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Dr. Robert L.

Personalized Reading/Writing Coaching and Student/Adult Enrichment

Personalized Reading/Writing Coaching and Student/Adult Enrichment

$85/hour

  • 622 hours tutoring

About Dr. Robert


Bio

I am known for my kindness and support, encouragement and good humor -- while at the same time crafting a RESULTS-ORIENTED study agenda that is customized and tailored to your needs. I come prepared with degrees from Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon and over three decades of successful teaching in English, Social Studies, adult enrichment, and college applications/essays.

I have nearly 500 hours of 5-star-rated tutoring with warm and appreciative reviews from students, parents, and...

I am known for my kindness and support, encouragement and good humor -- while at the same time crafting a RESULTS-ORIENTED study agenda that is customized and tailored to your needs. I come prepared with degrees from Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon and over three decades of successful teaching in English, Social Studies, adult enrichment, and college applications/essays.

I have nearly 500 hours of 5-star-rated tutoring with warm and appreciative reviews from students, parents, and professionals from Grades 4 all the way up through adult. I am proud of my track record and invite you to look it over.

I love teaching and interacting with my students. I have won 'outstanding teacher' awards at the middle school and university levels, working at excellent public and private schools and universities as a teacher, principal, program director, and consultant. I have made multiple presentations at regional and national educators' conferences about teaching and learning, and continue to advise parents as they face the Covid Fall of 2020 with uncertainty about how best to support their children's learning.

Currently I teach full-time English, Social Studies, and test preparation in a highly-rated independent school, having also worked in diverse suburban and urban districts. I work effectively with students and adults from a wide range of backgrounds, and love what I can learn from you as well as helping you achieve your potential.

My own children helped me learn that each student finds their own path and can blossom with the right mix of patience, support, and guidance. I want for all children to become lifelong learners and to embrace their strengths and the contributions they can make to themselves and others.

I look forward to meeting you! To learn more about me, please check my Linkedin page at:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-robert-a-levin-77518721 . WyzAnt clients may only contact me here on the WyzAnt platform.


Education

Brandeis University
Liberal Arts and Sociology
Brown University
Masters
Carnegie Mellon University
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $85
  • Rate details: Accomplish double the work in half the time with my expert coaching for school, college, and professional writing and academic tutoring. A great value for the results you'll get!
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 3/5/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

I am a specialist in coaching professionals who are taking next steps in their careers. How do you find your voice, find the words, and discover what's in your head and heart about your graduate and professional plans? How can you explain yourself clearly and persuasively in an application essay, cover letter, or preparation for a job interview? What research should you be doing about a graduate program or a prospective employer, on order to make you an informed applicant? I am a former Education Administrator and Supervisor with extensive hiring and job-coaching experience, specializing in helping candidates build skills and confidence presenting themselves confidently, orally and in writing, in applications for employment, promotions, and scholarships/grants. I have screened, interviewed and hired (or not!) hundreds of candidates and coached dozens more in their school and job applications. University degrees from Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon universities. I look forward to meeting you for our initial consultation. There is never a charge until you decide I'm your coach.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

My first speech to a large audience was as the featured Thanksgiving assembly speaker when I was in 11th grade. I loved it. I went on to teach for more than two decades -- one of the ultimate tests of effective public speaking -- as well as to win grants based on testimony before committees of judges and public agencies. I have delivered more than 50 training and/or sales presentations to audiences in several cities and states, and am considered highly effective. If you need to speak in front of a group, I would be glad to help you have fun, and develop your skills, so that you can do a great job and feel proud of your work.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I am a specialist in coaching professionals who are taking next steps in their careers. How do you find your voice, find the words, and discover what's in your head and heart about your graduate and professional plans? How can you explain yourself clearly and persuasively in an application essay, cover letter, or preparation for a job interview? What research should you be doing about a graduate program or a prospective employer, on order to make you an informed applicant? I am a former Education Administrator and Supervisor with extensive hiring and job-coaching experience, specializing in helping candidates build skills and confidence presenting themselves confidently, orally and in writing, in applications for employment, promotions, and scholarships/grants. I have screened, interviewed and hired (or not!) hundreds of candidates and coached dozens more in their school and job applications. University degrees from Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon universities. I look forward to meeting you for our initial consultation. There is never a charge until you decide I'm your coach.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar can be fun! You can learn how and why sentences fit together correctly, and amaze yourself and your friends! We will focus on the most important grammatical concepts, and try to avoid those you may only see once on a test some day and that make far less difference to the quality of your speaking and writing.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

One of the hardest things for anyone -- even professional writers -- to do is to proofread their own writing. I can provide you techniques to help you become an "outside observer" of your own writing, as well as convenient ways of testing the clarity of your writing with a little help from your friends. Learn to share this fun skill with others and help yourself and them share your writing with more confidence and precision.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

My first speech to a large audience was as the featured Thanksgiving assembly speaker when I was in 11th grade. I loved it. I went on to teach for more than two decades -- one of the ultimate tests of effective public speaking -- as well as to win grants based on testimony before committees of judges and public agencies. I have delivered more than 50 training and/or sales presentations to audiences in several cities and states, and am considered highly effective. If you need to speak in front of a group, I would be glad to help you have fun, and develop your skills, so that you can do a great job and feel proud of your work.

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

Fear not! EXCEPT for all the excess standardized testing that has grown up around the Common Core, what it's really about is a positive thing. More classrooms are incorporating more analytical thinking, challenging reading, and advanced communication skills in English Language Arts as a result of the Common Core. This doesn't mean the Core is easy for all teachers and students. As an award-winning former teacher of Grades 4 through high school, and a former school Principal, I have lived the Common Core along with you and am prepared to support your child's confidence and skill development to meet its challenges.
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar can be fun! You can learn how and why sentences fit together correctly, and amaze yourself and your friends! We will focus on the most important grammatical concepts, and try to avoid those you may only see once on a test some day and that make far less difference to the quality of your speaking and writing.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading, vocabulary, and writing from grades 4 through college over the past 25+ years. Through their reading and writing done in my class, they have studied the work of writers ranging from classic authors to current writers and public officials that subsequently led to in-person interviews with a leading magazine editor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and a Major League Baseball head groundskeeper, among many others. Many of my students have moved from reluctant readers to bookworms and from hesitant writers to people who hold-their-own beautifully through their writing and speaking.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am a 25+ year veteran of grades 4-12 -- and college undergraduate -- teaching, including extensive work in study skills instruction, beginning with an old "classic" -- the Harvard-Milton Study Skills Program produced as a collaboration between the Harvard Ed School and Milton Academy -- and continuing to innovative methods of helping students employ the requisite study skills/note-taking skills to engage in critical reading and writing in response to literature. I have a lot to offer middle, high school, and beginning college students in the areas of study skills and academic planning/organization.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

It's important to be CURIOUS about and to APPRECIATE vocabulary, and not to let words intimidate you. No one knows ALL the words they read and hear. The challenge is: How do you take what you already know and BUILD on it? We have many ways to do that -- ways that have helped students become more and more the master of the words around them. It's FUN when you get rolling with vocabulary study. I am currently writing a book for teachers on vocabulary development geared for grades 4 though adult; my tutoring specialty also falls within that age range. I have been an award-winning teacher and Education professor, a writer and speaker, and am also a parent of sons who like to talk. I would be happy to work with you or your child on the love of words!

English

English,

English

Whether you're stuck on middle school fiction or nonfiction, high school classics, or analyzing characters in an essay, I have vast experience guiding students' love and mastery of English course requirements, and I would be glad to help you. I also specialize in college and professional writing for school, college, graduate, fellowship, and grant applications. I tailor my approach to your style and needs, and I'm an excellent listener as well as a coach. Whether you know exactly what you want to say but can't find the words -- or have great ideas but no plan -- call me. We'll take what you bring to the table and build on it with skill and encouragement!
Grammar,

Grammar

Grammar can be fun! You can learn how and why sentences fit together correctly, and amaze yourself and your friends! We will focus on the most important grammatical concepts, and try to avoid those you may only see once on a test some day and that make far less difference to the quality of your speaking and writing.
Literature,

Literature

With three leading University degrees and nine years as an international journal Book Review Editor, as well as teaching awards from Grades 7 through University, I can help you plan, outline, and edit your literature essay. I can coach you to discover your Personal Best strategies for annotating and tracking key moments in the literature you're reading, so you're well-positioned for class discussions, quizzes, and papers.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

One of the hardest things for anyone -- even professional writers -- to do is to proofread their own writing. I can provide you techniques to help you become an "outside observer" of your own writing, as well as convenient ways of testing the clarity of your writing with a little help from your friends. Learn to share this fun skill with others and help yourself and them share your writing with more confidence and precision.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

My first speech to a large audience was as the featured Thanksgiving assembly speaker when I was in 11th grade. I loved it. I went on to teach for more than two decades -- one of the ultimate tests of effective public speaking -- as well as to win grants based on testimony before committees of judges and public agencies. I have delivered more than 50 training and/or sales presentations to audiences in several cities and states, and am considered highly effective. If you need to speak in front of a group, I would be glad to help you have fun, and develop your skills, so that you can do a great job and feel proud of your work.
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading, vocabulary, and writing from grades 4 through college over the past 25+ years. Through their reading and writing done in my class, they have studied the work of writers ranging from classic authors to current writers and public officials that subsequently led to in-person interviews with a leading magazine editor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and a Major League Baseball head groundskeeper, among many others. Many of my students have moved from reluctant readers to bookworms and from hesitant writers to people who hold-their-own beautifully through their writing and speaking.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

It's important to be CURIOUS about and to APPRECIATE vocabulary, and not to let words intimidate you. No one knows ALL the words they read and hear. The challenge is: How do you take what you already know and BUILD on it? We have many ways to do that -- ways that have helped students become more and more the master of the words around them. It's FUN when you get rolling with vocabulary study. I am currently writing a book for teachers on vocabulary development geared for grades 4 though adult; my tutoring specialty also falls within that age range. I have been an award-winning teacher and Education professor, a writer and speaker, and am also a parent of sons who like to talk. I would be happy to work with you or your child on the love of words!
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing from grades 4 through graduate school, published articles in major national newspapers and journals, and authored a book. I served as a university journal editor for 9 years. I have helped children learn to love and write poetry, middle-schoolers learn to research and write about topics worth studying, and high-schoolers to write at a high level for exam or college preparation. I also tutor adults in writing, including teachers and school administrators, and have coached many applicants for graduate, professional, and fellowship programs. I would be pleased to meet you, find out your interests, and help you find your voice and your skills in writing.

History

American History,

American History

From upper-elementary students through advanced graduate students, I have a long and successful track record of helping students dig into, and get the most out-of their History/Social Studies class work, test preparation, projects, etc. I hold New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts state certification as a teacher of English and Social Studies, and am a highly-rated History of American Education professor at Montclair State University. I hold my Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in liberal arts/sociology; my Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Social Studies Education from Brown University; and my Doctor of Arts in History and Curriculum from Carnegie Mellon University. As a certified and tenured social studies teacher, I taught for over 14 years in the public schools of Brookline, MA, Montgomery County, MD, and New York City, as well as in two highly-rated independent schools. I have developed history/social studies curriculum, trained teachers, and supervised and mentored teachers in social studies. American History is AMAZING. Let me help you develop a feel for this material, see your purpose in studying it, and approach history like the experts do!
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

It's getting more complicated all the time, isn't it? Whether you're a middle school student engaged in your first serious study of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights; or preparing for tests, papers, or projects on some aspect of U.S. History and Government; or struggling with a government or history course in college; I am working successfully across all those age ranges and grade levels to bring students up-to-speed, and beyond, in these sometimes-complex topics. Growing up in Washington, D.C. jump-started my passion for Government and Politics. As a high school student, I was selected to help "govern" Montgomery County, Maryland as a "county official" on Student-County Government Day. My 9th grade "Civics" teacher was spectacular -- James Schallmo, Silver Spring, MD. I went on to study sociology and history in college and graduate school, to teach civics and history in middle school, high school, and college, and I remain a "political junkie," read extensively in history and politics, and teach history and public policy at the college level. This should be one of your FAVORITE SUBJECTS !! Let's work together to make that happen!
Social Studies,

Social Studies

I hold my Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in liberal arts/sociology; my Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Social Studies Education from Brown University; and my Doctor of Arts in History and Curriculum from Carnegie Mellon University. As a certified and tenured social studies teacher, I taught for over 14 years in the public schools of Brookline, MA, Montgomery County, MD, and New York City, as well as in two highly-rated independent schools. I have developed history/social studies curriculum, trained teachers, and supervised and mentored teachers in social studies. My current social studies teaching certificates are from the states of New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts; previously I have been certified in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Maine.
Sociology

Sociology

I have an extensive undergraduate and graduate background in Sociology from Brandeis University and Social History/Social Problems at Brown and Carnegie Mellon Universities. For nine years I was Associate Editor of an international journal specializing in social history and sociological-historical perspectives on Education and Education Policy. My first book received an honor award from the American Educational Studies Association that was voted by the sociologists, social historians, and policy historians who serve on their books committee. I also attended an American Sociological Association annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Homeschool

English,

English

Whether you're stuck on middle school fiction or nonfiction, high school classics, or analyzing characters in an essay, I have vast experience guiding students' love and mastery of English course requirements, and I would be glad to help you. I also specialize in college and professional writing for school, college, graduate, fellowship, and grant applications. I tailor my approach to your style and needs, and I'm an excellent listener as well as a coach. Whether you know exactly what you want to say but can't find the words -- or have great ideas but no plan -- call me. We'll take what you bring to the table and build on it with skill and encouragement!
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading, vocabulary, and writing from grades 4 through college over the past 25+ years. Through their reading and writing done in my class, they have studied the work of writers ranging from classic authors to current writers and public officials that subsequently led to in-person interviews with a leading magazine editor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and a Major League Baseball head groundskeeper, among many others. Many of my students have moved from reluctant readers to bookworms and from hesitant writers to people who hold-their-own beautifully through their writing and speaking.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am a 25+ year veteran of grades 4-12 -- and college undergraduate -- teaching, including extensive work in study skills instruction, beginning with an old "classic" -- the Harvard-Milton Study Skills Program produced as a collaboration between the Harvard Ed School and Milton Academy -- and continuing to innovative methods of helping students employ the requisite study skills/note-taking skills to engage in critical reading and writing in response to literature. I have a lot to offer middle, high school, and beginning college students in the areas of study skills and academic planning/organization.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing from grades 4 through graduate school, published articles in major national newspapers and journals, and authored a book. I served as a university journal editor for 9 years. I have helped children learn to love and write poetry, middle-schoolers learn to research and write about topics worth studying, and high-schoolers to write at a high level for exam or college preparation. I also tutor adults in writing, including teachers and school administrators, and have coached many applicants for graduate, professional, and fellowship programs. I would be pleased to meet you, find out your interests, and help you find your voice and your skills in writing.

Most Popular

English,

English

Whether you're stuck on middle school fiction or nonfiction, high school classics, or analyzing characters in an essay, I have vast experience guiding students' love and mastery of English course requirements, and I would be glad to help you. I also specialize in college and professional writing for school, college, graduate, fellowship, and grant applications. I tailor my approach to your style and needs, and I'm an excellent listener as well as a coach. Whether you know exactly what you want to say but can't find the words -- or have great ideas but no plan -- call me. We'll take what you bring to the table and build on it with skill and encouragement!
Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading, vocabulary, and writing from grades 4 through college over the past 25+ years. Through their reading and writing done in my class, they have studied the work of writers ranging from classic authors to current writers and public officials that subsequently led to in-person interviews with a leading magazine editor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and a Major League Baseball head groundskeeper, among many others. Many of my students have moved from reluctant readers to bookworms and from hesitant writers to people who hold-their-own beautifully through their writing and speaking.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am a 25+ year veteran of grades 4-12 -- and college undergraduate -- teaching, including extensive work in study skills instruction, beginning with an old "classic" -- the Harvard-Milton Study Skills Program produced as a collaboration between the Harvard Ed School and Milton Academy -- and continuing to innovative methods of helping students employ the requisite study skills/note-taking skills to engage in critical reading and writing in response to literature. I have a lot to offer middle, high school, and beginning college students in the areas of study skills and academic planning/organization.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing from grades 4 through graduate school, published articles in major national newspapers and journals, and authored a book. I served as a university journal editor for 9 years. I have helped children learn to love and write poetry, middle-schoolers learn to research and write about topics worth studying, and high-schoolers to write at a high level for exam or college preparation. I also tutor adults in writing, including teachers and school administrators, and have coached many applicants for graduate, professional, and fellowship programs. I would be pleased to meet you, find out your interests, and help you find your voice and your skills in writing.

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

Using the best practices for writing a credible, informed school or other application essay, my students have earned admission at top schools and universities, even ones that they felt were a "stretch" for them. I also coach graduate/professional school and fellowship applicants. Your essay is not the whole story of your application, but it can make the difference between a candidate who sounds like s/he is seeking admission to "some place," or to a special place you have researched and come to care about. There are several keys I'll teach you, but here's a preview of Numbers 1, 2, and 3: Research, Research, and Research. Why do you want that special school in your future? Why do you want that Engineering, Business, Liberal Arts, or other program at My First Choice University or graduate program? How have you chosen a specific transfer school or graduate program to pursue? You'll show you know what you're talking about, and distinguish yourself from many of the other applicants. I can teach you, especially if you're willing not to wait until the night before the deadline! (Okay, we help people then, too!) This process is NOT ONLY about how you write -- though that does matter! -- but about what you know before you try to express it. College applicants: Let's get started as early as possible, even in your junior year if you seek thoughtful advice on exploring and choosing schools. Last minute? Yes, we can do that, too -- but don't do it again! Graduate school and other applicants: let's look together at your application, goal statement, or curriculum vita, discuss what you most want to communicate, and help you do it concisely and elegantly.
Government & Politics,

Government & Politics

It's getting more complicated all the time, isn't it? Whether you're a middle school student engaged in your first serious study of the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights; or preparing for tests, papers, or projects on some aspect of U.S. History and Government; or struggling with a government or history course in college; I am working successfully across all those age ranges and grade levels to bring students up-to-speed, and beyond, in these sometimes-complex topics. Growing up in Washington, D.C. jump-started my passion for Government and Politics. As a high school student, I was selected to help "govern" Montgomery County, Maryland as a "county official" on Student-County Government Day. My 9th grade "Civics" teacher was spectacular -- James Schallmo, Silver Spring, MD. I went on to study sociology and history in college and graduate school, to teach civics and history in middle school, high school, and college, and I remain a "political junkie," read extensively in history and politics, and teach history and public policy at the college level. This should be one of your FAVORITE SUBJECTS !! Let's work together to make that happen!
Sociology,

Sociology

I have an extensive undergraduate and graduate background in Sociology from Brandeis University and Social History/Social Problems at Brown and Carnegie Mellon Universities. For nine years I was Associate Editor of an international journal specializing in social history and sociological-historical perspectives on Education and Education Policy. My first book received an honor award from the American Educational Studies Association that was voted by the sociologists, social historians, and policy historians who serve on their books committee. I also attended an American Sociological Association annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I am a 25+ year veteran of grades 4-12 -- and college undergraduate -- teaching, including extensive work in study skills instruction, beginning with an old "classic" -- the Harvard-Milton Study Skills Program produced as a collaboration between the Harvard Ed School and Milton Academy -- and continuing to innovative methods of helping students employ the requisite study skills/note-taking skills to engage in critical reading and writing in response to literature. I have a lot to offer middle, high school, and beginning college students in the areas of study skills and academic planning/organization.

Science

Sociology

Sociology

I have an extensive undergraduate and graduate background in Sociology from Brandeis University and Social History/Social Problems at Brown and Carnegie Mellon Universities. For nine years I was Associate Editor of an international journal specializing in social history and sociological-historical perspectives on Education and Education Policy. My first book received an honor award from the American Educational Studies Association that was voted by the sociologists, social historians, and policy historians who serve on their books committee. I also attended an American Sociological Association annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Special Needs

Speech,

Speech

I am a 30 year veteran English teacher at the middle, high school, college, and graduate levels. I have written and presented speeches, dramatic readings, and other theater pieces regularly during this time. I have coached dozens of students and young adults in writing and delivering speeches for work and for public presentations.
Study Skills

Study Skills

I am a 25+ year veteran of grades 4-12 -- and college undergraduate -- teaching, including extensive work in study skills instruction, beginning with an old "classic" -- the Harvard-Milton Study Skills Program produced as a collaboration between the Harvard Ed School and Milton Academy -- and continuing to innovative methods of helping students employ the requisite study skills/note-taking skills to engage in critical reading and writing in response to literature. I have a lot to offer middle, high school, and beginning college students in the areas of study skills and academic planning/organization.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

I have taught reading, vocabulary, and writing from grades 4 through college over the past 25+ years. Through their reading and writing done in my class, they have studied the work of writers ranging from classic authors to current writers and public officials that subsequently led to in-person interviews with a leading magazine editor, a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and a Major League Baseball head groundskeeper, among many others. Many of my students have moved from reluctant readers to bookworms and from hesitant writers to people who hold-their-own beautifully through their writing and speaking.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am a 25+ year veteran of grades 4-12 -- and college undergraduate -- teaching, including extensive work in study skills instruction, beginning with an old "classic" -- the Harvard-Milton Study Skills Program produced as a collaboration between the Harvard Ed School and Milton Academy -- and continuing to innovative methods of helping students employ the requisite study skills/note-taking skills to engage in critical reading and writing in response to literature. I have a lot to offer middle, high school, and beginning college students in the areas of study skills and academic planning/organization.
Writing

Writing

I have taught writing from grades 4 through graduate school, published articles in major national newspapers and journals, and authored a book. I served as a university journal editor for 9 years. I have helped children learn to love and write poetry, middle-schoolers learn to research and write about topics worth studying, and high-schoolers to write at a high level for exam or college preparation. I also tutor adults in writing, including teachers and school administrators, and have coached many applicants for graduate, professional, and fellowship programs. I would be pleased to meet you, find out your interests, and help you find your voice and your skills in writing.

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

I am a specialist in coaching professionals who are taking next steps in their careers. How do you find your voice, find the words, and discover what's in your head and heart about your graduate and professional plans? How can you explain yourself clearly and persuasively in an application essay, cover letter, or preparation for a job interview? What research should you be doing about a graduate program or a prospective employer, on order to make you an informed applicant? I am a former Education Administrator and Supervisor with extensive hiring and job-coaching experience, specializing in helping candidates build skills and confidence presenting themselves confidently, orally and in writing, in applications for employment, promotions, and scholarships/grants. I have screened, interviewed and hired (or not!) hundreds of candidates and coached dozens more in their school and job applications. University degrees from Brandeis, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon universities. I look forward to meeting you for our initial consultation. There is never a charge until you decide I'm your coach.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

Using the best practices for writing a credible, informed school or other application essay, my students have earned admission at top schools and universities, even ones that they felt were a "stretch" for them. I also coach graduate/professional school and fellowship applicants. Your essay is not the whole story of your application, but it can make the difference between a candidate who sounds like s/he is seeking admission to "some place," or to a special place you have researched and come to care about. There are several keys I'll teach you, but here's a preview of Numbers 1, 2, and 3: Research, Research, and Research. Why do you want that special school in your future? Why do you want that Engineering, Business, Liberal Arts, or other program at My First Choice University or graduate program? How have you chosen a specific transfer school or graduate program to pursue? You'll show you know what you're talking about, and distinguish yourself from many of the other applicants. I can teach you, especially if you're willing not to wait until the night before the deadline! (Okay, we help people then, too!) This process is NOT ONLY about how you write -- though that does matter! -- but about what you know before you try to express it. College applicants: Let's get started as early as possible, even in your junior year if you seek thoughtful advice on exploring and choosing schools. Last minute? Yes, we can do that, too -- but don't do it again! Graduate school and other applicants: let's look together at your application, goal statement, or curriculum vita, discuss what you most want to communicate, and help you do it concisely and elegantly.
Common Core,

Common Core

Fear not! EXCEPT for all the excess standardized testing that has grown up around the Common Core, what it's really about is a positive thing. More classrooms are incorporating more analytical thinking, challenging reading, and advanced communication skills in English Language Arts as a result of the Common Core. This doesn't mean the Core is easy for all teachers and students. As an award-winning former teacher of Grades 4 through high school, and a former school Principal, I have lived the Common Core along with you and am prepared to support your child's confidence and skill development to meet its challenges.
ISEE

ISEE

My 25+ years teaching and administrative experience in schools includes years teaching English at Sidwell Friends Middle School in Washington, DC, as well as classes at the Park East Day School in New York City where students were signing up to take the ISSE for admission to selective independent high schools. I have done extensive work in test design and test prep and am ready to work with students in the reading/writing portions of the ISSE.

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Knowledgable, patient, knows how to guide you, tutor

Dr. Robert was great guiding to the right direction, asking the questions that leads to the best outcome on your essay of your true self and helping to express your self by capturing the readers attention.

Julie, 4 lessons with Dr. Robert

Knowledgeable, humorous, and helpful

It has been a real pleasure working with Robert. He helped me revise several short-answer essays. I am not a native speaker and before working with Robert, I did not have the self-confidence in writing. In our first session, Robert encouraged me and helped me to boost my confidence. His sense of humor helped me to ease my nerve and he is very open to discussions and questions. He also used a semi-interview format to help me sort my thoughts and things that I want to write. He is passionate about what he is going and shows a heart full of empathy and care. After the three sessions that we had together, he now means more than a teacher, but more like a mentor and life coach. Thank you, Robert!

Laura, 3 lessons with Dr. Robert

Helpful and encouraging

He is helping my daughter write her college essays. He helped her come up with a timeline of when to write the essays as many of the schools she applying to have supplementary essays along with the common app one. They have only had one session so far.

David, 8 lessons with Dr. Robert
Tutor responded:

Thank you, David! Now that Lea and I are up to 8 sessions together, would you be willing to revise your assessment?

Responsive and knowledgeable

Dr. Levin responded to my unique situation confidently and quickly. We discussed my testing needs and devised a game plan that would help me prepare for my next steps and what would help me be most successful. Dr. Levin then went above and beyond by following up with me to ensure I felt confident moving forward. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor who will design a study plan suited to their specific needs.

Suzie, 1 lesson with Dr. Robert

Miller Analogies Test Prep

Provided a very strong overview of the MAT along with a deeper dive into tackling the questions and the strategies behind doing so. I enjoyed working with Dr. Robert and found the session very helpful.

Karol, 1 lesson with Dr. Robert

Great language teacher!!!

Dr. Robert is a great language teacher. His strategy of teaching is very much research oriented along with the new changes in the education system which we observed during the preparation for PARCC. He motivates the students so much that students are ready to take challenges happily. Already I see the improvement in my child's reading habit and increasing the analytical skill while writing. It's been six months my child is getting help from him and ready for the more exciting and successful future lesson with him. His thoughtful and strategic approach of teaching is greatly helpful for not only getting good grades but learning the subject thoroughly.

Shaina, 65 lessons with Dr. Robert

Great Teacher

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein Mr. Robert did just that. He instilled that love of learning and reading in my son. My son(4th grader), used to read earlier but now he knows what is close reading and so he reads more of his level books. Thus, his writing is also improved. And that too in just 4 months. Mr. Robert is highly experienced, very patient, and a real genuine person. He knows how to make learning fun. I just wish we could continue with you more. Thank you so much for everything.

Sumita, 16 lessons with Dr. Robert

Great Tutor

My daughter is very happy to follow Robert. She enjoys the reading and writing that Robert gave her. She says that she loves to have this lesson every week. I like Robert's way of teaching writing. He started from reading a book, understanding the book through vocabulary, then writing. He is very patient and full of sense of humor. My daughter enjoys the class.

Jenny, 256 lessons with Dr. Robert

Strategic and Effective SAT Tutor (100+point gain on SAT!)

Robert is an amazing tutor/instructor! His instruction helped achieve a 100+ point gain in the SAT reading section! I attribute the significant point gain to Robert's thoughtful and strategic approach and his ability to develop a custom program for the student. His deep knowledge and understanding of the SAT materials, use of the workbooks, and focus on specific skills development were the perfect ingredients for a successful outcome. Robert's analytical assessment of the work and techniques to improve skills were highly effective. His care and patient approach creates a comforting environment for the student and parent. Robert is really an outstanding coach/instructor and I highly recommend him to others.

Susan, 17 lessons with Dr. Robert
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