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Welcome to Ivy League Tutor
Jennifer M. Chertow, Ph.D.
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Jennifer M. Chertow, Ph.D.


“She was the captain of her soul.”

Light in August, William Faulkner

Getting into all Ivy League colleges (Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, and U Pennsylvania) but one, graduating with honors from Harvard University (cum laude), and earning accolades as a regional and national swimmer, I founded Ivy League Tutor to provide students with the tools to get into their dream school. I come from the Chicago area and have returned to give back to my community. I substitute teach at the public high school I attended and founded Ivy League Tutor to contribute to the learning of community residents as well as national and international students who have a vision of achieving their dreams.

I come from a family of educators going as far back as the early 20th century with my grandmother pioneering special education at a state facility in New Jersey. My mother taught medical residents as an innovative, attending doctor in Chicago. My aunt taught in juvenile corrections facilities in New Jersey, and many of my cousins taught at the elementary and high school level in New Jersey and Chicago. 

Following in their footsteps, I am an educator by heart and by training with degrees in history and literature (A.B. Harvard University, cum laude), social science (M.A. University of Chicago), anthropology (M.A. and Ph.D. Stanford University), as well as two years of medical school (University of Illinois at Chicago).  I have taught courses at Stanford University, University of Illinois at Chicago-College of Medicine, Oakton Community College, and Arrupe College of Loyola, Chicago. 

For the past two years, in addition to substitute teaching at my high school, I have tutored students in college and business school applications as well as the SAT and ACT. I also tutor high school STEM, AP English, AP US History, AP World History, AP Human Geography as well as college and graduate level anthropology and archaeology. Finally, I am an artist and art teacher. I teach all of these subjects in person and online.​

My tutoring fee is $100/hour.


  • A student from Milano, Italy is matriculating at MIT's Executive M.B.A. Program this summer (2023). 

  • A student in South Carolina earned a 90/100 on her A.P. English Language and Composition exam (2023).

  • A student in New York received high marks on a critical final paper on language, identity formation, and gender for a course counting toward her Ph.D in anthropology (2023).

  • A student in Maryland went from a 20's and 30's on her honors Physics tests to 80's and 90's in three months (2022).


Approachable, knowledgeable and engaging tutor

Jennifer has been tutoring my high-school-junior son for AP US history and we have noticed an increase in his grades as a result and his teacher reporting an upward trajectory in his work at our recent PTC. Jennifer knows the subject very well and has great ideas to make history, and the trends and concepts behind that history, more accessible. Overall, my son is very happy with Jennifer and is looking forward to a very productive year with her. 

Patrick, 21 lessons with Jennifer

​​Great Fit!!! 

Jennifer has been amazing! Jumped in right away and after one session grades on essay went from 70 to 90. She is now helping prep for the AP exams. She is fun and encouraging."

Ella, 13 lessons with Jenniferr

Incredibly intelligent, Patient and Reassuring 

Jennifer is a warm, kind and present tutor. She is incredibly intelligent, knowledgeable in the field of Anthropology (amongst many others) and patient. She has great way of curating your ideas and presenting them back to you in a helpful manner. She helped me to interpret essay prompts, conceptualize an outline of the paper and choose appropriate readings to support. An overall wonderful experience and I look forward to working with her in the near future!

Noor, 2 lessons with Jennifer

~Tutoring Topics~

College Applications


9-12 Academic Tutoring

(AP and All Levels)

              HOW to BOOK LESSONS

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Free 1/2 hour intake.

Please pay by Zelle or Venmo.

Rescheduling and Cancellation Policy

Please be considerate of my time and do the best you can to let me know if you're going to be late or can't make a lesson. I typically won't charge for one or two missed lessons, but if it becomes routine, missing lessons will incur a fee. I will always work with you on rescheduling in order to make your learning and growth possible. In general, your ability to be consistent around making lessons will positively impact your academic outcomes. And as always, think positive!


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