Yale University 2016, major in humanities, graduated with distinction, Directed Studies: selective first-year intensive on the Western canon, Franke Fellowship in Science and the Humanities, Yale College Writing Center Contest winner, National Merit Finalist 2011, 2320 on SAT (with perfect scores on Writing and Reading sections), 800 on World History SAT Subject Test, 770 on U.S. History SAT Subject Test, AP Scholar with Distinction: Score of 5 on AP exams in U.S. History, European History, and English Language and Composition.
Caroline brings an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of complex texts and primary sources, from her work with Harold Bloom to archival research in collections across the country. She specializes in college admission essays, tutoring in the humanities, and reading comprehension and writing for standardized tests. She has effectively worked with students on dissertations, undergraduate theses, and personal statements for applications to Ivy League universities and graduate programs. She takes seriously the opportunity writing gives applicants—space for a nuance that grades and scores do not allow—and works to help students convey their core identity and most valuable traits.
As a private school graduate, Caroline understands the challenges of meeting overwhelming expectations and balancing an ambitious schedule in a competitive environment. In addition to academic support, she offers a levelheaded perspective, helping students overcome their fear of failure to grow as scholars and young adults. Caroline aims to cultivate students' strengths to build confidence and improve their performance on assignments, on standardized tests, and in the college application process.
Caroline is an editorial assistant at a major publishing house where she works with best-selling and award-winning authors of fiction and non-fiction.
University of Iowa, 2016, MFA in Nonfiction Writing; American University of Cairo, 2012, Masters in Arabic Language; Dartmouth College, 2011, major in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic), Phi Beta Kappa (2011)
At Dartmouth, Spenser wrote for the school newspaper, was the social chair for his fraternity, and dove for the varsity swim team. The day after he graduated, he flew to Cairo where he studied Arabic in a one-year Masters program and joined an Egyptian parkour team. After completing his studies in Cairo, Spenser moved to New York City and tutored the HSPT, SHSAT, SAT, and ACT for A-List Tutoring until he left to attend Iowa's Creative Writing MFA program where he studied nonfiction and translation.
In addition to being a student at Iowa, Spenser also taught undergraduates courses. His Introduction to Nonfiction course examined six aspects of the genre: personal writing, science writing, travelogue, writing about language, profiles, and political writing. Students also learned how to workshop, revise, and then revise again. For his Writing for Grants and Awards course, he required his students to design their own semester-long project. He then worked with them to draft personal statements, grant proposals, Fulbright applications, resumes, and cover letters. Spenser currently lives in Brooklyn, and his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated.
Spenser tutors Constructing America, the HSPT, the ISEE, the SSAT, social studies, and all things ELA and writing related. He believes in hard work and discipline but also thinks that tutoring can be casual and, if not exactly fun, then pleasant. In terms of style, he focuses on practicality. If a student wants to learn the difference between a coordinating and subordinating conjunction, he's happy to teach him/her, but otherwise, Spenser eliminates jargon and pretension in order to make the subject matter as accessible as possible. Students who come to him for help with writing can expect to learn specific, concrete techniques to improve their organization, structure, and flow. They should also prepare to revise, revise, revise.
In 2015, Spenser competed on “American Ninja Warrior,” which he wrote about for Rolling Stone.
Teachers College, Columbia University, 1993, M.A. in Student Personnel Administration; the State University at New Paltz, 1988, major in Spanish.
Steven brings almost 20 years of professional experience in educational counseling and program development to Competitive Edge Tutoring. In 1996 he founded One World Education Consulting (since 2007 called Omega Educational Consulting), which provides admissions and personal assistance to middle school, high school, and college students.
During the time Steven was an M.A. candidate at Columbia, he worked as a program coordinator and graduate assistant in the Office of Student Activities. After graduating, he joined New York University in 1993 and remained there until 1996 in the highly visible administrative position of Director of the Office for African American, Latino and Asian American Student Services. His responsibilities included managing a university-wide program for comprehensive financial planning and counseling services for its diverse student body. Steven also created programs to recruit international students, whom he advised, mentored, and subsequently assisted by providing career placement and graduate school application services. Using his skills as a speaker, program developer, communicator and facilitator, he forged a strategic alliance between New York University and the United States International University in Mexico City, where he instructed groups of exchange students in international relations and Mexican cultural traditions.
Steven has been a featured keynote speaker at New York University, Columbia and the Juilliard School of the Arts conferences dealing with student issues. In 2009, he was a recipient of the Twenty-Five Most Outstanding Latino Men in the New York Area Award, sponsored by the Spanish language daily newspaper El Diario La Prensa, a distinction Steven shares with internationally known celebrities such as Geraldo Rivera.
In his spare time, Steven is an enthusiastic fan of the performing arts, particularly avant-garde off-Broadway theatrical productions.