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I teach academic skills at top universities in NYC, including Columbia, NYU, and St. John's. I can help you write and edit essays, personal statements, and professional documents. I can also help you improve your testing skills and presentation skills.
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Laura’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at Arlington - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Arlington - Masters, MA TESOL


Swimming, Traveling, Cooking, Playing Guitar

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

College English

College Essays

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing



Essay Editing

High School English



ISEE- Lower Level


Public Speaking

SAT Writing and Language

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Know thy student.

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

Get to know them by determining their goals as well as their individual learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them the skills they need to work on their own.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Simplify the concept and then, once they have the simple skill/concept down, expand.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Humor always helps as well as empathizing with them.

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

Find reading material on a subject they are interested in.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Keep it simple. Once they have the basics, give them more complex assignments they can do on their own using the tools you have helped them build.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Help them see how it benefits them directly in the present or future.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Open ended questions, quizzes, tests, and projects.

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

Focus on the good things that they are doing. Even if they are making errors, if they are making consistent errors, tell them that they are perfect errors because they are consistent, and thus easy to fix.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Have an open-ended conversation with them.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I base lessons on students' individual learning style, interests, and goals.

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

Visuals, multi-media... it depends on the learning situation, the age of the student, available materials, etc.

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