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I am a PhD Candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley but am currently living in New York while finishing my dissertation on the British Empire in India in the late 18th Century. I am originally from New York City and attended a very academically oriented private school, so I have first-hand experience with the stresses and concerns many students face, regardless of the school they attend. I benefited from private tuition myself and would like to consider my story a successful one, therefore I hope to carry on the benefits of tutoring to my own students.

I have 7 years experience private tutoring a diverse range of subjects in New York and London, and 6 years experience as a teaching assistant of History and Italian at the University level. I've worked with a range of students from high-achieving undergraduates to students at pressure-cooker college preparatory schools to children with high-functioning Autism. My specialty subjects are History, English, Latin, essay-writing, exam preparation, and I have extensive experience preparing students for exam prep (PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE to name a few) and university applications in the USA and the UK. I chose to go to graduate school and continue working in the field of education because I am passionate about both learning and teaching whether this takes place at home, in a classroom, or at an international conference.

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vassar College - Bachelor in Arts, History, Italian, Latin

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

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 770

SAT Writing: 740


I love to cook, but hate bakingI just started knittingBollywood DanceI played Jazz Trombone for 10 yearsI love to travel

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep

AP Comparative Government and Politics

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Italian


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American History



HSPT Language Skills

HSPT Reading

HSPT Verbal


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level




Latin 3



PSAT Critical Reading


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Latin

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language


Social Studies


SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization



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