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Sophie D.

New York, NY

$120/hour

Ivy League Grad to Help with College Essays, Writing, LSAT & SAT

4.9 average from 18 ratings
Wonderful!
— Paula, Amesbury, MA on 10/29/13

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Princeton University
English
Columbia Law School
Enrolled

Education

Princeton University (English)

Columbia Law School (Enrolled)

About Sophie

I help students tackle challenges systematically, whether mastering a standardized test or figuring out the perfect way to present yourself in a college essay.

Test prep can be a drag, but the good news is that these tests use the same kinds of problems over and over again, so practice makes a big difference. I work with students to develop strategies for tackling each type of question on the test, so they can feel confident and prepared to do their best.

When it comes to essays and writing, I help students at every stage of the process, from brainstorming a topic to developing a thesis to drafting, revising, and proofreading. As a skilled writer and editor, I can provide advice that brings out each student's voice and builds writing skills that will transfer over into future projects.

About Me
As someone who loves learning and problem-solving, I enjoy engaging with students-- and I find that my enthusiasm helps students enjoy our sessions, too! I graduated with honors from Princeton University with a BA in English and certificate in Theater. I am currently a law student at Columbia University.

Subject Specialties
College Admission Essays - brainstorming, writing, and polishing
High School and College Essays - creating a thesis, drafting, editing, and revising (English / Language Arts and other subjects)
LSAT Test Prep - developing strategies to maximize performance
SAT Test Prep - preparation for the Reading, Writing and Language, and Essay sections
French - assist middle school and high school French students to become more comfortable speaking and writing
I help students tackle challenges systematically, whether mastering a standardized test or figuring out the perfect way to present yourself in a college essay.

Test prep can be a drag, but the good news is that these tests use the same kinds of problems over and over
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Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of New York, NY 10027

"Wonderful!"

- Paula, Amesbury, MA on 10/29/13
Art:
Theatre
English:
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
College Counseling,
LSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
French
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Word, 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.

College Counseling

During my four years at Princeton, I tutored high school students preparing to apply to college. I advised them on putting together a complete application that best displayed their talents. I also did in-depth work with college essays, beginning with brainstorming ideas, coaching them on the writing process, and continuing to the end through rigorous editing and proof-reading.

Since my own time in college, I have continued to tutor/advise high school juniors and seniors preparing to apply to college.

Public Speaking

I minored in Theater in college, which required me to take several acting classes. This contributed to my public speaking knowledge by teaching me techniques about how to be comfortable speaking in front of people and how to communicate effectively. Since college, I have worked as a teacher, including teaching acting. I can teach techniques for both the internal and external aspects of public speaking. "Internal" would include ways to remain calm and comfortable, things to focus on while speaking. "External" includes things like speaking at the right pace, enunciating clearly, and how to present yourself physically while speaking. In addition to my experience with the performative and communication aspects of public speaking, I also have experience with crafting remarks for public speaking. For 2.5 years, I worked at a college where part of my job was to write remarks for the president and vice president. Some examples included a speech delivered each year at a military tribute service (commemorating alumni of the college who served in the military), remarks at dinner events, and remarks for awards ceremonies. For each of these, I crafted remarks that were geared toward entertaining and communicating a clear message.

Theatre

I received a Certificate in Theater as my secondary major, which involved studying both theater production and dramatic literature. After participating in an independent student-run theater throughout college, I have worked for three years in respected, innovative, and popular theater companies in New York City and the New England area.

I have experience teaching acting, directing, and playwriting. I have extensive knowledge of theater games and techniques.

Princeton University
English
Columbia Law School
Enrolled

Education

Princeton University (English)

Columbia Law School (Enrolled)

Wonderful! — Sophie has wonderful interpersonal skills. My daughter was very comfortable right away. She talked with us about our goals and formulated an organized and comprehensive plan for SSAT preparation during the first session. I would highly recommend her. ...

— Paula, Amesbury, MA on 10/29/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $120.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Sophie will travel within 5 miles of New York, NY 10027.