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Testing

Tutor Etcetera works with undergraduate, high school, and middle school students on a wide range of tests, including the GRE, SAT and SAT 2, ACT, AP, SHSAT, and SSAT/ISEE. We help bright, motivated students get top scores so their applications get the serious read they deserve.

Essays & Subjects

We help students with essays and class material, to develop gorgeous applications, supplement school work, or focus on a skill set. Tutor Etcetera Inc. works with New York’s fantastic young people to help them cultivate their voices and meet their goals.

PhD Diversity

We are proud to partner with both the CUNY Pipeline and the Brooklyn College Mellon Mays programs to help talented underrepresented students gain admittance to doctoral programs.

About

Nancy Davenport

Nancy received her PhD with Distinction from Columbia University and her BA, summa cum laude, from Cornell University. A Teach for America alum, Nancy has experience with a wide range of students.

What People Say

We were very fortunate to have been introduced to Nancy through an NYC friend who had used her services. It was one of the best decisions we made as a family – Nancy was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and “wise,” and a great coach overall for our high school junior daughter, who was navigating the challenges of college admissions.

Nancy provided expert essay writing support for our daughter, enabling her to find her words, voice, and story to craft an impactful narrative that showed her true self. We were incredibly impressed, as well, with Nancy’s ability to “connect” with what I assume is a typically stressed high schooler,  guiding the writing process while maintaining our daughter’s sense of sanity. Nancy’s focus on keeping kids on track and aligned with deadlines, being available to them through flexible scheduling, and providing some extra advice on college choices was all very much appreciated.

I would finally add for families outside NYC, that Nancy’s support for us was all provided remotely (vs. in person) and that arrangement worked perfectly.  Thank you again, Nancy.

--parent, incoming Columbia freshman

Nancy got our daughter excited to write her college essays!  She actually looked forward to her weekly essay writing sessions. Nancy’s extremely calm, upbeat demeanor was quite soothing to an otherwise angst-ridden process.  Her creative yet collaborative style constantly challenged our daughter to take ownership, develop and methodically fine-tune all of her creative ideas.  Nancy was always on time for the sessions, available and responsive to any questions or concerns, and was quite flexible with ever-changing schedules.  She constantly provided the right amount of positive reinforcement to keep my daughter motivated and on track with all deadlines.  The essay writing aspect of the application process was never an issue. My daughter was so fortunate to have had the chance to work closely with Nancy!

--parent, Fieldston & Washington University, St. Louis

Nancy came highly recommended to us by three different friends whose kids all had very different learning styles & temperaments. Nancy’s ability to connect with my son and pretty much immediately understand his learning style was incredible. I interviewed a few different people knowing that my son would need to be able to connect with his ISEE/SSAT tutor if they were about to embark on  6-9 months of one-on-one weekly tutoring. Nancy endeared herself to my sporty, social, anti-reader son in a way that made him respect her greatly. He often reported that the way she explained math & verbal problems “just makes perfect sense.” She used creative exercises and workbooks to both challenge my son and humor him, thereby making this High School application process tolerable. Their sessions even helped him in 8th grade math as some of the material intersected.

Nancy was also extremely receptive to conversations with us regarding our son’s progress and we were always on the same page regarding when to back off slightly and when to hold him more accountable. Nancy ultimately helped our son raise his stanines 2-3 points in all 4 sections. This completely opened the door to being able to apply to top tier NYC High Schools with a degree of confidence. However, as parents, what was of even greater importance to us was that our son remained as emotionally intact as possible during this competitive & rigorous process. He did! And again, we attribute this wholly to Nancy. She was a mental coach as well as an ISEE/SSAT coach. She was so in tune with the greater picture of who our child is as a student and as a 14 year old boy. I cannot say enough about our experience and have already reserved Nancy for our two daughters (8 & 11)!!!

--parent, Ethical Culture Fieldston

Nancy is a gem and a joy to work with. She’s extremely skilled at helping navigate the college application process. Nancy helped our daughter achieve her ACT goals and polish her essays. Nancy would offer different learning concepts that maximized our daughter’s potential and constantly shared words of encouragement during a stressful application process. We enthusiastically recommend Nancy!

--parent, Cornell University

When someone comes into your life who is truly gifted at what they do, at precisely the right time you need her, you can’t help but feel utterly grateful.  That is how I feel about Nancy Davenport. A good friend recommended Nancy to me when my eldest daughter was in 11th grade.  With her strategies and tips, Nancy helped our daughter bump her ACT score from a 32 to a 34, with a super score of 35.  I realize that two points might not sound like much, but it is very difficult to bump an ACT score from the low 30’s to the mid 30’s and when you’re applying to top colleges; especially within the competitive NYC pool of candidates, those few points can really make a difference.

Someone who can help you kid achieve her/his test-score goals is invaluable, but I actually believe Nancy’s greatest strength is helping a child craft a personal statement. Our daughter is an excellent writer, but Nancy was able to push her and used the right prompts to help her hone in on a central core and then wrap all of her ideas around this core, creating an exceptionally insightful, creative and beautifully written personal statement.  With Nancy’s wisdom and experience, we know our daughter reached her fullest potential.

--parent, Princeton University

Nancy was instrumental in helping our son get accepted into his top choice university.
We have a bright, opinionated child who has wide range of interests. On the other hand, he is not very disciplined and lacks both organization and time management skill for college applications. As the deadline loomed closer and closer, we grew more and more anxious. Miraculously, Nancy was able to win our son’s trust and find a way to communicate with him more effectively than we did regarding college applications. With a light and magical touch, she helped our son to find his unique and persuasive voice in crafting his personal essays. Nancy also guided him in school selection and to make sure he met all the requirements in a timely manner. Nancy was very encouraging and patient with our son. She was always prompt in answering whatever questions or concerns we might have and kept us well informed. We could not have done it without her. Thank you, Nancy!

--parent, University of Chicago & Stuyvesant

Nancy was an integral part of my college application experience who alleviated a lot of the anxiety surrounding the testing process and helped me to achieve the results I wanted. I started with Nancy at the beginning of my junior year in an effort to get a head start of sorts, and the weekly sessions were a productive structure that kept me on track. At one point, Nancy was able to pick up on a timing issue I wasn’t conscious of, and with her help I was able to readjust my test-taking strategy – raising my score by 400 points. Nancy is a knowledgeable, perceptive tutor, and a great mentor. I feel very lucky to have met her, and would recommend her to any of my friends.

--student, NYU & Bard Early College

Nancy was a lifesaver!

She helped our son study and strategize for SATs, the ACT and subject tests. Her experience with these tests — through previous students and her own experience actually taking them was invaluable. As she got to know him she even helped with his essay, never putting words in his mouth, but painstakingly having him find the most compelling way to express what he was trying to say.

It was a great relief to have Nancy be the human buffer in this volatile process!

--parent, University of Michigan & Fieldston

Nancy was first recommended to us as an SAT tutor for our oldest daughter several years ago. She was referred to as a “miracle worker,” a description that turned out to be particularly apt. Our daughter was looking at highly selective schools and knew that she needed to raise her SAT score in order to improve her chances of admission. With Nancy’s help, she did just that and was admitted to her first choice school. Over the years, Nancy also has worked with our other two children, who have very distinct personalities and learning styles. In each instance, Nancy was able to help them significantly improve their SAT scores. It is not only her ability to achieve excellent results, but also her calm demeanor and capacity to quickly adapt her teaching method to each child’s individual strengths and needs that truly sets Nancy apart. She made a process that can often be filled with anxiety and stress much more bearable. We would highly recommend her!

--parent, three Stanford University students

Nancy is an extremely talented writer with considerable depth in the college app essay-writing arena. She gives responsive and complete support throughout the college app process. She provides coaching and guidance on essay topics and gives honest and helpful feedback to her students. She is very patient and encourages her students to find their voice with their essay content. Her professionalism and can-do attitude make the daunting app effort easier. She is committed to each student and focuses on their unique story and approach. Those who work with her recognize the value she adds and appreciate her flexibility and dedication to her students.

--parent, University of Pennsylvania & Columbia Prep

Nancy Davenport is a shining star in the firmament of test prep tutors. My son has worked with Nancy on both the SAT and the AP World History tests. He is an excellent student at a competitive high school, but he (and we) had high hopes for his test results and so decided we needed help. Nancy fit the bill perfectly. In meeting Nancy, I was impressed by her no-nonsense approach and commitment to the task at hand as well as to the student as a person and his family. Nancy regimented and organized the arid and unpleasant task of preparing for standardized tests almost to the point that my son found it fun and interesting. In addition to technical test taking skills, Nancy provided support and a sounding board for both son and the family at large through the preparation process.

Nancy Davenport is a sincere person dedicated to and equipped for her mission, which is to liberate a student’s inner test taker and help them achieve the highest possible test results. I highly recommend Nancy to any family that is seeking to take on and excel at the battery of standard tests our kids confront today.

--parent, Horace Mann

My daughter worked with Nancy in preparation for the SSAT and ISEE. The rapport Nancy established with my daughter, along with all the exercises and study plans she provided, made for an unbeatable combination. Nancy brings a can-do attitude, sense of humor, understanding of the teenage psyche (and patience with it), and test expertise. These qualities supported my daughter to achieve great results.

-parent, Northfield Mount Hermon & the Cathedral School

With Nancy’s help, my daughter was able to raise her SAT score from 2250 on her first try to 2400 on her second. Nancy’s attention to detail on both math and critical reading helped my daughter focus on the few questions that she got wrong on practice tests. Each session with Nancy that list of questions shrunk so that when she went in to take the SAT for the second time, she felt confident in her ability to ace the test. Nancy’s cheerful personality helped to motivate her to study vocabulary and practice the hardest math problems.

--parent, Yale & Horace Mann

Thanks to Nancy, my son achieved strong test scores in line with his academic potential — unlike standardized tests he had taken in years past! He got into his first choice high school, and we’re thrilled. Thank you so much!

--parent, Poly Prep & Cathedral

It’s my pleasure to highly recommend Nancy as an SAT/ACT Tutor. Nancy brings a wonderful personality, kindness and energy along with practical and smart strategies to approach each type of problem on the test. Unlike some tutors who are just out of college, Nancy is an experienced and mature teacher; and being a mom herself, knew how to manage every kind of mood my child was in and still kept her focused and on track so their time together was productive. As important, she helped my daughter get to the point where she felt very prepared; helping to take the anxiety out of the test taking experience for all of us! In the end, my daughter improved 4 points on the ACT from her baseline diagnostic. And, Nancy made the whole process a positive learning experience giving my daughter test taking skills that she utilizes in her regular school tests as well. THANK YOU NANCY!

--parent, Bronx Science

Nancy has tutored my son for the SAT and raised his score, from an initial evaluation, by nearly 300 points. She is a godsend to stressed out juniors and their parents. Her firm, yet good-humored approach to test prep was just what my son needed. She is flexible and able to work around the demands of school work and extracurriculars. I highly recommend Nancy as a tutor for 11th graders embarking upon the battery of tests that seems to define junior year.

--parent, Columbia University & Collegiate

Nancy Davenport worked with my son for several months during his junior year of high school to prepare him for his SAT’s. Nancy is a remarkable educator and person. Beyond her vast knowledge of standardized tests, she has an ease and enthusiasm that enabled her to quickly connect with and inspire my son to achieve his maximum potential. Nancy’s expert skills and warm demeanor combined to create the perfect learning environment. My son’s score improved by just under 20 percentage points while working with Nancy.

--parent, Kenyon College & Calhoun

We cannot say enough about Nancy and her approach to learning. She spent time getting to know our daughter and understanding exactly what she needed to be successful through a very stressful time of college applications. Nancy’s suggestions helped our daughter decide between ACT/SAT testing as well as helping prepare for the actual test day.

It is easy to get caught up in the process and lose sight of what is best for your own child; Nancy definitely understands the pressure and was accessible when a question arose, even if it wasn’t during the tutoring session.

--parent, University of Wisconsin-Madison & Bard High School Early College

My daughter never was a fan of tutors, and the whole process of preparing for SAT’s was a dreaded endeavor…but we have to say the sun shined down on us when we hired Nancy Davenport, coach, tutor par excellence on this crazy path of getting our daughter up to speed for the SAT’s. She got her! Nancy has the special ability to communicate with teenagers, motivate them to see beyond their immediate desires and demands. She is a master balancer between discipline, inspiration and motivation. Nancy made Arianne accountable to herself and the process, which isn’t easy in a challenging teenager. Nancy was flexible, cheery and incredibly competent. She was equally successful, referring her on to other families, with totally different kids’ personalities and needs. Honestly, after she moved on, we were sad to no longer have her around!

--parent, Skidmore & Bronx Science

We would highly recommend Nancy as a tutor for the SATs and SAT 2s. Nancy knows exactly what to teach kids, is able to analyze areas of weakness, and expects kids to work very hard. Most importantly, she has a great sense of humor and attitude toward the studying. She makes the SAT a game to master and conquer. My daughter has told me on a number of occasions that she can’t believe how much fun she is having and her confidence has soared. Bravo, Nancy!

--parent, Boston University & Bard Early College

Advice

Advice for Freshmen, part 1

Most advice I see aimed at high school freshmen (and their families) about academics and testing is fairly generic and even a bit unhelpful: work hard but have fun too. Get good grades but don't worry too much if they're ...
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Advice for Freshmen, part 2

Shape your story. In part 1, I talked about why in freshman year you need to find your academic footing, and flagged some fundamental skills that all freshmen need by the end of the year. In part 2, I turn to why ...
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Advice for Freshmen, part 3

Selectively ignore testing in freshman year. (with three caveats) In the first two parts of this series, I made the case that freshman year is both about finding your academic footing, and about shaping your story by figuring out which academic and extracurricular ...
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Get in Touch

nancy@tutoretcetera.nyc
917-544-1756