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Sandy L.

Well-traveled, culturally minded, experienced tutor and mentor

Chicago, IL (60657)

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Hello out there! My name is Sandy.

First things first, what is my approach to tutoring? Well, it all starts with building a rapport and trust between myself and the student. In my years of experience tutoring division 1 student-athletes I have learned that before anyone can have confidence in overcoming academic obstacles, they need to have confidence in themselves and allow themselves to ask questions and speak up when things don't make sense. Once the rapport and trust is built, the learning begins. My strategy with a new student is to asses what learning and study style works best for the individual. Whether (you) the students needs visual presentations, detailed verbal explanations, something tactile or by supplemental reading, together I work with the student to figure out what is going to be successful.

After setting the student up for success, I look for ways to make the material more than just school work. I use stories, pictures, acronyms, videos and supplemental facts to bring the topic to life. This approach allows the student to invest in the material. Once the student cares for the information, studying becomes less intimidating and retaining the information becomes "possible". The final steps are to create practice tests and develop an in-class strategy.

The objective is to provide scaffolding until the student is able to stand on his/her own in the learning environment. The role of the tutor is to be a temporary figure, not a permanent crutch. Academic independence is the ultimate goal. With my enthusiasm, approach and experience matched by your commitment and hard work, the results will be seen in no time!

The second part of this profile is about my other work experience and background: I recently moved back to Massachusetts after living in Florida and on a cruise ship for the past 12 years. After chasing the sun for so long, I have decided to come home and do what I love near the people I love (my family and closest friends). I have traveled to over 35 countries in my work experience and have many interesting stories to tell which will help you while we study. The additional interesting facts and stories will make Geography and Social Studies come alive, allowing you to be a better, more interesting student who is ready for the classroom!

I am an energetic, enthusiastic and funny, (if I do say so myself) person who is great with kids and adults. To assure you of my people skills, let me tell you about my work history outside of tutoring. My most recent job was Recreation Manager at the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando, Florida, where I get to slime people and hang out with SpongeBob and friends on a daily basis. Before that I ran the on-board youth programs for a major cruise line. I traveled to new places every day and played silly games at night for 4 years! My background in recreation makes me an even better tutor now, because I incorporate activity into the learning process. This livens up the hour as well as makes learning and studying enjoyable. There is no reason for learning to be boring. Life if full of interesting facts and places. It would be my pleasure to spend some time with you (or your student, if you are a parent researching tutors) to share my knowledge and love of learning about the many diverse and intriguing cultures, people, languages and places of the world.

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Sandy’s subjects

ESL/ESOL, Reading, Vocabulary
American History, European History, Geography, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Phonics, Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, Study Skills
Corporate Training:


I tutored German middle school students in English for a number of years while I lived in Vienna, Austria. I have gone over pronunciation, spelling, grammar and sentence structure with children of all ages. For adults, I have spent more time teaching the conversational aspects of the English language working on fluidity and pronunciation as well as defining the nuances between similar vocabulary words. In teaching ESL I typically use a multimedia approach which engages students instead of boring them.


Explore the world's most fascinating places from the Great Wall to the Great Barrier Reef. Every continent, country and U.S. State has something interesting to learn about. Geography is not just about learning countries and capitals; it is about people, culture and language. Geography is what makes a place have a feeling, it is what makes traveling worthwhile. Without the diversity of places we would never need to leave home. As your tutor, we will explore from home and travel via internet, photos and text books to distant places, or even neighboring states to learn what the world has to offer!


I have a Bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature. After a 6 month intensive language course in Vienna, Austria I sat for (and passed with flying colors,) the Austrian Language Examination. After my first 6 months abroad in Vienna, I spent the next 5 summers as a Nanny to 4 Austrian children enveloped in the language, dialects, school system and culture. I offer a well-rounded German education using my vast knowledge of the German-speaking world, language, grammar and pronunciation.


Having spent a number of years learning a second language, I have spent a great deal of time teaching others English phonetics. As a young child I also required additional help pronouncing all the sounds properly. After that help, reading became much easier for me as well. With a knowledgeable tutor by your side we will learn the ins and outs of the alphabet and all the funny sounds it can make in a creative and effective manner!

Social Studies

I have been tutoring Social Studies, American History, Geography and Geology to university students since 2004. I have my BA in Geography and German Language and Literature. My area of focus in Geography was Human and Anthropologic Geography, where I studied primarily the various ethnic groups of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. I have traveled extensively throughout the western hemisphere from Turkey to Alaska and have a strong understanding and knowledge of even more cultures and peoples - well beyond what is taught in books.

Study Skills

I have tutored and mentored student-athletes in study skills, organizational skills and note-taking for 5 years at the University of Miami. I am well-versed in working with students who are disinterested, have learning disabilities and are otherwise disadvantaged in the educational system. As a result, I have a wide array of ideas and suggestions that can be used to find a study method, which works for the various learning styles and educational stages of students.

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University of Miami (Geography and German)

Graduate of University of Miami (MEd)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

If negotiated prior to the scheduled meeting time, groups will receive 25% off the fee for each student after the initial student.

Travel policy

Sandy will travel within 4 miles of Chicago, IL 60657.

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