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Elizabeth C

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Political Science with minors in American Studies and Psychology from James Madison University; earned a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University
HobbiesAuthor of a historical fiction novel about a World War II Naval aviator, tennis and Roger Federer, avid reader of classics, volunteer advocate for gifted learners, enjoys real estate open houses, ice cream and hot chocolate connoisseur
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsNew England and Mid-Atlantic colleges, single-gender high schools and colleges, boarding and day school selectionacademic writing, organizational skills, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, career assessment tools
Related ExperienceOver ten years experience in Admission and Financial Aid, served as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at nationally top-ranked liberal arts college, Associate Director of Admissions at nationally top-ranked all-girls boarding/day school, President of association advocating for gifted students and their families

Elyse D

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Psychology (pre-med) with a minor in Global Health from Northwestern University
HobbiesImprov, dance (Bollywood, salsa, jazz), cooking, writing funny songs, making silly videos for my nieces, non-dairy gelato, co-op board games, Survivor, watching League of Legends with my husband and being shocked that I actually understand what’s happening, and obviously...DA BEARS!
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2American Literature, British Literature, World LiteratureBiology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, PhysicsFrench I, French II, French III, French IVPsychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Parenting & Child Development
General StrengthsBreaking down complex scientific concepts, grammar rules, essay writing, breaking through creative blocks, design thinking, public speaking, story analysis, storytelling, making academic work fun elementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework, students with ASDsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, film programs, public health programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, medical school applications, interview skills
Related ExperienceWorked as a “standardized patient” - helping medical students prepare for high stress clinical exams; served as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools - teaching math and literacy with dance; worked with gifted students as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development; was a peer-tutor for Biology students in undergrad; studied the role of Performance in Public Health in Uganda; received the America India Foundation’s Clinton Fellowship to do research on the effects of domestic violence on public health in South India; wrote, edited, and hosted a show for NDTV-HINDU; assisted in new play development workshops at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; served as a primary French translator for three weeks en Provence; individual coaching experience; career track switches