A graduate of Columbia University and Claremont McKenna College, Rachel Selvin is a writer and editor with extensive private tutoring experience. She specializes in English, History, and the verbal sections of the ISEE, SAT, and ACT.
Before earning her Master’s Degree in Renaissance Drama at Columbia University, Rachel worked across the Los Angeles area, tutoring elementary, middle, and high school students on everything from English and French to AP Government. She also became a certified SAT tutor and helped create a tutoring manual for the ISEE. In addition to her work tutoring in one-on-one sessions, she taught classes to home-schooled students and became a substitute instructor at The Buckley School.
During her time at Claremont McKenna College, Rachel was a leader at the Writing Center, advising students on all stages of the composition process. She was promoted to Head Consultant as a senior, stretching her responsibilities to include training new tutors, organizing outreach events, and teaching a weekly seminar on pedagogy. She graduated Summa Cum Laude after winning the English prizes for her senior thesis and overall achievement in the major.
As a writer and editor in New York, Rachel worked at Refinery29, where she wrote politics and lifestyle pieces targeted to Millennial women. During her time at Refinery29, she pitched original op-eds, book reviews, and culture pieces across the site’s diverse verticals. Rachel also developed and oversaw a pitching system for matching video content with editorial writers, managing the communication between the two departments. Her proudest achievement was conceptualizing, researching, and composing an original video script for Refinery29’s trending politics channel, Strong Opinions Loosely Held, which garnered over 1.7 million organic Facebook views.
When Rachel isn’t tutoring, writing, or editing, you’ll find her at the movies or browsing one of the Upper West Side’s many book stores.