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Mac S.

New York, NY

$40/hour

Tutor with a degree in English and Philosophy

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$40/Hour


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Dartmouth College
English, Philosophy

Education

Dartmouth College (English, Philosophy)

About Mac

I've worked with students in high school on everything from writing college-level essays to preparing for speech and debate tournaments to improving their standardized test strategies and scores.

I've also worked with excellent writers in high school and college to help smooth out the structure and grammar of their creative writing and essays, and spent a year tutoring philosophy students in predicate logic, teaching them how to read and derive stuff that looks like: (Ax)(Ey)((x > y) & ~(y > x)). While writing a college admission statement and demonstrating a proof in predicate logic are quite different skills in their specifics, I've been successful in helping students to develop heuristics that are applicable to a surprising range of difficult or time-crunched problems.

Most of my experience working with high school students was as a speech and debate coach. We would work together on breaking down topics and preparing smooth and substantive essays to be used as opening statements; they would write paragraph-length rebuttals to likely opposing arguments that could be combined on-the-fly into response statements. Walking through the process out loud and in small groups would make them far better at doing the same thing under time constraints — either in a debate round or in timed class essays and standardized tests.

In high school I was a National AP Scholar and scored in the 99th percentile in all categories on the SAT and ACT. I was captain of the debate team, winning state tournaments in Lincoln-Douglass and Public Forum and doing rather poorly in extemporaneous speaking. At Dartmouth College I majored in English Literature and minored in Philosophy of Logic and Language, graduating cum laude and with high honors in English. I was also the editor of the school's literary journal and a Nordic and telemark ski instructor (the perks of going to school in New Hampshire).

The last thing I did at college was write an English thesis on solipsism and philosophy of language in David Foster Wallace's novels. Now I spend my time tutoring and reading scripts, books, and plays for film companies.

ACT English, Reading, & Writing; SAT Reading & Writing; college application essays; grammar, proofreading, vocabulary; philosophy; predicate logic; Lincoln-Douglass & Public Forum debate

I'll meet students at libraries, coffee shops, parks, or at their home — I'm based in the Financial District and have easy access to subways all over Manhattan and into Brooklyn and Queens. I just ask that one-way travel time be less than 30 minutes for a 1-hour lesson or 45 minutes for a 2-hour session. If we meet we'll start by going over what your goals are (more confident writing, stronger in-class essays, one really excellent college essay, higher grades, a specific standardized test score) and what we can do together to make that happen.
I've worked with students in high school on everything from writing college-level essays to preparing for speech and debate tournaments to improving their standardized test strategies and scores.

I've also worked with excellent writers in high school and college to help smooth out the structure and grammar of their creative writing and
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 9 miles of New York, NY 10007
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
Art:
Film
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Dartmouth College
English, Philosophy

Education

Dartmouth College (English, Philosophy)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Mac will travel within 9 miles of New York, NY 10007.