Barnard College, Columbia University (English)
I'm a recent graduate of Barnard College, the women's college at Columbia University, with a BA in English concentrating in writing. I love learning, particularly alongside others, and have been a tutor for four years—and all my experiences have been amazing!
I've had the joy of working with a huge range of students, from second-graders to twelfth-graders, and from grammar experts to English-language learners. Each student is wholly unique in what he or she brings to the table, and I enjoy the process of learning what works best for an individual student so I can help that student succeed.
My bottom line and philosophy as a tutor is that everyone deserves the resources and support that he or she needs in order to feel comfortable and empowered in the classroom and in life. Every student has unique ways of approaching and solving problems and of learning solutions, so one classroom teacher isn't always able to provide the time and precise support that each student needs. That's where I come in.
Humanities are my main thing. I love the English language and all the rules associated with it. I particularly love making writing sound as best as it can and making it as clear as possible.
I learned a ton about grammar, consistency, and style as a copy editor for Columbia University's newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator, where I worked for three years. In addition to being an SAT-taking veteran myself, I have recent exposure to the SAT—I taught a verbal (reading and writing) SAT prep course to a class of juniors and seniors last fall, and it was so much fun. I also helped those students draft, edit, and finalize their personal statements for college applications.
In addition, in my coursework as a cum laude English and creative writing major with a 3.8 GPA (3.9 in English and writing classes), I mastered the art of the critical essay, along with other written forms. I learned the best structures to follow, the best ways to find and incorporate evidence, what does and doesn't make a good thesis argument, and more. (Quick tip: For the best essay titles, start with a short catchy phrase quoted from the book.)
Being a great reader and writer has helped me succeed across academic subjects and in school in general. While my specialty is in reading and essay writing, I'm also well-versed in Spanish, history, psychology, introductory economics, and other humanities classes. I'm a recent graduate of Barnard College, the women's college at Columbia University, with a BA in English concentrating in writing. I love learning, particularly alongside others, and have been a tutor for four years—and all my experiences have been amazing!
I've had the joy of working with a huge range of students, from second-graders