SHSAT Exam Prep

Kweller SHSAT September Start Classes start September 10, 2020, and end on November 3, 2020. SHSAT classes open to rising 8th Grade Students with an 85+ Average.




September 10 – November 3, 2020

Thursdays OR
Saturdays OR

Session Options:

Mornings OR
Afternoons OR

Course Times:

Saturday/Sunday Mornings: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM OR
Saturday/Sunday Afternoons: 12:30 PM – 4:30 PM OR
Thursday Evenings: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Course Dates:

September 10 – November 3, 2020

Online Zoom Instructors:

Minwoo, Kathryn, Tasnim, Diana, Dasha, Nina, & Jann

In-Person Queens Instructor:

Betty & Diana

Manhattan Instructor:




Sunday Afternoon Online Zoom Instructor: Minwoo

Kweller Prep Tutor Minwoo

MINWOO attends Cornell University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with a minor in Business. He has taken a number of courses in college tailored to his major, including Environmental Governance, Environmental Policy Processes, Resource Management, Environmental Law, and Environmental Physics. Minwoo graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS). He took a number of advanced courses while at Hunter, including AP Biology, AP US History, Calculus AB, AP Physics, AP Microeconomics, and Organic Chemistry. At HCHS, Minwoo served as captain of the Varsity Swim Team and president of organizations such as Hakyo (Korean Cultural Club) and LiNK Liberty in North Korea). Minwoo served as a tutor for Kweller Prep for six years and counting and has extensive experience tutoring students for the Hunter exam, SHSAT, SAT, as well as the TACHS exam. Minwoo has worked at Kweller Prep consistently throughout college. He even traveled five hours each way each weekend to teach Kweller Prep’s Fall semester Hunter programs. Minwoo has also led tours of Cornell University for high school students attending Kweller Prep’s summer SAT classes. Most notably, Minwoo led a 350 Asian-American parent and student info session in the winter of 2018 on the competitive college application process where the majority of parents were not native English speakers. Minwoo has taught a number of classes at Kweller Prep and is one of our most versatile tutors. He’s taught the Hunter program, ACT, SAT, and SHSAT classes for years. We are honored to add that years ago, Minwoo rescheduled a surgical procedure to repair his eye just so that his SHSAT students would have no interruption of substitute tutor before the test. Minwoo has helped many high school students at Kweller Prep with drafting, outlining, and brainstorming their college essays. With his assistance, students have been accepted to Ivies such as Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Minwoo achieved scores of 2320/2400 on the SAT and a perfect score of 36/36 on his ACT. He also received the National Merit Semifinalist scholarship for scoring in the top percentile on his PSAT. Outside of Kweller Prep, Minwoo is studying for his LSAT, preparing to enter law school and dedicate his career to focusing on environmental policy. Minwoo has served as an intern legal assistant for two law firms in the past two years and is a member of the Roosevelt Institute, a policy organization where he and his team develop environmental and sustainability policies to improve Cornell’s campus. Minwoo is fluent in Korean. In his free time, Minwoo likes to dance, as he does with his team BreakFree at Cornell, and tries to avoid thinking about the Knicks as much as he can.

Saturday/Sunday Morning & Afternoon Online Zoom Instructor: Nina

Kweller Prep Tutor Nina

NINA graduated from George Washington University (GW) in Washington D.C., this past spring. While at GW, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology. Nina was on the pre-med track, so she completed the pre-requisite curriculum for application to medical school, in addition to earning a minor in Business Administration. Nina currently works daytime in clinical research and she pursuing an MD/MBA. While at GW, Nina was a member of the University Honors Program (UHP) which comprises the top 1% of the academic community. The Honors Program requires undergraduates to complete a series of intensive, seminar-style humanities courses. Some of Nina’s notable achievements at GW include appointment to a teaching assistantship (paid position) for an interdisciplinary STEM seminar geared towards promoting interdepartmental research and STEM student retention. She also worked at GW Hospital, a level one trauma center, which currently serves as first-responder to the White House and State Department. Nina has been very fortunate to pursue the aforementioned opportunities, but perhaps the most relevant experience Nina brings to the table is that she has been teaching at Kweller Prep for the last five years, and teaching the Hunter entrance exam for the past seven years overall. Nina graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS). Nina originally started tutoring for the Hunter exam via a student organization at Hunter called Lighthouse, which sought to connect underprivileged fourth and fifth graders with mentors from Hunter high school. Nina tutored students for their NY state tests so that they could qualify for the Hunter entrance exam, and then we tutored them for the Hunter test. Nina worked closely with the Hunter admissions office to determine the best strategies to teach the exam. Nina also worked with the teachers in the English department to get a better sense of what the staff is looking for in the essays, as they are the individuals evaluating that portion of the exam, and students tend to struggle most with the essay. At Kweller, Nina served as an instructor for the Hunter test and taught the Summer Camp weekday course for four years, in addition to private tutoring for it, with an emphasis on the essay. Nina has worked with students from a broad range of backgrounds and academic levels and has particularly enjoyed helping students determine their own individual path to success. Nina is extremely professional and able to tie clear, crisp line feedback on students’ essays in an extremely effective way. She’s a gifted tutor and instructor and we are fortunate to have her as at Kweller Prep.

Saturday Morning & Afternoon AND Sunday Afternoon Online Zoom Instructor: Kathryn

Kweller Prep Tutor Kathryn

KATHRYN is a sophomore at NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences where she is enrolled in the Psychology program. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA while taking part in the Big Sib program and maintaining an active role in Stuyvesant’s Theater Community. Kathryn also spent much of her time on the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams at Stuyvesant, earning high awards from each. Kathryn received a 1560/1600 on her SAT, with an 800/800 on the math section and a 760 on the English section. She also received a 790/800 on her Math SAT II. She excelled in AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP Spanish, AP Calculus AB, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Government. She has experience tutoring elementary courses, Spanish, SHSAT, and SAT. During her first term at NYU, Kathryn took a course on the History of Western Architecture and on essay writing, as well as an Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition course and a seminar on the Trials of the Century. While these courses had rigorous writing requirements, Kathryn was able to receive 3 A’s and an A- during her first term. During the spring term of her freshman year, Kathryn took Intro to Psychology, Human Origins, Historic Preservation, and Militarism in the Media and received only A’s for the semester. The heavy writing component from these classes as well as the need for memorization has enhanced Kathryn’s learning skills and allowed her to learn new strategies to succeed, which she has since shared with her prep classes. Next term, Kathryn plans on taking Intro to Biology, General Chemistry, Calculus I, and Behavioral Statistics. At NYU, Kathryn is part of the selective Presidential Honors Scholars program, which helps students complete undergraduate research and later a Senior Thesis. Kathryn intends on conducting research in NYU’S Psychology department beginning her sophomore year of college. In addition to being fluent in English, Kathryn is also fluent in Spanish and proficient in Romanian. Kathryn is also an active member of the Karate club at NYU and enjoys taking their recreational kickboxing and weightlifting classes. Besides academics, Kathryn enjoys teaching karate, playing jazz on the piano, and cooking. Both Kathryn and her sister, Antalya, tutor at Kweller Prep. Prior to that, Kathryn was a student in our SHSAT and SAT programs. Kathryn also attended Kweller Prep for a variety of Regents prep courses. In the dual role of student and tutor, Kathryn is excited to guide motivated students at Kweller Prep while pursuing her degree at NYU. She has received excellent feedback from the students she has worked with and continues to maintain an outstanding record now that she’s also a zoom tutor.

Sunday Morning Online Zoom & Sunday Afternoon In-Person Queens Instructor: Diana

Kweller Prep Tutor Diana

Diana attends Stony Brook University as a Biochemistry major. She is on a pre-medical track. In her first semester, she took Calculus 2, Physics, Molecular Biology (Molecular Organisms), Chemistry IB 1, and will take Biology with a microorganism focus and Chemistry IB 2 next semester. Diana is a part of the Pink Gloves Boxing Club at Stony Brook. Diana graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, class of 2019. She scored a 1460/1600 on her SAT and took several Advanced Placement courses in high school. She took Epidemiology, Coding, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature Traditional, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus AB. Diana took many challenging classes at Bronx Science, including research literature and coding. Diana resides in Queens and attended Our Lady of the Angelus Catholic Academy. She is fluent in Romanian and English and is proficient in Spanish. Throughout her high school career, Diana was a part of the varsity co-ed wrestling team, called the Bronx Science Wolverines which became three-time city champions. She wrestled competitively and managed the team. This resulted in her building great leadership and managerial skills. Outside of school, Diana volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital and gained experience in the operating room tending to OR holding room responsibilities and looking in on surgeries including removal of tumors and laparoscopic procedures. She also learned what the role of an anesthesiologist entails. In addition to volunteering at the hospital, Diana is also a class tutor and homework grader at Kweller Prep. She has tutored students for the Grade 5 ELA State Exams, SHSAT, Hunter High School entrance exam test, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Middle and Upper-Level ISEE Exam. Diana is a longtime student at Kweller Prep. She attended Kweller Prep the summer before she started 8th grade in preparation for the SHSAT. Diana attended Kweller Prep throughout high school and participated in our SAT classes and college interviews. When not at Kweller Prep, Diana goes to the gym- she participates in mixed martial arts, including jiu-jitsu, Tai Kwon Do and kickboxing.

Sunday Afternoon & Thursday Evening Online Zoom Instructor: Dasha

Kweller Prep Tutor Dasha

DASHA attends the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College. She is pursuing a double major in Political Philosophy and Russian Studies and Translation. Dasha graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2017. Dasha scored a 1580/1600 on her SAT, nationally placing her in the 99th percentile. Throughout her high school years, she was a diligent student involved in many extracurriculars as well as a committed athlete. She was the President of 365, a club that provided for children in need internationally, volunteered at the Staten Island University Hospital, and pioneered PSAL Badminton across all NYC in her freshman year. In her senior year, she received an award from PSAL for her contribution to creating a sport that is now in schools across all five boroughs of NYC, as well as her leadership as a captain, assisting in her school’s championship win in 2017. She received full credit on both of her AP Calculus and Spanish and has a perfect score of 800/800 on the Math 2 and Spanish SAT 2 subject tests. She had also applied to and was accepted to Staten Island Technical High School and Stuyvesant, yet chose to remain at Hunter. At Kweller Prep, she tutors both private sessions and group classes primarily for the Hunter exam, SAT, SHSAT, ISEE, and ELA and Math State Tests. She is also fluent in Russian. Dasha enjoys tutoring and mentoring students. One of her favorite things to do is help students become better writers; she greatly enjoys teaching kids how to perfect their essay-writing skills. Dasha is one of the stricter teachers at Kweller Prep. She holds high standards and expects a lot from each of her students.

Saturday/Sunday Morning & Afternoon & Thursday Evening In-Person Queens Instructor: Betty

Kweller Prep Tutor Betty

BETTY is a student at the SUNY Downstate Accelerated Nursing Program. She graduated from Brooklyn College, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and minored in Chemistry. She graduated in the top 1% from the Health Professions Academy at Forest Hills High School with a 100 GPA. Because of her outstanding academic performance in high school, Betty earned a full academic scholarship to study at Brooklyn College. She took AP US History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP Psychology, and AP Statistics along with 6 College Now Classes while at Forest Hills High School. Betty entered Brooklyn College with 30+credits, making her a sophomore upon entry. As a result, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in three years, not four. Betty has consistently made the Dean’s List and received A’s in College-Level Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology, and Advanced Psychology Research. Betty is involved in various extra extracurricular activities on campus at SUNY Downstate. Betty volunteers as a peer mentor and commuter assistant. She is the president of the Women in Pre-Health Organization and the Vice President of the Save-A-Life club. She spent the past summer as an intern at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her role included shadowing doctors and surgeons in the endocrinology department. Betty aspires to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Reproductive Endocrinology. Betty has worked with middle school students as a tutor at Kweller Prep, teaching semesters of ELA, math, and Hunter Exam Test Preparation. Betty worked as a Hunter essay and homework grader throughout the fall of 2019. Betty is extremely easy o communicate with. She taught Kweller’s in-person Hunter class at Kweller Queens throughout the summer of 2020. Over the years, her three siblings attended Kweller Prep programs and are now also her coworkers at Kweller Prep Queens. Betty loves to teach and pass her knowledge to others. She enjoys making them feel as if they are home when with her. Outside of academics, Betty enjoys traveling, reading fictional books, and cooking.

Saturday Morning Online Zoom Instructor: Tasnim

Kweller Prep Tutor Tasnim

TASNIM attends Hunter College. He is in the honors computer science program with a double major in Computer Science and Physics, and a minor in Business Administration. He attends Hunter on a full scholarship. He is taking the following courses towards his major: Discrete Structures, Software Analysis and Design, Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound, Calculus, and Applied Statistics. Tasnim has worked on several websites and other projects for his computer science portfolio. Some examples are MD&Me, Discord Classroom Bot, Relative Pitch Trainer, Beatbox Launchpad. He has interned at different tech startups, such as TREAUU Inc., and has participated in different tech workshops and events, including CodeNow, CUNY Hackathon, and the Round. Tasnim has also participated in STEM-based classes at the American Museum of Natural History. Tasnim graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. At Brooklyn Tech, Tasnim was in the Software Major and on the A Capella team. He scored a 1450/1600 on the SAT. At Brooklyn Tech, he took AP Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, Physics 1, Physics 2, Seminar, and Science Research. He scored a 4/5 and 5/5 on all of his AP exams. He took the following advanced courses while in high school: Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, Physics 1, Physics 2, Seminar, Research. He is fluent in English and Bengali. Tasnim is proficient in Spanish. His sister, Jannatul, is also a tutor at Kweller Prep and recommended him to work at Kweller Manhattan. His fabulous sister is a Stuyvesant graduate and attends Macaulay Honors College. They both work weekends at Kweller Manhattan. In his free time, Tasnim likes to code: he enjoys the art of creation, design, and development.

Saturday Morning Online Zoom Instructor: Jann

Kweller Prep Tutor Jannatul

JANN attends the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College on the pre-medical track double majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies of NYC with a 4.0 GPA. At Macaulay Hunter, Jannatul has taken courses such as Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. She is a Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar and a John P. McNulty Scholar, receiving $7500 from Macaulay and $12,000 from Hunter for study abroad and research opportunities. Jannatul is an intern at the Jarvis Lab at Rockefeller University and does research on the neurophysiology of mouse vocalizations. She conducts EMG experiments and does behavioral analysis on volitional control of mouse singing patterns. Jannatul is also a volunteer in the Maternity Postpartum Unit at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell and the Teen and Young Adult Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jannatul is a scholar at the Geraldine E. Thompson program at Columbia University Medical Center, gaining free resources medical school applications after being recognized for her merit. Jannatul continues to work with the American Museum of Natural History, serving as a Research Ambassador for current high school students. Jannatul graduated from Stuyvesant High School while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. At Stuyvesant, she participated in the National Honors Society and the Science Olympiad. She scored a 34/36 on the ACT and a 1540/1600 on the SAT. At Stuyvesant, she took AP Biology, Chemistry, World History, US History, US Government, Comparative Government, English Language and Composition, and Spanish Language. She received 4/5 and 5/5 on all of her AP exams. Jannatul participated in the After School Program, Saltz Internship, and Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History and conducted research with Columbia University Ph.D. candidates where she became a Pinkerton Scholar. Jannatul has 6 years of previous experience with private tutoring, specializing in SHSAT, Regents, and Common Core prep. She has done tutoring sessions both one on one and in classroom settings. Her brother Tasnim also works at Kweller Prep (thanks to her). In her free time, Jannatul likes to practice film photography, read books, and discover new places in New York City.

Kweller SHSAT Early Start Prep for 7th Graders Starts September 12th – December 3rd 2020

SHSAT 7th Grade Prep

September 12 – December 3, 2020

Session Options

Saturday OR Sunday

Course Times:

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Course Dates:

September 12 – December 3, 2020

Queens In-Person Instructor:


Online Zoom Instructor:


SHSAT 7th Grade Early Start for 7th Graders Queens In-Person and Zoom Online Signup

Queens In-Person Instructor: Naurin

Kweller Prep Tutor Naureen

NAURIN is a semester away from receiving a double Bachelors in Secondary Education and English, from Queens College. She is on her path to become a NYC certified teacher. Naurin has been on the Dean’s List throughout her entire career at Queens College. She maintains a 3.9/4.0 GPA as a senior. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, an academic honor society. Currently Naurin is student teaching for the second semester and finishing up her honors thesis before graduating. She aspires to to be a High School English teacher upon graduation. Teaching has been one of Naurin’s long time passions and she has had many students over the years. Naurin is personally responsible for helping many of her close family members pass the SHSAT cut off and gain entrance into NYC specialized high schools. Naurin herself, attended Bronx Science. Throughout her high school career she took 4 AP classes and received a 4/5 or higher on all her exams. Naurin enjoys teaching kids at Kweller Prep for the SHSAT. She’s taught this class each semester since she started here. Also, she received a 2150/2400 on her SATs. In her free time, Naurin enjoys reading, writing for her school’s paper and spending time with her best friend since high school, Kweller tutor Navila.

Online Zoom Instructor: Lina

Kweller Prep Tutor Lina

LINA attends the Macaulay Honors College. She plans to pursue a double major in Chemistry and Economics. Her current coursework includes Chemistry, Sociology, Economics, and Writing About Literature. Lina graduated from Stuyvesant High School. Lina scored a 1510/1600 on the SAT and received a 22/24 on the essay section. She also scored a 760/800 on both the Math SAT II and Chemistry SAT II subject tests. Lina began taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses as early as her freshman year at Stuyvesant, starting with AP Human Geography, which she scored a 5/5 on. Following that, she took AP World History, AP US History, AP English Language and Composition, and AP Chemistry during her sophomore and junior years, which she scored all 4s and 5s on. During her senior year, Lina took several Advanced Placement courses, including AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, AP Microeconomics, and AP US Government and Politics. Other courses Lina took throughout her high school career included Genetics Research, Human Medical Genetics, Biology Regeneron Research, Criminal Law, Shakespearean Literature, and Writer’s Workshop. At Stuyvesant, Lina served as a chemistry tutor and essay editor with Stuyvesant’s National Honor Society, called ARISTA. She was also an active member of her school’s Jewish Student Union and danced in Stuyvesant’s annual StuySquad and SING! shows. Outside of school, she has performed in modern dance for over 10 years. Lina is the younger cousin of Dasha, a longtime Hunter tutor at Kweller Prep. Lina began her career at Kweller Prep as an intern, teaching SHSAT and then taught three writing classes on zoom back-to-back. Lina is extremely versatile. She has worked as a tutor, essay grader, and Dasha’s assistant. For fun, Lina loves to ride her bike and explore NYC with her friends. She also likes to bake and paint cookies.


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