Rocket English

Rocket English

5.0 (3)
1 employee
10 years in business

About this tutor

Hire a native speaking, college educated, professional teacher with ten years of experience teaching all that is English: reading comprehension, writing (creative and academic), essay writing, research paper writing, business writing, editing, and ACT / SAT/ GRE / IELTS expert test prep instruction. I also teach history and humanities subjects like art history, critical studies in film, anthropology and the like.  I have a degree from New York University. On my roster currently I have students at Harvard, NYU, Columbia, University of Virginia, Univertisy of Frankfurt (Goethe), University of Toronto, and Univeristy of Lisbon.  My elementary through high school students hail from Silicon Valley to Hong Kong and everywhere in between.

My SAT/ ACT / GRE tutoring has proven resutls. My students add on 100-150 points to their SAT scores on average and 3-4 points to their ACT.  I have a system and method that involves assessment and custom tailoring a plan to help you diminish errors on your exam.  I also work conertedly on helping you get a perfect essay score on the exams.  You can check for some student reviews on my facebook page (below) to see how I help students reach their goals for college entrance exam scores.

I also support students who are applying to college by working with them to get the best and most compelling Common Appp essays possible. We hold a Personal Statement Boot Camp as well as many one on one session with students. The essay is a crucial part of your application and it's important to make it stand out.

Literature is my passion and opening up the world of advanced literacy to students of all ages (8-80) is supremely satisfying for me. I teacher students from all over the world and it's the best job anyone can have.

My ESL system involves speaking, reading, writing and advanced work in pronunciation.

I am patient, creative, and proactive.  My goal is to have students with maximum confidence who are empowered to take on exams of any difficulty and who achieve the grades and the academic results they desire. Together we form a team and we get it done!
We have a group for students who are getting ready to crush their ACT and SAT exams there as well:
You can reach me on skype through messenger any time. Search [email protected] and find Free Style, send me a contact request and let's chat!

The best thing about my job is my students.  I have never had a student who was not a miracle, or who was not worth maximum time and effort.  They inspire me every day and their curiosity and talent are amazing.

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New York, NY 10017
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3 Reviews


  • Alexandra T.

    Kate helped me extensively with 6 college applications, with my essays required to apply. I met her in her Personal Statement Boot Camp which was me and 3 other students over Skype. Loved it as there were students from all different countries. She really took my essay to a higher level than I could have alone. She knows how to showcase the real you in that writing. I went on to work with her personally on 4 other apps that were outside of Common App and my essays all turned out strong. I recommend working with her she knows what she is doing. A great writer.

  • Yulia F.

    My native language is Russian and I am in my first year of graduate school at Harvard. I started working with Kate a year ago and having her to help me with my essays in school this first semester has been important. I got my first term grade for my film studies class and it was an A. I am lucky it turned out that Kate has a degree in this topic! My writing has improved ten fold working with her.

  • Rafe J.

    I got the 100 points more I needed on my SAT the second time around by working with Kate. She really knows what's she is doing and knows this exam inside and out. I struggled with the reading section and I added on 50 more points there and 50 more in writing. I am attending the college of my choice in the fall due to Kate. Thanks again!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We start with assessment. It's important to know the baseline of where the student is coming in. For writing students, we go through a short initial writing assessment. The same for ESL and testing students.  Together we review where the student is situated on entry and we dicsuss and agree on the strategy we will use going forward. The student takes a stakeholder role and everyone is happy with the way forward as we begin.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a BFA from New York Univerisity in film from Tish School of the Arts.  I worked as an assistant editor at The Paris Review for several years and I have pubished short fiction in a few journals.  I have a track record of strong proven results in the ACT / SAT/ GRE and IELTS exams.  My students always stack on points, I have never had one who did not.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Each package is individual. I have students from all over the world with different currencies and different circumstances so it has to be.

How did you get started teaching?

I love to travel.  Being tied down to brick and mortar was not going to work for me longterm.  My own daughter traveled with me and became a homeschooled kid (travelschooled) several years ago and I, with math and science partner tutors, educated her all the way to a highly selective college in the US.
I added more students on the longer I worked with her and that is how it came about.  

What types of students have you worked with?

Literally ever kind of student.  American and British students with fluent English, students from Hong Kong to Shenzhen to Jordan, Malaysia, Canada, Portugal, Germany, it's amazing.
I have students who come with almost no Engish at all.
I also have students with learning challenges and we work well together.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make 100% sure they are native speaking. Ask for an assessment first and listen to what they have to say about what they believe to be your baseline, challenges and strengths.  Find out their system or teaching structure for you in particular. No two students are the same and each one needs a tailored plan and system.  Lastly, do you feel postive after working with them?  That is an important aspect not to be overlooked. Energy is important.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

An assessment is the key to fact finding what a teacher is going to do with you.  Ask them how they plan to take your success forward.

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