I am an experienced tutor who is available to work with students on GRE, SAT, and ACT prep and academic support in Spanish, French, English, and history. I can also provide writing support, especially for college admissions essays. I have tutored off and on since 2008, and have worked with over 40 students who attended some of the best schools in Houston and in the Boston area. I welcome the opportunity to help students improve their reading and writing skills, practice math concepts, or feel more successful in a foreign language. Standardized tests and high school coursework can be intimidating, but they don’t have to be!
I graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 2005 with a degree in history, and received a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2012. My own SAT scores were an 800 on verbal and 740 in math; I scored 770 on the verbal and 750 on the quantitative section of the GRE (taken in 2009; the scoring has since changed and I am up to date on the new format).
I studied Spanish and French in high school and college; I also studied abroad in Seville, Spain, and did a summer work experience in Paris. I have been an 8th grade English teacher with Teach for America, and currently serve as a writer and editor at Education Resource Strategies. Though my skills are focused in the humanities, I have always enjoyed math – and sometimes find it even more gratifying to teach because I can truly understand why students get tripped up! I am a lifelong learner who taught myself basic Portuguese and American Sign Language, so I truly enjoy building students’ excitement about a subject and helping them find the learning strategy that works for them. I believe that with the right strategies, support, patience, and practice, anyone CAN learn any subject – and I make sure my students know it!
I am available to tutor in the Boston area, or by Skype to students across the country. For more information, contact me here.
Testimonial from a past student:
“Working with Melissa was a great learning experience for me. Melissa was extremely encouraging and enthusiastic in my learning Spanish and studying for the SAT II. What worked best for me was the use of the SAT prep book and getting feedback from Melissa. Going over what I was getting wrong and building lessons off of those topics helped to attack the root of why I was making the mistakes I was and ensuring I fully understood how to avoid making them on future tests. I also very much enjoyed our casual conversations in Spanish during our sessions. Speaking only in Spanish and finding ways to work around words I did not know helped me to establish a conversational level of Spanish, and we would review on how I could improve my speaking after the conversation. I enjoyed the experience and while the tutoring was focused on preparing for the SAT II, I was able to use what I learned to communicate with native Spanish speakers on my travels to Spanish speaking countries like Mexico and the Dominican Republic. It was extremely rewarding to speak with native speakers after my tutoring and see the tangible results of our work together. Melissa also suggested a number of language apps that allowed me to review and learn outside of our sessions, and definitely aided my progress. I would recommend Melissa to anyone studying for the SAT II, currently taking Spanish course, or looking to learn Spanish in general.”
– Connor, tutored as a Boston College student