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I am a professional writer, editor, and teacher with a range of experience leading classes on writing and working with high-school and college-level students to improve their essay-writing and test-taking skills. I am eager to work with students in middle school, high school, or college to improve their reading comprehension and critical writing skills, assist with standardized test prep (ACT, SAT, GRE), provide guidance on college application essays, and teach a wide range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences. I am a diligent, patient, and personable teacher who is skilled at addressing students' challenges with writing at every level of the process, from effectively organizing thoughts and structuring an essay to developing a persuasive argument and ensuring correct grammar and spelling. I am also deeply familiar with the genre of the college application essay, and can advise students from my experience as a tutor who has worked with students on their college application essays as well as an administrator who has reviewed hundreds of grant applications for cultural non-profits. Finally, I am well-versed with a range of standardized tests, having earned an International Baccalaureate diploma and scored in the very top percentiles for the SAT and GRE.

For the last year, I have worked closely with college freshmen to develop their writing skills as adjunct professor of an introductory writing and literature at the School of Visual Arts, a leading private art school in New York. In addition to my teaching experience, I have worked for several years as a writer and editor for leading cultural publications and media outlets including Art in America, Creative Time Reports, The New York Times T Magazine, and National Public Radio. I hold an MFA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts, where I earned the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement in Art Criticism and Writing. Previously, I received a BA magna cum laude from New York University, where I majored in Comparative Literature. This fall, I will be entering a PhD program at Brown University to study Modern Culture and Media.

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Kareem’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelor in Arts, Comparative Literature

Graduate Degree: School of Visual Arts - Master of Fine Arts, Art Criticism & Writing

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1550

SAT Math: 770

SAT Verbal: 780


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Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP English Language and Composition

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Conversational French


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


French 1

French 2

French 3

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay




SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


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