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Andrea C.

Stamford, CT

$110/hour

Inspiring Excellence - College Applications & Writing

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Background check passed as of 12/6/13
4.9 average from 185 ratings
Experienced and have great ideas
— Ning-yang, Stamford, CT on 6/6/16

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Georgetown University
History
Teachers College, Columbia Univ.
Master's

Education

Georgetown University (History)

Teachers College, Columbia Univ. (Master's)

About Andrea

Do you want to maximize your chances for admission to your best fit colleges? Do you want to shine the best light on your unique, individual story in your personal statement? Do you struggle with writing or organization? This expert college adviser, Georgetown interviewer, Columbia grad, UConn adjunct, NYS & CT certified teacher would love to help!

This is my tenth year as a humanities teacher and eighth year in college admissions. I have worked for Cambridge, William and Mary, Johns Hopkins' CTY, and several public and private schools, as well as numerous individual families in the NYC Metro Area. My training and certification in market research and social studies education, plus my experience teaching History and English Language Arts has strongly prepared me to be an effective writing coach and college admissions consultant.

As a teacher, I have helped students of all abilities to significantly improve their writing, study techniques, critical / analytical thinking abilities, grammar, and reading comprehension. Almost all of my tutoring and college admissions students have become A-level students in all of their humanities courses and exams. I am constantly updating and refreshing my skills and lessons, as well as customizing my instruction, to ensure the success of all students!

In terms of college admissions specifically, I have worked on both sides of the application process and hold an excellent client placement record. Whether you need help with creating a list of summer programs and scholarships; choosing potential colleges to investigate and visit; planning those visits; improving your English Test Prep skills; preparing for interviews; exploring interest areas; brainstorming, drafting and polishing your personal statement, short answers, essays, and videos; inquiring about music offerings; filling in actual applications; and/or applying for financial aid; I'd love to help you and your family!

Numerous educators, who are familiar with my students, their struggles, and their subsequent accomplishments, have commented on the strengths of my customized sessions, which highlight students' strengths, target students' weaknesses, and accommodate students' individual needs in order to maximize the positive results.
Do you want to maximize your chances for admission to your best fit colleges? Do you want to shine the best light on your unique, individual story in your personal statement? Do you struggle with writing or organization? Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

One student at a time only, please.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Stamford, CT 06902
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Experienced and have great ideas"

- Ning-yang, Stamford, CT on 6/6/16

"Patient and eager to teach"

- Seema, Wilton, CT on 6/2/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Sazia, Oyster Bay, NY on 8/26/14

"Resourceful and Knowledgeable"

- Nancy, Roslyn Heights, NY on 6/2/14

"Great Tutor"

- Kathy, East Setauket, NY on 4/15/14

"Great tutor!"

- Suzanne, Huntington, NY on 3/4/14

"Perfect tutor!! Doesn't come better!"

- Alanna, Jericho, NY on 12/8/12

"Great tutor"

- Sandra, Huntington Station, NY on 9/21/12

"My Daughter Loved Andrea"

- Maryann, Levittown, NY on 5/17/12
Test Preparation:
College Counseling,
PSAT
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

After taking a standard survey (undergrad and grad) and a few unusual approaches (architectural, diplomatic, immigration) to U.S. History myself, I have taught and tutored regular and honors middle school U.S. History, high school regular / Regents and AP U.S. History, and middle school American Literature.

My students tend to be extremely happy with my tutoring, and their grades and scores improve, often by a very large amount!

College Counseling

A variety of experiences prepared me to be a successful college admissions consultant. After college, I was asked to interview and evaluate freshmen applicants for Georgetown, which I happily did, for several years, in two different regions. Eventually, I successfully applied to several prominent graduate schools on my own. I received a scholarship from NYU, but ultimately chose Columbia. After a few years of teaching, I was encouraged to consider becoming a college admissions consultant. As a result, I spent more than a year conducting research for and learning the business from an internationally prominent college admissions consultant and author, before going out on my own. This past year, I received insightful mentoring in the business by working as part of a small, collaborative team of college consultants and essay writing specialists within a larger, locally focused, educational services firm. I am now a big believer in the importance of genuine fit.

My college consulting clients have all been accepted by at least one, if not several, of their reach, but excellent fit, schools. These colleges and universities include: Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, U. Chicago, U. Colorado-Boulder, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, U. Michigan, NYU Stern, UNC Chapel Hill, Penn State, Purdue, Redlands, Rollins, San Diego State, Stony Brook, UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UConn.

English

Looking for a trained and experienced literacy (reading and writing) instructor to help you with a regular-level 6th-12th English course? or perhaps a standardized test- ISEE, SSAT, ACT, or SAT?

Besides being one of the first to tutor for the NYS English high school Common Core exam, and a successful tutor for the ELA sections of the ACT and SAT, I taught regular English to grades 7-12 in a CT private school for two years. As a result, I can help you to improve your writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, public speaking, and/or listening skills.

Government & Politics

I have experience teaching and tutoring U.S. Government, Comparative Government, Model UN, and International Relations courses for middle school, high school, and college students. As a former staff member in Congressional leadership offices and at a national public policy organization, I am quite familiar with how our own government works! In addition, my graduate level coursework, at Georgetown, in International Affairs provided insights into the U.S. government, democratization efforts around the world, political philosophy, and several other forms of government, both past and present.

Grammar

As a middle and high school English teacher, I taught grammar on an almost daily basis! I draw upon a concise, but very insightful and thorough, workbook series, as well as custom lessons and activities. My comments and feedback on written work also include grammar corrections. Students with whom I have worked one-on-one gained an understanding of the rules and now more frequently follow correct usage when writing.

Literature

If you are taking a regular middle or high school literature course, my two years of experience teaching English will enable me to provide much assistance you as you take reading notes, prepare for class discussions, study for reading exams, and analyze the works in your papers. Not only will I help you to develop questions about the books you are reading, I also have access to many of the publishers’ reading guides.

Proofreading

Do you need an expert proofreader to check your written assignments and provide suggested changes? Do you want to know why those changes are correct, so that you can learn from your mistakes and hopefully not repeat them? Do you want suggestions regarding additions, reorganization, and use of rhetorical (persuasive) strategies, in addition to grammatical suggestions? If you answered yes to these questions, please contact me!

PSAT

It never hurts to start your preparations for the SAT and ACT, and thus the PSAT and new PACT, early! As a former English teacher and Test Prep tutor, I can help you prepare for the English Language Arts sections on both exams, which open the doors to college recruiting efforts and college scholarships, as well as pinpoint what you need to master in order to ace the SAT and ACT themselves.

Social Studies

My teacher training and certification (in both NYS and CT) are in social studies for grades 5-12. My undergraduate and graduate coursework also focused on history, government, and cultural studies. Since then, I have gained both classroom teaching and tutoring experience throughout the middle school, high school, and AP social studies curricula, thus U.S. History, World History, U.S. Government, several electives, (and Economics). Whether you are struggling with terms recall, the ability to make connections between pieces of information, the increasingly important historical analytical thinking skills, primary document deconstruction, reading comprehension, research projects, writing, or study skills, I can assist!

Study Skills

One of the most important tasks when providing tutoring is to identify the best study techniques for a particular student. I have extensive experience helping regular, honors, and AP students to improve their study skills and substantially raise their grades. As an inquisitive teacher, I am also quite familiar with a large variety of successful methods to use when trying to remember diverse types of information. My training and experiences enable me to help each of my students to identify and master the most beneficial study technique(s) for him/her.

Vocabulary

Whether you are in middle school or high school, concerned about your English scores on a particular standardized test or trying to better understand course readings, I can help you to greatly expand your vocabulary knowledge, using more than one, fun method! After working with me, you will sound more intelligent and know how to readily absorb terms and new vocabulary throughout your life!

World History

2016 is my eighth year tutoring high school Global History / Global Studies (I & II) and AP World History (I & II). I have also tutored History of the Atlantic World. My students have significantly raised their course grades, scored 86+ on their Regents or final exams, and scored at least a 3 on their AP exams.

I also successfully taught the middle school version for two years. Those students loved the fun projects! My lessons were a mix of regional focus and cross-regional comparisons within a time period.

In addition, I have successfully tutored students taking introductory college World History courses, Western Civilization survey courses, and World Geography. In 2015, I was certified as an Adjunct Instructor at UConn for Modern Western Traditions.

My own college major at Georgetown was comparative history, with a focus on Central Europe, Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the U.S. During graduate school, at Columbia, I attempted to fill in the gaps by taking additional regional history courses. Since then, I have extensively read and written on many aspects of regional and thematic historical content.

The combination of my own studies and my teaching experiences allows me to draw upon extensive content knowledge, while helping you to become a better reader, memorizer, analyzer, and writer, so that you ace your class discussions, essays, presentations, research projects, and exams!

Writing

This is my ninth year teaching writing to adolescents: I have supervised college interns in a research department, tutored social studies for nine years and writing, specifically, for six, taught middle school humanities in the NYC G&T program and for Johns Hopkins’ CTY program, spent almost two years as an English teacher, grades 7-12, at a private school in CT, and guided high school seniors as they write, revise, and polish their college application essays. My own writing skills were honed at Georgetown, Cambridge, William & Mary, and Columbia. As a result, I will most certainly help you to write better papers for your history or English classes, whether they are short responses, literary analysis, DBQs, thematic essays, comparative pieces, persuasive editorials, analytical essays, creative narratives, or formal research papers. I might even be able to help with poetry!

Georgetown University
History
Teachers College, Columbia Univ.
Master's

Education

Georgetown University (History)

Teachers College, Columbia Univ. (Master's)

Experienced and have great ideas — Andrea gave my son advice on both academic and extracurricular activities based on his interest and strengths. All items in the action plan she put together at the end are great and doable, and none of them are obvious to me, that is, I will not be able to figure it out without her help. ...

— Ning-yang, Stamford, CT on 6/6/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $110.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

One student at a time only, please.

Travel policy

Andrea will travel within 15 miles of Stamford, CT 06902.