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I began my own academic career at Sarah Lawrence College, where I received a BA in Liberal Arts. I then moved on to pursue an MA in Liberal Studies for Human Rights at Columbia University, before eventually making my way to Phillips Graduate University, where I am currently in the last months of completing a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling, so that I may soon practice as a licensed therapist. That's given me over 10 years of experience immersed in the world of academia, whereby I've gotten the opportinity to tutor a wide range of students of diverse abilities and academic interests! And while I am always conscientious to orient my teaching style and approach to the particular needs of each student, there is one guiding principle I always make an effort to employ in the work I do with my students: Academic success is not achieved by setting goals that are aimed at attaining success alone. In other words, if what we are chasing after is just to get that "A" or passing grade, we miss the opportunity to challenge our current ways of thinking that may lead to more nuanced, complex, and ultimately scholarly thought processes. Good grades tend to naturally follow when students are engaged, passionate, and produce insightful written work. So above and beyond anything else, that is goal #1 in my approach to tutoring. Between my undergraduate work, and then two separate graduate programs in highly competative and challenging academic environments, that guiding principle was the single most useful strategy for maintaining a 3.8 average GPA throughout all 9 years of my time as a student. I wasn't one of those people who just naturally "got it" all the time, for whom school was just a breeze either. I had to work hard to achieve success, and no amount of longing for academic success simply for the sake of success alone was going to get me there. But when I found a way to make the work meaningful for me, then I succeeded in finding meaning in my life too, and academic success subsequently became the inevitable outcome

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Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Sarah Lawrence College - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology

Graduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Master of Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences


Reading, politics, activism, debate, hiking, writing, photography, and refinishing furniture.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

AP Research


College Application Essays

College Economics

College English

College Political Science

Constitutional Law



Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

High School Writing



Philosophical Ethics

Political Science

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


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