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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the English Dept. at UC Berkeley back in NYC to finish my dissertation. Over the past few years, I've taught students at a wide range of levels including: College literature and composition classes at UC Berkeley, Middle school writing classes, High School Essay Writing and SAT Test Prep classes, SAT/PSAT tutoring, and High school tutoring (English and History).

I'm fluent in French and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris for a year during my previous life as a Historian. When I'm not tutoring or working on my dissertation, I do some freelance writing. It's a cliche to say that my writing informs my teaching while my teaching improves my writing, but it's also true: the constant effort to improve my own work helps me to understand what my students are going through, while my work as a teacher and tutor gives me a fresh perspective on my writing. I always stress that writing is rewriting. One of my happiest moments as a teacher was when one of my students won the UC Berkeley English Department's annual Essay Prize last spring with a paper I helped her to revise.

In terms of test prep, I aim for a balance between tricks (outsmarting the test) and skill development (boosting a student's reading comprehension, vocabulary, etc.). I used to be skeptical about test strategies; I got a perfect verbal score on my own SAT and consistently scored in the 99th percentile on the verbal section of every standardized test I ever took without resorting to any kind of special technique. However, as I've worked as a tutor, I've come to realize just how *many* of those tests I took for practice before I took the real thing. By the time I sat down to the real SAT, I'd been steeped in test-prep culture for years. Even if I didn't intentionally set out to attack the test with "tricks," those tricks were embedded in my subconscious. Now, when I work with students to prepare for tests, I try to make sure they have the same level of preparation and comfort that I had as well as the skills to succeed.

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Lauren’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Sarah Lawrence College - Bachelor in Arts, Literature

Graduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - PHD, English

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 800


writing, cooking, getting reacquainted with NYC

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History



High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History






SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

World History


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