- Hourly rate $110
- Response Time 2h
- Number of students 21
1st lesson free!
Professor with a PhD from Yale In Literature Makes your Essays and Applications Ivy League Level
- New York
- at his home
- at your home
Brais is one of our best tutors Academic English. They have a high-quality profile, verified qualifications, a quick response time, and great reviews from students!
About the lesson
I normally ask my clients to send me a draft of their work and based on that draft, I am able to improve their original work by clarifying and developing concepts, improving the readability, restructuring the essay, and fact-checking their work. The result is an outstanding piece of writing that is based on your work and that you can use as model for your final submission.
- Academic English
- Essay writing
College / University Preparation
- Elementary School
- Middle School
Advanced Technical Certificate
College / University
I am a professor at a NYC university with a PhD from Yale University. As an active scholar and published author who is active in research and academic production, I am fully in touch with the academic standards that characterize American academia and I will be able to help you improve the level of your essays from good to excellent and from excellent to outstanding.
Whether you want to achieve an A+ or get accepted into an Ivy League university with a mind-blowing personal statement, I can help you achieve your goals.
You can check out some of my publications here:
Perfect! He has gift for teaching. He’s very committed and he also made feel comfortable and not be afraid to ask questions. Very professional. I’ve learned so much from him within short time.
- Brais's response : Outstanding student. Very professional and with a true commitment to learning
View more reviews
Brais is a highly knowledgeable and kind individual who helped me immensely with my college essays, answered my questions, and gave great general college advice. All decisions and writing were my own and we talked about options before doing topics or changing around a sentence. I highly recommend Brais!
I give Brais my highest recommendation. Brais’s strengths as an academic tutor are many. For those working towards, or within top-tier undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, his experience and abilities are exceptional. Whether for assistance with critical writing, for linguistic and international development, or draft reviews for seminars and publication, Brais’s extensive background and personable approach make for highly effective sessions. Your work should improve significantly and rapidly. I was deeply impressed with the amount of advanced material Brais was able to cover, always with great command and insightful analysis. The hours spent on development and critical review with Brais are well worth your time. He will bring out the very best in your own abilities.
My daughter Sarah hss been workibg with Brais for the past 3 years. She was very stuck in Spanish and workibg with Brais she managed to overcome her initial problems with the grammar. Brais was super patient and now she really enjoys Spanish. Sarah is even asking to do a study abroad in Spain. Brais has been excellent and I cannot encourage enough other families the advantages of working with Brais. Amazing tutor and brilliant person to have around.
My son is an excellent student with great grades but was struggling in his Spanish class at Dwight School (NYC). He started working with Brais in 10th grade and soon his grades started to improve. He went from getting B- to getting As consistently and eventually becoming one of the best students in the class. Mos importantly, Daniel started enjoying Spanish and he has developed a real interest in both Spain and Latin America. Brais's work with him has been exceptional. He is both very knowledgeable as well as caring and also charismatic.
I have collaborated with Brais for a number of years co-developing language materials and syllabi for Spanish language instruction for adults. He is a fantastic teacher with tons of experience, great knowledge, and a sharp eye for students' needs. Having worked in language instruction for decades, I believe Brais is definitely one of the top performers I have met.
Brais is one of my colleagues and I know for a fact that the is a very effective language teacher, not only because of his knowledge of the language and his broad experience in teaching, but because of his vocation for the field.
I really enjoyed working with Brais for my college application essays . I initially came to him to help me with my Personal Statement but he was so helpful that I decided to work with him with my other supplemental essays .Working with Brais gave me the structure and support that I needed to help turn my essays from good to great . If you are in need of someone to guide you through the daunting college essay process and help you tell your story in the most effective way I would highly recommend Brais!
View more recommendations
- 5h: $550
- 10h: $1,100
- + $$45
For revisions of manuscripts and college applications, I can offer special prices depending on the level.
Find out more about Brais
1) Do you speak this language fluently because of your origins or because a teacher inspired you to learn?
I am native speaker of Spanish and Portuguese. I was born and raised in Spain and have spent a lot of time in Portugal throughout my life. Because my family is originally from Latin America, I am able to teach and transition seamlessly from Spanish and Latin American varieties.
2) Can you name a living, historical or fictional character that you think is the emblematic representative of the language's culture?
Frida Kahlo, the noted painter from Mexico, is a representative and hugely inspirational figure. Her talent as a painter, her ability to challenge gender roles and conceptions about disability, and her willingness to reflect on her life through her work make her an unrivalled representative of the sophistication, boldness, and inventiveness of Latin American culture.
3) Is there a typical word, phrase, tradition or behaviour in the language that you particularly like?
In Spanish, "tener calle" is used to refer to someone that has been around the block and is rich in life experiences. It means literally "to have street." In Portuguese, "saudades" means the missing of something or the longing for something that one doesn't have. It is also used for homesickness.
I have a weakness for the traditions of Flamenco and Tango in Spain and Argentina, respectively. The intensity of the music and the dance is unrivaled.
4) Why does speaking this language matter to you?
For me, Spanish and Portuguese are two of my 3 mother tongues and, obviously, they are an integral component of my cultural identity and of who I am as an individual. Each of the languages I speak are also lenses through which I relate to the world and I experience it cognitively and emotionally. I firmly believe that speaking a variety of languages expands your view of the world.
5) What is the main difficulty in learning this language and what can help the process of learning?
The irregularity of the grammar and syntax of romance languages can be sometimes overwhelming. The way to address this issue is by creating a very structured learning process based on oral and written expression in which the grammar is addressed in a very systematic way. First, one has to consolidate the rules and make sure the student understands the regular forms, to then move on to address the irregular forms.
6) Provide a valuable anecdote related to your language learning or your days at school.
While I was learning German, I started saying the word "Eigentlich" as a filler (a word that you repeat a lot even when it doesn't make sense but that provides you time to think about the actual content or grammar of what you want to express). They started calling me "Mr. Eigentlich" (it means "in fact," "really"). It took me a couple of years to get off that habit but I managed: the bottom line is that in language acquisition, dropping bad habits can take a long time and it is crucial to learn things the right way from the beginning.
7) How has travel or a specific trip helped you to increase your skill and knowledge of the language?
Since Spanish and Portuguese are my mother tongues, traveling for me has been a way of increasing my exposure to different varieties and accents. In that process I have expanded dramatically my understanding of the language. Also, being an academic in New York City that is constantly interacting with Spanish from all over Latin America, has allowed me to develop a very standard Latin American Spanish that can be used in all different countries without any problems.
8) What makes you a Superprof in language?
I speak multiple languages. Spanish, Portuguese, and Galician are my mother tongues. I have a near-native level of English and a proficient level of German. My level of French is lower-intermediate. This variety of language experiences has allowed me to really develop a great ability to explain in a succinct way aspects of grammar that might seem difficult, otherwise.
In addition, as a Yale-educated scholar with a publishing record and research agenda on Latin American cultural history, I have a level of intellectual and cultural awareness and knowledge that is difficult to find.