Tess M.

Bio

Tess grew up in northern New Jersey, where, as an enthusiastic user of AOL instant messenger, she first discovered her love of the written word. That love carried her to Yale, where she completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the English major. Next, she went to Oxford, where she earned a Master’s degree in Post-1900 Literature with high distinction. Today, she is pursuing a PhD in English Literature at Harvard. At Yale, Oxford, and Harvard, she has won over fifteen prizes and merit-based fellowships for her essays and research. Her writing has been published in multiple scholarly and public venues.

Tess has also spent over ten years teaching and tutoring students in writing, literature, and other subjects. At Harvard, she has taught multiple courses in the English department, coaching students one-on-one through the steps of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revision. Each term, she has won Harvard’s Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching, reserved for the TFs who earn the highest scores on student course evaluations (over 4.5/5). She has also spent many years individually tutoring college, high school, and middle school students, typically in Writing, Math, and the SAT. With perfect scores on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE, 99 percentile marks on the SAT, and fives on thirteen different AP exams, Tess has expertise across the academic spectrum. 

When she is not writing or teaching, Tess can be found watching films, working on her coding, wandering the streets of Somerville, and spending time with her wonderful friends.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD Candidate in English
  • Oxford University, MSt in English
  • Yale University, BA in English and Philosophy
Specialties
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Creative Writing
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
  • Philosophy
  • College Admissions
  • Medical School Admissions
  • Graduate Admissions
  • GRE
  • SAT
  • SSAT/ISEE
Testimonials
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    "Tess made the process of writing for med school apps so much less intimidating. She was not only great at brainstorming ideas with me but also helped me in refining my writing. She was able to edit my rough drafts overnight and would always give me valuable suggestions to improve my work with the next draft. I would highly recommend Tess for people who do not feel confident in their writing abilities!"
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    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)
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    "Tess has been an amazing writing tutor for the medical school application cycle. Even when I thought my personal statement was ready, she helped me point to areas of improvement that I had missed. As a result, I think my final draft was much stronger. She continued to help me through the secondary application process and was always prompt. She left detailed comments for my drafts and helped me brainstorm ideas when I felt stuck. I highly recommend Tess as a writing tutor!"
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    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)
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    "Tess was amazing to work with. She really made the whole application process easier by providing very detailed and insightful comments on my secondary essays, and was always able to edit and return the essays in a short amount of time. I would highly recommend Tess to anyone looking to improve their writing skills!"
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    (Tom, MD Admissions)
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    "We absolutely loved working with Tess. Our 10-year-old was struggling while preparing for her first SSAT and Tess made the process of preparation enjoyable and effective. While firm and organized, Tess gave our child personalized, clear, innovative methods of solving challenging problems. She ensured that our child felt supported, engaged, and motivated, all while pushing her to become a stronger student. We highly recommend working with Tess."
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    (Anonymous, SSAT)
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    "Tess is an amazing tutor. She approached SSAT preparation with the right balance of challenge and achievement, planned out the test practices and essays, created goals/milestones, and worked with our daughter on interview techniques and applications. Our daughter has a special confidence having worked with Tess that we have seen carry through to her classes and other interactions. In addition to the diligence and care with which she approaches her role as a tutor, she is a fantastic role model for a young person. We highly recommend her for SSAT prep, essay writing, interview techniques and applications!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Jessica, SSAT and HS Admissions)
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    "Tess was absolutely incredible to work with. She helped me really find and keep my voice consistent throughout my essays while working with me to hone in my wondering ideas into a really cohesive message. I would love to work with her again. Very much recommend."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Caroline, MD Admissions)