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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 worldwide via videochat. 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, AP exams, 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
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.

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.
"Getting a Handle on Testing for High School Admissions" Webinar
Cornell Club logo
Karen_Cornell_index_1 This season, I produced another 3-part webinar series for The Cornell Club in NY, "Navigating Public and Private School Admissions," with experts in competitive admissions to public and private schools in New York City and beyond.

For my own hourlong webinar, Getting a Handle on Testing for Middle and High School Admission, I shared test-taking tips and smart guidance for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and other tests for middle- and high school admissions to help parents get their children started on their next level school journey.

Attendees of this presentation, please click HERE for follow-up goodies.

"Getting a Handle on Testing for High School Admissions" Webinar
Karen_BCNY_index_1 Following up on my popular webinar series for The Brown Club in NY, Navigating Public and Private School Admissions, it was a pleasure to produce and participate in this year's consolidated presentation to over 100 Brown alumni and friends via Zoom, Public and Private School Admissions in a Nutshell In this webinar, I presented tips and smart guidance for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and other tests for middle- and high school admissions. Attendees gained a solid foundation to get their children started on their next level school journey.

Attendees of this presentation, please click HERE for follow-up goodies.

"Getting a Handle on SAT and ACT Prep" Webinar
Karen_CG_1_news After the success of this presentation for Summer@Brown, The Cornell Club and The Brown Club in NY, I was thrilled to offer this lively Powerpoint lecture to College Goals educational consultants and their students. In this hourlong webinar, I share tips, tricks and other smart guidance for the SAT and ACT, and answer questions from students and parents. Particpants gain a solid foundation to get started on their college test prep.

 "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
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 over 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 longtime 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, find my contact information here and drop me a line.
FREE Lecture: Demystifying the SAT

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

To learn the answers to all these questions and more, come to our free presentation for students and parents presented annually in New York City and upon arrangement elsewhere and by video conference.

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,
find my contact information here and drop me a line.

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