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Jennifer A.

Chicago, IL


Experienced Patient Ivy League Grad Tutor for Writing, ESL, English

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Background check passed as of 9/24/11
4.6 Avg. Rating
47 Ratings
7hrs Response Time
Great tutor.
— Wei, Chicago, IL on 8/22/13

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Smith College
American Studies
University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
University of Houston Law Center


Smith College (American Studies)

University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (Master's)

University of Houston Law Center (J.D.)

About Jennifer

I am a friendly, patient tutor who really enjoys helping adults and children who want to learn, understand and improve in writing, ESL, academic subjects, and other activities such as drawing and painting. In addition, I spend about half my time editing and revising student papers, essays, personal statements and applications for scholarships.

I graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I majored in American Studies (a self-designed interdisciplinary course of study) and minored in art and biology. I have a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, TX. I also have a JD from the University of Houston Law Center, and am licensed to practice law in Texas and Illinois. I passed both the Texas and Illinois bar exams on the first time, six months apart. I have also been certified to teach English as a Second Language "ESL" by Literacy Chicago, where I teach ESL approximately 2 hours per week.

Through the years I have been employed as a City Planner, a Lawyer, a Contract Negotiator and a Technical Writer. Now I am at the end of my working career, and I want to use my education and knowledge to help others.I have a wide variety of education and experience. I grew up in northern New Jersey and attended the public schools there until college. My father was an English professor at Columbia University in New York City, and my mother was an artist who worked in oil and watercolors.

My official teaching experience, aside from working for WyzAnt, consists of:
- 2 years teaching online legal research techniques to attorneys and other legal professionals (employed by Westlaw Software),
- tutoring during college years,
- several years of tutoring in the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program sponsored by the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
I am a friendly, patient tutor who really enjoys helping adults and children who want to learn, understand and improve in writing, ESL, academic subjects, and other activities such as Read more

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Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60618
Background Check: Passed

"Great tutor."

- Wei, Chicago, IL on 8/22/13

"Very Patient and Helpful"

- Zach, Chicago, IL on 9/30/13

"She is my great teacher!"

- JUHEE, Chicago, IL on 7/30/12

"I love Jennifer"

- Changting, Chicago, IL on 9/6/11

"My great mentor, Ms. Jennifer Arbolino !"

- Jongwon, Chicago, IL on 9/6/11

"Jennifer A."

- Sharise, Chicago, IL on 5/3/11

"On a Tutor scale of 1-10, Jennifer is "11"

- NIRIAN, Chicago, IL on 3/16/11
Grammar, Literature, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
American History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Reading, Study Skills,
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Law

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I would like to be qualified in cooking because I am an excellent baker. I learned from my mother and grandmothers. Frequently my international students are curious about American food. Sometimes I bring them sample of typical American food. I think they would enjoy a cooking class or two, mixed in with their ESL classes. It's a good way to teach common words in a frequently over-looked area of daily life.


From a very early age my parents encouraged my artistic talent. Both of them were artists and they enrolled me in private art classes. I have been privately trained in drawing, oil painting, watercolors and various mixed media/collage building. I took painting and drawing throughout high school and college.

As an adult, I enjoy working on my own. I have taken non-academic classes. I design greeting cards, render watercolor landscapes, illustrate architecture, and make three-dimensional paper objects. I use oil paints, acrylic, colored pencils, charcoal, markers to create colorful representational art.


I am qualified to tutor in English because I have had extensive education and much family training in English. My father was an English professor at Columbia University. He and my mother impressed me with the importance of speaking and writing correct English. My siblings and I have all entered the field of education. I have been teaching ESL and writing for about 2 years. Also, I have two advanced degrees, a MS and a JD. Earning both degrees required a good deal of excellent writing skills. I love good writing and am enthusiastic about teaching better English skills (grammar, reading comprehension, writing, speaking) to people who have the desire to learn.


In 2010, I completed Literacy Chicago's course entitled "How to Teach English as a Second Language". Since then, I have been teaching ESL to a variety of people, both as a volunteer and a paid tutor. Mostly, I teach adults who are in advanced education programs (Master's or PhD) who need to write professional papers and improve their conversational English. I enjoy editing their papers and the "conversation" classes because the people are interesting and intelligent. My students learn to write better and get better grades. In conversation, we use ESL lessons and whatever material is at hand to talk about what interests us. I help them with vocabulary and pronunciation.


I passed the bar exam in two states, Texas and Illinois. Although I have retired and thus my licenses are no longer "active", I am still very interested in law, and I closely follow the Supreme Court's work. I practiced law at a land use law firm in Chicago for one year. I became a contract negotiator in Chicago, and did municipal and contract law for about 22 years.

Study Skills

I completed four years of college at a top liberal arts school, two years in a graduate program to receive an MS, and three years in law school to earn a JD. So altogether, I was in school for about 21 years of my life. To stay in school so long and earn so many degrees, I had to develop good study skills. Good study skills involve being organized, taking superior notes, remembering information, understanding processes, studying effectively for exams, writing winning essays, and passing standardized tests. I learned my study skills from teachers and educators, by trial and error, through experience, and from books and study guides. I know what techniques and habits worked for me, and I would be glad to help other students find out ways that they can improve their own study skills.


I feel I am well qualified to teach both children and adults how to swim because I was a competitive swimmer when I was younger, and I understand that some people are afraid of the water and find it hard to get used to the feeling of moving in water. I, myself, feel very secure in water and love the feeling of swimming. I used to race in crawl and butterfly contests. Originally, I learned how to do the different stokes correctly, in the right form, from a Red Cross certified teacher.


I have had a lot of writing experience as well as a strict education regarding English composition, grammar, and vocabulary. In all my previous professional positions, I have had to use my writing skills. I have had lots of experience editing and reviewing student papers, student research papers, chapters of books, and school writing assignments.

I have written all sorts of documents, such as letters, resumes, personal statements, essays, newsletters, contracts, articles, histories, research papers, legal briefs, summaries, reports, and advertising copy.

In graduate school, took a business writing class. Additionally, I won a legal writing competition which gave me a lot of satisfaction. I rely on my writing skills to make a living, and I love editing!

Smith College
American Studies
University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
University of Houston Law Center


Smith College (American Studies)

University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (Master's)

University of Houston Law Center (J.D.)

Great tutor. — Jennifer is a very good and helpful tutor. She helped me with English grammar, vocabulary, culture, pronunciation, paper revising and many many more. She is very nice, patient and full of knowledge of how to teach. She will take care of your problems and situation very well. ...

— Wei, Chicago, IL on 8/22/13

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Jennifer will travel within 10 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.

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