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I obtained my BA from Brandeis University in 2007 in English Literature, Judaic Studies and European Cultural Studies. I love learning all kinds of subjects, so I couldn???t confine myself to any single major. After college, I pursued a Master???s degree in Library and Information Science at Queens College, with a specific focus on Youth and Children???s Services, which I completed in 2010.

I have been tutoring students of all ages, including adults, in a variety of subject areas, including Math, English, and Standardized Test Prep, for over 10 years. I pride myself on my ability to connect with many different types of students, and to find ways to make the material interesting and meaningful for each individual student. I especially enjoy the challenge of making standardized test prep fun, since I recognize the importance of strong test scores in today???s competitive world.

Inspired by principles of library science, I believe that one of the best ways to help students learn is to teach them how to find the information they need efficiently, rather than simply teaching them concrete information. While knowledge of the subject matter is certainly important, in order to truly grow as a learner, a student needs to have the ability to learn beyond what is written on the page in front of him or her. My Library Science degree gives me a unique knowledge base of best practices in research and the ability to provide a wide variety of research tools to my students, which I feel makes me more effective as a teacher.

In addition to teaching, I love cooking, reading young adult and children???s literature, and going on adventures. I also enjoy all the cultural opportunities that New York City has to offer, including museums, theater, and especially street fairs.

Vera’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brandeis University - Bachelor in Arts, English Literature

Graduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Masters, Library and Information Science


Reading, watching movies, cooking, going on adventures, museums