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Emmelina

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I am currently a junior at Columbia University studying Environmental Science with a focus on Sustainable Development. I have tutored since early high school in all subjects that range from high school entrance exam preparation (SHSAT in New York City as well as MAP and ISEE in Chicago) to the college process (all areas of SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests/College Essay help) to subject area help—my favorites are middle and high school Math and Writing. Since I've been in intense academic settings for a lot of my life (Stuyvesant High School, University of Chicago, and now Columbia University), I always try to be a personable and positive figure with my tutees, because I understand what it's like at that age to have so much stress put upon you to improve your scores by X amount of points, and I want them to feel like a tutoring session is a relaxing but productive space where they shouldn't be afraid to ask questions and tell me what keeps tripping them up. As someone who has taken many of these tests and succeeded, I know the small things to practice and hone as well as the appropriate work schedule to help students not only understand the material or tests, but be able to noticeably improve their scores and cognitive skills.

In high school I tutored students for the SHSAT as well as provided homework help after school near Stuyvesant HS. In college in Chicago, I also volunteer-tutored local kids as well as worked as an educational consultant and private tutor at an elite Chicago-area company. Thus, I have experience working with kids from all backgrounds, walks of life, and interests, so I like to think I’m ready for anything! Outside of academia, I enjoy exploring the New York City arts scene, journalism, hiking, and rollerblading.

Emmelina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor in Arts, Environmental Science

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2330

SAT Math: 780

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 790

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 760

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 740

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 790

Hobbies

Enjoys exploring the New York City arts scene, journalism, hiking, and rollerblading.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Arithmetic

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

Essay Editing

Geometry

High School English

Homework Support

HSPT Prep

MAP Prep

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

REGENTS Prep

SHSAT Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I really find a lot of joy in tutoring middle and high school students, because not long ago I was in their shoes--and it feels so good on my end when I really see that a student is putting in the effort, taking my guidance with open arms and a positive attitude, and thus really improving their learning skills. Since I've been in intense academic settings for a lot of my life (Stuyvesant High School, University of Chicago, and now Columbia University), I always try to be a personable and positive figure with my tutees, because I understand what it's like at that age to have so much stress put upon you to improve your scores by X amount of points, and I want them to feel like a tutoring session is a relaxing but productive space where they shouldn't be afraid to really ask questions and tell me what keeps tripping them up.