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I am a graduate of Columbia University, where I majored in English Literature and American Studies. Currently, I work in theatre, pursuing a career as a director and focusing on original plays and musicals. The last few years since graduating have been eventful ones for me, as I have had the good fortune to create my own work while assisting other directors with productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

I have tutored throughout high school and college in literature and writing, helping many clients with essays, papers, and college applications. I also have experience with PSAT, SAT, and ACT prep, finding particular success in helping students master the Critical Reading and Writing sections. My passion for tutoring in English and writing comes from my interest in helping students take ownership of their own education and gain confidence in their abilities to articulate their unique perspectives. In that way, I will offer as much guidance as necessary, but ultimately I am invested in my students doing work they can proudly call their own.

When I'm not tutoring, I am typically directing or seeing theatre, visiting New York's many art museums, reading, singing/playing piano, discussing new movies and TV shows with friends, or attending an African Dance class!

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Alex’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor in Arts, English and American Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 34

SAT Composite: 2320

SAT Math: 740

SAT Verbal: 780

SAT Writing: 800

Hobbies

Theater, visiting museums, reading, singing/playing piano, and attending African Dance class!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

American Literature

AP English Literature and Composition

AP United States History

AP US History

Arithmetic

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Geometry

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

History

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Upper Level

Literature

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Phonics

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

SHSAT Prep

Social studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Upper Level

TACHS Prep

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in helping my students create work that best reflects themselves and their own point of view, as opposed to mine. Because of this, I strive always to listen to my students and support their original thoughts and ideas -- the writing that emerges is inevitably more personal, and the student has greater confidence in tackling their assignments in the future.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session, I want to get to know a student's passions and dislikes and to hear from him or her about what areas need improvement. Even if I have been briefed extensively by a parent or guardian about the student's needs, it's important for me to understand how the student feels, as it can often be easier to talk to an impartial tutor than a parent about academic struggles. Then, if it's a writing session, I will often have the student do some free writing about a subject they are interested in, and afterward work through their writing with tips and suggestions.


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