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Francesca M.

New Milford, CT

$90/hour

Successful College Counselor preparing students nationwide

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 35 ratings
Very knowledgeable and responsible tutor
— Ning, San Jose, CA on 11/1/17

$90/Hour


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Loyola University, Maryland
English
Iona College
Master's

Education

Loyola University, Maryland (English)

Iona College (Master's)

About Francesca

I want to get to know you and your interests, achievements, aspirations and goals. Most students I've worked with over the past 15+ years have no idea what they want to major in and that's fine. You don't need to! Whether you're an A+ or a C student, whether you scored in the 95th percentile on your SATs or didn't take them at all, whether you play four instruments or are completely tone-deaf, there is at least one college or university (likely more than one) out there that's right for you. I want to help you to identify, apply to, get accepted to, afford and attend that school.

Together, we will:
prioritize your college admission's to-do list and keep you accountable for it
focus your search parameters based on a number of criteria
determine what standardized tests to take, when and how often and help you prepare for them
develop an academic resume
discuss who best to write letters of recommendation
complete and submit the Common App including the dreaded essays
review application supplemental materials (required by some schools)
research Financial Aid, Scholarship and Grant opportunities
plan and prep for college tours, interviews, overnights, etc.
set realistic expectations based on your interests, abilities, achievements, experiences & finances
celebrate your acceptances

As a homeschooling parent of 4, a homeschool co-op teacher of multiple subjects and every grade level, and an English, reading and writing tutor for well over a decade, I am extremely aware that one method of instruction does not fit all! My ability to determine and to teach to each student's learning style - whether an auditory learner, an intrapersonal learner, a kinesthetic learner, etc. - is what sets me apart as a teacher.

Colleges, like much in life, are not one size fits all! And as such, there is no one college or university that is universally better than another. Having a recognizable name, being an Ivy League school, and/or producing famous alumni does not make a particular school the best fit for every college applicant. I think it is this philosophy that sets me apart from other college counselors. I am not interested in getting you (or your kid, if you're a parent) into Princeton, if Princeton isn't the best fit for you (or your child).

For more information and free tips about the college admissions process, please contact me.
I want to get to know you and your interests, achievements, aspirations and goals. Most students I've worked with over the past 15+ years have no idea what they want to major in and that's fine. You don't need to! Whether you're an A+ or a C student, whether you scored in the 95th percentile on your SATs or didn't take them at all, whether you Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of New Milford, CT 06776

"Very knowledgeable and responsible tutor"

- Ning, San Jose, CA on 11/1/17
Francesca replied on 11/14/2017

Ning,
Thank you for this lovely review. It's been a real pleasure working with you to aid your son in his final year of high school English, as well as with his college essays. MIT, Princeton, UPenn, and Stanford would all be lucky to have him as a student!
Best wishes,
Francesca

"Very knowledgeable and detail oriented"

- Hesam, Orlando, FL on 12/8/17
Francesca replied on 12/9/2017

Thank you, Hesam. Working with a student who's a natural writer, like yourself, makes my job easy. Best of luck to you!
Francesca

"Very Experienced SAT Essay Writing Tutor"

- Siqi, Southbury, CT on 12/6/17
Francesca replied on 12/7/2017

Thank you for your kind praise, Siqi. Your daughter was just lovely and was so easy to work with as she came to each lesson well prepared. She's destined for the medical professional based on that alone. Thank you for sharing her. I look forward to working with her at college application time, next year.
Best wishes,
Francesca

"Knowledgeable and quick"

- Victoria, El Paso, TX on 11/21/17
Francesca replied on 11/22/2017

Thank you, Victoria. Your son has been a pleasure to work with, especially since he's a natural writer and makes my job very easy. I have no doubt he will go on to accomplish some pretty great things in college and beyond and will positively impact the lives of many!
Best wishes to you both,
Francesca

"Provided the most valuable recommendations for my college essays"

- Ruslan, New Canaan, CT on 10/18/17
Francesca replied on 11/22/2017

Ruslan,
It was truly a pleasure and an honor working with you and reading all about your eclectic educational experiences. Good luck to you in all future endeavors!
Francesca

"College Application Essay"

- Caitie, Stamford, CT on 1/8/17

"Effective and efficient help with college essay"

- Robin, Monument, CO on 12/12/16

"Positive SAT Prep"

- Gina, Newtown, CT on 12/4/16

"Helpful College Essay Revision"

- Candace, Arvada, CO on 11/10/16
Francesca replied on 11/12/2016

Thank you, Candace. It helps me to do my job when the writer is as naturally talented and intuitive as your son. The description of the course offering he would offer at college was so fabulous, it made me want to apply and enroll! Best of luck to you both,

"Extremely Knowledgeable College Counselor and Tutor - Highly Recommend"

- Diane, Arlington Heights, IL on 10/24/16
Francesca replied on 10/25/2016

Thank you for your kind words, Diane. It was a pleasure working with your son on his essay. I love when students find a clever, innovative way to write about maturation. In your son's case, writing about stepping outside his comfort zone to become less of an introvert and more of a participant in his high school community. And of course, his opening line - pink swimsuit; October football game - is a classic. That'll catch any reader's attention! Best of luck, Francesca

"Knowledgeable about college application process"

- Rachel, Lagrange, GA on 10/14/16
Francesca replied on 10/14/2016

Thank you for the high praise, Rachel. Your son is a strong writer and really impressed me by choosing one of the riskier essay prompts. He did a great job sharing his experience about developing his own political opinions without being argumentative. Kudos to him!

"Great teacher, friendly, knowledgable. Highly Recommend!"

- Jennifer, Redding, CT on 9/25/16
Francesca replied on 10/14/2016

Meeting with your daughter is one of the highlights of my week, Jennifer. It can be tough trying to turn any sort of standardized test prep into something remotely resembling fun, but I think we've accomplished that while also mastering strategies that will meet with success. It was so exciting when she aced the rhetoric practice test sections at our last meeting. We were two fist-bumping fools. Thanks for sharing her with me!

Science:
PSAT
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
American History,
European History, World History, Writing
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

Most students I have worked with on ACT English, Reading and Writing prep score between 27 and 34 in these subject areas. I've worked with all of the currently published test prep books/materials and find the greatest amount of success with Kaplan.

ACT Reading

Most students I have worked with on ACT English, Reading and Writing prep score between 27 and 34 in these subject areas. I've worked with all of the currently published test prep books/materials and find the greatest amount of success with Kaplan.

American History

I currently teach honors high school history classes, including American History.

College Counseling

As an Independent College Counselor, I've assisted hundreds of students in achieving admission to the college of their dreams. Most often, Wyzant students are looking for aid with their college admissions essay and supplements. My relationship with over 60 college admissions reps makes me uniquely qualified to provide the proofreading, editing and wordsmithing skills necessary to successfully showcase every applicant's best self.

English

I have been an English teacher to homeschoolers of all ages and an English tutor to students in grades 7-12 for the past 20 years.

Literature

I've been teaching Literature for 15+ years. I am currently teaching various middle school and high school English classes including both AP Language and Comp and AP Literature. My Master's thesis was on the role of women and the image of self in the works of Toni Morrison ... which may sound painful to some, but was actually a pleasure for me!

Proofreading

Every job I've had in the past 30 years has involved some form of proofreading: as a magazine editor, software contract negotiator, teacher, and college counselor. I'm someone who knows a little bit about a lot of things and am detail-oriented to a fault, which is a good quality in a proofreader. Students whose work I've edited have gone on to win various writing competitions, from creative writing awards to NASA science awards.

PSAT

Most students I have tutored in the PSAT score between 570-750 (out of a 130-760 range for the PSAT). I've worked with all of the currently published test prep books and currently find the greatest amount of success with materials published by The Princeton Review.

SAT Reading

Most students I have worked with on SAT English prep score between 690-750. Essay scores have ranged from 5-8 in the three categories: reading/analysis/writing. I've worked with all of the currently published test prep books/materials and find the greatest amount of success with Kallis.

SAT Writing

Most students I have worked with on SAT English prep score between 690-750. Essay scores have ranged from 5-8 in the three categories: reading/analysis/writing. I've worked with all of the currently published test prep books/materials and find the greatest amount of success with Kallis.

SSAT

Students who I have tutored for the SSATs have gone on to find great success at many secondary private schools including Chase Collegiate, Northfield Mount Herman, Miss Porter's School, Westover School, Trinity-Pawling, Kent School, The Gunnery, and Canterbury School, among others.

Writing

I have been teaching English for 15+ years, this includes various English Lit, Grammar and Writing classes, including AP Language and Composition, as well as English Literature. As a College Counselor I also spend a great deal of time assisting students with their college essays.

Loyola University, Maryland
English
Iona College
Master's

Education

Loyola University, Maryland (English)

Iona College (Master's)

Very knowledgeable and responsible tutor

We got Francesca's help as AP Lit tutor for my son initially. Francesca is very knowledgeable, experienced, responsible and always respond promptly within hours. My son is much more confident now with Francesca's help. Francesca also provided very valuable advice regarding college application/essays for my son. We feel very comfortable to communicate with Francesca and always get satisfied answers

— Ning, San Jose, CA on 11/1/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Francesca will travel within 20 miles of New Milford, CT 06776.