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I have been privately tutoring students in English and related areas for about fifteen years with great success. Predominantly, I have been working with students on the reading and writing portions of the SAT, and on admissions essays for college but I have a strong and deep background as a teacher as well. I've spent my entire career in the field of education, working as a high school teacher since 1987, and a college professor since 1993. I have also mentored many young teachers and student teachers over the years.

My background is quite eclectic. I earned my B.S. in physical education from Brooklyn College in 1984. For the next few years, I worked as a salesman of a variety of products and services, including educational materials. As I mentioned above, I entered the field of education in 1987, starting at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, where I taught a split program of physical education and English. Due to budget cuts in the New York City School System, I found myself being moved from school to school for a few years (budget cuts usually equates to a loss of positions, and these losses are determined by seniority) until I got to Tottenville High School in Staten Island in 1993, where I continue to teach to this day. In the meantime, I earned an M.A. in English at Brooklyn College in 1991, then a Ph.D. in English from New York University in 2001. In 1993, I also became an adjunct English professor at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey, where I also continue to teach. In 1997, I began teaching a course in 20th century Humanities for the City University of New York in its College Now Program ( a program that offers college courses and credits to high school seniors). In this course (which I still teach today), I teach students about some of the most important works of art, film, literature, music, and philosophy of the last hundred (or so) years. I have also taught classes in film studies and psychology in this program. One more part of my background that is worth mentioning is that I worked part-time (grading SAT and LSAT essays) for Educational Testing Service from about 2005-2007.

I am happy to say that I have had tremendous success in my field throughout my career. Many of my former students come back to visit me on a regular basis. Many of the students that I have tutored have gotten into their first choice for college (including every Ivy League school). I am nearing retirement as a teacher but my enthusiasm to work with students remains high.

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Mark’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Brooklyn College - Bachelor of Science, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Graduate Degree: New York University - Doctor of Philosophy, English


Film, music, writing, and writing about film and music.

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

British Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature



Essay Editing

Introduction to Fiction




SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


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