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My educational career began at the age of two, but really peaked in 2009 when I received my high school diploma at Brick Township High School in Brick, New Jersey. I graduated 7th out of 400 students in my class.
I continued on to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where I participated in several organizations and worked a few jobs while keeping up with the intense academic rigor of the Ivy League. My love of tutoring began with the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) Program as an intern. I tutored and monitored four students at Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont, West Virginia. I documented progress and succeeded in keeping my students on track with their grades and activities. I instilled abilities of confidence and risk-taking, which resulted in most of my students going to college. In addition to my main priorities as mentor and tutor, I collaborated with administrators and faculty, provided additional support in the counseling office and taught an ACT preparatory course after-school which helped one student receive a scholarship based on scores. In 2013, I graduated with honors in English Literature and received my Bachelor’s Degree.
Following graduation, I completed two years of AmeriCorps service work which focused on education and under-resourced youth. During my first year, I worked with City Year, which is an education focused non-profit with a mission to end the dropout crisis in America. As a City Year Corps Member in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I effectively tutored, mentored and led one-on-one and small group sessions with 7th grade students. I successfully assisted with moving at least 50% of my students from off-track to on-track in focus areas in addition to strengthening Literacy culture and administrative bonds as Literacy Coordinator by partnering with teachers and staff. I supervised and co-led Literacy and behavior events, as well as City Year after school arts programming. During my second year, I served Saint Anselm College at the Meelia Center for Community Engagement's Access Academy Program in Manchester, New Hampshire as a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America). Access Academy provides educational programming for immigrant, refugee and underrepresented high school students, promotes skill building for high school success and civic engagement, and offers support for college access and the opportunity to earn high school credits. I recruited and retained high school participants, managed and supported college student coordinators, conducted outreach, created and secured community partnerships, updated curriculum of the current programs and helped to create a new curriculum focused on the arts.
After my service ended, I returned to New Jersey to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). I work as an ESL Instructor at UCEDA Institute in Lakewood, New Jersey. I prepare lesson plans and deliver quality classroom instruction to ESL adults by following the standard UCEDA format. I apply a developmental approach to learning, coaching students according to their individual development needs and encouraging self-expression leading to a successful student experience. I play an active role in helping students persist toward their goals by closely monitoring students' attendance and performance. I will pursue my PhD in English Literature, more specifically the poetics of dance and music as well as performance theory, following my teaching post.
The subjects that I tutor include reading, writing, grammar, comprehension, critical thinking, AP English Literature and Composition, English as a Second Language (ESL), public speaking, overall studying methods and test preparation. My favorite subjects to tutor are English Literature and writing because I love them! I find them extremely important in life and for many careers, and I have the most experience in these areas.
My tutoring style consists of balancing strong focus and dedication with humor and having fun. The best teachers and tutors I’ve had were strict but hilarious, always finding ways to interest and excite students. I make my tutoring sessions count by using every minute to learn, however I am human and understand the value in laughter and accommodating multiple intelligence (i.e. “Visual,” “Musical/Auditory,” etc.).
Outside of academia, I tap dance, make music on DAWs (digital audio workstations), read, research and write in my spare time.

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Dana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Dartmouth College - Bachelors, English Literature


dancing (tap), making music, reading literature, writing, painting, biking

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

AP English Literature and Composition

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support




Public Speaking


Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


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