Yale University (Philosophy)
I love learning and teaching, and have been tutoring in one form or another since childhood! I have 10 years of experience as an SAT prep tutor, beginning while I was an undergraduate at Yale University. As a tutor, I love having the freedom to adapt my instruction to the needs of each individual student - every student has unique strengths, struggles, and learning styles, and adapting my teaching to meet his or her needs makes every lesson a wonderful new challenge. I have experience working with students at all levels, from those aiming to crack 400 or 500 per SAT section, to those striving for top-tier scores. For all of my students, I balance rigorous instruction and homework with comfort, fun, and humor. Standardized tests can be intimidating, and the content can feel excruciatingly boring, so I work hard to make the test approachable and keep lessons interesting! In addition, many of the concepts tested on standardized tests actually involve meaningful learning, and skills that can be useful for college and beyond, so I gear my lessons towards supporting students' learning in ways that will benefit them well beyond the test. I want all my students to feel equal parts pushed and supported, and I bring a lot of empathy for the stress of the testing process and the discomfort that can be part of the learning process.
For any new student, we will first meet to discuss your goals, challenges, time, and interests, so that I can tailor our lessons to push you to improve as much as possible, while keeping the instruction engaging and not overwhelming. We will next develop a plan customized to your needs and available time, to maximize your score increases by focusing on building your strengths and addressing any weaknesses. I will assign homework after every lesson, since learning to solve questions without me by your side is a critical part of practice, but the nature and amount of homework will vary based on your individual needs and the amount of time you are able to dedicate to test preparation.
In addition to the SAT, I have experience tutoring the ACT and NYC admissions tests, including the SHSAT and the TACHS, and also with general writing, ELA, and essay support. I have worked as a copyeditor for a wide variety of writing, and love to help students of all ages improve their writing, hone their essays, and build their reading skills.
Tackling the SAT Math section involves both mastering a specific set of concepts and building an arsenal of strategies and habits that can handle the unique challenges presented by the test's style. I help my students to develop a solid foundation of mathematical skills and comfort with the range of concepts covered on the test, and partner with them to improve any weak spots and brush off any skills that have gotten rusty. At the same time, I also emphasize strategy and process, helping students of all levels to find ways to effectively even the most intimidating problem, and to avoid common traps and pitfalls. If you struggle with some (or all!) areas of math, I love finding ways to make the math section more comfortable, and trying new explanations until we find the one that clicks! For students who feel confident with the basic concepts tested, I have found that there can be large gains to be had from focusing on good test taking habits that increase speed and reduce errors.
For English topics, I bring my background as a longtime tutor and editor (and lifetime lover of English!). Writing and reading are lifelong skills that we can always continue to improve, and that will always benefit us inside and outside of school, so I find tutoring in English to be incredibly rewarding. There is a common misconception that it is difficult or impossible to improve on the SAT/ACT English sections. However, many students have never had the opportunity to learn proper grammar rules, or to focus on critical reading skills beyond just the basic mechanics of learning to read, and these are all skills that can be built through well crafted instruction and practice. I also really enjoy helping students who never considered themselves "grammar" or "English" people find new approaches that help these topics click - for example, I often create math analogies for grammar rules for "math-brained" students, and go out of my way to find reading materials that students actually find interesting. As with math, I work with my students on both mastering key concepts and on building habits and processes that will make them strong test-takers within the unique challenges that the SAT presents.
I also offer proofreading services and essay editing help!
If you are interested in tutoring, please contact me with any questions or to schedule I trial lesson! I offer standardized test preparation lessons at $70/hour in person, or $50/hour over Skype, and offer discounts on packages and on trial lessons. For rates on subjects other than test preparation, please contact me with a description of your needs and I am happy to negotiate a rate. I love learning and teaching, and have been tutoring in one form or another since childhood! I have 10 years of experience as an SAT prep tutor, beginning while I was an undergraduate at Yale University. As a tutor, I love having the freedom to adapt my instruction to the needs of each individual student - every student has unique strengths,
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