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I am a certified English teacher for grades 7-12 and have a master's in teaching English from Brooklyn College. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in English, music, and University Honors Program from Portland State University. Prior to graduating from Portland State, I studied piano performance at University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. For the last two years, I taught middle and high school English in NYC public schools. Now I freelance as a tutor, book editor, and musician; I love the increased opportunities to work with people individually! In addition to working as a classroom English teacher, I have worked with music students of all ages in classrooms, in ensembles, and individually. My favorite part about teaching and tutoring is helping students get excited about a new idea or creative process. In my tutoring sessions, I will focus on both big ideas (developing and structuring arguments, analyzing themes, building connections, etc.) and the nitty gritty details (conventions, grammar, sentence structure, style, voice, etc.) of reading and writing, whether it be for an essay prompt on an assigned novel or for SAT prep. By the end of a session, you'll be better equipped with skills that will help you not just with your current assignment but also with any reading or writing assignment in the future.

In my spare time, when I'm not reading all the books I can get my hands on, I enjoy playing piano and singing.

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Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Portland State University, University of Southern California - Bachelor in Arts, piano performance, English

Graduate Degree: CUNY Brooklyn College - Master of Arts, Teaching English to Grades 7-12

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1500

SAT Verbal: 780

SAT Writing: 710

GRE Verbal: 165


piano, singing, reading, writing

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

British Literature

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction


Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Music Theory


Persuasive Writing


Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language


Test Prep



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