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Alex Yoken, M.P.S.

Alex Yoken is a patient and dynamic educator with 13 years of experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages. Alex grew up in Westchester County and graduated with honors from The Hackley School in Tarrytown. Alex went on to study a variety of disciplines within the liberal arts and graduated from Purchase College with a B.A. in Art History and a 3.7 GPA. Alex found her passion for education while working as a peer tutor and American Red Cross swimming instructor throughout college. Alex then pursued her Master’s degree in Childhood and Special Education at Manhattanville College where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

While at Manhattanville and after, Alex gained invaluable experience as a classroom teacher in Westchester public schools and as a professional tutor. Alex works with students in middle school through doctoral programs, and specializes in writing and literacy, social studies, and executive functioning and study skills. She has extensive experience helping students complete upper-level and clinical research, with several students publishing this work in scholarly journals. Alex has also successfully advocated for students with disabilities and medical conditions in order to secure classroom accommodations, curriculum modifications, and alternative school placements. Alex’s wide-ranging experiences have provided her the flexibility, creativity, and expertise to address and solve all types of educational needs and problems.

As all students have unique goals, abilities, and needs, Alex individualizes each session accordingly. Her background as a special educator allows her to differentiate lessons and come up with the most useful learning strategies for each student. While catering to each student’s specific goals, Alex focuses on teaching critical thinking, problem-solving, and self-advocacy skills so that students of all ages can become resourceful and successful learners capable of solving complex and nuanced problems.

As a passionate and lifelong learner, Alex strives to make learning fun and practical for all students! When she is not helping students and families achieve their goals, Alex can be found cooking, taking yoga and kickboxing classes, hiking, and volunteering with Feeding Westchester and The Pleasantville Cottage School. Check out Alex’s blog at https://thesavvytutor.com/blog/.

Online Learning:

Online learning is an effective and increasingly utilized method for teaching and coaching students of all levels. During the coronavirus outbreak, it is essential for students to receive the academic and skills support they need while maintaining a safe physical distance from those outside of their household. Alex/The Savvy Tutor provides effective tutoring, coaching, editing, and advocacy services remotely via platforms such as Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc… Using applications and features such as Google Docs, Adobe, screen sharing, and more, Alex is able to work with students and clients as successfully as she is in-person while maintaining the health and wellbeing of everyone.

Executive Functioning Coaching

Many students of all ages struggle with executive functioning, which are skills that enable us to plan, prioritize, and successfully execute tasks, make goal-oriented decisions, and think in a flexible way to achieve… Executive functioning coaching consists of helping students learn to identify

College and Adult Students

Alex can help students in college and graduate school who need assistance with organization, study skills, and test preparation. Additionally, she is an expert in academic writing and research, and can help students completing papers and research projects in many disciplines including the social sciences, history, education, medicine and healthcare, the arts and humanities, and more. Whether you are working on a short essay or a doctoral dissertation, Alex can make the writing process efficient and minimally stressful while ensuring that all final work meets the highest scholarly standards.

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Education and Credentials

Alex Yoken, The Savvy Tutor, grew up in Westchester County and graduated from The Hackley School in Tarrytown in 2002 with Honors in History. While at Hackley, Alex developed many of the critical writing, thinking, and study skills that it takes to thrive in a rigorous academic environment and in the hypercompetetive world at large.

Alex went on to study a variety of disciplines within the liberal arts and graduated from Purchase College in 2006 with a B.A. in Art History and a cumulative 3.7 GPA.

After working as an American Red Cross certified swimming instructor and peer tutor throughout college, Alex decided that teaching was her passion and she went back to school for a Master’s degree. Alex pursued her Master’s degree in Childhood and Special Education at Manhattanville College and graduated in 2011 with a 4.0 GPA.

While at Manhattanville, Alex gained invaluable experience as a classroom teacher, peer- and professional tutor. Alex has worked in general education settings and classrooms, as well as inclusion, co-taught, and resource classrooms, and thus has an understanding of how the public school system operates. Alex’s experience working with students of many abilities and ages and in many settings allows her the flexibility to work with many populations by implementing a wealth of data-driven and appropriate instructional strategies and methods.

Alex is dually certified in Childhood Education and Special Education in New York State.

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Patient, understanding and very supportive ..

Having Alex as a tutor was amazing. She is patient, understanding and very supportive in many ways. Alex not only helped our son with his writing and vocabulary, she helped him organize his thoughts and strengthen his study skills. I highly recommend Alex as a tutor.

–Celina M., Greenburgh, NY
“Having Alex as a tutor was amazing”

She is patient, understanding and very supportive in many ways. Alex not only helped our son with his writing and vocabulary, she helped him organize his thoughts and strengthen his study skills. I highly recommend Alex as a tutor.

Celina M., Greenburgh, NY
“Personalized teaching style, depth of knowledge, attentive manner”

When there are so many great things that can be said about a person, it is hard to find the right words that truly satisfy that person’s character. I first began working with Alex when I was a freshman in high school. Not having success with previous tutors, I concluded that tutors simply are not for me. However, Alex showed me otherwise; her personalized teaching style, depth of knowledge, attentive manner, and even sense of humor is above any tutor I’ve ever encountered. Beyond the skills that make Alex an effective yet enjoyable tutor, she also provides insight and guidance to those who are struggling in certain areas of their life. I have sought Alex’s help with challenges both big and small, and she always steers me in the right direction while teaching me important life skills in the process. As I am now approaching my senior year, I am overwhelmed with feelings of confidence and excitement because I know that I will have Alex by my side.

–Victoria L., Armonk, NY
“Effective, Articulate Advocate”

I hired Alex to help me obtain a private school placement at the district’s expense for my 3rd grader, who is nonverbal and autistic. After hiring an ineffective attorney for the same purpose when my son was in first grade, Alex was able to accomplish this goal and got my son a placement in a specialized, private school program. While this endeavor took months of work, meetings, emails, and school visits to accomplish, my son is now in an appropriate program where he is able to learn and thrive. Additionally, Alex was able to get the school district to provide every single service, accommodation, and technology that I was requesting for my son. Alex is assertive, articulate, and knows the law and best educational practices. As such, she effectively and vociferously advocated on my son’s behalf and accomplished all of my goals. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of an advocate!

-Angela F., New Rochelle, NY
“High Quality Tutor”

Alex is a highly skilled and knowledgeable writing teacher. Warm and nurturing. Reliable. Made learning meaningful, engaging and fun. Definitely recommend and will use again.

-Wendy D., Tarrytown, NY
“Knowledgable and Dedicated”

I must admit that I was absolutely fortunate when I stumbled upon Alex’s website during my internet search a year and a half ago. I was desperately looking for someone to proof read my papers and assist in guiding me throughout the pursuit of my doctorate degree. With the guidance, support, and constructive criticism from this very knowledgeable, insightful, and patient individual I received As in all my courses. I truly enjoyed working with Alex.

-Jessie M., White Plains, NY
“The Best Tutor”

Alex is very well-versed and knowledgeable about many subjects. I have not been in school in over 20 years and now I am back to obtain my doctorate degree. Alex has helped me get organized and has assisted me with my APA citations, grammar, and word choice. My writing skills have improved significantly and every one of my papers has received an A. Alex has provided me with the skills I need to continue my studies. I am so lucky to have met Alex.

– Renee C., Yonkers, NY
“Awesome Teacher and Person”

Amanda: I am a student of Alex’s. I would recommend Alex to other students because she pushes you, gives you confidence, and she has a great sense of humor. She turns around any of your negative feelings into positive ones so you can believe in yourself to succeed.

Doretta: I am Amanda’s mom. Alex has a tremendous amount of patience. She is creative, funny, and very knowledgeable of her material. Alex tutored my daughter to obtain a driving permit. This was a major challenge for Amanda. Aside from needing help to learn the material, Amanda also has severe test anxiety. Amanda also has had many many tutors throughout her life. Alex not only helped Amanda learn the material and prepare for the test, but also made her believe in herself and decreased her anxiety. She is truly an awesome teacher and person. I highly recommend her to any struggling student.

– Amanda and Doretta Tarangioli, Eastchester, NY
“Hardworking and dedicated”

Alex is a hard working and extremely dedicated person. Not only is she able to help me better understand what I am studying but she also has a way of inspiring me to learn more. I have had many tutors and I know for a fact that Alex is by far the best. She pushes me to better myself and helps me become increasingly more interested in school. Alex helps me with whatever I need to improve on and is always the first and most excited to congratulate me on my accomplishments. After studying with Alex my grades have dramatically improved. This made it possible for me to get into a high honors English class after years of special Ed. Also with her help she made looking and applying for colleges an enjoyable experience. She is an amazing tutor and person and I can go on forever stating how much she has helped me become a confident student.

– Nicole L., Armonk, NY
“Extremely knowledgable about the admissions process”

My daughter struggled with writing her college application essay. We were fortunate to meet Alex who not only helped our daughter select the appropriate subject matter and prepare a well-written essay, but minimized the stress and drama that comes with this process. Alex has great writing skills and she is very creative and extremely knowledgable about the admissions process. Alex is a pleasure to work with.

–John S., White Plains, NY
“Knowledgeable and Helpful”

Alex helped me with my personal statements for graduate school. It was helpful to brainstorm ahead of time because it made our sessions more productive. However, we brainstormed more throughout our sessions. She made me feel confident in my writing and the writing process less stressful. She took notes as we talked and cares about making a connection with her students. I definitely recommend her assistance! It was such a pleasure to work with her and I will be sure to keep in contact with her for future assignments!

– Desiree, R., Homer Glen, IL
“Far exceeded expectations”

Alex has worked with my son for three months and the improvement we have seen has been tremendous. My son went from failing in math to exceeding his peers in class. He enjoys his sessions with Alex and as a matter of fact, looks forward to her coming to tutor him, he refers to it as “so much fun and interesting”. Alex provided our son with the necessary strategies to apply to solve math problems and we can see him applying those strategies in his homework assignments.  Our son went from 60’s and 70’s to 95 in scores for his math tests.  We are incredibly lucky and grateful to have found Alex. She has done wonders for our son and has been able to teach him in a manner where he understands and retains the information.  She has far exceeded our expectations in so little time.

–Nadira B., Scarsdale, NY
“Insightful, inspirational, and enthusiastic professional”

Alex has been working with our 2nd grade daughter for over a few months now, and she has had an amazing, positive impact on her. Alex is knowledgeable, hardworking, and extremely patient with our daughter who has been having some challenges reading. Alex was able to identify our daughter’s weaknesses and help provide the necessary strategies and techniques to help her improve her reading skills. Alex is an excellent tutor who my daughter says “makes reading fun”! She eagerly awaits and looks forward to her sessions with Alex as Alex never fails to have a clever game and fun worksheets for them to work on together. With Alex’s help, our daughter’s confidence has really grown, and her reading has significantly improved –she will actually read aloud now! We are so grateful to have found Alex – she has truly been able to teach our daughter in ways that she can understand and learn. We can’t thank Alex enough for all her hard work, and would highly recommend her. If you’re looking for an intelligent, dedicated and incredibly responsive tutor, look no further!

–Eileen B., Tuckahoe, NY
“Dedicated, professional, reliable”

Alex is an inspiring tutor, full of enthusiasm and knowledge. Her lessons are always personalized and tailored specifically to my daughter’s needs.  My 5th grade daughter always looks forward to meeting with Alex, as Alex always includes activities and games that make learning fun for her. I noticed her increase in confidence and it showed through her improvement in grades. Dedicated, professional, reliable – what more could you ask for! I would highly recommend Alex without any hesitation. Thank you, Alex!

–Jen A., White Plains, NY
“Excellent tutor, very helpful”

Alex worked with me very diligently and helped me with several college supplemental essays. Alex knew exactly what college admissions officers were looking for which helped me include critical information in my essays. Also, I was able to engage in conversation with Alex about how to go about revising my essays. She approaches the essay sentence by sentence and makes sure that the essential question: “so what?” is always answered within the writing. I recommend Alex as a tutor for anyone in need of help for any piece of writing.

–Brian W., Greenwich, CT
“Professional, effective tutor and advocate”

I hired Alex as a tutor and an advocate to help me prepare and receive accommodations for an NASM personal training exam. Alex was critical in helping me successfully study and prepare for the test by teaching me effective study skills and test-taking strategies. Alex was able to get NASM to provide me the full extent of accommodations that I was legally entitled to. She also made sure that the reader for my test was competent and prepared by personally escorting me to the testing center to make sure that they were following the appropriate procedures. I am extremely thankful to Alex for her dedication to my success and for helping me pass the exam.

–AJ Sauer, Tarrytown, NY
“Terrific tutor”

Alex is well prepared and detail-oriented and works hard during the sessions to make sure my son understands what she is working on with him.

–Bonnie Y., Scarsdale, NY
“Professional problem-solver”

My adult brother has been working with Alex for the past few months. She is amazing! I have never known someone in this profession to be so patient, insightful and so good at breaking down challenges into pieces of a puzzle in order to find the best possible solution.

–Andrea Weinberg, New York, NY
“Competent, knowledgeable, and committed”

Alex was able to help me improve my study and test-taking skills and I’m so glad I hired her! I am a nursing student in a competitive program and I felt lost given the vast amount of material that I had to study. Alex helped me use recall strategies like mnemonics to remember difficult terminology for exams. She was also helpful in teaching me metacognitive strategies for focus and self-monitoring during testing. I am especially grateful to Alex for helping me navigate through the difficult “red tape” of my program. She taught me effective self-advocacy techniques so that I was able to attain the outcome I was seeking by being assertive about my rights. I am now much more confident about going into my next semester of school and feel like I have the necessary skills to succeed.

–Sam Kudelka, Pleasantville, NY

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