Helena was born in New York City and then raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised by parents who are both teachers (at the high school she attended, no less), she has been engaged with reading, writing, and education quite literally since she can remember. She studied at Columbia University and New York University, completing an Honors English Literature thesis on James Joyce's Ulysses. Since graduating, Helena has pursued a career as an author and served as a Contributing Editor and Senior Contributor at The New Inquiry. Her work for The New Inquiry has been excerpted or cited in The Atlantic, Harper's, Bookforum, Inside Higher Education, The New York Times, and The Nation, among many others.
Helena has been tutoring since 2005 and has helped numerous students from middle school to graduate school with their academic goals, standardized test preparation, and college and graduate school admissions processes. Both in person and over Skype, she has taught students all over the world, and has been lucky enough to spend time teaching in London, Geneva, Rome and Barcelona, to name a few. Her areas of specialization include English Literature (academic study, the SAT II, and the AP test), American and European History (academic study, the SAT II, and the AP test), Latin (academic study, the SAT II, and the AP test), essay-writing, intensive courses in SAT preparation for both the Verbal and Math sections of the SAT, intensive courses in ACT and GMAT preparation, and college application preparation and guidance.
Helena is a great believer in individualized study, one-on-one attention for students, and in the benefits of developing a curriculum based on a student's specific learning style. She is deeply passionate about helping students unlock their full academic abilities, particularly in cases where these abilities are clouded by issues of organization or study habits.