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After spending some time as a rebellious teenager who almost flunked out of high school, I taught myself to be a straight-A student. I went on to earn perfect scores on my verbal, written, and literature subject SATs and to graduate Magna Cum Laude from a prestigious liberal arts school. I'm now a career writer, and I tutor because I love helping kids find the joy of learning and succeeding.

In my years of experience as a reading tutor for underserved kids, a counselor at a Cornell University academic summer camp, and a teacher in a fifth-grade classroom, I've learned how to inspire even the most reluctant learners to love using their minds. There's nothing more gratifying to me then seeing a student understand, and I'm privileged to witness that moment often.

Whether your student needs to master the art of writing the five-paragraph essay, prepare for the SAT, or write their personal statement, I can help them reach their highest potential and love their academic success. And I might even make some bad puns while I'm doing it. I can't wait to hear from you!

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Jacqui’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lewis & Clark College - Bachelors, Sociology and Anthropology

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English



SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I listen to students, understand where they're starting from, and communicate with them in ways that work for them. I make sure to always ask questions and drive participation. Lessons are a conversation that leaves students with the knowledge they need to succeed.

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

I start by getting to know a little bit about a student's interests and academic goals, including why they're doing tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I teach students my methods for learning independently, which work really well! I went to a school where if you didn't learn by yourself, you would flunk, so I know a lot of tricks for getting to your A-game.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To help a student stay motivated, I first have a conversation with them about what motivates them personally. Not everybody is motivated by getting a great grade; when you're in school, it's hard to see why good grades are important! I work with students to figure out the reasons why succeeding in school matters to THEM, and help them keep their eye on that prize!

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