Justina M. – Verbal/Reading
SAT/ACT/MCAT/DAT Verbal Specialist
CAT CARS, SAT verbal, ACT verbal, GMAT verbal, GRE verbal, SSAT, ISEE, College Essays, General Essays, AP American History, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, English language and composition, Poetry, Shakespeare, General ELA
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with Justina M. - Verbal/Reading
Do you need a tutor that will not only cover the material but also encourage and inspire? I have an extensive background in working with students in many capacities, both academically as well as holistically. Performing well on a standardized test has a lot to do with state of mind, so in addition to covering the materials, I also focus on helping students deal with stress and anxiety.
I work specifically with teaching students how to become better, more efficient, active readers. Many students read words, yet do not grasp the overall concepts that authors are trying to express. The questions on all standardized tests test a student's ability to understand the greater ideas that authors are trying to convey. Understanding structure, and how an author builds his or her argument is essential in reading and answering the questions on all standardized tests. I teach students how to become better readers, so eventually, no material is too challenging for them to understand. However, students must also learn to be patient so my background in yoga and meditation is helpful in teaching that skill in order to cope with the frustration that most of them are encountering on verbal sections.
I am a former test prep teacher from the Princeton Review, where I taught SAT classes and MCAT CARS at the University of Puerto Rico, as well as a certified Kripalu yoga and meditation instructor. I’ve been tutoring for over 12 years now and am appreciative for the opportunities tutoring has given me to mentor youth and play an important role in many young people’s lives. Before I was a tutor, I taught music in NYC public schools, yoga and meditation in the juvenile detention centers of the South Bronx, and slam poetry at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. When not teaching, I moonlight as an award winning Nuyorican Slam Poet, blues singer, video game enthusiast, and amateur mycologist.
|Education and Credentials||
The Boston Conservatory – BFA Music/Theatre/Dance
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – RYT 200 HR Yoga & Meditation certification