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Test Prep Master & Scholar w/ Over 20 Yrs Experience, 50+ Subjects

Test Prep Master & Scholar w/ Over 20 Yrs Experience, 50+ Subjects

$85/hour

  • 2,720 hours tutoring

  • Naperville, IL 60563

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About Carolyn


Bio

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. My extensive experience 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...

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. My extensive experience 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!


Education

University of Southern California (USC)
Comparative Literature
USC
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $85
  • Rate details: I am open to tutoring two students in the same subject for one and a half times my hourly rate.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Naperville, IL 60563
  • Lesson cancellation: 36 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/2/2014

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Subjects

Business

GMAT,

GMAT

I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. I have taught all of the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT for more than a decade. My score ranks in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
GRE

GRE

I have taught both quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE for more than a decade. My score ranked in the 97th percentile and I have helped scores of students achieve similar results. My students typically begin seeing the percentage of their correct answers on practice tests skyrocket after only a couple sessions.

Corporate Training

GMAT,

GMAT

I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. I have taught all of the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT for more than a decade. My score ranks in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
Grammar,

Grammar

My background in grammar began early, with a solid eight years of parochial education that emphasized language arts, with separate classes for reading, spelling, grammar, and handwriting. A talent for languages helped foment my interest in grammar, syntax, and style. The exceptionally strong honors program at my university, with a writing course taken in tandem with each class in literature, cemented my inclination toward writing and editing. Though the years, I have served as teacher and editor of grammar to professors, doctors, CEOs, and countless students.
Proofreading

Proofreading

My grasp of the foundations of good grammar occurred early, in the form of a solid, private education in which 8-year olds were subjected to an entire 6-month unit on the functionality of the comma and its use. Though doubtless the driest class ever, it nonetheless successfully inculcated in me a meticulousness in my writing and proofreading that lends itself well to copy.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have tutored elementary math for several companies and for dozens of students over the years. Perhaps because math wasn't as intuitive for me as other subjects were when I myself was a kid and I was so frustrated by this, I have enjoyed marked success translating mathematics to children as an adult. My foray into quantitative tutoring began with my training as a tutor for Kaplan more than a decade ago where I taught the SAT and ACT, GRE and GMAT, among other tests. I'm told over and over again I make math simple where others have failed!
Grammar,

Grammar

My background in grammar began early, with a solid eight years of parochial education that emphasized language arts, with separate classes for reading, spelling, grammar, and handwriting. A talent for languages helped foment my interest in grammar, syntax, and style. The exceptionally strong honors program at my university, with a writing course taken in tandem with each class in literature, cemented my inclination toward writing and editing. Though the years, I have served as teacher and editor of grammar to professors, doctors, CEOs, and countless students.
Reading,

Reading

It goes without saying that reading has been the linchpin of my studies both as an undergraduate and later as a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature. I've always enjoyed the ability to easily and quickly comprehend both the content of a text and the many ways in which an author conveys that content on different levels and through various textual elements. When tutoring reading or teaching a text, I encourage my students to engage deeply with their subject, thinking critically about the language, structure, and spirit of the text, so as to fully appreciate the manifold possibilities encoded therein. I am able to "pitch" a text at the level of my student, scaffolding from there to build critical reading skills.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

My penchant for polysyllabics started young, borne out of a natural curiosity about the origins and meanings of words. Later, it was my study of Latin and other Romance languages that fomented my vocabulary and love of philology. With my students, I use a variety of tactics to instill in them new vocabulary: understanding word roots, suffixes and prefixes; identifying associated words and derivatives; and recognizing, wherever possible, common idiomatic expressions or turns of phrase that allude to a word's definition and connotation. Although it is reading, of course -- with an attentiveness to unfamiliar words -- that is the best method for improving one's vocabulary, there are strategies that can help in the meantime.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have a strong background in English, including a Master's degree in comparative literature. I have taught the English section of the ACT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I was initially trained by Kaplan, and have taught the Reading section of the ACT for more than a decade. I have a strong background in reading, including a master's degree in comparative literature. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
English,

English

I have helped scores of students through the years to better understand texts and improve their writing. I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature at USC and am a writer myself when not tutoring and teaching.
Grammar,

Grammar

My background in grammar began early, with a solid eight years of parochial education that emphasized language arts, with separate classes for reading, spelling, grammar, and handwriting. A talent for languages helped foment my interest in grammar, syntax, and style. The exceptionally strong honors program at my university, with a writing course taken in tandem with each class in literature, cemented my inclination toward writing and editing. Though the years, I have served as teacher and editor of grammar to professors, doctors, CEOs, and countless students.
Literature,

Literature

My background in literature is extensive and spans decades, with a primary emphasis on American, English and, to a lesser extent, French literature. I have had the opportunity to study hosts of texts from perspectives as diverse as their historical context, composition, and cultural impact, spending the bulk of my undergraduate and graduate study focusing on English and American modern and early modern literature. As a tutor and teacher of literature, I am able to convey how the elements of a text establish the tone and deliver a message through a rigorous hermeneutics and critical thinking.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

My grasp of the foundations of good grammar occurred early, in the form of a solid, private education in which 8-year olds were subjected to an entire 6-month unit on the functionality of the comma and its use. Though doubtless the driest class ever, it nonetheless successfully inculcated in me a meticulousness in my writing and proofreading that lends itself well to copy.
Reading,

Reading

It goes without saying that reading has been the linchpin of my studies both as an undergraduate and later as a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature. I've always enjoyed the ability to easily and quickly comprehend both the content of a text and the many ways in which an author conveys that content on different levels and through various textual elements. When tutoring reading or teaching a text, I encourage my students to engage deeply with their subject, thinking critically about the language, structure, and spirit of the text, so as to fully appreciate the manifold possibilities encoded therein. I am able to "pitch" a text at the level of my student, scaffolding from there to build critical reading skills.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have a master's degree in comparative literature and a strong background in reading. I have taught the reading section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As a poet and recipient of a master's in comparative literature, I have a very strong writing background. I have been teaching the Writing section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

My penchant for polysyllabics started young, borne out of a natural curiosity about the origins and meanings of words. Later, it was my study of Latin and other Romance languages that fomented my vocabulary and love of philology. With my students, I use a variety of tactics to instill in them new vocabulary: understanding word roots, suffixes and prefixes; identifying associated words and derivatives; and recognizing, wherever possible, common idiomatic expressions or turns of phrase that allude to a word's definition and connotation. Although it is reading, of course -- with an attentiveness to unfamiliar words -- that is the best method for improving one's vocabulary, there are strategies that can help in the meantime.
Writing

Writing

I started writing at a young age, competing in the Power of the Pen state competition and placing 10th as a fourth grader competing against writers in high school. I later went on to major in comp lit with an emphasis in poetry, becoming the first student to win both Welch awards from my dept. In my senior year, I completed an optional senior thesis to graduate with honors and was admitted by application to an advanced poetry seminar. I taught and tutored writing and composition for many years before completing my master's in literature and continue to tutor writing and freelance edit professionally.

History

American History,

American History

My serious study of American history began when I took AP American History as a high school sophomore and received a 4 on the exam. I continued to specialize in American culture and history in my studies as a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, particularly in the areas of early modern, modern, and postmodern thought. I am exceptionally well read on the early colonial period and its Puritan underpinnings.
World History

World History

My background in world history comes largely vis-a-vis my training as a student of comparative literature both as an undergraduate and later as a graduate student. Since my study of world literature was premised on reading in the original language, my study of history was often accompanied by an emphasis on cultural and ideological influences, paradigm shifts, and the influences of colonialism. Having lived abroad several times in Europe adds a personal dimension to my studies.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As Einstein's uncle apparently once said, "What a wonderful hunt it must be when we know not what it is we seek, but call it "x" and track it down all the same." My approach to algebra is to attempt to cultivate a sense of interest in the foundations and principles that lay the framework for the math that the student will be tasked with for years to come. Additionally, for high school students, I make a habit of noting what concepts I see reoccurring on standardized tests and in what format.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

My background in Algebra II is largely limited to my having tutored countless students in it through the years, at all high school levels, from beginning to advanced. Because my experience with this subject is empirical and practical more than it is purely academic, I have enjoyed marked success in helping students really struggling with understanding polynomials, systems of linear equations, basic trig, etc. Algebra forms the foundation for much of both concepts tested on standardized exams and subsequent math courses, and thus I regard as essential a firm grasp of the concepts grouped under Algebra II (College Algebra).
English,

English

I have helped scores of students through the years to better understand texts and improve their writing. I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature at USC and am a writer myself when not tutoring and teaching.
Geometry,

Geometry

I came to tutor geometry through teaching and tutoring standardized tests like the GMAT and the ACT. Because so much of geometry is based on concepts that can be illustrated, many students who otherwise struggle in math have a predilection for and strength in geometry. As a tutor, I'm able to emphasize whatever those aspects are that make sense to a particular student, capitalizing on a student's preference for the literal (figures) or the figurative (algebra) and relating concepts thematically so every student comes away an expert in geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As someone who came to appreciate algebra later than other subjects, I have a keen understanding of how students struggle with cornerstone arithmetic and pre-algebra concepts, and how these issues snowball as a student progresses through the curriculum. Because of my many years preparing students for standardized exams, I am proficient at identifying foundational weaknesses and remedying then efficiently.
Reading,

Reading

It goes without saying that reading has been the linchpin of my studies both as an undergraduate and later as a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature. I've always enjoyed the ability to easily and quickly comprehend both the content of a text and the many ways in which an author conveys that content on different levels and through various textual elements. When tutoring reading or teaching a text, I encourage my students to engage deeply with their subject, thinking critically about the language, structure, and spirit of the text, so as to fully appreciate the manifold possibilities encoded therein. I am able to "pitch" a text at the level of my student, scaffolding from there to build critical reading skills.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught the math section of the SAT for more than a decade, and consistently help my students achieve great results. Because my score ranks in the 99th percentile, I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years. I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have a master's degree in comparative literature and a strong background in reading. I have taught the reading section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
Writing

Writing

I started writing at a young age, competing in the Power of the Pen state competition and placing 10th as a fourth grader competing against writers in high school. I later went on to major in comp lit with an emphasis in poetry, becoming the first student to win both Welch awards from my dept. In my senior year, I completed an optional senior thesis to graduate with honors and was admitted by application to an advanced poetry seminar. I taught and tutored writing and composition for many years before completing my master's in literature and continue to tutor writing and freelance edit professionally.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taught the math section of the ACT for more than a decade. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As Einstein's uncle apparently once said, "What a wonderful hunt it must be when we know not what it is we seek, but call it "x" and track it down all the same." My approach to algebra is to attempt to cultivate a sense of interest in the foundations and principles that lay the framework for the math that the student will be tasked with for years to come. Additionally, for high school students, I make a habit of noting what concepts I see reoccurring on standardized tests and in what format.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

My background in Algebra II is largely limited to my having tutored countless students in it through the years, at all high school levels, from beginning to advanced. Because my experience with this subject is empirical and practical more than it is purely academic, I have enjoyed marked success in helping students really struggling with understanding polynomials, systems of linear equations, basic trig, etc. Algebra forms the foundation for much of both concepts tested on standardized exams and subsequent math courses, and thus I regard as essential a firm grasp of the concepts grouped under Algebra II (College Algebra).
Geometry,

Geometry

I came to tutor geometry through teaching and tutoring standardized tests like the GMAT and the ACT. Because so much of geometry is based on concepts that can be illustrated, many students who otherwise struggle in math have a predilection for and strength in geometry. As a tutor, I'm able to emphasize whatever those aspects are that make sense to a particular student, capitalizing on a student's preference for the literal (figures) or the figurative (algebra) and relating concepts thematically so every student comes away an expert in geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As someone who came to appreciate algebra later than other subjects, I have a keen understanding of how students struggle with cornerstone arithmetic and pre-algebra concepts, and how these issues snowball as a student progresses through the curriculum. Because of my many years preparing students for standardized exams, I am proficient at identifying foundational weaknesses and remedying then efficiently.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I have taught the math section of the SAT for more than a decade, and consistently help my students achieve great results. Because my score ranks in the 99th percentile, I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years. I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As Einstein's uncle apparently once said, "What a wonderful hunt it must be when we know not what it is we seek, but call it "x" and track it down all the same." My approach to algebra is to attempt to cultivate a sense of interest in the foundations and principles that lay the framework for the math that the student will be tasked with for years to come. Additionally, for high school students, I make a habit of noting what concepts I see reoccurring on standardized tests and in what format.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

My background in Algebra II is largely limited to my having tutored countless students in it through the years, at all high school levels, from beginning to advanced. Because my experience with this subject is empirical and practical more than it is purely academic, I have enjoyed marked success in helping students really struggling with understanding polynomials, systems of linear equations, basic trig, etc. Algebra forms the foundation for much of both concepts tested on standardized exams and subsequent math courses, and thus I regard as essential a firm grasp of the concepts grouped under Algebra II (College Algebra).
English,

English

I have helped scores of students through the years to better understand texts and improve their writing. I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature at USC and am a writer myself when not tutoring and teaching.
Geometry,

Geometry

I came to tutor geometry through teaching and tutoring standardized tests like the GMAT and the ACT. Because so much of geometry is based on concepts that can be illustrated, many students who otherwise struggle in math have a predilection for and strength in geometry. As a tutor, I'm able to emphasize whatever those aspects are that make sense to a particular student, capitalizing on a student's preference for the literal (figures) or the figurative (algebra) and relating concepts thematically so every student comes away an expert in geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

As someone who came to appreciate algebra later than other subjects, I have a keen understanding of how students struggle with cornerstone arithmetic and pre-algebra concepts, and how these issues snowball as a student progresses through the curriculum. Because of my many years preparing students for standardized exams, I am proficient at identifying foundational weaknesses and remedying then efficiently.
Reading,

Reading

It goes without saying that reading has been the linchpin of my studies both as an undergraduate and later as a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature. I've always enjoyed the ability to easily and quickly comprehend both the content of a text and the many ways in which an author conveys that content on different levels and through various textual elements. When tutoring reading or teaching a text, I encourage my students to engage deeply with their subject, thinking critically about the language, structure, and spirit of the text, so as to fully appreciate the manifold possibilities encoded therein. I am able to "pitch" a text at the level of my student, scaffolding from there to build critical reading skills.
Writing

Writing

I started writing at a young age, competing in the Power of the Pen state competition and placing 10th as a fourth grader competing against writers in high school. I later went on to major in comp lit with an emphasis in poetry, becoming the first student to win both Welch awards from my dept. In my senior year, I completed an optional senior thesis to graduate with honors and was admitted by application to an advanced poetry seminar. I taught and tutored writing and composition for many years before completing my master's in literature and continue to tutor writing and freelance edit professionally.

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have taught the science section of the ACT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. My ACT score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
Physical Science

Physical Science

I've tutored all levels of science since I began tutoring twenty years ago. Since then, I've completed my masters degree, studying at two different universities and serving as an instructor at another two. I excel at making scientific concepts accessible to students of all ages. I am expert at presenting complex matter in an imaginative yet rigorous fashion.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

As Einstein's uncle apparently once said, "What a wonderful hunt it must be when we know not what it is we seek, but call it "x" and track it down all the same." My approach to algebra is to attempt to cultivate a sense of interest in the foundations and principles that lay the framework for the math that the student will be tasked with for years to come. Additionally, for high school students, I make a habit of noting what concepts I see reoccurring on standardized tests and in what format.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

My background in Algebra II is largely limited to my having tutored countless students in it through the years, at all high school levels, from beginning to advanced. Because my experience with this subject is empirical and practical more than it is purely academic, I have enjoyed marked success in helping students really struggling with understanding polynomials, systems of linear equations, basic trig, etc. Algebra forms the foundation for much of both concepts tested on standardized exams and subsequent math courses, and thus I regard as essential a firm grasp of the concepts grouped under Algebra II (College Algebra).
Geometry,

Geometry

I came to tutor geometry through teaching and tutoring standardized tests like the GMAT and the ACT. Because so much of geometry is based on concepts that can be illustrated, many students who otherwise struggle in math have a predilection for and strength in geometry. As a tutor, I'm able to emphasize whatever those aspects are that make sense to a particular student, capitalizing on a student's preference for the literal (figures) or the figurative (algebra) and relating concepts thematically so every student comes away an expert in geometry.
Reading,

Reading

It goes without saying that reading has been the linchpin of my studies both as an undergraduate and later as a Ph.D candidate in Comparative Literature. I've always enjoyed the ability to easily and quickly comprehend both the content of a text and the many ways in which an author conveys that content on different levels and through various textual elements. When tutoring reading or teaching a text, I encourage my students to engage deeply with their subject, thinking critically about the language, structure, and spirit of the text, so as to fully appreciate the manifold possibilities encoded therein. I am able to "pitch" a text at the level of my student, scaffolding from there to build critical reading skills.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught the math section of the SAT for more than a decade, and consistently help my students achieve great results. Because my score ranks in the 99th percentile, I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years. I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
Writing

Writing

I started writing at a young age, competing in the Power of the Pen state competition and placing 10th as a fourth grader competing against writers in high school. I later went on to major in comp lit with an emphasis in poetry, becoming the first student to win both Welch awards from my dept. In my senior year, I completed an optional senior thesis to graduate with honors and was admitted by application to an advanced poetry seminar. I taught and tutored writing and composition for many years before completing my master's in literature and continue to tutor writing and freelance edit professionally.

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have a strong background in English, including a Master's degree in comparative literature. I have taught the English section of the ACT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have taught the math section of the ACT for more than a decade. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I was initially trained by Kaplan, and have taught the Reading section of the ACT for more than a decade. I have a strong background in reading, including a master's degree in comparative literature. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have taught the science section of the ACT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. My ACT score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
AFOQT,

AFOQT

I first tutored the ASVAB years ago for Fortune Tutoring in Beverly Hills and found the test to be more varied but also easier than the vast majority of other standardized tests with which I have more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring. Being the wife of an US Army veteran and the daughter of an Air Force colonel has given me a wealth of knowledge about the military, while my expertise in the subjects tested by the AFOQT uniquely qualify me to tutor the exam.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I've specialized in the mechanics and content of standardized tests for nearly twenty years. I've had the opportunity to prepare many students to take the ASVAB with great success and enjoy making the diverse subject matter covered on this exam simple.
GMAT,

GMAT

I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. I have taught all of the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT for more than a decade. My score ranks in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.
GRE,

GRE

I have taught both quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE for more than a decade. My score ranked in the 97th percentile and I have helped scores of students achieve similar results. My students typically begin seeing the percentage of their correct answers on practice tests skyrocket after only a couple sessions.
PSAT,

PSAT

I have been teaching PSAT preparation for more than a decade. I consistently help my students achieve great results. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have taught the math section of the SAT for more than a decade, and consistently help my students achieve great results. Because my score ranks in the 99th percentile, I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years. I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have a master's degree in comparative literature and a strong background in reading. I have taught the reading section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

As a poet and recipient of a master's in comparative literature, I have a very strong writing background. I have been teaching the Writing section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.
SSAT

SSAT

I am a professional private tutor with over two decades experience mastering the finer points of standardized tests. I have helped hundreds of students achieve their best scores by helping them master the strategy and content integral to tests as varied as the GMAT, GRE, ACT, SAT, PSAT, and SSAT, to name the most common. These tests have much in common with one another, but each one requires a mastery of the specifics demanded by the test. The SSAT requires a student to begin mastering the fundamentals of standardized tests that will see them through college, graduate school, and beyond.

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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 Carolyn
Tutor 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.

Amazing Tutor!

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 Carolyn
Tutor 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 Carolyn
Tutor 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!

GMAT Expert

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 Carolyn
Tutor 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

Very Knowledgeable

Very knowledgeable and great communication. Will recommend her to friends. We will keep working with her for some time to come. My daughter loved her and felt she'll really help her to increase her score. Knows ACT like back of her hand. Thankfully, we found her!

Lori, 4 lessons with Carolyn

Huge help for my GMAT prep

Carolyn brings a great attitude to every session we spend together. She takes the time to understand and answer all my questions. She's helped me in both my GMAT understanding of simple principles as well as spotting common trends and short cuts within problems. Would recommend Carolyn to anyone who wants a tutor who is invested in you and wants to have a laugh or two along the way!

Pat, 25 lessons with Carolyn

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