Qualifications & Experience

Since 2005, Hannah has worked privately with elementary, middle school, high school, college, graduate, and professional students. While working on academic skills, students gain confidence in their abilities and feel more in charge of their education.

Hannah began tutoring Chemistry, Spanish, and essay writing when she herself was still a high school student. After graduating Cum Laude from The McDonogh School in Maryland, she moved up the Eastern seaboard to study English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Determined to become well-versed beyond the literary field, Hannah took several courses in Latin, Comparative Philosophy, Anthropology, and Film Studies. Feeling restless senior year, she began tutoring a bright but bored Brooklyn Tech senior, guiding a surprising upturn in his GPA, SAT scores, and drive to excel. After gaining admission to Oberlin, her student confided cooly, “You’re pretty good at this, you know.”

Her tutoring approach begins by tapping into a student’s overall sense of self, by exploring, say, a 7-yr old’s creative portrait of the solar system or a 17-yr old’s curiosity about documentary filmmaking. She uses her versatility of knowledge and life experience to the finest point, relating to a student first as a person, second as a pupil. Relating to students as a dynamic role-player with their best interest at heart, she eases their transition into the academic arena. Listening, liveliness, and an elephantine memory make up her tutoring toolbox. Her tutoring relationships always yield quantitative and qualitative gains with students developing scholastic stamina, physical and mental organizational skills, and self-confidence earned through overcoming obstacles. Her students often work harder than they are aware of because she maintains their respect, trust, and focus by perpetually motivating them through fun, dynamic sessions.

Though primarily a one-on-one tutor, Hannah can engage and command an entire classroom full of students. She’s taught months-long SAT courses for The Opportunity Network and Democracy Prep Charter School and Jeopardy-style AP World History and SHSAT group review. In June 2015, Johns Hopkins University invited her to address the nation’s elite high school basketball players about standardized testing and tackling the Common Application’s dreaded personal essay, which she inventively coined as “the perfect Instagram post”. There are few tests and academic subjects she hasn’t taught in her 15-year career. While her passion fuels her profession, the ultimate reward is vicarious—seeing students prove their potential by surpassing even their own expectations.

Education

2005

Columbia University in the City of New York

English

Degree

2005

Bachelors

Subjects

Math

Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Common Core
Elementary Math
Geometry
Logic
Prealgebra
Precalculus
Probability
Statistics
Trigonometry

Test Preparation

ACT Writing
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science
College Counseling
COOP/HSPT
DAT
GED
GMAT
GRE
IELTS
ISEE
OLSAT
PSAT
Regents
SAT Math
SAT Reading
SAT Writing
SSAT
STAAR
TOEFL

ACT

ACT Writing
ACT Math
ACT Reading
ACT Science

SAT

SAT Math
SAT Reading
SAT Writing

English

English (K-8)
High School Level English
College Level English
ESL/ESOL
Essay Writing
Grammar
Literature
Reading & Comprehension
Phonics
Proofreading
Study Skills
Vocabulary

Language

ESL/ESOL
Public Speaking
Reading
Spanish

Science

Anatomy
Anthropology
Biochemistry
Biology
Botany
Chemistry
Earth Science
Ecology
Environmental Science
Genetics
Geology
Health Science
Life Sciences
Microbiology
Physical Science
Physics
Physiology
Psychology
Sociology

Social Studies

Anthropology
Psychology
U.S. History
Bible Studies
Classics
Criminal Justice
European History
Geography
Government & Politics
Music History
Philosophy
Political Science
Religion
Social History of Art
World History

Professional

Public Speaking
Microsoft Word
Career Development
Online

Music

Music History
Violin

Computer

Microsoft Word

Other

ADD/ADHD
Aspergers
Autism
Dyslexia
Etiquette Coach
Hard of Hearing
Homeschool
Life Coach
Social Coach
Special Needs

Art

Art History

Athletics

Basketball
Fitness
Track & Field

Hannah ’s Rating

5.0
5.0
Articulation
5.0
Proficiency
5.0
Punctuality

Reviews

OLSAT
Amanda M.
5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Very engaging and a tremendous help to my son. Thank you!

7 months ago
Amanda M. reviews Hannah Borum