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Alejandra D.

Portland, ME

$70/hour

Lessons, Homework Help, & Test Prep with a Friendly Yale grad

5.0 average from 57 ratings
Our son enjoys Alejandra and more importantly his 5 in AP World History shows he is having success
— David, Durham, NC on 9/15/14

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Yale College
English, Spanish

Education

Yale College (English, Spanish)

About Alejandra

Hi there!

My name is Alejandra, and I've been working as a tutor for high school and college students for the past ten years. I offer highly personalized academic support for a small number of long-term students and clients.

I feel that ALL students benefit from the one-one-one focused attention of a tutor, whether they are struggling academically or not. I maintain an active tutoring roster of only eight students at any given time, so that I can bring my maximum focus to each student's individual needs.

I graduated from Yale with Honors in English & Spanish Literature in 2004. I have recently moved back to my hometown of Portland, Maine, after years in New York City, Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

I provide tutoring sessions tailored to the students' individual needs. While my specialties are English (literary analysis & writing skills) and Spanish (all levels), I also love to tutor History (American & World), and have years of experience teaching these subjects. While these areas represent my core strengths, I enjoy teaching any subject - even science and math. I embed lessons about study skills and organization into every session.

I also have many years of experience working with students as they prepare for the daunting days of standardized tests, including the ACT/SAT and GRE.

I teach piano and guitar lessons to beginning and intermediate students.

Finally, I offer in-depth college counseling and college essay brainstorming, composition guidance, and essay editing.

Students respond well to my friendly, relaxed approach, and I enjoy getting to know my students as people and helping to guide them through their high school or college years. If you are looking for long-term academic support and personalized guidance and mentoring, please don't hesitate to contact me today.

I look forward to working with you or your student!

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Alejandra
Hi there!

My name is Alejandra, and I've been working as a tutor for high school and college students for the past ten years. I offer highly personalized academic support for a small number of long-term students and clients.

I feel that ALL students benefit from the one-one-one focused attention of a tutor, whether they are
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Portland, ME 04101

"Our son enjoys Alejandra and more importantly his 5 in AP World History shows he is having success"

- David, Durham, NC on 9/15/14

"Very knowledgeable and patient"

- Kely, Falmouth, ME on 5/11/16

"Saved my sanity and English grade!"

- Oliver, Portland, ME on 9/22/15

"Diligent, supportive and patient tutor."

- Hani, Wilmington, DE on 1/10/15

"This tutor made my daughter's summer wonderful--highly recommend"

- Robert, Durham, NC on 8/22/14

"Great tutor"

- Carlos Fernando, Chapel Hill, NC on 5/6/14

"Patient, Motivating Tutor!!"

- Prathima, Chapel Hill, NC on 5/6/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology
Music:
General Music,
Guitar, Music History, Music Theory, Songwriting, Voice (Music)
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
GED, GRE, Regents, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL, Spanish,
TOEFL
History:
American History,
Anthropology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Public Speaking

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.

American History

One of the subjects I've been asked to tutor most is American History (College-Level, AP, Honors, College Prep). Over the years I've tutored nearly twenty students in this subject area as they prepare for standardized tests or just seek extra help with their classwork. It's one of my favorite subjects to tutor; I love the characters, the concepts, and following the massive sweep of historical change in the United States through the centuries. I believe learning U.S. History explains ourselves to ourselves. In college I took several U.S. History classes including African-American History, Religion in Modern America, and The American Century.

College Counseling

I've guided many students through the college application process over the last five years.
Together, students and I go through the process from beginning to end, including brainstorming colleges, drafting and polishing essays, preparing for standardized tests, and completing application checklists. I keep up with news about the evolving nature of college admissions and have in-depth knowledge of many top schools and their specific admissions criteria.

English

English literature is more than my major - it is my passion. In college I was exposed to the greatest classic writers in English (Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, Austen, Dickens) and have since become obsessed with the modern masters (Ellison, Joyce, Woolf). I enjoy teaching students how to craft a literary analysis paper, helping them with difficult novels and poems, working with them on creative writing and college essays, and proofreading student work.

General Music

I've played piano since I was five years old, and guitar since I was fifteen. Music is my greatest passion in life, and I love sharing this passion with students. I've also published guides to music basics (sections of the orchestra, key composers and periods in music history, basic music theory), so these are all topics I'm happy to work on with students.

Spanish

I speak fluent Spanish (my mother is Colombian) and have traveled widely in Latin America and Spain. I enjoy teaching Spanish students of all ages and skill levels to read, listen, understand, and speak the language of Cervantes, Borges, Neruda, and García Márquez.

Writing

I am a writer at heart and have worked with students on their writing skill for many years now. In my experience, students who struggle with writing can unlock their potential using just a few powerful tools and tips. In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I worked as a writing coach in the Chapel Hill-Carborro public school system, and taught a writing workshop at Duke University. I came to love helping students feel empowered through their writing. It's a special and powerful skill for people of all ages to appreciate and tap into.

Yale College
English, Spanish

Education

Yale College (English, Spanish)

Our son enjoys Alejandra and more importantly his 5 in AP World History shows he is having success — Our son looks forward to his time with Alejandra. He actually has fun with her. She is a spectacular tutor and the best writing coach we could hope desire. Her command of history (world and US) drives the sessions. My wife and I recommend her without reservation. ...

— David, Durham, NC on 9/15/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alejandra will travel within 5 miles of Portland, ME 04101.