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Do you dread writing assignments? Does "reading comprehension" make your eyes roll? And, while we're here, what does "piquancy" mean?

Whether you're looking to ace the verbal and writing sections on the GRE, or if you're a high school or college student needing help with your political science and government classwork, look no further for your ideal tutor.

Having taken the GRE upwards of ten times (including practice tests) and having scored in the 95th percentile on the verbal and writing sections, I know the tips, tricks, and strategies that will help you reach your goal score and more. To do well, you don't need to become a better reader or writer - you simply need the strategies that will help you be a better test taker.

I'm a government affairs professional in D.C., with a passion for government and politics and an academic background in Political Science and American Studies. Whatever your question in political science or government may be, I can assure you that I have the answer. I'll help you organize your essay, explain any perplexing concepts, and prepare you for your upcoming exam.

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Edwin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 165


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Tutoring Subjects

College Level American History


Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School Level American History


Political Science

Social Sciences

Social Studies

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Knowledge of the subject is important, but having a strategic approach to your tests and essays can guarantee your success. I can teach you the most effective strategies.

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

First I like to get to know the student - who they are in and out of the classroom. And, most importantly, I want to understand their academic strengths, weaknesses, and goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Instead of giving students answers to questions, I give them the strategies that will lead to the correct answer: Give a student an answer and you feed him/her for a day. Teach a student strategies and you feed him for a lifetime. :)

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Simply by reminding them of their goals, and demonstrating how achievable their goals can be. Studying and test taking can be hard in the day-to-day grind, but it's important for students to remember where their results can take them.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I ask them to focus on big picture ideas and not to get lost in the facts and details of the passage. Readers get frustrated when they try to memorize a passage instead of just seeing it from a 30,000 foot level.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Practice, practice, practice.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use slides and practice problems to demonstrate strategies and ideas; the tutoring session is interactive. After a tutoring session, I provide tip sheets and practice questions.

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