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I've spent nearly 15 years coaching students and adults in academic areas ranging from test prep to college and graduate school application essays, personal statements, and professional and academic proposals and funding requests. My background is extensive--I received a PhD in archaeology in London, coached the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT for well established firms including Kaplan, Chyten, and Summit, and I have worked with hundreds of high school, college, and graduate students in one-on-one and classroom environments.
At all levels, my approach to coaching is strategic, creative, and conceptual. Whether I am tutoring a specific subject or a standardized test, I find that effective teaching requires helping students develop their critical and creative thinking capacity, in addition to mastering fundamentals. This is true whether I'm working with a high schooler on the SAT math section, or an aspiring scholar seeking a postdoctoral placement abroad.
Coaching typically begins with an initial consultation (phone, skype or in-person) free of charge, where we discuss background, interests, and goals, and develop an outline for a targeted program. My approach is structured yet flexible since every student has a completely different style of learning, and we may discover different areas to target as we move along. For standardized test prep, I encourage each new student to take a diagnostic test to establish a baseline score, and to identify focus areas, as well as periodic practice tests as the program moves forward in order to measure progress. Specialized coaching in other areas, such as personal statements or proposal writing, tend to be less structured, and we will meet on an as-needed basis.
I'm based in the Newton area, and usually work with students in Newton, Brookline, or Boston.
Excellent references available for all subjects.
I look forward to working with you!