Melissa Skier

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Primary Location:
Lexington, MA
Summer Location:
Lexington, MA
Ivy Bound Tutor Since:
Harvard University
Grad School:
University of North Carolina

Programs I specialize in:

  • Academic Tutoring: College
  • Academic Tutoring: K-12
  • ACT
  • AP/SAT History
  • AP/SAT Languages
  • AP/SAT Literature
  • AP/SAT Math Level 1 & 2
  • AP/SAT Other Exams
  • GMAT
  • GRE
  • ISEE
  • PSAT
  • SAT
  • SSAT
  • Study Skills


With a strong record of success and more than 10 years of teaching experience in the test prep field, I have the skills and background to prepare your student for his or her test. I have been tutoring with IvyBound since my freshman year at Harvard in 2001. A Harvard graduate and former Fulbright Fellow, I am currently working towards a PhD in History. I have recently completed research projects at the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies.



University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill

  • PhD in History in progress (2007-present; currently on leave)
  • field areas: Modern Europe and Women & Gender
  • Supervisor: Prof. Karen Hagemann
  • Dissertation research on human trafficking along borders of the German Empire, 1871-1914

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

  • Fellow at the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (2005-2006)

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

  • Social Studies and Studies of Women’s Studies, 2005 cum laude, high honors in field. summa (highest honors) grade for senior thesis.



Ivy Bound Test Prep
Instructor (2001-present)

  • Individualized tutoring and preparation for SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, APs, SSAT, GMAT and GRE.

Independent Education Consultant (2006-present)

  • SAT, GRE and GMAT prep. Targeted English and essay writing coaching for native and non-native speakers of English. Targeted math prep and math skill building for non-math specialists. Admissions essay editing and application consulting.

History Department, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Teaching Apprentice (2007-2008)

  • Teaching assistant to two undergraduate courses: Prof. Konrad Jarausch’s “Twentieth-Century Europe” and Prof. Karen Hagemann’s “Women and Gender in European History, 1750-Present.”



  • Fulbright Fellowship
  • Pforzheimer Fellowship
  • Jane C. Grant Prize
  • Harvard College Scholarship
  • Dean’s Summer Research Award
  • Harvard Women’s Studies Research Grant
  • Harvard College Research Program Grants

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