I graduated from Harvard College with High Honors in Romance Languages and Literatures, having worked mostly on contemporary Brazilian poetry but also having done graduate work in Spanish. After finishing at Harvard, I moved back to the Valley of the Sun to be with my family and started work on a M.S. in Psychology with a focus on Psychology and Law. My current academic interest is how non-native English speakers interact with the justice system here in AZ. Law school is in my futuremore than likelybut I'm enjoying my time at home and getting to explore questions of interest to me.
My tutoring expertise lies mostly in the domain of standardized test preparation (SAT, PSAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, AP). I studied by myself with only the study aids that are available on the market for every standardized test that I teach. While this isn't a great strategy for everyone, I find that my knowledge of the tests and the best study materials/methods is far deeper after having gone through all the work by myself than if I had had help. I know what doesn't work, but more importantly I know what does. It's my job to make your life easier by sparing you all the frustration I experienced!
Standardized tests are a game. Working on a graduate degree in Psychology has certainly helped me get into the minds of the psychometricians who make these tests. There are a number of strategies beyond just the test material that I work on with those whom I tutor to ensure their best performance come test day. It is my goal that each of my students believes that he couldn't have performed any better when he finishes the exam. The worst feeling is regretting your performance. With adequate preparation and the right techniques, every student can be proud of how she tested!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Harvard University - Bachelor in Arts, Romance Languages
State Certified Teacher
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1590
SAT Math: 800
SAT Verbal: 780
SAT Writing: 800
GRE Quantitative: 167
GRE Verbal: 165
Brazilian Literature, Traveling, Coffeeshops
High School English