English has always been a strength of mine. In high school, I achieved a perfect score on the verbal portion of my SAT and the SAT Subject Test in Literature. I've also scored in the upper 90th percentile on the verbal section of the GRE and the GRE Subject Test: Literature in English. I was able to graduate a semester early from college due to my AP credits, including English Language and Composition, Biology, US History, and US Government & Politics.
I honed my tutoring skills as an adult literacy tutor for the Los Angeles Public Library and a volunteer at 826NYC. During my time as a meditation teacher at Camp Max Straus, I learned how to cultivate attentiveness and focus in young adults. Additionally, my five years of experience as an administrative assistant has given me a firm grasp on grammar, proofreading, and the professionalism of a working environment.
I am a hard-working screenwriter tutoring to supplement my income, but it's important to me to find work that serves my community. The ability to experience and express ideas, thoughts, and emotions effectively through reading and writing has saved many lives, including mine. It's become my career. Tutoring has been some of the most rewarding work I've ever done.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dramatic Writing
SAT Verbal: 800
SAT Writing: 770
GRE Verbal: 760
I enjoy screenwriting and playwriting, poetry, and short stories
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Writing
ACT Aspire Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
PCAT Reading Comprehension
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
The written word is part of the human experience. We are born story-tellers and born listeners. Whoever you are, there is a book, a story, or a poem that will ring in your heart.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is all about getting to know each other and building trust. I assess the student's needs and figure out her interests, so that I can plan future sessions that will be interesting and relevant.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would personalize the lesson to their interests and passions.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The path to reading comprehension is twofold, consisting of keywords and translation. Keywords are clues in the text used to help decipher meanings and answer questions. They also assist in translation, which is the ability to take a long, boring passage of unfamiliar words and turn it into something recognizable and understandable.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends! For grammar, I love Strunk & White's Elements of Style - it's the grammar bible. In standardized tests, I like to teach from a roots, prefixes, and suffixes worksheet, along with other vocab. I'll also pull a lot of poetry books and novels from my own library.