Smith Street Workshop provides customized test prep programs to students in all grades and skill levels. Whether a student needs help with the SAT, ACT, PSAT, SAT subject tests, or AP exams. We are currently offering individual tutoring sessions at the workshop located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn or could set up remote tutoring sessions in the comfort of your home with a College Admission prep tutor.

With nearly 7,000 hours of teaching experience, our SAT/ACT tutors have an extensive background in teaching standardized test prep to a broad range of students in both a classroom environment and in one on one tutoring sessions. We firmly believe that every student has the ability to improve their score if provided with the tools and techniques specific to the standardized test they are preparing for.

If you would like to learn more about our approach, we would be happy to set up a 15 minute phone call to explain our process and go over your options. Contact us today!

The Art of the College Essay  


15 hour Workshop - $750

8/5 - 8/9 - 8 students maximum

Location: Smith Street Workshop

104 1st Place, 2nd Fl, Brooklyn NY 11231

The Art of the College Essay is a course that empowers high school juniors and seniors in the college application process. Students will craft compelling narratives, edit for concision and impact, and find authentic voice on the page. The course will cover the craft of the personal essay in general and the parameters of the Common Application in particular. We will consider what admissions officers (the audience) are reading for and how to approach the task with a sense of purpose and personal accomplishment.

The course will guide students through the writing process, from finding a resonant topic and writing a first draft to the revision and editing process. Students will examine exemplary texts written by exceptional teenage writers, receive written and oral instructor feedback, and benefit from the collaborative energy of the workshop space. Each student will finish the course with a powerful, polished personal essay. 


For over a decade, Christine Gardiner has been teaching writing and literature at the college level at institutions like Brown University, the University of Denver, and Hunter College. For six years, she worked as an Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the College of New Rochelle, where she directed the Letters Department, served as an academic advisor, and read every incoming student's college essay. As a result, she has a deep understanding of the college essay in terms of form, parameters, and possibilities.