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Rachel

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I have been tutoring since I was a college student. At that point, I taught high school students and helped them to excel on the SAT/ACT as well as in the various Regents exams. I graduated summa cum laude from Touro College, and now I am a graduate student working towards my PhD in history and teaching college part-time.

I have had the opportunity to teach hundreds of students in a college classroom. I have really enjoyed this experience, but I have found that many smart, motivated students lack the skills they need to maintain a strong GPA in college. To address this problem, I began to focus my high school tutoring on writing and critical analysis skills, and I worked one-on-one with some of my college students. I developed a system that focuses on developing reading comprehension, organized writing, and analytical thinking.

These skills enable you to succeed on standardized tests like the SAT, but also in English and humanities classes. This is also what I use to prepare students for the PSAT. Trust me, it works! Not only did I score 2220 on the SAT, but my PSAT score helped me to become a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.

I care deeply about what I do, but I think what really distinguishes me from many other tutors is my flexibility and commitment to the individual. I work around my students' individual needs and learning styles so that hardworking students can achieve the academic success they deserve!

Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Touro College - Bachelors, History

Graduate Degree: Fordham University - Master of Arts, History

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 760

LSAT: 171

Hobbies

I like to read, bike, and explore the great outdoors!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

History

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

CLEP History of the United States I

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Social Sciences and History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing

Math

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Reading

REGENTS Prep

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Study Skills and Organization

Technical Writing

Test Prep

US History

Vocabulary

World Civilization

World History

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

How would you help a student stay motivated?

My students stay motivated because I deliberately infuse our lessons with energy and excitement, and because I understand where they are coming from. As full time students, they are all busy and overwhelmed, but by scaffolding their tasks and providing guidance, I help them to approach their work and achieve much-deserved success.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that teaching is an art that needs to be heavily individualized. I endeavor to craft lessons which are directed at my students' personal needs and abilities. Through Socratic questioning, I endeavor to build on their skills and knowledge while keeping in mind their starting points.

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

In a first session, I would work on completing an assessment of the student's skills and acquired knowledge. Then I would plan how to go forward, together with the student.