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Lauren N.

North Hollywood, CA

$65/hr

Ivy League grad specializing in Math, Physics, Writing, Test Prep

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Ivy League grad specializing in Math, Physics, Writing, Test Prep

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My approach to tutoring? Academic topics actually excite me, so I bring that joy to my lessons in challenging and creative ways (without being overbearing or overwhelming the student).

I have tutored for various private companies for several years (SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP English/Math/Social Studies courses). I have also tutored independently in various subjects (essays, test, prep, physics, Spanish, all math levels). My primary area of expertise is in SAT/SAT Subject Test prep, ACT prep, and mathematics (algebra through multivariable calculus).

First and foremost, I know these tests inside and out (aside from tutoring) because I battled them myself: 10 AP courses, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests... More importantly, I realize (and stress) that standardized tests are just one quantitative, incomplete assessment of a student's aptitude and wealth of knowledge. When assisting with test prep, I teach my students how to efficiently and confidently navigate the test itself, in addition to identifying topics glossed over in class and tricks that cater to a student's learning style.

At Brown University, my studies centered on kinesthetic learning via dance, design, media, performance, and critical theory. I owe the breadth and global reach of my passion for language to University coursework in philosophical, critical race theory texts and dance of the African diaspora; Spanish language and comparative literatures of Latin America; elementary Arabic and experimental poetry; music theory, public policy, and fundamental computer programming. I am a published poet, playwright, and essayist. This is all a really complicated way of saying I have a lot of hobbies and interests that have nothing to do with standardized testing. I like to create a tutoring environment that reflects this.

I have a penchant for numbers, conquering multivariable calculus and the fundamentals of computer science by the end of high school, and continuing on to linear algebra and number theory in college.

Additionally, I am a trained and Federally authorized tutor through a subsidiary of the No Child Left Behind program, using technology to assist special needs and ELA students.

I'm very flexible and understanding with time. I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but I am more than willing to offer makeup lessons! I am open to traveling to a location that is productive and comfortable for the student for sessions.

I look forward to helping you have success, both in school and on standardized tests!

Testimonials

"Amazing Tutor"

- Wendy, Valley Village, CA on 6/19/14

"Personable and Focused"

- Sofia, Santa Monica, CA on 5/21/14

"Extremely knowledgeable, good communicator"

- Mary, Glendale, CA on 5/2/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology, Psychology,
Sociology
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop,
General Computer,
Graphic Design, HTML, Microsoft Word, Video Production, Web Design
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History,
European History, Geography,
Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Art:
Adobe Photoshop,
Art Theory , Film, Graphic Design, Theatre,
Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English,
Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, College Counseling, GED, PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Chess, Fitness, Poker,
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, General Computer,
Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Word, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Spanish, Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I personally scored a 35 on the ACT English subsection (35 composite) in 2006. I have since tutored students privately in all sections of the ACT exam, and I have prepared detailed lessons designed to illuminate specific exam topics, types of questions, and tricks.

ACT Math

In 2006, as a high school junior, I received a score of 35 on the Mathematics section of the ACT.

In recent years, I have tutored all subsections of the ACT extensively (in-person, online, etc.). I have created several unique lessons designed to address specific exam topics, and I use these lessons to structure a specific study plan for students studying for the ACT.

ACT Reading

Scored a 35 on the ACT Reading section in 2006. Privately tutored ACT Math, Writing, & Reading for 2+ years.

Adobe Photoshop

For almost two years, I worked in the Brown University Multimedia Labs as a media specialist, hardware/software consultant, and expert adviser & support staff for troubleshooting MAC, PC, AV issues.

I assisted with student projects involving Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, video import, recording, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, DreamWeaver, AfterEffects, Flash. All lab consultants were required to demonstrate proficiency using these programs and take refresher workshops on updates and advanced skills/tricks.

Algebra 2

I took advanced HS algebra 2 as an 8th grader, walking across the street from the middle to the high school every day due to my propensity and passion for mathematics.

I have been tutoring in math now for years, everything from algebra to calculus to standardized test prep math (SAT, ACT, AP Calculus, SAT Math II Subject test).

My goal is to make students see the beauty and simplicity of math, demystifying the subject and making it relevant to the world. Algebra 2 benefits from a lot of real-world applications.

American History

I scored a "5" on the AP US History exam in 2006. I specialize in helping students construct essays for the written portion of the exam.

Elementary Math

Trig and precalculus concepts are rampant on standardized tests, so I see and tutor them frequently. In particular, the SAT Math II Subject Test deals with trigonometry and some precalculus often.

Three of my SAT Math II students this past year were boarding school students in Russia; I tutored these girls remotely via Skype-esque video conferencing and advanced document mark-up & screen-sharing. AL of my students saw their SAT Math II scores improve after just two weeks of rigorous tutoring: one's score went up a total of 70 points (630 to 700).

I have tutored all subsections of the ACT extensively (both in-person and remotely).

Math is the subject about which I am most passionate, and I work extra hard to impart that excitement and desire to improve with all of my math students.

These subjects in particular require a hands-on approach, and I like to employ a number of graphics, pictures, and real-world applications to make certain topics easier to digest.

As far as elementary age students are concerned, most of my experience comes from having tutoring an advanced eight-year-old in math, science, and technology twice a week for some time. We work on creative math applications, robotics, genetics, basic physics concepts, and more. I love the challenge of making math fun again to a second grader, and disguising the incredible math lurking in activities like poker, chess, cryptography games, and board game creation.

English

I scored a perfect 800 on the writing section of the new SAT; I managed a 35 on each of the English and Reading sections of the ACT; and I received a score of "5" on both the AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition exams.

General Computer

I've often been touted a "computer whiz," but more than anything I am humble, knowledgeable, and patient when it comes to technology and sharing computer knowledge with others (my first "student" was my mother, now proficient in MS Office, general computing, and even Facebook).

My software knowledge is extensive (includes Logic, FinalCut, the Adobe Creative Suite), and I have designed websites for pay (concrete HTML, CSS, Java, and Scheme knowledge).

At the end of the day, however, I just get computers... and I get people. I love to unite the two in a productive relationship.

Geography

In addition to early-level high school geography, I also took and mastered AP Human Geography my senior year of high school. My university-level cultural studies courses helped to reify my geographical knowledge. I specialize in complicated human geography concepts and essay help.

Geometry

I took advanced HS geometry as a 7th grader, walking across the street form the middle to the high school every day because of my propensity and passion for mathematics.

I have been tutoring in math now for years, everything from algebra to calculus to standardized test prep math (SAT, ACT, AP Calculus, SAT Math II Subject test).

My goal is to make students see the beauty and simplicity of math, demystifying the subject and making it relevant to the world. Geometry in particular requires a lot of real-world applications.

Literature

I have tutored the SAT Literature Subject Test multiple times, in addition to having taken the test myself.

I have collected a stockpile of myriad practice exams from various sources over the years, in addition to several of the tests administered by the College Board itself.

In addition to tutoring this particular exam, I have extensively tutored the SAT (CR & Writing sections), the English and Reading sections of the ACT, and the AP Language & Composition and Literature & Composition exams.

I scored a perfect 800 on the writing section of the new SAT; I managed a 35 on each of the English and Reading sections of the ACT; and I received a score of "5" on both the AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition exams.

Physics

I have tutored both the SAT Physics Subject Test and AP Physics tests (in addition to Honors Physics and subtopics of physics, i.e. electromagnetism, kinetics, etc), having taking AP Physics for a score of "5" as a sophomore in high school.

I am extremely passionate about physics, really above all other scientific subjects, in the same way I am passionate about mathematics (it's difficult to have one without the other!)

I teach and review physics concepts with great care and delicacy to ensure maximum understanding within the subject and across the expansive list of subtopics. More importantly than solving complicated math, physics requires a mastery of formulas and figures that one may derive from and maneuver between what is "given" and make the cognitive leaps necessary to simplify and solve the most complex problems.

Poker

I have tutored children in poker (to illuminate various math concepts for gifted and/or learning disabled students), in addition to informally introducing the game to adult acquaintances.

I have been studying via the greats and great works (i.e. Doyle Brunson & "Super System," "Kill Phil," etc) for some time.

My first poker tournament ever, in Palm Springs, yielded a spot at the final table for me and an 8th place standing.

Shortly I will continue to expand my skills and knowledge under the tutelage of a disciple of Daniel Negreneau in Las Vegas.

Prealgebra

I took advanced HS algebra 2 as an 8th grader, walking across the street from the middle to the high school every day due to my propensity and passion for mathematics.

I have been tutoring in math now for years, everything from algebra to calculus to standardized test prep math (SAT, ACT, AP Calculus, SAT Math II Subject test).

My goal is to make students see the beauty and simplicity of math, demystifying the subject and making it relevant to the world. Pre-algebra in particular benefits from a lot of real-world applications, as algebraic notation and concepts become illuminated to young math students.

Proofreading

I am a published poet, playwright, and essayist; my work has appeared everywhere from my university newspaper to Broadway Magazine to the Huffington Post.

I have edited and aided in the polishing of everything from AP Lit essays to master's theses to professional screenplays.

I scored a perfect 800 on the writing section of the new SAT; I managed a 35 on each of the English and Reading sections of the ACT; and I received a score of "5" on both the AP Language & Composition and AP Literature & Composition exams.

Having scored 800 on the SAT Writing exam in both June and October of 2006, my expertise is most apparent in writing. I specialize in assisting students with basic writing/grammar skills and well-constructed, stand-out essays. I have worked professionally as a proofreader and editor; subsequently, my eye for written texts is keen.

PSAT

I took the PSAT exam as a freshman, sophomore, and junior in high school. My score as a junior put me in the 99th percentile (with a selection index of 231) and in the company of other National Merit Semifinalists. I later went on to become a National Merit Finalist, and, ultimately, a National Merit Scholar.

I have tutored students studying for the PSAT specifically, in addition to having a firm grasp of the subject matter covered by each of the Critical Reading, Math, and Writing Skills sections.

Psychology

I scored a "5" on the AP Psychology exam in 2006, and continued coursework in Neuroscience (plus theatre & psychology) at the university level.

My real expertise is in writing (i.e. helping to construct essays, papers, etc), as I'm a published poet and essayist, with articles everywhere from the Brown school newspaper Huffington Post to Broadway Magazine.

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT Math and the SAT Math II subject test professionally for the past year. Three of my SAT Math II students were boarding school students in Russia; I tutored them online via Skype-esque video conferencing, advanced document mark-up & screen-sharing, and other technological tools. Each of these girls saw improvements in their SAT Math II scores after two weeks of rigorous tutoring: one's score improved a total of 70 points, from 630 to 700.

Math is the subject about which I am most passionate, and I work extra hard to impart that excitement and desire to improve with all of my math students.

SAT Writing

Having scored a perfect 800 on the SAT Writing exam in both June and October of 2006, my SAT expertise is most apparent in writing. I specialize in assisting students with basic writing/grammar skills and well-constructed, stand-out essays. I have worked professionally as a proofreader and editor; subsequently, my eye for written texts is keen.

Theatre

I a completed Performance Studies degree at Brown University, where I received the Weston Award for Excellence in Acting. Additionally, my original solo shows garnered several artist's grants; and I participated in over four dozen performances and projects as a dancer, actor, writer, director, producer, designer, and/or technician. I have also trained at the Brown/Trinity Repertory Company, Playwright's Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, and Sacred Fools Theater Company.

Trigonometry

Trig and precalc concepts are rampant on standardized tests, so I see and tutor them frequently. In particular, the SAT Math II Subject Test deals with trigonometry and some precalculus often.

Three of my SAT Math II students this past year were boarding school students in Russia; I tutored these girls remotely via Skype-esque video conferencing and advanced document mark-up & screen-sharing. AL of my students saw their SAT Math II scores improve after just two weeks of rigorous tutoring: one's score went up a total of 70 points (630 to 700).

I have tutored all subsections of the ACT extensively (both in-person and remotely).

Math is the subject about which I am most passionate, and I work extra hard to impart that excitement and desire to improve with all of my math students.

These subjects in particular require a hands-on approach, and I like to employ a number of graphics, pictures, and real-world applications to make certain topics easier to digest.

Writing

I am a published poet, playwright, and essayist; my work has appeared everywhere from my university newspaper to Broadway Magazine to the Huffington Post.

I have edited and aided in the polishing of everything from AP Lit essays to master's theses to professional screenplays.

Brown University
Performance Studies

Education

Brown University (Performance Studies)

Amazing Tutor — Lauren was an excellent ACT tutor for my 17 year old daughter. Reliable, versatile, and great with kids, Lauren painlessly guided my daughter through several months of ACT prep. My daughter actually looked forward to the sessions! I cannot recommend Lauren highly enough! ...

— Wendy, Valley Village, CA on 6/19/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Rate negotiable. I want to be able to assist as many students as I can! Reduced rates available to any individuals who schedule 6+ hrs with me.

Travel policy

Lauren will travel within 40 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91606.


About Lauren

My approach to tutoring? Academic topics actually excite me, so I bring that joy to my lessons in challenging and creative ways (without being overbearing or overwhelming the student).

I have tutored for various private companies for several years (SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP English/Math/Social Studies courses). I have also tutored independently in various subjects (essays, test, prep, physics, Spanish, all math levels). My primary area of expertise is in SAT/SAT Subject Test prep, ACT prep, and mathematics (algebra through multivariable calculus).

First and foremost, I know these tests inside and out (aside from tutoring) because I battled them myself: 10 AP courses, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests... More importantly, I realize (and stress) that standardized tests are just one quantitative, incomplete assessment of a student's aptitude and wealth of knowledge. When assisting with test prep, I teach my students how to efficiently and confidently navigate the test itself, in addition to identifying topics glossed over in class and tricks that cater to a student's learning style.

At Brown University, my studies centered on kinesthetic learning via dance, design, media, performance, and critical theory. I owe the breadth and global reach of my passion for language to University coursework in philosophical, critical race theory texts and dance of the African diaspora; Spanish language and comparative literatures of Latin America; elementary Arabic and experimental poetry; music theory, public policy, and fundamental computer programming. I am a published poet, playwright, and essayist. This is all a really complicated way of saying I have a lot of hobbies and interests that have nothing to do with standardized testing. I like to create a tutoring environment that reflects this.

I have a penchant for numbers, conquering multivariable calculus and the fundamentals of computer science by the end of high school, and continuing on to linear algebra and number theory in college.

Additionally, I am a trained and Federally authorized tutor through a subsidiary of the No Child Left Behind program, using technology to assist special needs and ELA students.

I'm very flexible and understanding with time. I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, but I am more than willing to offer makeup lessons! I am open to traveling to a location that is productive and comfortable for the student for sessions.

I look forward to helping you have success, both in school and on standardized tests!

Testimonials

"Amazing Tutor"

- Wendy, Valley Village, CA on 6/19/14

"Personable and Focused"

- Sofia, Santa Monica, CA on 5/21/14

"Extremely knowledgeable, good communicator"

- Mary, Glendale, CA on 5/2/14
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Education

Brown University
Performance Studies

Education

Brown University (Performance Studies)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Rate negotiable. I want to be able to assist as many students as I can! Reduced rates available to any individuals who schedule 6+ hrs with me.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of North Hollywood, CA 91606

Lauren’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry,
Logic, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics,
Physiology, Psychology,
Sociology
Computer:
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop,
General Computer,
Graphic Design, HTML, Microsoft Word, Video Production, Web Design
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History,
European History, Geography,
Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Art:
Adobe Photoshop,
Art Theory , Film, Graphic Design, Theatre,
Video Production
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Phonics
Business:
Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English,
Geometry,
Physics,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Spanish, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science, College Counseling, GED, PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball, Chess, Fitness, Poker,
Track & Field
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, General Computer,
Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Word, Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Spanish, Web Design

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


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