Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
B.A. with Distinction, Double Major of Psychology and Education. (June ‘91)
Founder/Tutor/President: Di Pirro Tutoring, New York/Los Angeles (‘95-Present)
Founded tutoring company designed to provide the optimal personalized learning experience for students preparing to take standardized tests such as SAT, ACT and Subject Tests as well as for specific subjects, writing skills, and general academic studies. Emphasize building a close, personal relationship with the student and his/her family.
Test Prep:
Developed three-pronged approach that teaches the student to understand the test so that s/he knows how to take the test, reviews or teaches pertinent subject matter for that test, and helps student overcome test anxiety as well as any personal challenges while dealing with stress of the testing situation. Created materials which are continually tailored to each student’s individual needs.
Focus on specific subjects, writing skills and general study habits, enabling the student to analyze how s/he learns. Improve overall school performance while increasing confidence by helping students create individual strategies to master the work in the future on their own, eliminating the need for a tutor. Conduct sessions through multiple modalities: in-person, Skype, FaceTime, email, text and phone, so that students who do not need a full session can get “unstuck” in the fastest, most efficient and most economical manner possible.
Students tutored from the following schools including:
Los Angeles: Oakwood, Harvard-Westlake, Campbell Hall, Highland Hall, Chaminade Prep, Louisville Prep, Milken Academy, Sacred Heart, Loyola, Notre Dame, Crossroads, Buckley, Windward, Pacific Palisades, San Marino, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Westlake, Van Nuys Magnet, New Community Jewish, Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, Pilgrim, Bridges Academy and LACHSA.
New York: Horace Mann, Riverdale, Trinity, Spence-Chapin, Bronx Science, Stuyvesant.
Founder/Teacher/President: Swat Team Tutoring, Los Angeles (‘98-Present)
Created and run the not-for-profit wing of Di Pirro Tutoring, offering test prep classes, tutoring, college admission counseling, essay writing and academic subject aid to disadvantaged kids in the greater LA area at a discounted fee or completely free of charge.
SAT Essay Scorer: Pearson Educational Services and The College Board, (’08 – Present)
Read and score Official SAT essays from 7 yearly administrations on-line using established scoring rubric.
Standardized Test Prep Teacher/Tutor: The Princeton Review, New York (‘92-‘95) & Los Angeles, CA (‘00-‘01)
Ranked #1 teacher on both East and West Coasts by score improvements, parent and student evaluations. Taught courses and tutored in SAT, Subject Tests, GMAT, & GRE. Coordinated, ran and taught the LA Foundation course for disadvantaged children at Belmont High School, LA and MLK High School in East Harlem, NYC with great success, including 2 students’ receiving acceptances and full scholarships to MIT.
Director of Development: New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, NY, NY (‘97-‘98)
Developed literacy program involving classes, individual tutoring and computer learning programs for lower functioning and ESL staff at major metropolitan hospital. Administered assessment tests, evaluated levels, and achieved an active and frequented learning center that was warm, welcoming and conducive to learning.
English Teacher: Oxford University, Oxford, England (Summers ‘94, ‘95)
Led summer classes & workshops for international students in academic study camp at Lady Margaret Hall College.
Volunteer Admissions Interviewer: Swarthmore College (‘05-Present)
Conduct Alumna Admissions Interviews for Los Angeles-based applicants to Swarthmore College.
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