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Nick W.

After attending Saint Ann’s in Brooklyn, Nick graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2016, where he studied fine art, literature, and foreign languages. Since graduating, Nick has worked as a studio assistant for renowned artists and completed art residencies in London and Berlin. As a tutor, he helps a wide variety of learners of every level. He knows how to put himself in the place of his students and break down difficult concepts so that they are easily understandable. He especially enjoys helping students develop and structure their arguments for writing.

How to Read a Poem

$350 per student
  • This workshop introduces students to the art of close reading as it relates to a poem. Using shorter poems as examples, we'll walk students through the basic steps of literary analysis. Students will learn how to identify the three levels of a poem -- the literal, figurative, and formal -- with the aim of seeing how each of these levels deepens, contradicts, or plays against the other. Students will then learn how to present their analysis in written form through a clear and concise exegesis of a poetic text, chockfull of original insights and observations. You will come away with the ability to read a poem, understand what's happening, and say something interesting about it, all while strengthening your reading and writing skills along the way.
  • Short & sweet: Ezra Pound and Emily Dickinson.
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
  • Poems on death & time.
  • Poems on love.
  • Poems on disenchantment.
  • Poems on the apocalypse.
  • 1 hour per week for 6 weeks

Difficult Poems

$350 per student
  • There is nothing quite like the challenge of struggling through a difficult poetic text, and finally, triumphantly, making sense of it. In this discussion based class, student will read and analyze some of the greatest and most difficult poems in the English language. We will read works by Coleridge, Yeats, T.S. Eliot, John Ashberry and others. Think of it as Crossfit for you brain. It’s gonna burn, but you’ll come away from of it a stronger reader and thinker than you were before.
  • Introduction to method of analysis through Shakespeare’s Sonnets.
  • W.B. Yeats & John Donne.
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
  • Wallace Stevens & John Ashbery.
  • TS Eliot's "The Wasteland."
  • 1 hour per week for 6 weeks



"[Your tutors] know their subjects inside and out and explain difficult/confusing material with great skill. They're also kind and patient and put students at ease. "

Private School Parent

"My daughter actually talked about Nick's class, and what she was reading, at the dinner table. She said she had no idea that poetry had all this meaning. She's really enjoyed classes with Nick and learned a lot."

Public School Parent

"You’ve inspired my daughter to want to achieve more in her life."

Private School Parent