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Mark

I have a BA in international studies from Hampshire College and an MLIS (Library and Information Studies) from UCLA. I instructed a range of students, from high schoolers (SAT verbal and various AP exams) to adults (CSET).

About me:
I’m an omnivore across lots of subjects. Getting an information professional’s degree was my way of bridging many academic interests at once: history, law, government, informatics, technology and communications. I worked at UCLA’s graduate library for two years.
Being a reference librarian meant forging a new academic path every day for students and faculty. I love the challenge of a new project, so I bring enthusiasm and academic breadth to my tutoring sessions.

Primary subjects:
My specialties include the SAT verbal and written sections, persuasive and academic writing, critical reading, vocabulary expansion, grammar and usage. I had some exceptional writing professors in college, so I love empowering students’ communication skills. As an editor on college publications, I wrote both longform journalism and academic papers. Additionally, I helped revise senior thesis projects for students in pre-med, history, public policy, and cognitive science. Cogent writing is versatile tool that will distinguish a person’s work in any subject--and ultimately in any profession.

Tutoring:
I teach to a wide range of needs, from the anxiety prone to advanced students trying to edge into the 99th national percentile. And yes, I can tutor 11th hour crash courses to those sprinters who waited for the last week. It happens.

My tutoring style is conversational, engaged, and pragmatic. Though I have academic breadth, I value practice over theory. I want to help my students comprehend information during our sessions, and more importantly retaining it afterwards. We can use flashcards, games, mnemonics, audio and visual cues, etc.

Also, because I’m a marathon Netflix consumer, I can recommend recreational viewing to strengthen the lesson plan in your down time. Over 75 of the 100 most common SAT vocabulary words are used (correctly) in Seasons #4-5 of The Simpsons. Just one season of The West Wing reinforces the core six topics of the AP US Government test. Try this stuff; it actually works.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Hampshire College - BA, International Relations

Graduate Degree:

 UCLA - MLIS, Information Studies

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 780

GRE Verbal: 720

Canyon hiking, foodie tourism, 70's cinema, crime writing, and the Green Bay Packers.