Test Prep Master & Scholar w/ Over 20 Yrs Experience, 50+ Subjects
Test Prep Master & Scholar w/ Over 20 Yrs Experience, 50+ Subjects
I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature on full fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC). I have over twenty years of experience as a teacher, tutor, and academic mentor. I am currently following through on an offer from Manhattan Test Prep to complete its 4 step hiring process after being sought out by the company via LinkedIn (Manhattan accepts only tutors scoring in the top 99th percentile), as well as submitting a manuscript for the Yale Younger Series Award. My...
I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature on full fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC). I have over twenty years of experience as a teacher, tutor, and academic mentor. I am currently following through on an offer from Manhattan Test Prep to complete its 4 step hiring process after being sought out by the company via LinkedIn (Manhattan accepts only tutors scoring in the top 99th percentile), as well as submitting a manuscript for the Yale Younger Series Award. My long history teaching at universities and tutoring privately -- to students of many ages, in diverse circumstances and in a variety of subjects -- enables me to effectively tailor my approach to a student's strengths.
I consistently rank in the 99th percentile on many standardized tests. I was initially trained by Kaplan Test Prep and taught for them for many years before returning to graduate school. I have had the opportunity to refine my approach to tutoring standardized tests as varied as the GMAT, GRE, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB. In addition to standardized tests, I have tutored subjects as diverse as algebra, English composition, biology, the social sciences, along with many others.
Upon my graduation from USC, I was hired by Fortune Tutoring Group in Beverly Hills where I became my company's top-ranked tutor, specialized in the GMAT and the GRE, and catered to challenging and celebrity clients. From there, I began working in Chicago, where I commenced my career with WyzAnt, almost immediately consistently ranking in the top five tutors within a 50-mile radius and often taking the number one spot.
I know through experience that the most skilled teachers are not limited by lack of insight into the many ways ideas can be communicated. These teachers are furthermore capable of adapting the explanation to the needs of their students. Ideally, teachers and tutors are not only knowledgeable, but genuinely interested in their subject matter, as well. Such educators are able to translate not just information and proficiency, but energy and enthusiasm, too. Such is my objective when I teach. Learning is at its best when the process is an engaging one!
I would welcome the chance to work with you!
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Carolyn the Miracle Worker
Carolyn has been an absolutely remarkable tutor. Carolyn has been my tutor, mentor, and a dear friend of mine ever since I started to meet with her a year and a half ago. I originally met with her to work on my ACT score, and it was because of her help that she brought me from a 27 to a 31 within weeks. Without having her to improve my ACT score, I do not think I would have had so many acceptances and scholarships from credited universities. In addition to my superb ACT score, Carolyn has helped me with my college applications to help me present myself in the best possible manner. I would never submit an essay to an application if Carolyn did not review and revise it with me first. I did not need anyone else to look over it because I was so confident with my essays after our revisions. Aside from being an astounding tutor, Carolyn is also an extremely supportive person. Carolyn has always been there for me whenever I am struggling on something with ACT prep, college apps, or anything with that is stressing me out, I always knew she would help me through it. I honestly do not think I would have made it through college apps or the ACT without her. Carolyn is the ideal tutor, look no further!Larry, 34 lessons with CarolynTutor responded:
I could not be more proud of your many accomplishments this year and last, and “merci mille fois” to you for your exceptionally generous review. It has been a veritable joy to work with you, and I expect every success for you in all that you pursue. I am always here for you in every regard and know that your future shines bright!
Intelligent but not reliable
Carolyn is a very intelligent tutor. Her vast knowledge of the ACT testing system is very well documented. My daughter spent two - three nights per week with Carolyn at the local Starbucks for about six weeks prior to taking the first ACT test. Her first ACT score was a 24. My daughter carries nothing less than a 4.0 GPA. Throughout the entire course, we did have concerns about a few canceled sessions and times when she was late. After the first test, tutoring sessions things started to change. Coming late to sessions become a bigger problem and so did cancelations. We felt as though there was resistance to meeting at a quieter place like the library becuase it meant she would have to drive to the next town. Carolyn is a very nice person but you sort of get the feeling that if you communicated with her in the wrong way, she would drop you. Considering the issues already mentioned, we decided to move forward without Carolyn for the second ACT test because we felt as though the sessions were no longer teacher to student but rather just someone overseeing the student while she studies.Paul, 21 lessons with CarolynTutor responded:
Again, I'm very sorry you feel this way, particularly as I feel it's the other way around. Amber still has two books I lent her -- one of which I bought specifically for her -- and as I write this, I have received neither the books nor the opportunity to speak in person about whatever issues you had. I apologize for any rescheduled session or any session that ever began late. That time was invariably made up for.
Knowledgeable and patient tutor
My daughter had a few sessions with Carolyn in the fall for PSAT and her score improved nearly 200 points. Carolyn is very knowledgeable and knows what to focus on to get the best results. Highly recommend her.Monika, 8 lessons with Carolyn
Knowledgeable, effective and supportive tutor
Carolyn was a fantastic GMAT tutor. She was well versed in the intricacies of the test and always made sure that all of my questions were answered. Carolyn made her lesson plans tailored to my needs and made sure that our time together was the most effective that it could be. She was always available outside of our scheduled sessions together if I had questions and was flexible to my schedule. Carolyn genuinely cares about her students and will do everything she can to make sure you succeed.Shayna, 14 lessons with CarolynTutor responded:
Shayna, thank you very much for your kind review. I am so proud of your progress and your commitment to your studies. I know your attentiveness to detail, as well as your persistence, will guarantee your continued success in all you do -- to say nothing of your kindness and generosity of spirit! Working with you has been a joy and I would welcome the opportunity to help you with anything you should ever need in the future.
Carolyn has been an amazing tutor and supporter with my taking of the ACT and with my college applications. She has not only helped me to achieve an ACT score of 33, but has also helped me through over 12 applications with numerous essays. With the help of her expert proofreading, I have received two early acceptances thus far and am waiting to hear back from the rest of my schools. However, regardless of my admissions decisions, I know I have become a stronger critical thinker, writer, and student with the help of Carolyn. From her testing strategies to her grace with words, I feel more than ready to continue in my academic endeavors at university next year and beyond. I am extremely grateful for all that Carolyn has helped me to achieve and I would recommend her to any student wanting to take their studies to the next level.Mary, 28 lessons with CarolynTutor responded:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your rave review. You have been one of the very best and most memorable students I have ever had the privilege of working with, and I wish you every success in the world! There is no doubt you will be an absolute knockout in all that you do. I welcome every opportunity to be of assistance to you in the future!
Amazing and Knowledgeable tutor!
Carolyn is a great tutor!! After working with her, I was able to raise my GRE score to exactly the score I wanted! She has a confident, calm demeanor when tutoring that is very reassuring. Carolyn's knowledge on all GRE subjects are evident when you meet her and therefore she is really able to tailor the tutoring session to make it most beneficial for you! Most importantly Carolyn is an amazing writer!!! She helped me on all my application essays, and I am SO THANKFUL that she did!! She has an insane vocabulary, (don't be surprise that she knows every single GRE vocabulary word) and therefore making her writing style so skillful that she can help you perfectly articulate what you're trying to say in essays. I'm so grateful I found a tutor like Carolyn! Trust me- she is the best!!Katie, 23 lessons with CarolynTutor responded:
Flawless! ;) I’m so delighted with your feedback, I’m featuring it. Thank you so very much (please kindly overlook the unnecessary qualification ;)) for taking the time to write such a glowing review. I look forward to hearing about your acceptances as they roll in!
I am a full-time college student and only had a few weeks to practice GMAT before the test. Carolyn was able to help me in a very short period of time and helped me achieve 96% ranking. Great GMAT Tips!Jessica, 4 lessons with Carolyn
A Very Well Rounded GMAT Tutor
After taking the GMAT once before with a different tutor, I sought the help of Carolyn, specifically for help in the Quantitative section of the GMAT. What I didn't know was how proficient Carolyn was in giving me additional and successful strategies for the Verbal section of the test. My score went up 60 points on my first try after switching to her as my tutor and is sure to go up again in my following attempts. If you want a tutor to give you the test prep strategies to improve your GMAT score, go to Carolyn. Once you learn the techniques she teaches, you will be confident in your ability to improve your score. Combining individual test prep with Carolyn's expertise is a sure-fire way to improve your score. By how much is dependent on the work you're willing to put in.Kevin, 11 lessons with CarolynTutor responded:
Thank you so much for this, Kevin. I couldn't be more proud of your success, and wish you all the best on Monday -- here's to your 80-100 point increase!
Knowledge and prepared
Carolyn helped my son raise his ACT score by three points and is now working with him as he prepares for the SAT II Math Subject test. She provided him with the necessary study guides and has been very flexible with working around his schedule.Noah, 7 lessons with Carolyn
Great instruction and communication
Carolyn was very direct and helpful in guiding my daughter's approach to the SSAT. She is obviously very experienced in test taking and engaging to my 13 year old daughter! Highly recommend!Jill, 6 lessons with Carolyn
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