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I have a B.A. in English Language and Literature, and in Cinema and Media Studies from The University of Chicago, and an M.A. in Film Studies from The University of Iowa, where I also spent two years as a T.A., teaching undergraduate courses in film studies and related fields. I firmly believe that self-confidence, far more than ambition or natural aptitude, is the greatest determinant of success in an academic setting. By "confidence" I mean not only confidence in ones mastery of topical material, but, more fundamentally, confidence in ones ability to learn and think independently. As an instructor, I am dedicated to helping students succeed because I know from my own experiences as a student that, at every level of education, from elementary to graduate school, the support and encouragement of a passionate teacher can turn a diffident or apathetic underachieving student into a classroom star.
My favorite subject to tutor is standardized test prep (SAT, ACT, GRE, etc.) because such tests cover a finite body of material that can be taught and mastered. In addition to test prep, I also tutor a number of English related subjects (including Writing, Literature, Essay Editing, and Grammar), and offer help with Study Skills and Organization. In my free time, I enjoy reading, music, travel, and photography.

Stephanie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Chicago - Bachelors, Cinema and Media Studies / English Language and Literature

Graduate Degree: University of Iowa - Masters, Film Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2190

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 780

SAT Writing: 700

GRE Verbal: 170

GRE Subject Test in Literature in English: 680

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 740

Hobbies

Music, dance, art, travel

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

CAHSEE English

CLEP Prep

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Humanities

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Subject Test in Literature in English

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

High School English

Homework Support

Literature

Other

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I firmly believe that self-confidence, far more than ambition or natural aptitude, is the greatest determinant of success in an academic setting. By "confidence" I mean not only confidence in ones mastery of topical material, but also, more fundamentally, confidence in one’s ability to learn and think independently. As an instructor, I am dedicated to helping students succeed because I know from my own experiences as a student that, at every level of education, from elementary to graduate school, the support and encouragement of a passionate teacher can turn a diffident or apathetic underachieving student into a classroom star.

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

The first meeting is for getting to know the student and establishing a direction for future sessions. I will ask a lot of questions about what the student hopes to gain from tutoring, and how they hope it will help them achieve both their specific objectives (e.g., passing a class, acing the SAT math section) and long-term goals (college applications, future career). Then I will have the student work through some diagnostic materials from the tutoring website in order to get a clearer picture of where they currently stand: how they think, how they approach new problems, and which areas (if any) are more or less difficult for them.