My primary focus are students (online students - I have 8 years of online teaching experience and will happily accommodate you) who require in-depth help with standardized tests, namely the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, LSAT, SAT, and ACT (my scores are below). Having written hundreds of graduate-level coursework, I also teach advanced composition thesis construction (this is strongly recommended for younger students students to ensure that incorrect fundamentals are caught early; however, I am more tha... [more]
I have been tutoring various forms of math, including Prealgebra for over four years, both to students at my work and to my own (much younger) sisters. I use Arithmetic, visuals, and connections to the practical applications of math within the real world as a way to motivate the student. My qualifications in this particular subject stem from my ability to focus the young learner's attention and to prevent the older student from feeling frustrated or hesitant about learning. I involve the student as much as possible in the work itself without giving out answers, and I often encourage abstaining from using a calculator in order to improve writing out the work, spotting problems and developing a muscle-memory approach to math. Lastly, I have vast experience in GRE, PSAT, SAT and ACT prep and study. All of these use forms of Arithmetic and Algebra which, again, may be used as incentives for students of all ages should they decide to pursue higher education or take standardized tests that involve these aspects of math.
Due to the high number of papers that a philosophy degree requires, I have developed an efficient approach towards creating strong, concise and clear papers. I focus on brainstorming, outline, proper introduction construction and clearly stated thesis before focusing on the rest of the paper. I help the student understand the connection between each topic sentence, the supporting paragraph, the thesis it supports and the transition/conclusion sentences between each paragraph required for a cohesive paper. This creates a fluid, clear and purposeful composition that avoids the common mistaken belief that the more complicated and 'out there' the paper, the better; on the contrary, I show the student the way in which a clear, simple and direct structure yields much more formidable results in any type of writing, be it fiction, non-fiction, thesis, research, creative or even something as simple as personal correspondence: all (prose) writing is ultimately based on mastering the fundamentals described above and avoiding deviation from them as much as possible.
I have completed an 120-unit TEFL certificate with several dozen hours of classroom and private one-on-one experience working in Mexico and Colombia.
SAT Math is basic at its root as all problems can (and often should) be done without the aid of a calculator; moreover, they require no knowledge of math beyond Algebra 1/basic Geometry. As a result, over the past five years, I have become efficient in helping students approach SAT Math by focusing on understanding the basics, what is being asked, and how to answer the 'tricky' part of the question. This involves a lot of strategies gathered through personal experience of constant practice, professional experience of tutoring, and other experience (outside books/sources/etc. - I combine what I find most helpful in each).
While vocabulary is important when it comes to SAT Reading, it is, arguably, the least important aspect of this test. What the test makers truly test is not the meaning of the word, but the usage. As a result, critical analysis is crucial when it comes to understanding how to approach this exam, whether doing sentence completions or reading passages. I can help you cut through much of the overwhelming material, explain time management techniques and, of course, provide the crucial strategic study prep. to help you succeed.
SAT writing includes a lot of analytical thought, which my 120+ units of philosophic graduate work had taught me to master. My own verbal score was fairly low at 700 but having recently taken the official ETS practice test for the GREs, I've scored in the top 1%. I have also scored in the top 2% for LSATs, which also involve reasoning and analysis. Lastly, as someone who had to learn English early on after moving from Russia, I have developed a substantial amount of tricks to accelerate vocabulary learning. That being said, SAT vocabulary is more than just about the definition of words - the test is meant to train the ability to understand how to apply this vocabulary.
As I was born and raised in Moscow and relocated to the US at the age of 11, I have begun to help friends with basic Russian issues at an early age; however, I have eventually added it as part of my tutoring curriculum. I have provided conversational help, reading/listening aid, English/Russian translations of writers as complex as Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, grammar assistance and basic vocabulary. As a certified ESL tutor, most, if not all, of my training and tutoring has transferred over to my Russian lessons as well. My college transcript shows that I have fulfilled the foreign language requirement as a result of successfully being considered a native in this language; I continue not only to tutor this subject in a professional setting, but also to practice my fluency with both friends and family.
I have hundreds of hours working with students on personal statement essays, career advice, college advice and counseling in general. My focus is always to simplify and answer the prompts asked by the universities/colleges, which most students tend to avoid as they focus on following a vague/generic narrative. I have a proven record over the past 4 years helping students with admission essays to not only undergraduate programs, but graduate schools, law schools, medical schools and scholarship programs.
I have done extensive independent 1-on-1 studies under professors on Hume's politics, Aristotle's politics, Hegel's Philosophy of Right, Rawls, and many others. I have taken a graduate level course on Freedom (US class dealing with Federalist Papers, Hayek, and other-constitution related material), as well as a master's-level IR course on tying political writings of Hobbes and Machiavelli with contemporary events; therefore I have extensive knowledge/background of Plato's Republics, the Great War, WW2 and the Civil War.