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Katherine S.

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Doctor of Education Candidate at Columbia University Teachers College, Katherine has been a lead test prep teacher and tutor with national test leaders for over 10 years. She has tutored privately in subjects ranging from SAT, ACT, GRE, academic subjects and AP prep as well as organizational and executive function strategies for young students. Katherine serves as a vocal performance instructor at Columbia University Teachers College for graduate students.

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Doctor of Education Candidate at Columbia University Teachers College, Katherine has been a lead test prep teacher and tutor with national test leaders for over 10 years. She has tutored privately in subjects ranging from SAT, ACT, GRE, academic subjects and AP prep as well as organizational and executive function strategies for young students. Katherine serves as a vocal performance instructor at Columbia University Teachers College for graduate students.

Katherine has expert knowledge of undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, and career counseling. Katherine worked in Higher Education directly at the prestigious Juilliard School for years, most recently in the capacity of the Assistant Director of the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship where she assisted performing artists with admission to graduate programs as well as the transition to their professional careers.

Whether teaching music or tutoring test prep, Katherine fosters an environment of positive rapport and crafts curriculum and designs individualized lesson plans unique to each student to enable him or her to achieve whatever level of depth and proficiency he or she seeks. Katherine's students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, BYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Vassar, and Tufts among other top tier universities. Her students have consistently achieved improvements on scores and academic grades throughout her tutoring career.

A fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and The Hertz Traveling Fellowship of UC Berkley, Katherine has performed professionally around the world under conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano. Her voice can be heard as a featured soloist on an internationally released recording of the choral work of Dmitri Bortniansky from Naxos Music. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and she was a National Merit Finalist in the state of California.


Education

University of California Berkeley
Music
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Masters
Columbia University Teachers College
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  • Hourly Rate: $80
  • Rate details: Group sessions welcome. $50 per student. Maximum 6 students.
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 12/14/2017

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Subjects

Business

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been the Assistant Director of career development at The Juilliard School for over two years. I advise students on matters of resume writing, cover letters, Linked in profile optimization, website design, marketing, networking, budgeting and more. I have counseled numerous acquaintances privately in fields outside the performing arts. I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education in College Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University with a research emphasis in Life Design career counseling.
GRE,

GRE

I scored 780 on the verbal portion of the GRE and 750 on the quantitative section when the scoring was on the 800 scale. I have successfully tutored GRE students who have gone on to be admitted to top graduate schools including Columbia University and Princeton. I cover all subjects, and I have extensive experience with tutoring expert standardized test taking techniques.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

A vocal performance major and drama minor, I have expert technique in stage presence, vocal production, and performance anxiety reduction to share to with clients wishing to improve public speaking skills. I have taught vocal technique and stage craft for over 10 years to students of all ages. I tailor my coachings to the challenges faced by each student, and we use exercises from the theater - from diction exercises and breath support building to improvisation - to enhance confidence.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I have been the Assistant Director of career development at The Juilliard School for over two years. I advise students on matters of resume writing, cover letters, Linked in profile optimization, website design, marketing, networking, budgeting and more. I have counseled numerous acquaintances privately in fields outside the performing arts. I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education in College Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University with a research emphasis in Life Design career counseling.
Grammar,

Grammar

A National Merit Finalist with a 790 on my verbal SAT, as well as a 780 on my verbal GRE, I am an expert tutor of English grammar. I have tutored writing students at the high school and college level, even professionally through the Writing Center at the Juilliard School. I have developed excellent, clear lessons for aiding my students as they learn the rules of English grammar. I tailor lessons to each student's ability and his or her goal for the development of this skill.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

A vocal performance major and drama minor, I have expert technique in stage presence, vocal production, and performance anxiety reduction to share to with clients wishing to improve public speaking skills. I have taught vocal technique and stage craft for over 10 years to students of all ages. I tailor my coachings to the challenges faced by each student, and we use exercises from the theater - from diction exercises and breath support building to improvisation - to enhance confidence.

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

I have tutored elementary math for over a decade. I work with students to develop understanding of math concepts through simplification and practice, to build to greater facility. I am well versed in common core, number sense development, test skills, and homework management.
Grammar,

Grammar

A National Merit Finalist with a 790 on my verbal SAT, as well as a 780 on my verbal GRE, I am an expert tutor of English grammar. I have tutored writing students at the high school and college level, even professionally through the Writing Center at the Juilliard School. I have developed excellent, clear lessons for aiding my students as they learn the rules of English grammar. I tailor lessons to each student's ability and his or her goal for the development of this skill.
Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I have over a decade of experience tutoring standardized test prep including specifically the ACT. My students have consistently improved their scores and gained confidence with test taking. I provide personalized lesson plans and materials for study based on the student's goals and challenges. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at Teachers College Columbia University.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

A National Merit Finalist, I have a record of excellence with standardized college admissions testing. I have tutored a number of students in ACT Reading and English with great results in terms of score improvement. My tutoring students have been admitted to top schools including MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Vassar, UCLA and more. I tailor lessons to suit each students strengths, challenges and goals for success.
Grammar,

Grammar

A National Merit Finalist with a 790 on my verbal SAT, as well as a 780 on my verbal GRE, I am an expert tutor of English grammar. I have tutored writing students at the high school and college level, even professionally through the Writing Center at the Juilliard School. I have developed excellent, clear lessons for aiding my students as they learn the rules of English grammar. I tailor lessons to each student's ability and his or her goal for the development of this skill.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

A vocal performance major and drama minor, I have expert technique in stage presence, vocal production, and performance anxiety reduction to share to with clients wishing to improve public speaking skills. I have taught vocal technique and stage craft for over 10 years to students of all ages. I tailor my coachings to the challenges faced by each student, and we use exercises from the theater - from diction exercises and breath support building to improvisation - to enhance confidence.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a National Merit finalist, I scored a 780 out of 800 on my SAT reading comprehension section. I went on to score in the 99th percentile in reading comprehension on the GRE just a few years ago. Students with whom I've worked have achieved an increase in vocabulary, understanding of rhetoric, style, and evidence on the SAT, and skill with identifying question types and wrong answer types. My approach is to work closely with the student to identify testing challenges and help illuminate the subject matter, so that the student feels a sense of true confidence on test day. I have materials and exercises and tailor these materials to the student's needs and goals.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Katherine recently joined the team of a boutique college prep firm in Greenwich, CT as a standardized test prep and academic tutor. Katherine has been a lead test prep teacher and tutor with national test leaders, including Kaplan, Inc., and she has tutored privately for years in subjects ranging from SAT, ACT, GRE, academic subjects and AP prep as well as organizational and executive function strategies for young students. Katherine is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in College Music Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University where she was recently hired as a voice instructor. Katherine worked at the prestigious Juilliard School for years, most recently in the capacity of the Assistant Director of the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship where she assisted performing artists with admission to graduate programs as well as the transition to their professional careers. Whether teaching music or tutoring test prep, Katherine fosters an environment of positive rapport and crafts curriculum and designs individualized lesson plans unique to each student to enable him or her to achieve whatever level of depth and proficiency he or she seeks. Katherine's students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, BYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Vassar, and Tufts among other top tier universities. Her students have consistently achieved improvements on scores and academic grades throughout her tutoring career.
Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra for academic classes, state assessment testing, and college admission test prep. My quantitative score on the GRE was 750 out of 800. I help students review the simple math concepts that go into understanding the more complex word problems and equations faced in most testing conditions. I help students gain confidence and improve recognition so that algebra becomes much less confusing.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I was myself a National Merit finalist on the PSAT. My score on the SAT math started at a 690. After tutoring for over a decade, my most recent math score on the more advanced GRE was 750. I know first hand how math tutoring can help us master the type of math on these tests. One student, who is now at Harvard, began at 550, and after we worked together, he received over 700. I assist students with reviewing the concepts covered in the math section, while breaking down the language of the test. I teach a number of fail safe techniques for tackling algebra and geometry, eliminating wrong answers, and saving time on this fast moving test section.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a National Merit finalist, I scored a 780 out of 800 on my SAT reading comprehension section. I went on to score in the 99th percentile in reading comprehension on the GRE just a few years ago. Students with whom I've worked have achieved an increase in vocabulary, understanding of rhetoric, style, and evidence on the SAT, and skill with identifying question types and wrong answer types. My approach is to work closely with the student to identify testing challenges and help illuminate the subject matter, so that the student feels a sense of true confidence on test day. I have materials and exercises and tailor these materials to the student's needs and goals.
Reading

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra for academic classes, state assessment testing, and college admission test prep. My quantitative score on the GRE was 750 out of 800. I help students review the simple math concepts that go into understanding the more complex word problems and equations faced in most testing conditions. I help students gain confidence and improve recognition so that algebra becomes much less confusing.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I was myself a National Merit finalist on the PSAT. My score on the SAT math started at a 690. After tutoring for over a decade, my most recent math score on the more advanced GRE was 750. I know first hand how math tutoring can help us master the type of math on these tests. One student, who is now at Harvard, began at 550, and after we worked together, he received over 700. I assist students with reviewing the concepts covered in the math section, while breaking down the language of the test. I teach a number of fail safe techniques for tackling algebra and geometry, eliminating wrong answers, and saving time on this fast moving test section.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra for academic classes, state assessment testing, and college admission test prep. My quantitative score on the GRE was 750 out of 800. I help students review the simple math concepts that go into understanding the more complex word problems and equations faced in most testing conditions. I help students gain confidence and improve recognition so that algebra becomes much less confusing.
Reading

Music

Voice (Music)

Voice (Music)

I am a professional vocalist with New York City and international credits including as a featured soloist on classical recordings. As a voice teacher at Columbia University and in my private practice, I teach voice to students of all levels. I have expert knowledge of audition practice, the music industry and performance technique. I work with students to develop healthy singing technique and confidence with their performances. I have a masters of music from the San Francisco Conservatory in vocal performance, a bachelors of art in music from UC Berkeley, and I am pursuing a doctorate of music education at Teachers College Columbia University.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

I am the Assistant Director of Career Services at the Juilliard School. I am also pursuing a Doctorate of Education in College Teaching specifically at Teachers College Columbia University. I have worked with the Writing Center at Juilliard as a tutor and advisor for college students who need support with academic college subjects. As Assistant Director, I have worked with college students one one in advising sessions on all subjects with which they are contending. I have advised and tutored undergraduate and graduate level students, and I understand all levels of college administration that students must deal with.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored Algebra for academic classes, state assessment testing, and college admission test prep. My quantitative score on the GRE was 750 out of 800. I help students review the simple math concepts that go into understanding the more complex word problems and equations faced in most testing conditions. I help students gain confidence and improve recognition so that algebra becomes much less confusing.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I was myself a National Merit finalist on the PSAT. My score on the SAT math started at a 690. After tutoring for over a decade, my most recent math score on the more advanced GRE was 750. I know first hand how math tutoring can help us master the type of math on these tests. One student, who is now at Harvard, began at 550, and after we worked together, he received over 700. I assist students with reviewing the concepts covered in the math section, while breaking down the language of the test. I teach a number of fail safe techniques for tackling algebra and geometry, eliminating wrong answers, and saving time on this fast moving test section.
Reading

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I have over a decade of experience tutoring standardized test prep including specifically the ACT. My students have consistently improved their scores and gained confidence with test taking. I provide personalized lesson plans and materials for study based on the student's goals and challenges. I am currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education at Teachers College Columbia University.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

A National Merit Finalist, I have a record of excellence with standardized college admissions testing. I have tutored a number of students in ACT Reading and English with great results in terms of score improvement. My tutoring students have been admitted to top schools including MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Vassar, UCLA and more. I tailor lessons to suit each students strengths, challenges and goals for success.
Career Development,

Career Development

I have been the Assistant Director of career development at The Juilliard School for over two years. I advise students on matters of resume writing, cover letters, Linked in profile optimization, website design, marketing, networking, budgeting and more. I have counseled numerous acquaintances privately in fields outside the performing arts. I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education in College Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University with a research emphasis in Life Design career counseling.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I am the Assistant Director of Career Services at the Juilliard School. I am also pursuing a Doctorate of Education in College Teaching specifically at Teachers College Columbia University. I have worked with the Writing Center at Juilliard as a tutor and advisor for college students who need support with academic college subjects. As Assistant Director, I have worked with college students one one in advising sessions on all subjects with which they are contending. I have advised and tutored undergraduate and graduate level students, and I understand all levels of college administration that students must deal with.
GRE,

GRE

I scored 780 on the verbal portion of the GRE and 750 on the quantitative section when the scoring was on the 800 scale. I have successfully tutored GRE students who have gone on to be admitted to top graduate schools including Columbia University and Princeton. I cover all subjects, and I have extensive experience with tutoring expert standardized test taking techniques.
ISEE,

ISEE

As an expert test prep tutor, I have tutored the ISEE and the SSAT successfully with several students. I am qualified to tutor verbal and quantitative subjects in all levels of the private school exams. I tailor the tutoring experience to each student, diagnosis areas of challenge, and crafting a plan for successfully improving scores and increasing standardized test taking experience.
PSAT,

PSAT

A National Merit Finalist, I scored in the top half of one percent in the state of California on my PSAT. I went on to score well on the SAT and GRE, and standardized test tutoring has become a passion of mine. I especially like to work with students just beginning the test prep journey with the PSAT, the first of the major tests. My students have consistently shown score improvement through our tutoring work together, and many of my students have gone on to attend top schools including MIT, Harvard, Princeton, Vassar, UCLA and more.
Regents,

Regents

I have spent the last seven years living and tutoring in New York State. I have encountered a number of students preparing for the Regents exams in all subjects except for Physics. I am highly familiar with the format, the curriculum employed in classrooms to educate students for the test, and the requirements for passing. My tutoring students passed all the Regents exams for which we prepped.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I was myself a National Merit finalist on the PSAT. My score on the SAT math started at a 690. After tutoring for over a decade, my most recent math score on the more advanced GRE was 750. I know first hand how math tutoring can help us master the type of math on these tests. One student, who is now at Harvard, began at 550, and after we worked together, he received over 700. I assist students with reviewing the concepts covered in the math section, while breaking down the language of the test. I teach a number of fail safe techniques for tackling algebra and geometry, eliminating wrong answers, and saving time on this fast moving test section.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

As a National Merit finalist, I scored a 780 out of 800 on my SAT reading comprehension section. I went on to score in the 99th percentile in reading comprehension on the GRE just a few years ago. Students with whom I've worked have achieved an increase in vocabulary, understanding of rhetoric, style, and evidence on the SAT, and skill with identifying question types and wrong answer types. My approach is to work closely with the student to identify testing challenges and help illuminate the subject matter, so that the student feels a sense of true confidence on test day. I have materials and exercises and tailor these materials to the student's needs and goals.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

Katherine recently joined the team of a boutique college prep firm in Greenwich, CT as a standardized test prep and academic tutor. Katherine has been a lead test prep teacher and tutor with national test leaders, including Kaplan, Inc., and she has tutored privately for years in subjects ranging from SAT, ACT, GRE, academic subjects and AP prep as well as organizational and executive function strategies for young students. Katherine is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Education in College Music Teaching at Teachers College Columbia University where she was recently hired as a voice instructor. Katherine worked at the prestigious Juilliard School for years, most recently in the capacity of the Assistant Director of the Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship where she assisted performing artists with admission to graduate programs as well as the transition to their professional careers. Whether teaching music or tutoring test prep, Katherine fosters an environment of positive rapport and crafts curriculum and designs individualized lesson plans unique to each student to enable him or her to achieve whatever level of depth and proficiency he or she seeks. Katherine's students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, MIT, BYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Vassar, and Tufts among other top tier universities. Her students have consistently achieved improvements on scores and academic grades throughout her tutoring career.
SSAT

SSAT

I have worked with countless students from a range of grades on the SSAT. I work with each student to develop a customized approach, so that the test is not a hurdle to demonstrating a student's ability and aptitude. I have been a standardized test tutor for over a decade, and my students consistently achieve score increases and develop greater confidence with testing over all.

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Flexible, friendly & knowledgeable!

Really want to thank Katherine for her patience w/me and my son our first night as I was having trouble signing on. During our session she was good interacting w/my son and clear on her thoughts for further tutoring sessions. After our first session, I feel this will be a positive experience w/Katherine!

Pamela , 3 lessons with Katherine

Insightful and understanding

Katherine took the time to go over my resume and help me revise sections and tailor it to a job I was seeking. She was very knowledgeable and gave me several examples to support my understanding. I would absolutely recommend her!

Michelle, 1 lesson with Katherine

Perfect ISEE Prep

Katherine worked with both my kids to prep for ISEE - 5th and 8th grade entry. She was the perfect tutor - prompt, thorough, engaging and relaxed. My kids benefited greatly from her knowledge of the subject matter, teaching style and pro-tips. Thank you!!!!!

Esther, 18 lessons with Katherine

Wonderful, Patient Test Prep Tutor

Katherine helped our 8th grader with ISEE test prep via online tutoring. She had a lot of great tips on approaching the vocabulary section and reducing test-taking anxiety. I would highly recommend her services!!!

Timonie, 1 lesson with Katherine

Excellent expérience, despite early tech challenges on my end! She provides great value on several levels. Looking forward to working together again.

Between her clear communication skills and ability to break down complicated issues into smaller steps which I am able to master and learn from, I found her to be an excellent teacher. She is a guide with whom I will work again and whom I highly recommend. A+!

Charlene, 9 lessons with Katherine
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