GRE,
Public Speaking, Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

Back in high school, I got a 34 on the ACT English test.

English is my thing. After college, I worked for a year as a high-school English teacher and for four years teaching college-level writing and literature courses. From 2012 to 2014, I was the writer-in-residence at Cornell College. I'm a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (considered by many the best writing program in the world) and an anthologized fiction writer.

ACT Math

Back in high school, I got a 34 on the ACT Math section. Since then, I've worked as a high-school math teacher and taught test-prep courses for an educational organization.

ACT Reading

Back in high school, I got a 34 on the ACT Reading section.

I've worked for a year as a high-school English teacher and for four years teaching college-level writing and literature courses. From 2012 to 2014, I was the Writer-in-Residence at Cornell College. I'm a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (considered by many the best writing program in the world) and an anthologized fiction writer.

ACT Science

When I was in high school, the ACT wasn't the big-deal test it is now. We were given the ACT as a school-wide assessment, and I got 34s in Math, English, and Reading. I wasn't prepared for the science section and got only a 26. That's a 32 overall (99%ile). Since then, I've learned a lot about the test and read up on strategies for navigating it. I love teaching the ACT. I think it's a better test than the SAT, though I often encourage students to take practice tests of both.

Algebra 1

I taught high-school Algebra, Geometry, and Precalculus in Richmond, California as a "Math Empowerment Teacher."

Algebra 2

I teach math procedures (and shortcuts) but I emphasize understanding why we do what we do. I think math is beautiful and fun, and I'm always excited to teach it.

Elementary Math

Elementary school is where the love of math either takes off or math-phobia sets in. I love math and have always found it beautiful, fun, even magical. I have a treasure box of puzzles and games to inspire an appreciation for the subject in your student.

English

I worked for a year as a high-school English teacher and for four years teaching college-level writing and literature courses. From 2012 to 2014, I was the R.P. Dana Writer-in-Residence at Cornell College. I'm a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop (considered by many the best writing program in the world) and an anthologized fiction writer.

GMAT

I have not been to business school, but I've taught GMAT lessons since 2006, for a test prep organization and privately. I've worked as a math teacher and as an English professor, and I'm comfortable with all sections of the test.

GRE

My GRE scores:

800 Quant, 720 Verbal (98%ile) on the old GRE.
166 Quant, 167 Verbal on the new GRE.

Prealgebra

I have a lot of experience presenting math concepts to suit individual students' learning styles and needs.

Precalculus

I taught high-school Precalculus in Richmond, California as a "Math Empowerment Teacher," working one-on-one with high-needs students. I have a lot of experience presenting math concepts to suit individual students' learning styles and preferences. I teach math procedures (and shortcuts) but I always also emphasize understanding why we do what we do. I think math is beautiful and fun, and I'm always excited to teach it.

SAT Math

My SAT scores (from way back in high school) are:

800 Verbal
720 Math (but 800s on the SAT II: Math 2C test and SAT II: Physics test)
790 Writing

Since then, I've worked for Kaplan Test Prep and done years of private tutoring. I've learned a lot about test-taking strategies and techniques. I can help you with test-day anxiety, time management, and of course all your questions about the content covered on the test.

Writing

I'm a working writer with a MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, considered by many the best writing program in the world. Over the last ten years, I've taught fiction, poetry, and storytelling to med students at Brown University, young Katrina evacuees, inner-city high schoolers, honors students in Montana middle schools, and many undergrads. Through the International Writing Program, I’ve taught long-distance fiction courses in Kirkuk, Iraq and Hargeisa, Somalia. I've taught college-level writing courses for four years, including two as the R.P. Dana Writer-in-Residence at Cornell College. My own writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and selected for best-of anthologies.

Brown University
Literary Arts
Iowa Writers' Workshop
Master's

Education

Brown University (Literary Arts)

Iowa Writers' Workshop (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mark will travel within 35 miles of Denver, CO 80206.