My name is Nathaly and I have been an SAT/ACT teacher, writing teacher, English teacher, and college counselor. I graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and an Education Studies Certificate.
As a college counselor, I am passionate about helping students grow and guiding them to find their best college fit, a place where they can grow and develop their emotional intelligence, talents, and potential. My sessions with my students are rife with authenticity, kindness, and depth and they are always personalized for each student's particular situation and development. I have a talent for asking questions that help students find their story for their personal statements, and I give students writing exercises that develop their skills as writers, so that they are able to craft a beautifully written, honest, and vulnerable narrative of personal growth. I have helped over 100 students write their essays and find programs and universities that were the best fit for their interests and personalities. My students were admitted into excellent colleges worldwide, such as University College London, the University of British Columbia, and University of California, Berkely.
Taking the standardized tests, such as the PSAT and SAT, is a crucial part of this process, and with each class, I aim to make the process as meaningful and less stressful as possible. As a test prep tutor, I prepared over 200 students for the PSAT, SSAT, SAT, ACT, and SSAT, with the verbal sections as my main focus. I also tutored a few students on the verbal section of the GRE. My students improved dramatically in their writing and test scores. I have had students with 10 point increases on specific sections of the ACT, and on average a 100-150 point increase on the SAT. I teach my students that it’s about getting into the mind of the tests, learning their tricks, and not letting them scare you. I use a personalized and active teaching style. I explain the material in a very clear and thorough way and I am very patient, always personalizing my classes. Some of my students say that what they learn with me in a day is more than what they've learned in all their years of school. I create my own worksheets and study guides, which I also cater to each student.
In my typical class, I start with a thorough explanation of the test, its structure and timing. I explain how to get into the mind of the test and how to learn its tricks, covering general test taking strategies and managing test anxiety. Next, I make sure to cover the essentials of English grammar that appear on every test and the basic mathematical topics. We then correct the student's homework and identify errors and find areas for improvement. I help the student find strategies for those specific problems and ways to tackle similar types of problems. I then assign homework which will help the student practice the topics covered and continue improving.
As an English and writing tutor, I start with detailed explanation of literature and literary devices and techniques. I determine the student's level and then assign key books that we discuss and analyze.
Getting to know my students and having interesting, deep conversations with them!
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I always get to know the student first!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have an Education Studies Certificate from Yale University.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, my first lesson is be free and afterward there is a set price. There are also discount packages for a higher number of classes.
How did you get started teaching?
When I was a junior in high school, I started giving college presentations to students around my community, which was essentially like teaching and I fell in love with it ever since.
What types of students have you worked with?
All kinds of students of all different ages: unschoolers, homeschoolers, international students, ESL students, and the list goes on.