I'm an educator with 10+ years of experience, a Fulbrighter, and a two-time AmeriCorps alumna. I received my MA degree from the University of Chicago and work in student affairs/higher education at a private research institution. Previously, I was a program manager at a local non-profit consulting high school students on college applications. Experience in admissions offices and residence life at two private universities in the US informs my knowledge of what higher...
I'm an educator with 10+ years of experience, a Fulbrighter, and a two-time AmeriCorps alumna. I received my MA degree from the University of Chicago and work in student affairs/higher education at a private research institution. Previously, I was a program manager at a local non-profit consulting high school students on college applications. Experience in admissions offices and residence life at two private universities in the US informs my knowledge of what higher education institutions are looking for. I have consulted domestic and international students to top public and private institutions (UChicago, Duke, Johns Hopkin, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Boston University, etc).
I leverage my training in international relations, history, political science, linguistics, religion, and anthropology to guide my students' critical thinking skills, strengthen their writing skills, and refine their research. I work with students on writing for applications, coursework, scholarships/fellowships, jobs (resumes and cover letters). I also provide academic counseling for undergraduate and graduate programs.
I have worked with students on federal language grants as well (NSLIY, CLS, FLAS, Gilman, Fulbright, Boren).
I speak 8 languages. This facilitates correcting common English mistakes made based on a student's native language. For example, students of Turkish origins struggle with assigning gender because Turkish is not a gendered language whereas Arabic speakers struggle with 'the' and 'a' given the abundance and specific rules their usage carries in Arabic. I am trained to teach the following subjects:
- Spanish: all levels, standard and dialect
- Turkish: Beginner, Intermediate
- Arabic: Beginner & Intermediate MSA, Beginner Egyptian (Cairene)
- ESL: all levels
I'm comfortable with all age groups and have taught hundreds of students - from kindergarten to first year of college - in 4 countries.
I'm easy to reach and respond promptly.
Great college tutor
Very helpful tutor if you’re looking to go to a college or transfer to a college. Look no further if that is your goal.Angelo, 10 lessons with Jessica
Definitely a great tutor for she is very caring about the progress and goals of the student throughout the lesson.Angelo, 10 lessons with Jessica
Open and understanding tutor.
Jessica has been extremely patient with my questions about the college admissions process. Any information she gave has also been extremely detailed. Her advice on my internship application helped me thoroughly understand how to format something like this, despite having no experience.Sravya, 10 lessons with Jessica
Common App review
Jessica was very flexible when I asked for her schedule. She reviewed my son's common app essay and suggested very crisp and neat corrections so that the essay is within the word count. Will definitely get more of her help during this application process. Thank you JessicaSudha, 4 lessons with Jessica
College Essay : Very knowledgeable, patient and friendly
Help my daughter with drafting her college essay. Very knowledgeable about the contents and approach needed to write a strong essay. It is crafted based on my daughter's unique experience, and she also ensures that it is a holistic essay.Ivy, 3 lessons with Jessica
Jessica is honest, has an eye for detail, respects the overall piece, provides constructive feedback, and truly wants her students to succeed. She is obsessed with grammar and motivating her students to make their piece uniquely beautiful. Over the course of 2 months, Jessica and I crafted a personal statement, 25 college-specific essays to highly selective schools and programs, as well as a one page resume. In an informal yet polite, respectful, and clear manner we communicated daily in order to reach my goals even before deadlines. Jessica is the best and most effective editor I have had the privilege of working with. Without her help I would not have gotten into my dream school and program boasting a 3% acceptance rate from my region. I highly recommend her to everyone! Thank you, Za’Niya WZaNiya, 12 lessons with Jessica
Jessica is extremely helpful with college applications, helping me stay on task while being extremely wise in her edit suggests on my supplements! she's the best!!Jack , 7 lessons with Jessica
Excellent College essay coach
Jessica was so helpful with asynchronous college essay reviews. She responded quickly to our last minute request and gave constructive feedback. We wish we found her earlier to work on the essays more. Thank you Jessica!!!Grace, 2 lessons with Jessica
Jessica really helped me throughout the whole college application process!! She helped me with brainstorming, outlines, and editing, along with helping to add a personal and unique flair to each essay! She is very quick and easy to work with, I really enjoyed working with her during my application season!!Tara, 33 lessons with Jessica
She helped so much, pays attention to details, truly cares about what she does! I would recommend her to anyone!Daniel, 2 lessons with Jessica