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Justina M.

New York, NY

$120/hour

MCAT Verbal Specialist, SAT/ACT Verbal, Essays, English, History

5.0 average from 37 ratings
Outstanding tutor and resource
— Laurie, New York, NY on 8/23/15

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The Boston Conservatory of Music
Musical Theatre
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Other

Education

The Boston Conservatory of Music (Musical Theatre)

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Other)

About Justina

Do you need a tutor that will not only cover the material but also encourage and inspire? I have an extensive background in working with students in many capacities, both academically as well as holistically. Performing well on a standardized test has a lot to do with state of mind, so in addition to covering the materials, I also focus on helping students deal with stress and anxiety.

I work specifically with teaching students how to become better, more efficient, active readers. Many students read words, yet do not grasp the overall concepts that authors are trying to express. The questions on all standardized tests test a student's ability to understand greater ideas that authors are trying to convey. Understanding structure, and how an author builds his argument is essential in reading and answering the questions on all standardized tests. I teach a student how to become a better reader, so eventually, no material is too challenging for someone to understand. However, students must also learn to be patient so my background in yoga and meditation is helpful in teaching that skill in order to cope with the frustration that most of them are encountering on verbal sections.

I am a former test prep teacher from the Princeton Review, as well as a certified yoga and meditation instructor that has worked with teenagers specifically. I have counseled many students on the college application process and have helped them get into top schools including: Harvard, Wellesley, George Washington, Villanova, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Notre Dame and more. I specialize in Reading/Writing on standardized tests including: SAT/ACT, MCAT, GRE, GMAT, PRAXIS, SSAT, ISEE. I'm also a helpful and experienced advisor on college applications and essays, and I am available for general tutoring in English, Literature, US History, Philosophy, and Sociology.

I have excellent relationships with my students and those relationships have continued long after our work was finished. Excellent references upon request. If you need a special tutor, you're looking for me.
Do you need a tutor that will not only cover the material but also encourage and inspire? I have an extensive background in working with students in many capacities, both academically as well as holistically. Performing well on a standardized test has a lot to do with state of mind, so in addition to covering the materials, I also focus on helping Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of New York, NY 10010

"Outstanding tutor and resource"

- Laurie, New York, NY on 8/23/15

"Great Tutor!!"

- Tori, East Orange, NJ on 10/26/14

"Excellent tutor"

- Dariusz, Wayne, NJ on 9/27/14
Science:
Anthropology
Music:
Ear Training, Music History, Music Theory, Sight Singing, Songwriting, Voice (Music)
Art:
Art History, Theatre
English:
ACT English, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, College Counseling,
GMAT, GRE, ISEE, MCAT,
Praxis, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics, GMAT, GRE, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Chess, Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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College Counseling

I've been teaching SAT/ACT prep. MCAT verbal, and GRE since 2006, first with the Princeton Review, then privately. Over the years I've worked with many students in crafting their essays to have their personalities shine through. The essay is the only part of the application where a student can express who they truly are outside of grades/scores/clubs. It's an imperative part of the process and can be the tipping point on an application. I have also completed the common app. for many students and have had students accepted by George Washington, American University, Syracuse, Welsley, Tufts, Loyola, Pace and others. I have also used the Naviance system and can help in all aspects of navigating the application process.

MCAT

I specialize in MCAT Verbal section only. I taught it for the Princeton Review at the University of Puerto Rico for 6 years. I can teach how to properly work the passages and evaluate your errors in order to get the maximum points on the verbal section. I have extensive experience in helping students come up with an individual strategy to get the most correct answers possible within their personal abilities.

Voice (Music)

I studied voice at the Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston Mass. I have performed extensively for years both live and recording and have appeared from Lincoln Center to Birdland. I have studied classical opera as well as pop/rock/jazz/blues. I specialize in Breathing techniques as well as song prep. for auditions. Please contact me for further information.

Yoga

I'm a 200 hour certified Kripalu Yoga teacher with a specialization in stress relief and meditation working with youth. I worked with teenagers in the Juvenile Detention Centers of the South Bronx in NYC through a program called the Lineage Project for many years. Please contact me for more information on how yoga can aid in the academic success of your child.

The Boston Conservatory of Music
Musical Theatre
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
Other

Education

The Boston Conservatory of Music (Musical Theatre)

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Other)

Outstanding tutor and resource — Justina worked with my daughter this summer on reading skills in preparation for the MCAT. My daughter has worked with other tutors in the past, but Justina was by far the most knowledgeable, insightful and confidence-boosting coach she had ever had. She clearly diagnosed the active reading skills that needed to be developed, and worked with her on a step by step approach that has improved her m ...

— Laurie, New York, NY on 8/23/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Justina will travel within 20 miles of New York, NY 10010.