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Ilana

I am a graduate of Northwestern University, where I completed both a BA in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience concentration) and a BMus in Voice and Opera Performance. I tutor test prep for the SATs and ACTs, as well as math for all ages. I excel particularly in writing and editing and love tutoring in the humanities. My teaching philosophy is one of guidance rather than direct instruction, helping students to discover answers on their own. I am very patient and understand that sometimes all it takes to understand a difficult concept is to explain it in a few different ways. We all learn differently, so I aim to develop an individualized approach for each student in order to make the most of our time together.
While I am not being a tutor, I am a musician. In addition to singing, I play the violin and viola and dabble in everything from Bach to bluegrass to covers of pop songs. As an opera singer, I have studied Spanish, Italian, French and German and am accordingly fascinated by the etymology of words in my own cobbled-together language. I also have a special place in my heart for books about turn-of-the-century magicians and anything Viennese.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Northwestern University - BA; BMus, Cognitive Science (Neuroscience); Voice and Opera Performance

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 34

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 34

SAT Composite: 2310

SAT Math: 750

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 760

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 800

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 750

Music, Art, Languages, Theater, Etymology,

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is one of guidance rather than direct instruction, helping students to discover answers on their own. I am very patient and understand that sometimes all it takes to understand a difficult concept is to explain it in a few different ways. We all learn differently, so I aim to develop an individualized approach for each student in order to make the most of our time together.