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I am a passionate writer, and my interests are wide-ranging: I have studied and written about prison education, cultural studies, and art criticism. My goal as a teacher is to help bring my love of composition, history, Chinese, and many other subjects to students who want to expand and solidify their own knowledge. I am also a contributing editor of the magazine Guernica where I work with writers on pieces about things like virtual reality, democratic activism in Russia, and the history of apartheid in Namibia.

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Andrew’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Cornell University - Bachelors, College Scholar — International Relations, Chinese, Comparative Literature

Graduate Degree: New York University - Masters, Journalism

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 700

GRE Verbal: 161


Hiking with my dog; reading and translating Chinese poetry, such as Bei Dao’s stirring work agitating for their basic rights; I also love Hanzi as an art form, and I think poetry is a great slice into society’s swelling mass of discord and despair

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational Mandarin


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

French 1

French 2

French 3


Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Geography

High School World History


Homework Support



Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4



SAT Reading

Social studies


Test Prep

US History

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students benefit from a personalized approach to learning. Teaching requires both a profound understanding of the subject matter on the part of the teacher, and an equally intense desire on the teacher's part to find the most effective way of working with a given student. I prefer to use Socratic methods in teaching; using questions as a way to delimit and build a student's knowledge is a highly adaptable tool.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

At our first meeting, I like to determine the scope of what a student is trying to learn, and then begin to understand a student's educational stumbling blocks. We will discuss the student's personal goals, both for a given subject and for continuing their education beyond a given subject or grade level. I also like to set up a rough plan for how we're going to strengthen their performance, with more details added in the coming sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students must be self-motivated in order to master their course of study. By creating a learning plan based on a student's interests and educational goals, I try to help build a foundation for natural curiosity and confidence.

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