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Helena

Education & Qualifications

Columbia University, BA

New York University, Tisch School of the Arts,

SPECIALTIES

English and Literature

Mathematics

Writing (Expository)

GMAT

GRE

ISEE

SAT

SSAT

Linguistics

ACT

Helena was born in New York City and then raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised by parents who are both teachers (at the high school she attended, no less), she has been engaged with reading, writing, and education quite literally since she can remember. She studied at Columbia University and New York University, completing an Honors English Literature thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses. Since graduating, Helena has pursued a career as an author and served as a Contributing Editor and Senior Contributor at The New Inquiry. Her work for The New Inquiry has been excerpted or cited in The Atlantic, Harper's, Bookforum, Inside Higher Education, The New York Times, and The Nation, among many others.

Helena has been tutoring since 2005 and has helped numerous students from middle school to graduate school with their academic goals, standardized test preparation, and college and graduate school admissions processes. Both in person and over Skype, she has taught students all over the world, and has been lucky enough to spend time teaching in London, Geneva, Rome and Barcelona, to name a few. Her areas of specialization include English Literature (academic study, the SAT II, and the AP test), American and European History (academic study, the SAT II, and the AP test), Latin (academic study, the SAT II, and the AP test), essay-writing, intensive courses in SAT preparation for both the Verbal and Math sections of the SAT, intensive courses in ACT and GMAT preparation, and college application preparation and guidance.

Helena is a great believer in individualized study, one-on-one attention for students, and in the benefits of developing a curriculum based on a student's specific learning style. She is deeply passionate about helping students unlock their full academic abilities, particularly in cases where these abilities are clouded by issues of organization or study habits.

Testimonials

  • "Helena is very smart, affable, and approachable. I enjoyed working with her." (Sara Ziff, GRE)

  • "Helena was great at motivating my son. She encouraged him to prepare rough drafts of essays and then did an excellent job of guiding him to polish them." (Cindy Calder, College Coaching)

  • "Helena was every good at explaining the different things to be looking for in each type of verbal type question on the GMAT. The techniques she gave me were extremely helpful on test day and she taught them in a way that was very easy for me to understand." (Katie Flanagan, GMAT)

  • "I am currently doing an "SAT bootcamp" with Helena. She is the best teacher I've ever had. She explains everything so clearly; I can already see progress. I like her so, so much. It's strange that I'm finding SAT tutoring fun." (Nesha, SAT)

  • "Helena built up my confidence and explained everything well. Right from the start she made me believe that I would succeed. She figured out and understood my learning style right away, and was able to steer me to practice problems and workbooks that were particularly suited to my learning style. The way in which Helena organized and planned my study left me free to focus on the content. She was terrific!" (Claire, GRE)

  • "Helena was always prepared, knew a lot around the field of study. Very kind, supportive and approachable. Admitted early to Georgetown University." (Nesha, College admissions)

  • "Helena is exceptionally approachable, supportive, and understanding tutor. She is empathetic and willing to go above and beyond to help her students. She mainly helped me improve my Verbal on the GRE." (Jay, GRE)

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