Evolution Education & Training Services LLC
While my tutoring spans across multiple subject areas, I specialize in standardized exam preparation and admissions advising.
By far, I am most experienced with the SAT exam. In fact, I even served for the College Board as a contracted exam item writer (part-time) from 2019-2020.
While I had had much success in preparing students for the SAT prior, upon becoming part of the actual exam design and composition process - sneaking behind the "secret curtain" - created a most unique layer to how I approached certain concepts and strategies with students for the better, significantly.
In short, my process is to prioritize the student first. I do not recycle the same exact program of study from one student to the next. I draw upon an arsenal of resources to create customized material for each student to match his/her learning needs and capacities. Thus, while I will generally have an overarching plan when we begin, I react to reality and in real time. If struggle persists that I had not anticipated, I will have resources ready to address by or prior to next session.
Ultimately, if we set realistic expectations, and if the student then follows my lead, I assure you, come exam day, the student will thrive. As many former students have commented in reviews, if we COLLABORATE, the student wins.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I first take a few minutes to chat with the student to get to know him or her. I then ask what material he or she feels most comfortable with and where he or she is struggling. I then use that as a starting point to begin to develop my lesson plans. I sometimes also do a short diagnostic check as well. I then immediately begin to put an individualized study plan together for the student, combining the vast number of resources I possess and also creating new materials if my own, on-the-fly, to really hone in on where and how I can best help the student.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., magna cum laude, New York University (NYU) History (departmental honors) and Political Science.
Minors: Philosophy, English, and Spanish Language & Literature
M.S., Mathematics, Columbia University
--Former high school teacher for Teach for America: Humanities and Math.
--Assistant Director of K-12 Math, Reading, and Writing learning center for four years.
--Freelance contributor to standardized exam development, specifically SAT and ACT (all sections of each exam).
--Over 10 years of private tutoring: Writing, Math (elementary through high school), Middle and High School English, SAT, ACT, GED, Praxis Core, LSAT, TOEFL, preparation, Public Speaking, Spanish, ESOL, and more.
--With SAT/ACT preparation, I develop each course of study to the student's specific needs, and I possess content knowledge of each section of both exams. In addition, as a former exam designer, I know the patterns designed to deceive students. Therefore, I combine content mastery with skilled technique in test-taking.
I adapt immediately if we encounter struggle, provide clear and concise explanations and examples, both in topic-guide form and in explanation, and I offer countless exercises patterned exactly on exam format.
As my reviews on this site demonstrate, my work with students has propelled them to scores they initially believed unachievable.
How did you get started teaching?
I initially began teaching by tutoring other students in my high school for honor society. From there, I continued to tutor other students, and I began a small business, which I took with me to college and beyond. I served as the director of operations for a K-12 Math, Reading, and Writing program, and taught high school Humanities and Math. Currently, I serve as an adjunct professor in Political Science, Criminal Justice, and History while pursuing independent legal projects and tutoring students of all needs.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students of all skill-levels, disabilities, backgrounds, and more. You name any type of student, and I have almost certainly worked with him or her as a tutor or teacher.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
A student whom I assisted in drafting a graduate school admission essay recently wrote me a genuinely heartfelt thank you note, expressing his gratitude for how hard I worked with him and saying how proud he was of the essay.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Think about if you want to be in a comfortable, yet interactive learning environment. The more you think, the more we work together to write essays, solve math problems, prepare for the SAT, ACT, and other standardized exams, build confidence in your public speaking skills, and so much more. If you want someone with you every step of the way -- to keep you on track, alleviate your struggles, and build off your successes, then I believe I'm the right fit for that student.