Michael N.

New York, NY


English/Writing/Reading/Study Habits Tutor

900+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/17/15
4.9 average from 362 ratings
Best English Tutor
— Pam, New York, NY on 10/10/16


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Cornell University
English Theater
Columbia University


Cornell University (English Theater)

Columbia University (Master's)

CUNY (Master's)

About Michael

I am a patient and knowledgeable teacher, tutor and writer with experience working with students of all levels of aptitude and academic interest. I'm born and raised in New York City, a product of the public schools system. I've worked for many years in both public and charter schools, teaching a diverse group of young learners. I've worked with high achieving students at one of NYC's top Gifted and Talented Programs. I've worked with the diverse population of Jackson Heights, struggling, remedial readers from upper grades, and even recent immigrants from Mainland China, finding academic success with all of these demographics. I also bring to the table an extensive history of working in the arts in NYC, writing for theater, film and television.

I have my certification in 7-12 English Language Arts from City College, a Masters in writing from Columbia University, and a long history of working in the arts and writing in New York City.

If you choose me to work with your child, I guarantee that his or skills in reading, writing, or critical thinking will improve. Your child will develop a greater facility with writing, a love of reading for pleasure as well as for information, and improved problem-solving skills. We will work on a variety of tasks and activities, all aligned with the Common Core, to improve and refine a multitude of skills and abilities. Together we will work on reading comprehensions, writing exercises (creative, informational, and persuasive) and grammar practice. We will read poetry, non-fiction, short fiction, and drama, and learn new and interesting things from all of them. I look forward to working with you.
I am a patient and knowledgeable teacher, tutor and writer with experience working with students of all levels of aptitude and academic interest. I'm born and raised in New York City, a product of the public schools system. I've worked for many years in both public and charter schools, teaching a diverse group of young learners. I've worked with Read more

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"Knowledgeable tutor"

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"knowledgeable and patient"

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"Dynamic, inventive, knowledgeable, prepared tutor"

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"Exceptional english tutor"

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"First Session: EXCELLENT"

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"Knowledgeable and Patient Tutor"

- Natalie, New York, NY on 9/8/16

"Fantastic tutor!"

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"Excellent teacher"

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"A wonderful tutor"

- Natalia, Astoria, NY on 5/17/15

"Great tutor!!!!"

- Mary, Brooklyn, NY on 5/2/15

"Professional, patient, and efficient"

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Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, GED, GMAT, GRE
Anthropology, Archaeology, Elementary Science, PSAT
Music History
ACT English, ACT Reading,
Bible Studies, English,
IELTS, Literature,
Public Speaking,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
Career Development, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, PSAT, Regents,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
IELTS, Reading,
American History,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History,
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar,
Handwriting, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Career Development, ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, GRE, 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.

ACT Reading

I have extensive experience helping to shepherd students as they prepare for the Reading and Essay sections of the ACT. I've provided both in-school test prep and have three years of experience providing one-on-one support as well, helping students build their skills for the Reading Comprehension, English, and Writing sections of the ACT.

American History

I have extensive knowledge of American History, having taught it at the middle and high school level.


I have over 10 years of Classical and Jazz training for the Clarinet. I've had many years of individualized instruction with Young Concert Artist instructors, experience with multiple youth orchestras in NYC, including the ISO and All City Orchestras. I've attended Manhattan School of Music, and participated in multiple jazz and classical ensembles in college.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have my ELA certification from City College of New York, having been taken multiple courses in early childhood, and primary education. I taught 5th & 6th grade English for two years, before going to middle and high schools. I also have extensive one-on-one tutoring experience with young learners, having worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders to help them with elementary level English, math, social studies, and study skills. I am also extremely knowledgable about children's literature (my mother was a school librarian).

I have also helped to compose and design curriculum for elementary level charter schools, focusing on subjects like ELA, elementary science, math and social studies, religious studies (this was for a local synagogue) and English for non-native speakers. (The ELL curriculum was for a City of New York initiative for children from immigrant families.)

I believe that all of these experiences show that I am qualified to tutor in elementary subjects.


I have great experience teaching and tutoring English. I have my Masters in Writing from Columbia University, and my English Teaching Certification from City College. I've taught English at middle and high schools in NYC, and tutored countless college students and adults. I've taught both ELA and ESL. I've prepped students for standardized tests like the PSAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL and the AP English Exam.


I have great experience with teaching and tutoring English as a Second Language. I've taught students from all over the world, from China and Korea, to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, to South and Central America. I've created ESL content for charter schools, and for outreach programs for the City of New York.


I have a degree in Theater & Film from Cornell University, where I studied the works of Michael Snow, Goddard, and Antonioni. I also have a degree in Dramatic Writing from Columbia University, where I studied playwriting and screenwriting, and studied under such renowned filmmakers as Frank Pugliese, Ang Lee, Nicole Burdette and Lewis Cole. I've written for and directed multiple short films, having won the B.E.A. short screenplay award, Faculty Selects Best screenplay, and I've been a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriter's lab two times.


I'm an English teacher and tutor with experience teaching Common Core ELA on middle and high schools. Additionally, I am a published writer with many years of experience writing for publication.


As an English teacher of more than 5 years, I have extensive knowledge of English and Classical literature, drama, political writings and philosophy. I've helped many middle school, high school, college and graduate students comprehend and analyze their texts.


As a professional Writer and teacher of writing, I have extensive experience with proofreading clients work. I have edited and revised countless essays, final papers, graduate theses, curricula vitae, proposals and applications, even Capstone literature reviews. Additionally, during my years of work as a writing teacher, I have helped my students develop the skills necessary to become their own proofreaders.

Public Speaking

My training in ELA and Theater makes me more than qualified to tutor students in the art of public speaking. One of the foundations of English Language Arts is speaking, and I've taken classes, in how to make yourself understood clearly, coherently, and easily. I've taught many students diction, voice, and how to communicate ideas with clarity and ease.

My theater training also applies to this skill set. I've taken multiple voice and diction classes, and have learned and taught how to use the body and voice as instruments. I have taught these skills to students of all ages.


I have extensive experience helping students of all ages and abilities improve their reading comprehension skills. I've taught in the NYC public school system, and have over 5 years of direct tutoring experience. I've worked with young children and adults, advanced and remedial readers, and even students who are learning English as a new language.

I've studied reading strategies at City College, and at multiple professional development opportunities through the City of New York. I've taken professional development courses from Generation Ready, Kagan, The Cullman Center, The National Council for the Social Studies, NYPL, the Department of Education and the United Teachers Foundation. I've observed master teachers at practice, and in turn, modeled proper reading for others.

Additionally, I have a great appreciation and knowledge of children's, young adult, and teen literature, and even comic books and graphic novels. I have a wealth of experience and strategies to draw upon when I help my clients improve reading comprehension, and build deeper understanding.


As a High School ELA teacher, I helped multiple students prepare for the high school English, Global, and American History regents. I regularly worked with students to prepare them for the skills and content of all three regents, helping them with literacy skills, close reading skills, inference and main idea skills, all aligned with the Common Core. Additionally, I provide multiple review help for students with Global and American history content, making sure that students understood context, sequence, and how major historical events influenced and reflect upon current events.

SAT Reading

I have over five years of experience helping students of all levels of abilities prepare for standardized tests. As a high school English teacher, I've prepared students for the SAT, PSAT, and the ACT. I will use a variety of genres and techniques to prepare students, working on close reading strategies, test taking, and comprehension.

SAT Writing

I have extensive experience with college-entrance exam test prep. I've assisted students with the reading, ELA and writing sections of the SAT, ACT, GRE and TOEFL exams. I've also provided support and guidance for college and graduate school bound students as they compose application personal essays.

Study Skills

I believe that my personal credentials show that I am skilled in study skills. I am a certified 7-12 ELA Teacher, having worked in public, charter, and private schools here in NYC. I have my undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a Masters in Writing from Columbia, and my certification from City College. Additionally, I'm also a published author who works in multiple theaters here in NYC.

As a teacher, and as a student myself, I understand and can teach the necessities of prioritizing tasks, setting goals, and the importance of keeping an organized and clean work space. I can help your child organize their assignments by difficulty, work level, and interest, so that boredom is never an obstacle that has to be overcome. I stress taking regular breaks, and incorporating physical activity in the work day (this is especially important for younger children).

The key thing about study skills is that not every tactic works for every student. Some students thrive in quiet environments - others need a white noise of music to tune out in order to concentrate. This is the most important thing to take into account when helping a learner with his or her study skills - you have to find out what works for *that* student, and not what works for yourself.


I have a great deal of theatrical experience. My Bachelors is in Theater and Film from Cornell University. I have an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University's graduate theater department. I've been published in theatrical journals and periodicals multiple times, have written, directed, and acted in multiple plays and theater festivals in New York City. My work has been seen at Second Stage, the Bowery Poetry Club, The Flea, Under St. Marks, Ensemble Studios Theater, and The Actor's Studio.

I'm well-versed in theater techniques, theater history, mainstream and avant-garde theater, directing, playwriting, and acting techniques.


I have experience working with English Language Learners, and helping them prepare for the TOEFL test.

World History

I have taught World Social Studies in the New York City public school system.


I have great experience with teaching and tutoring writing. My master's is from Columbia University, and I work in New York City as a playwright, educator and critic. I also have my certificate to teach English from City College. I've worked with advanced and remedial students, from middle school to collegiate ages. I have experience working with native and non-native speakers.

Cornell University
English Theater
Columbia University


Cornell University (English Theater)

Columbia University (Master's)

CUNY (Master's)

Best English Tutor

I just asked my 16 yr old how her first session went and she told me that Michael was "the best English tutor that I've ever had."

— Pam, New York, NY on 10/10/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $90.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of New York, NY 10001.