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Amanda L.

Montvale, NJ


Cornell grad specializing in Biology, SAT prep, and Algebra

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Cornell University


Cornell University (Psychology)

About Amanda


I'm a recent Cornell graduate in Montvale, NJ and I love kids and I love to teach! So naturally, when looking for part-time work while I studied for my own exams (GREs) and applied to graduate programs, tutoring seemed to be the perfect choice for me. I have been happily working since May 2012! I am currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology.


Today, I work privately throughout the Bergen County area as well as nearby in Nanuet and other New York locations. I specialize in biology, writing, and algebra as well as targeted PSAT and SAT preparation, although I am happy to work with any student on any subject that I am qualified to teach!


I am currently available on Sundays and Thursdays.

My Background:

Over the past few years, I have helped over 20 students prepare for SATs, PSATs, Regents exams in "Living Environment" (biology), improve their writing skills, and more. In addition to my individual clients, I have taught Kaplan SAT courses as well.

I am happy to work with students of all ages. I love working with younger children, but can relate well to younger and older teens. When it comes to working with children, I use an incentivized model based on behavioral psychology which prioritizes both playtime and goal-setting. Whatever age group I am working with, I am committed to helping your child reach his or her educational goals as quickly as possible, and to providing high-quality tutoring and care in the comfort of your own home, at low cost to you.

Please contact me if you are interested in getting to know more about me, why I might be a good fit for you, and how to get your student the care and attention he or she deserves.

I'm a recent Cornell graduate in Montvale, NJ and I love kids and I love to teach! So naturally, when looking for part-time work while I studied for my own exams (GREs) and applied to graduate programs, tutoring seemed to be the perfect choice for me. I have been happily working since May 2012! I am currently a doctoral candidate
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American History

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Algebra 1

Algebra is a fundamental building block of all mathematical functions. When I was tutoring a remedial algebra student in high school, I saw just how true and important this was. Once we overcame the first few hurdles, diagnosing exactly where the disconnect in communication was, in terms of algebraic theory, we were able to raise my student's grade from a D to an A.

Algebra 2

My main experience tutoring Algebra 2 was informal. In high school, I realized that the best way for me to learn a subject, as well as to realize my own gaps in my knowledge, was to attempt to teach the subject to someone else. This has been a successful tool for me in all my scholastic endeavors, and has been a great confidence builder as well as helpful for future oral presentations. This is now a tool I incorporate into my own tutoring sessions that I feel is a great way to solidify a student's understanding of mathematical concepts.

American History

All the history cliches are true. If we don't know the past, how can we learn from it? The study of history is best introduced as a story. We can analyze and understand the story (and maybe predict the rest of the story!) by looking at patterns of recurrence and cause and effect. I can help put the story together.


This was my favorite subject in high school, during which I took both Honors Biology as well as an Advanced Placement class. My interest in the subject, as well as an additional high school Research in Molecular Genetics course and summer laboratory research program I attended, allowed me to earn the highest possible score on the AP test in comparison to all students across the country that had also taken the test.

I have since pursued this interest with courses in Perception and Biopsychology at Cornell that helped to further my understanding of biology from an additional perspective. I particularly enjoy cell biology and genetics.

College Counseling

I am very passionate about higher education and student orientation. For example, I have experience as a sophomore and junior Peer Adviser for the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell. When I expressed my vision for the future of the organization and hope to partner with our peer counseling service, Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Services (EARS), I was selected as a member of the Executive Board for my senior year. In my three semester tenure in EARS, I learned and practiced skills in mediation, peer counseling, and problem-solving. In my time as a writing center peer tutor in high school, I led a day-long seminar on how to write a college essay for the junior class while I was a senior.

Elementary Math

I love working with children and I hope to make learning fun. Math is one of the most important foundational skills a child can have. By playing games that target math skills, we can indirectly teach children to succeed in math now so that they can continue finding success in the future.

Elementary Science

Children who have an interest in science are often among the most curious and pleasantly precocious. I hope to foster this interest in how things work and continue to encourage children to ask "why" and "why not" through my science lessons. A healthy interest in how things work breeds critical thinking skills and the innovative mindset that turns children into leaders.


English is one of my favorite subjects to teach. I can help with language, literature, writing, grammar, organization, and analysis. Advanced Placement courses in high school can offer rigorous training in these skills and my hard work in these classes was reflected in my AP test scores (4 in language, 5 in literature), as well as in my Cornell GPA (3.71). Given that these skills are necessary for nearly every scholastic and professional pursuit, I believe that critical reading, writing, and literature analysis capabilities are among the most important to one's daily life and future!

General Computer

Given that globalization is spreading and the internet has a lot to do with that, the future of technology seems to be quite established. For this reason, along with many others, I believe digital literacy is easily one of the most important skills for any person living today. For example, establishing an online presence for professional reasons is more important today than ever. I can help get you on track with a working knowledge of what you need to know to effectively handle a PC and/or a Mac.


My favorite part of geometry is the logic-game aspect of solving proofs. The innovative thinking and mastery of every rule required is a true test of one's mental agility. I hope to pass on this passion to my students.


If you want to learn the difference between "you and me" and "you and I," I have an easy trick to help you out. Confused about how to use commas, semicolons, colons? I can clear that up for you, too. The best way to pick up on these cues is by reading!

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is an excellent program that is highly sought after in professional arenas. If you don't know how to make a dynamic slide show that keeps audiences engaged, let me show you the tools to conduct a professional presentation that highlights your skills and heightens your ethos.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a great word processor that lets you customize any document as your own. With multiple templates to be personalized, you can create resumes, manuscripts, flyers, and more. WordArt, text boxes, and clip art are invaluable tools; if you're not taking advantage of them, let me teach you how!


Understanding the crucial and basic arithmetic concepts that precede algebra is essential to one's entire mathematical future. I have some experience in algebra tutoring, but I know that when I was younger, I myself had difficulty understanding arithmetic word problems. It was like there was a secret code and I didn't have the translation key. Given what I know now, I hope to be of service to those individuals who face the same troubles.


This is an important skill I first honed throughout a year of commitment to my high school's writing center, where I helped to peer edit papers daily. I would edit for organization, clarity, grammar, as well as how effectively a message was being conveyed by the student's words.

These skills have since come in handy for a litany of college papers, as well as in my work writing for the Cornell Daily Sun and Cornell Chronicle.


Highly proficient, ready to teach!

When I took the PSAT in 10th grade, I was named a Commended National Scholar for my score of 200 (out of 240). I think the PSAT is a great opportunity to diagnose your SAT needs.


Psychology was my major in college and is my favorite subject to teach! What's most interesting to me about the study of psychology is the evaluation of peer-reviewed articles to see how the scientific method works and critique these methods. It also teaches students to think critically about media reports of scientific articles to see if the agenda of the reporters affects the message transmitted to the public.

Aside from that, the natural appeal of learning how the human mind (and body) works is a strong pull of most psychology students. At Cornell, I have taken classes in biopsychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, perception, persuasion and social influence, and communication and decision-making in groups, among others. I've also been a research assistant in a lab for two and a half years where I've helped to propel forward several projects. I am currently studying for the Psychology GRE subject test myself, so I am still fully immersed in it.


A very important skill that affects the rest of one's life is reading comprehension. To me, this is the most important skill you can have!


I am a native speaker of Russian. I took a number of courses in college on Russian literature, popular culture, and writing, many of which were taught in Russian. The classes that were not, required substantial translation between Russian and English. Although I am very confident in my skills to teach a beginner, I am less certain of my ability to help a higher level learner of the language, as my own grasp of grammar is at more of an intermediate rather than expert level.

SAT Math

Highly proficient, ready to teach!

Note: I helped raised a friend's SAT math score by 200 points between practice exams!

I earned a 720 on the SAT math section, and a 710 on the SAT subject test in math. The subject test involves more complicated, higher level math.

SAT Reading

I achieved a 740 on the critical reading section of the SAT. In my opinion, critical reading skills are the most valuable and germane to one's future!

SAT Writing

I achieved a perfect score of 800 in writing several years ago; fortunately, the skills I learned then have proven to be critical in my collegiate pursuits.


I studied Spanish for 6 years, from Honors Spanish I to Advanced Placement. I think the best (and most fun!) way to learn a foreign language, aside from practicing, is to watch movies and television in the language. This allows one to not only pick up on subtle cultural cues, but also to familiarize one's ears with the phonemes of the language. Even grammar can be taught by listening closely to the language for parsing and syntactical structure, closely resembling the way we learn a first language.

Other important language learning tools are books and web pages. Encouraging foreign language learners to browse websites they might commonly visit anyway in a target language helps reinforce their reading skills and educated guessing abilities while allowing them to pursue their own interests.


The best way to learn spelling is exposure to tricky words. Whether that means more reading or writing, spelling games, or whatever the student's forte, a combination of these tactics is the best way to instill confidence and skill.

Study Skills

I have never taught study skills as its own subject, but it is an inherent aspect of every lesson. I believe the best way to teach study skills is through indirect means, as by tutoring in a particular subject that brings challenges and helping to illuminate where the lack of understanding lies and how to overcome that hurdle.

Aside from this, I work with students to analyze texts such that they optimize their reading comprehension. I find that identifying the most effective mnemonic techniques for a student's learning style is also a highly valuable resource.


I found that studying vocabulary is easiest when you have motivation, like an upcoming test or SAT, but it is important to understand that this essential tool can help in a variety of situations. The better grasp you have of the American lexicon, the better you will perform in other aspects of your academic and professional career, e.g., writing effective reports, resumes, and cover letters, and speaking with confidence in a lecture, seminar, or oral presentation.

Additionally, learning vocabulary is a good way to teach study skills that can be applied to a wide variety of subjects and tasks. These study skills include critical reading, learning mnemonic devices, and making educated guesses.


My second favorite subject, and one of the most important and difficult skills to master! I recommend honing writing skills throughout your high school career; they will be essential in college!

Cornell University


Cornell University (Psychology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 10 hours notice required

Travel policy

Amanda will travel within 25 miles of Montvale, NJ 07645.