Sarah will work with students to create and follow a plan of study to improve test scores. Depending on students' individual strengths and weaknesses, she may focus on vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, math, essay writing, test taking skills, or a combination of the above.
Sarah has been working as a private college counselor and academic and test prep tutor since 2010. She is available to teach at your home, online, or at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Sarah received her BA in Classics (Greek and Latin Language and Literature) from Harvard University. She received her MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in England. She currently teaches at Time In Children's Art Initiative and is a founding member of The Sun Apparatus Theatre Company.
Sarah is passionate about teaching others how to navigate the complex and challenging college application process, from SATs to application essays to college selection and beyond. She also offers academic tutoring (Humanities and Latin), test prep, and independent schools counseling. She looks forward to helping new stude
Sarah is an incredible teacher! She is extremely patient, smart, and is able to simplify the problems so they become more manageable. I worked with her for a few months in preparation for the GRE. She is very knowledgeable and hardworking. She went above and beyond and fully supported me to be successful in my studies and most importantly motivated me and did not allow me to give up on myself. I felt lucky to have found a tutor who was able to explain the problems and help me develop key strategies to excel in my studies. I highly recommend Sarah.
January 4, 2016
Sarah is my colleague at The Sun Apparatus theatre company. We have been working together since the MA studies (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) in 2012. Sarah has great attention to detail, and has always been patient and tolerant about my English misunderstandings (I'm Lithuanian). She will repeat as many tiimes as I need until I understand.
January 4, 2016
Sarah is kind, considerate, and knowledgeable. Great teacher. I could not recommend her more.
I train individuals in meeting their academic and career goals by providing a teaching environment through the highest quality of elementary, theoretical, practical, and professional instruction. Supporting academic organizations in maintaining a successful, efficient, and ethical operation within the community.
I am a Rutgers University graduate who provides individualized instruction to university or professional communities. I am a proficient academic writer who enjoys giving feedback to other writers, especially on wide issues such as formulating an argument and organizing ideas. I contribute to student's academic experience in substantial and meaningful ways. I can guide students in refining reasoning skills and writing skills.
Master in various test preps. Can identify student shortfalls and address them through study skills and prioritization.
I'm a graduate of UCLA School of Engineering with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I have a passion for explaining how the physical world works through math and physics along with 10 years of tutoring experience in those subjects, test prep, and mentorship programs. The teaching strategy I believe in emphasizes subject fundamentals, a powerful and necessary tool for higher problem solving. This strategy has proven effective regardless of the student's educational background or mental ability. Besides being knowledgeable, I am motivating, caring, and patient in guiding your student to academic success!
Executive Functioning is a separate realm that tutoring can assist in. It deals with cognitive processes including organization, time management, and study skills. Much of the difficulty students face in academic subjects can be attribute
d to the lack of executive functioning. They either cannot keep up with the pace and workload that advanced courses demand or haven't figured out the best way to study for themselves. I am able to assess a student's shortcomings and formulate a plan for higher achievement.
I can help you with NYC Gifted & Talented Test, SHSAT, TACHS/HSPT/COOP, SSAT/ISEE, Common Core, Regents, college/graduate admissions tests i.e. SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT and other certification tests when requested. When the rapport with student and teacher is good, a world of possibilities open!
We will together build a test strategy that is specially adapted to your needs and score targets.
120mins/lesson with 30min increments.
(IMPORTANT: Please do NOT book any lessons without confirming with me if we have a match in schedule. I have other obligations besides tutoring so if you do not have a flexible schedule, I recommend other tutors that will match your budget and schedule.)
I specialize in NYC Gifted & Talented Test, SHSAT, ACT and also TACHS/HSPT/COOP, SSAT/ISEE, Common Core, Regents, college/graduate admissions tests [i.e. SAT, GRE/GMAT]) and tutor a number of academic subjects in Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra), Statistics and Science (especially Physics). I have bachelor's and master's degrees in electronics engineering and business respectively and I enjoy tutoring both children and adults.
My interests also include gifted learning and STEM education. For example, I was successful in helping a 5-year old pass the NYC Gifted & Talented Test so he could enroll in any New York City school participating in the program.
Tutoring for yourself or for your son/daughter is both an investment in time and money for a future return so please also plan accordingl
y. Now, I make sure that I do not totally depend on tutoring for income so I can maintain a certain level of quality. In other words, when there is a match in objective, budget and schedule, I am quite happy to be part of someone's educational journey. I consider it indeed a very special privelege to be able to help a student because it is my experience that effective education can be life-changing. Finally, I am aware that other tutors may be in a better position to meet your existing situation so we have to accept that and move on.
Tutoring Rate (IMPORTANT): I only do in-person tutoring because I believe effective learning is multi-dimensional and personal not flat and distant. My rates for children and teens will in principle be at least the same as adults because I actually invest more time and effort since I have to consider the feedback of at least 2 individuals (student+guardian) compared with an adult student. Different arrangements possible on a case-by-case basis. Please see each subject rate for more details.
When I am not tutoring, I am involved in projects related to technology, hospitality and service industries. I also enjoy cooking especially when I can make an ordinary dish into something extra-ordinary by adding that little "extra."
I️ was connected to Rod through a tutoring agency. I️ contacted the agency because I️ recently graduated college and wanted to get into grad school but had not taken a math class since the 10th grade. The school I️ was applying to needed a minimum math score for the GRE, which I️ knew would be a enormous stretch for me. Additionally, I️ always had trouble with math and knew I️ would need a tutor to re-teach me everything I️ needed to know to get the score I️ wanted. Initially, the agency connected me to 3 different tutors who were all absolutely terrible! Sometimes they didn’t even know how to answer sample questions in the workbooks! Finally, I was connected to Rod. After our first meeting I️ knew he would be the one who would help me improve. After a month of intense work with him my GRE math scores actually improved a full 12 points! Beyond that, he literally taught me math in a way in which I️ actually understood it. Before I️ just thought I couldn’t learn, but now I’m confident that I️ actually retained everything and it even made sense! I’m so grateful to have met Rod because before him I️ truly felt hopeless. I️ would definitely recommend Rod to anyone who is looking to drastically improve their math skills. If you’re like me and hate math, can’t grasp it, and even feel like you just can’t learn it, then definitely contact Rod now! You won’t be sorry!
September 5, 2017
I initially reached out to Rod for Algebra 1 review because I felt that my daughter lacked a solid foundation in algebra. However, after a couple of sessions, we have decided to switch gears toward geometry with Rod’s recommendation. Throughout the geometry lessons, algebra practice was incorporated. I am happy that not only did Rod tailor his lessons to my daughter’s goals but also he gave her a lot of encouragement. My daughter found it extremely helpful that she got to explain and discuss with Rod, which made lessons interactive and real learning. Now going back to school, my daughter feels confident, thanks to Rod!
August 29, 2017
Rod worked with my daughter weekly for a couple of months leading up to the NYC state tests. With Rod's careful, concerted planning and diligence, my daughter's score went from 2.4 on the 7th grade Math state test, to a 2.8 in 8th grade, which equates to a move from below the 50th percentile, to between the 50th and 75th percentile. My daughter's in-school math instruction was chaotic and disjointed, and I attribute her improvement to Rod's intervention.
Improve your writing with a PUBLISHED AUTHOR! For over a decade I have been teaching creative and technical writing skills to both native and ESL students from over 40 different countries. Whether you need help with an essay for school, a resume for an upcoming interview, or a creative piece for your blog, I can help!
WRITING is my passion – something you may have heard me discussing on the ALL EARS ENGLISH PODCAST! I specialize in teaching English writing for professional, academic, and test preparation purposes (including TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, SAT, GRE, etc.). Simply complete your writing assignment as homework and then we will work on editing it together in class. All aspects of the written language will be addressed, ranging from grammar and vocabulary to structure and organization.
Writing assignments vary but can include a variety of standard exercises that I provide OR a writing project that you are currently working on. I have literally helped thousands of students with ...
Since I was a young child, I have been PASSIONATE ABOUT WRITING – a passion that ultimately led me to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English writing (and art) and a teaching and writing career. Since 2006, I have been teaching English writing and ESL to students in over 40 countries who range in age from pre-teen to senior citizen.
My own writing has won numerous national and international awards, and I am the AUTHOR of an art history textbook for high school students. Last year I was featured on the famous ALL EARS ENGLISH podcast to discuss English writing techniques for non-native speakers, and my “Mastering Complex English Descriptions” article has become a hit with ESL students around the world.
Over the years I have helped numerous students improve their writing skills to receive coveted job promotions, excel on exams like
the ACT or TOEFL, and get accepted into schools like MIT, Harvard, and UCLA. Whatever it is you are looking to do, let me know, and we can work on it together!
Yoichi's first review left for Gina: Thank you, Gina! I enjoyed talking with you very much. I was a little nervous before my first web lesson started, but you were so friendly and kind that I felt relaxed. You gave good advice. I'll try to learn hard by next time!
Now over 2 years and 100 classes later, the reviews are still great, though more technical... Great lesson! Thank you, Gina! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the speeches! I forgot to ask which is correct, the position of "[...]", which means omission, right after the sentence as in S. Thurlow's transcript, or right before the sentence as in E. Roosevelt' transcript?
April 18, 2019
Gina has the rare talent to be an excellent listener which is as much important, in conversation, as to ask challenging questions to keep the student always engaged. The lesson flew and I am looking forward to our next hour!
March 28, 2019
Great! I really liked the way Gina drives the classes and all the suggestions she made to improve my English. Definitely, I will schedule other lessons.
With over 8 years experience in tutoring, I have learned what methods work and those that don’t. I’m upbeat, patient, easy going, empathetic, and generally well-liked by others. I’m very good at adapting to different learning styles and have a knack for eliciting the best out of my students through motivation and positive reinforcement.
Throughout university, and after, I mentored many students with great results. In addition to academics I helped them get the most out of their college experience. Everyone I helped benefited greatly, and one runs a very successful consulting business.
Aside from math and English, I’m a very proficient test and note taker. I speak conversational Spanish, and basic Japanese.
Whether you're completely lost, just need a little help, or need some test/note taking tips I can be very helpful. My patient, easy going, and positive mindset is very conducive to creating a great learning atmosphere. I can also be very useful to those that aren't motivated, I have a knack for finding the source of motivation for others.
Are you frustrated with the college application process? I can assist in this area and in aclimating to college environment. I've mentored many students through college, with great success.
I am a University of Virginia graduate looking to share my knowledge and experience to elementary, high school, and college age students. I am skilled at tutoring students in academic and creative subjects. I have much experience with piano and art and my excellent academic achievement in high school and college allows me to teach subjects like Latin, English, Writing, and general Study Skills or Test Prep. I am a very organized person and in teaching I make sure my students receive an organized and thorough understanding of the subject. I also bring an enthusiasm to my teaching as I am passionate about helping others learn and grow!
"Mojy deserves the 5 stars and even more! Great instructor and Test prep, very pleasant and understanding. Recommend to all, learned a lot from her session
s and I will continue more!"
"Always on time. He gets very invested in his students so always do your assignments on time. Other than that he explains step by step in a very easy way."
"Mojy is a great gift from God, in my opinion. She knows 6 languages fluently, including Arabic, Persian,Farsi, Dari, Tajik, Afghani and English, and maybe
more... I have no doubt that she knows more. I learned Basic Arabic from her with fun and her great attitude. She gave me wonderful tips about how to learn Arabic easily. She is very sweet, intelligent, knowledgeable, fair, enthusiastic, honest, and super helpful. DO NOT WORRY ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECK. She carries a TSSC with Full Scope Polygraph. What more do want!!! I agree with other reviews: You are lucky, if you have Mojy ( Ms Hudiburgh) for your instructor. Go Mojy! :)"
"We originally solicited Rod's support in order to help get our 8th grade daughter up to speed in math class. With high school rapidly approaching, we want
ed to ensure that her footing was solid for the rigors of the high school curriculum. As the New York State testing approached, we asked Rod to take some time in the weekly sessions to work on test-taking skills and to do a bit of brushing up on skills that my daughter may run into trouble with. I had my daughter take last year's 8th grade state test (which I found a copy of online), and asked Rod to review her work and help address the learning gaps. Rod's approach was to help my daughter recognize that she actually did know how to do many of the questions that she answered correctly, and with helping her reframe some of the questions, she was able to recognize that the test was not in fact, blind siding her which did wonders for her confidence. Rod spent ample time discussion stress reduction techniques, both before and after the test. As an incredibly supportive gesture, he followed up with us after each of the test days in order to inquire as to how she did, and show she was feeling overall. Rod's contribution definitely helped alleviate her anxiety and bolstered her confidence. By the end of the test she felt confident that she had performed to the best of her ability."
"Daniel was able to help me quickly with a job assessment and reviewed the general topics with me. He was very communicative. I'd highly recommend!"
"Mojy is very knowledgeable and passionate about the Persian Languages and teaching/ testing . She is very positive and wouldn't let you go to the next ste
p before she makes sure you have learned what you need with fun and enthusiasm. She is very educated and learned about both Persian language and culture. She has a great understanding of the students' needs. She is great at Mock tests to make you really prepared for your test. Thanks Mojy!"
"Had an amazing experience with Mojy! She makes the learning experience not just about the language, but also about the culture! She made the process enjoy
able and comfortable. Great Teacher, Great and open-minded Person."
"I know Mojy since she was working for DLI as a Senior Farsi Instructor and Curriculum developer. I was her student in 2007 and 2008. I happened to see her
profile online today, so I decided to give her my feedback. She is AWESOME. You will have learning with fun, if you are Mojy's student. I am glad to have found her online and I am planning to take some classes with this passionate and successful teacher to refresh my Farsi. Hey, about the Background Check, Dont even worry! She has Secret Clearance. and maybe higher, now."
"I know Mojy ( Ms. Mozhgan Hudiburgh) since she was working for DLI as a Senior Farsi Instructor and Curriculum developer. I was her student in 2007 and 20
08. I happened to see her profile online today, so I decided to give her my feedback. She is AWESOME. You will have learning with fun, if you are Mojy's student. I am glad to have found her online and I am planning to take some classes with this passionate and successful teacher to refresh my Farsi. Hey, about the Background Check, Dont even worry! She has Secret Clearance. and maybe higher, now."
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