Chris

Bio

Chris graduated from Princeton, in 2009, with an AB in German Literature and a Certificate in Creative Writing (Poetry). His junior papers, on a short story of Robert Musil’s and a novella of Samuel Beckett’s, won the German Department’s Junior Independent Work Prize, and his thesis on Musil won the Department’s Senior Thesis Prize. He was also awarded the Theodore Holmes ’51 Poetry Prize in his senior year. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and with high departmental honors.

After college, Chris worked for Princeton-in-Asia, a non-profit based in Princeton, NJ, and spent the summer of 2010 leading a group of college students on a service-learning and teaching trip in Jishou and throughout Hunan Province, China. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Chris completed a Fulbright Study Grant in Berlin—where he continued his research on the fiction of Robert Musil. From 2011 to 2013, Chris studied poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, as an Iowa Arts Fellow, and he has been published in the poetry journal LANA TURNER and at petripress.org. At the University of Iowa, Chris has taught an undergraduate poetry workshop and creative writing for business students.

Chris focuses on application consulting, standardized test prep (including AP classes), and subject tutoring in the humanities (especially English language and literature and composition) and the social sciences. Chris scored a 1600 on his SAT; 800s on his SAT II Subject Tests (in Math IIC, Physics, and Writing); a 1570 on the GRE General Test (V: 770; Q: 800; W: 6.0); and a 760 on the GRE Subject Test in English Literature. He also scored 5s on his AP exams, including Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, Biology, and European History.

Chris recently has taken up swimming and jogging, often at a very slow pace. He is a first-year student in Harvard’s English PhD program.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD candidate in English
  • Iowa Writer's Workshop, MFA Creative Writing
  • Princeton University, A.B. German (phi beta kappa)
  • Princeton University, German Department, Senior Thesis Prize; Theodore Holmes ’51 Poetry Prize
Specialties
  • Creative Writing
  • Expository Writing
  • English
  • German
  • History
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
  • Poetry
  • Admissions coaching (College, HS, JD, MBA, MD)
  • GRE
  • PSAT/SAT
Testimonials
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Chris did a great job using the time we had to structure my lesson plan. He was also very quick to pick up on my strengths and weaknesses!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Emily Normand, GRE)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Chris really worked with me to expand my vocabulary. We didn't just go through words one after the other, he really took the time to tell me where the word came from, other words it related to, and how the words may be used on the test in order to really grasp them. Chris also helped me learn the tricks of the test, especially in the quantitative sections. Not only was he able to spend a solid amount of time brushing up on concepts I may not have been as strong with, he also pointed out patterns I should look for and shortcuts that I can take in order to utilize my time more effectively."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Laura, Boston, GRE)
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