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Teaching at the university level has enlightened me to the learning modes of both high school and college students. As an instructor of Freshman composition at Baruch College and Brooklyn College, I taught essay writing to students who were in an in-between state: not quite full-fledged college students, but eagerly ready to leave high school and its rote ways of thinking behind. In the first weeks at Baruch, I realized something very important: we are always a little in-between places, and we do not altogether leave the "old" house when we move into the "new." I increasingly understood teaching to be less about the introduction of new knowledge, then creative ways of re-appropriating what we already know. In short, I became a fan of recycling, finding out what my students knew (always a surprising amount), what worked for them, and then coming up with improved ways of merging those effective strategies (at writing an essay with a thesis statement, for instance) with what were time-tested and worked well for me.

As a tutor for standardized tests, I do the same, but also draw upon specific literary-minded questions that I asked on a routine basis as an Instructor of World Literature. The one I think is most relevant to the SAT and other standardized tests asks, "what is the author not merely saying with his or her words, but doing with them"? When we put ourselves in the shoes of the test-writers, not just the shoes of the test-taker, a lot becomes really clear about how to succeed at taking tests without really trying (so hard). This said, I am also a believer that the amount of time you put into anything is proportionate with the results, and study really does pay off when it comes to APs and SATs. Study can also be fun, and I make an emphasis on how a slight change in approach to the materials covered on these tests can transform hours of drudgery into a playful, good time.

I come from a background in academia where I was a Ph.D. student in English Literature (CUNY) and editor. It goes without saying that I love literature! Some of my favorite works are Moby-Dick, the poems of Gwendolyn Brooks and Emily Dickinson, the lyrics of Bob Dylan, and anything by James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, or James Joyce. I hail from the Midwest where I earned a BA with Honors from the University of Michigan and studied Englisn Literature and American History. In Ann Arbor, I also honed my historical trivia when I competed on academic bowl, which is like Jeopardy, but with teams.

Bradley’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan - Bachelors, English, History

Hobbies

Writing, painting, watching silent movies, collecting postcards, all things pertaining to the environment.

Tutoring Subjects

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

African-American History

History

American Literature

AP Art History

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP European History

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

British Literature

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Literature in English

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Introduction to Poetry

Literature

Philosophy

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Social Sciences

Social studies

Test Prep

The Modern World

US Constitutional History

US History

Vocabulary

World History

World Literature

Writing