I have been tutoring for fifteen years, with particular skillfulness in readying students for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and GRE. I've worked with a wide range of students, from the elementary school level to graduate school level, and am especially proud of having helped many students earn scholarship offers to the high schools and colleges of their choice. I received my academic training primarily at Harvard University, where I earned a bachelor's degree with honors in Biology, while maintaining ... [more]
The AP History exam demands a lot from students: It requires comprehensive knowledge, along with a strong understanding of details. I have helped many students acquire the skills and comprehension required for integrating the Big Picture with the Nuts and Bolts of the exam. As a result, I have seen many students score 4's and 5's on AP History. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Harvard University Graduated with Honors Courses in: Organismic and Population Biology Evolutionary Biology Nervous Systems Neuroethology Animal Behavior Brain and Behavior Certified Personal Trainer Certified Health Coach Member, Harvard Coaching Institute
I was fortunate to grow up in a family in which good English and Grammar were emphasized. I have coached many English students, and have helped proofread and correct hundreds of papers and essays. My clients and students have all expressed high levels of satisfaction with the work we have done together.
First Grade can be quite a challenging year! I've helped dozens of elementary school children improve their reading and math skills, so don't worry -- it can be done!
I began helping students improve their writing the Summer after my first year at Harvard. Since that time, I have continued to work with successfully with students ranging from elementary school beginners to college students and established professionals.
My work at Louisville's La Casita Center provides me an opportunity to work with ESL students weekly. I was fortunate as a college student, to be able to study language acquisition under some of the world's foremost researchers. Having studied learned three foreign languages myself, I feel I am acutely aware on a personal level of the challenges and the joys involved in communicating in a second language. In teaching English as a Second Language, I employ a program of strategies focused around the needs and goals of the individual student.
Government & Politics
I was an Honors student in Government and International Relations throughout my college career, and worked for five years as a News and Public Affairs producer. I continue to keep current on international affairs by tuning in weekly to BBC, France Radio International and other media from around the world.
I have been fortunate to be able to study with some of the foremost researchers in the neurosciences, cognitive sciences and psychology. I enjoy very much sharing what I have learned -- along with study skills -- with student.
I've helped dozens of GRE students reach their goals, so I know it can be done!
I've always enjoyed helping students edit their application essays for college and graduate school, as well as helping them get accepted to the programs of their choice. Almost all of the students I've worked with in this way have received scholarships of one kind or another. I approach proofreading and editing as a means of strengthening the voice of each student or author who seeks my assistance, rather than a mechanical exercise in fixing someone's mistakes. This seems to work quite well for writers across a broad spectrum of subject matter and experience.
More about my GED expertise I have been studying standardized tests like the GED since I was in high school. I realized that smart people sometimes failed to do well on the GED or ACT or SAT -- not because they did not know the material -- but because they simply did not know how to prepare for their test. Ever since then, I have been helping students find their confidence and succeed on the tests like the GED. Helping students learn and make their lives better remains one of my passions.
I scored in the 99th percentile SAT Reading. I have a ten year track record helping students raise their scores 20-50 percentile points.
The papers I wrote for my Expository Writing course received recognition by the Harvard Writing Center, and were selected as reference Essay Examples for undergraduate English students. Since graduating, I've written dozens of stories for radio and news outlets and helped dozens of students learn the skills they needed in order to succeed on the SAT Writing section.
I'm very familiar with with the challenges presented by the TOEFL exam, having coached many students successfully.
I spent one full academic year studying Immunology and Microbiology intensively, while performing research on autoimmune diseases at Boston University School of Medicine. I am very familiar with the challenges and rewards that go along with study in these fields.
I've had the opportunity to help dozens of ACT students reach their goals on all the sections of the exam. Having earned a score in the 99th percentile on the exam, I believe I have a good grasp of the material covered by the ACT and an extensive repertoire of strategies and techniques to share.
I've coached many ACT English students, all of whom have notably raised their scores. Scoring well is a matter of knowing what to expect, combined with a personal strategy for performing well on the section. I can show you how to do that.
I've helped many students succeed on the ACT Math section. At Harvard, I also studied with Howard Gardner and Jon Ratey, two of the world's most renowned investigators of learning disabilities and learning strategies.
Drawing on my own education in the sciences, I've been helping ACT science students raise their scores for the last five years. I can't think of any students who have not been very happy with the results we have achieved together.
My study skills were quite poor when I entered Harvard University as an undergraduate, because I had always focused my energies on subject-related preparation, rather than overall organization. I learned very quickly, however, as a freshman, that passion for knowledge would be insufficient to get me through four years of competition with my Harvard peers. I took two extensive Study Skills seminars-- one for the Humanities and one for the Sciences--and learned from honors students precisely how to organize my time, my ideas, and my efforts to ensure best results. As a tutor, I have shared these practices with many students who have benefited similarly. As a WyzAnt tutor, I look forward to helping many more students in the same way.
I have been providing College Counseling services to high school juniors and seniors and their families for four years. I adopt a whole-person approach. I develop, in consultation with families and students, a plan that enables the student to find the college choice that best fits his or her interests, abilities and goals. Variables we consider include parental resources, student high school records, SAT and ACT scores, extracurricular activities, scholarship and grant opportunities, match between student and university strengths, and the university's record for placing students in employment types in the student's chosen field.
My graduate studies have included the study of ADHD. I am particularly well-acquainted with the Spark Program developed by John Ratey, MD and its applications to the school setting. More personally, I have lived with ADHD for many years, and know first-hand just how challenging the condition can be; I also know that it does not ultimately have to get in the way of learning anything one wishes to learn. I have worked with a number of ADHD clients, with great success.
The National Council for Social Studies defines social studies as, "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." My own background includes numerous courses -- such as Human Infancy and Brain Chemistry and Behavior -- in the social sciences, and many courses -- such as History of Western Music and Youth, Arts and Social Change -- in the humanities. I have produced approximately forty radio programs for KGNU Radio, Boulder, CO, on various subjects in Religion, Psychology, Government and Law, and continue to be engaged actively in local efforts to expand education in these areas.
I am certified as a Personal Trainer by the American Council on Exercise. I have trained a wide range of clients, from new or returning exercisers to elite athletes. I have special expertise in functional training for injury prevention and in mindfulness-based strength training.