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Welcome to Karen Berlin Ishii tutoring!
Karen I am a Brown University grad with over 25 years' experience as an academic and test prep tutor, teaching students in-person in New York City and internationally via Skype. I specialize in reading, grammar and writing, organization skills, essay writing, math, and other homework help, and especially, preparation for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, GRE, IELTS, TOEFL and more.

Please explore my website, check out the terrific Resources page and feel free to get in touch so I may answer all your questions about academic tutoring or test prep.

Calendar and News: Summer-Fall 2017
"Getting a Handle on SAT and ACT Prep" Webinar
Karen_CG_1_news Following the success of this presentation for Summer@Brown, The Cornell Club and The Brown Club in NY, I was thrilled to offer my popular Powerpoint lecture to College Goals educational consultants and their students. In this hourlong webinar, I share tips, tricks and other smart guidance for the SAT and ACT, and answer questions from students and parents. Particpants gain a solid foundation to get started on their college test prep.

Summer@Brown: SAT and ACT Success Workshops
Summer@Brown_02 Once again, I've been asked join Brown University's pre-college program, Summer@Brown, to share tips, tricks and other great guidance for the SAT and ACT.

This summer, due to the worldwide pandemic quarantine, my workshops will be held online - but with the same content and opportunities to ask all your questions, as ever!

These weekly presentations are part of the Summer@Brown: College Admissions and College Success Series. All students attending Summer@Brown are invited to attend the workshops; no additional fees or registration required. Find out more about the workshops and Summer@Brown here.
 "Navigating the College Admissions Process" - The Cornell Club NY
Cornell_Club_speakers_1 Last March, it was my pleasure to produce a presentation for The Cornell University Club in New York on college admissions, a panel of experts from all facets of the process for a 2-part program, a panel discussion followed by two interactive workshops: "Tips and Pitfalls in the Common Application" from college admissions expert Andrea van Niekerk of College Goals and "Getting a Handle on SAT and ACT Prep," my popular presentation for SAT and ACT success.

Rounding out our panel were Laura Clark, long time director of college counseling at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, and Benjamin Bingman-Tennant, National Director of Programs for A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to creating educational opportunities for young people of color.

  Remote tutoring by phone or Skype
International SAT prep Skype phone study online ACT GRE Q: What do some smart students in Paris, Geneva, London, Kampala, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Albany and Miami have in common?

A: They all do their test prep with Karen online via Skype!

Tutoring by telephone or Skype (Internet video chat) is a great option for busy students - and those who don't live in NYC - to take my lessons. Tutoring can be done entirely remotely or by the usual one-to-one in-person lessons supplemented by remote lessons.

Save time by taking lessons at your computer and get more bang for study buck with no minimum lesson requirement.
For more information about remote tutoring, please drop me a line at
FREE Lecture: Demystifying the SAT

New York Academic Tutor presents: "Demystifying the SAT – and ACT", a free lecture presentation all about the college admissions testing process - including tips and techniques for the SAT and ACT.
  • What are the the SAT and ACT?
• How should students choose which test to prepare for?
• How important are these tests really for getting into college?
• How can students boost their scores on the SAT or ACT?

To learn the answers to all these questions and more, come to our free presentation for students and parents presented annually in New York City and upon arrangement elsewhere and by video conference.

Click here for more details and free registration.

Curious about our ever-popular college and test prep presentations? Click here to see examples of what we can present for FREE for your organization!.
  Study with a Friend
I offer students the option to study in semi-private lessons of 1-3 students at reduced tuition.
twins studying together If you have a friend with whom you think you would study well, I would be happy to set up a trial lesson for you both at a substantial discount on the cost of individual private lessons.

I will make sure that your learning styles and study priorities are a good match for a joint course of study and will work with both of you to enable you to get the most out of your study with me.
For more information about semi-private tutoring, please drop me a line at

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