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).
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.
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.
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.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Hampshire College - Bachelor in Arts, International Relations
Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Unknown, 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.
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
SAT Subject Tests Prep