I am an educator with years of experience guiding students in ELA and in their SAT/ACT test preparation efforts. I have a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Barnard College of Columbia University and I tutor grades 6-College.
I'm a tutor who practices what she preaches: I stay informed about new developments with the SAT and ACT exams, and I read and write in my personal life because this is what I teach.
I'd describe myself as a compassionate, empathetic, perceptive tutor. I practice compassion by asking my students about their personal interests outside of school. By doing this, I build trust in the student-tutor relationship and acknowledge the student as a whole person. I practice empathy by using my own former schooling experiences to shape my interactions with students. I practice being perceptive by paying attention to my students' personal well-being, which they communicate through their eye contact, vocal tone, and gestures. From these cues, I'm know when my students are well and when they are overwhelmed.
During the rare "off-day" when my students are stressed, I make sure to address it, provide reassurance, and alter my tutoring style for that day to ensure that my student still absorbs our academic material at a steady pace.
My most recent success story is helping a student raise her ACT composite score by 6 points (13 percentage points) after ten hours of tutoring. That's the equivalent of helping a student raise their test score from a B- to an A after ten hours together. Last year, I helped a seventh grader in her SHSAT preparation. (The SHSAT is a test for 8th graders for high school admission in New York). She went from facing challenges with SHSAT questions to receiving perfect scores on PSAT questions (10th grade level questions).
When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy watercolor painting and oil pastel drawing. I also enjoy doing mindfulness meditation each day.
ELA (Language Arts):
Reading, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Spelling, Grammar, Common Core English, AP English Language & Comp, Creative Writing, Essay Writing
SAT Writing, ACT Reading, ACT English, ACT Writing, SAT Reading