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Karen Berlin Ishii: One-to-One Tutoring
Welcome to Karen Berlin Ishii tutoring!
Karen I am a Brown University grad with over 25 years' experience as an academic and test prep tutor, teaching students in-person in New York City and internationally via Skype. I specialize in reading, grammar and writing, organization skills, essay writing, math, and other homework help, and especially, preparation for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL and more.

Please explore my website, check out the terrific Resources page and feel free to get in touch so I may answer all your questions about academic tutoring or test prep.

Calendar and News: Summer-Fall 2017
Summer@Brown: SAT and ACT Success Workshops kei_icon
Summer@Brown_02 Once again, I've been asked join Brown University's pre-college program, Summer@Brown, to share tips, tricks and other great guidance for the SAT and ACT.

This summer, due to the worldwide pandemic quarantine, my workshops will be held online - but with the same content and opportunities to ask all your questions, as ever!

These weekly presentations are part of the Summer@Brown: College Admissions and College Success Series. All students attending Summer@Brown are invited to attend the workshops; no additional fees or registration required. Find out more about the workshops and Summer@Brown here.
 "Navigating the College Admissions Process" - The Cornell Club NY
Cornell_Club_speakers_1 This March, it was my pleasure to produce a presentation for The Cornell University Club in New York on college admissions, a panel of experts from all facets of the process for a 2-part program, a panel discussion followed by two interactive workshops: "Tips and Pitfalls in the Common Application" from college admissions expert Andrea van Niekerk of College Goals and "Getting a Handle on SAT and ACT Prep," my popular presentation for SAT and ACT success.

Rounding out our panel were Laura Clark, long time director of college counseling at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Benjamin Bingman-Tennant, National Director of Programs for A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to creating educational opportunities for young people of color.

For more details on this event and the panelists, visit my blog HERE or The Cornell Club in NY HERE.
 Choosing an American University Education
Choosing an American University Education -
Making wise choices from test prep to college applications to enrollment
Paris London presentations College Goals
Recently, in partnership with College Goals College Admission and Higher Education Consulting, I travelled to London and Paris to give presentations on SAT and ACT test preparation for international students and their families. Our first presentation was held in London. See a summary of the event here.

Paris presentations followed, open to the public, plus a special seminar for AAWE members.
Full descriptions of the Paris lectures and workshops can be found at here.

About the presenters:

Joyce Reed has for ten years been the Director of College Goals LLC, a highly-experienced university admission and higher education consulting firm, after serving as Associate Dean of the College at Brown University for 14 years. She knows what makes a student succeed.

Andrea van Niekerk, a College Admissions Consultant with College Goals, is a former Associate Director of Admission at Brown University, with many years experience in university admission, where much of her work focused on international applicants.

Jilly Warner, is a College Admissions Consultant with College Goals, originally from England. She has many years' experience coordinating international and transfer admissions at a major US university, and understands the challenges and concerns of international students.

Karen Berlin Ishii, a Brown University grad with over 25 years' teaching experience, specializes in personalized prep for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, TOEFL and other tests. She has taught for The Princeton Review and headed Boston Academic Tutors, creating courses for The British School in Boston, among others.

Joyce Reed, Andrea van Niekerk, Jilly Warner, College Goals, Karen Berlin Ishii

Click here to learn about my other recent college test prep and admissions productions which I can produce and present to your organization, too!
  Remote tutoring by phone or Skype
International SAT prep Skype phone study online ACT GRE Q: What do some smart students in Paris, Geneva, London, Kampala, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Albany and Miami have in common?

A: They all do their test prep with Karen online via Skype!

Tutoring by telephone or Skype (Internet video chat) is a great option for busy students - and those who don't live in NYC - to take my lessons. Tutoring can be done entirely remotely or by the usual one-to-one in-person lessons supplemented by remote lessons.

Save time by taking lessons at your computer and get more bang for study buck with no minimum lesson requirement.
For more information about remote tutoring, please drop me a line at or give me a call: (617) 999-0497.
FREE Lecture: Demystifying the SAT

Karen Berlin Ishii presents: "Demystifying the SAT", a free lecture presentation all about the college admissions testing process - including tips and techniques for the SAT.
  • What is the SAT?
• Should students take the SAT or the ACT?
• How important are these tests really for getting into college?
• How can students boost their scores on the SAT?

To learn the answers to all these questions and more, come to our free presentation for students and parents presented every autumn in Brookline - and now in New York City, too.

Click here for more details and free registration.

Curious about our ever-popular college and test prep presentations? Click here to see examples of what we can present for FREE for your organization!.
  Study with a Friend
I offer students the option to study in semi-private lessons of 1-3 students at reduced tuition.
twins studying together If you have a friend with whom you think you would study well, I would be happy to set up a trial lesson for you both at a substantial discount on the cost of individual private lessons.

I will make sure that your learning styles and study priorities are a good match for a joint course of study and will work with both of you to enable you to get the most out of your study with me.
For more information about semi-private tutoring, please drop me a line at or give me a call: (617) 999-0497.
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