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Carolyn O.

Master Tutor: Test Prep Expert with 17 Yrs Experience in Many Subjects

Chicago, IL (60641)

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I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature on full fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC). I have nearly twenty years of experience as a teacher, tutor, and academic mentor. My extensive experience teaching at universities and tutoring privately -- to students of many ages, in diverse circumstances and in a variety of subjects -- enables me to effectively tailor my approach to a student's strengths.

I consistently rank in the 99th percentile on many standardized tests. I was initially trained by Kaplan Test Prep and taught for them for many years before returning to graduate school. I have had the opportunity to refine my approach to tutoring standardized tests as varied as the GMAT, GRE, ACT, PSAT, SAT, TOEFL, and ASVAB. In addition to standardized tests, I have tutored subjects as diverse as algebra, English composition, biology, the social sciences along with many others.

Upon my graduation from USC, I was hired by Fortune Tutoring Group in Beverly Hills where I became my company's top-ranked tutor, specialized in the GMAT and the GRE, and catered to challenging and celebrity clients.

The most skilled teachers are not limited by lack of insight into the many ways any one idea can be communicated. These teachers are furthermore capable of adapting the explanation to the needs of their students. Ideally, teachers and tutors are not only knowledgeable, but genuinely interested in their subject matter, as well. Such educators are able to translate not just information, but energy. Such is my objective when I teach. Learning is at its best when the process is an engaging one.

I would welcome the chance to work with you!

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Carolyn’s subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biology, Geology, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology
Computer:
Microsoft Word
Language:
ESL/ESOL, French, IELTS, Latin, TOEFL
History:
American History, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, English, ESL/ESOL, French, Geometry, Handwriting, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, AFOQT, ASVAB, CBEST, CLAST, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Chess, Cooking, Poker
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, French, GMAT, Grammar, Latin, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

ACT English

I have a strong background in English, including a Master's degree in comparative literature. I have taught the English section of the ACT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

ACT Math

I have taught the math section of the ACT for more than a decade. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

ACT Reading

I was initially trained by Kaplan, and have taught the Reading section of the ACT for more than a decade. I have a strong background in reading, including a master's degree in comparative literature. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.

ACT Science

I have taught the science section of the ACT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. My ACT score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.

AFOQT

I first tutored the ASVAB years ago for Fortune Tutoring in Beverly Hills and found the test to be more varied but also easier than the vast majority of other standardized tests with which I have more than a decade of experience teaching and tutoring. Being the wife of an US Army veteran and the daughter of an Air Force colonel has given me a wealth of knowledge about the military, while my expertise in the subjects tested by the AFOQT uniquely qualify me to tutor the exam.

ASVAB

I've specialized in the mechanics and content of standardized tests for nearly twenty years. I've had the opportunity to prepare many students to take the ASVAB with great success and enjoy making the diverse subject matter covered on this exam simple.

Chess

I have played chess for nearly ten years and have studied many techniques and Chess Masters as a way to more fully engage in the activity. I have taught many students to play as both a learning tool and stress reliever during down time between classes or tutoring sessions. I'm a member of several online chess organizations and relish the opportunity to play whenever I can.

Cooking

I come from a large Catholic family and began cooking for the family when I was eight years old. I am an experienced baker and cook, and an enthusiastic "foodie". Living in Paris for a year while I was studying at the Sorbonne enabled me to learn firsthand the technique of French cuisine (sauces being central) and pastries (tartes tatin, clafoutis, etc.). More recently, while setting up a philanthropy to benefit artists-in-residence at a friend's villa, I lived for almost a year in a small town called Barga and was able to learn more about Italian food and various specialties belonging to the Tuscan countryside (porcini risotto, broccoli rabe, farro, etc.).

English

I have helped scores of students through the years to better understand texts and improve their writing. I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature at USC and am a writer myself when not tutoring and teaching.

GMAT

I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer. I have taught all of the quantitative and verbal sections of the GMAT for more than a decade. My score ranks in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.

GRE

I have taught both quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE for more than a decade. My score ranked in the 99th percentile and I consistently help my students achieve similar results.

Handwriting

I attended Catholic school for 8 years and took classes to learn D'Nealian print and cursive while there. The same school provided mandatory art classes to instruct students in calligraphy, with an emphasis in the Gothic style. As an avid poet and writer, I've been interested in chirography for years and recently learned the Chancery style.

Logic

Logic can -- and, verily, must -- take many forms, given that it governs not only the way in which we reason and the manner in which sound arguments are constructed, but the very way in which we think. Indeed, the work done by post-modern philosophers (the most notable among them being Jacques Derrida) has made great strides in establishing the history of logocentrism as the very history of history itself. I have an extensive background in both philosophy and literature (studied with a comparative approach) both as an undergraduate and a graduate student. Additionally, I received an 'A' in my course in formal logic at USC.

Philosophy

Beginning as a philosophy major as an undergrad, I continued to study philosophy throughout graduate school. I am well-acquainted with ancient and modern schools of thought in a variety of languages and traditions. My study of metaphysics, epistemology, phenomenology, linguistics and ethics underpinned my subsequent specialization in Derridian thinking.

PSAT

I have been teaching PSAT preparation for more than a decade. I consistently help my students achieve great results. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

SAT Math

I have taught the math section of the SAT for more than a decade, and consistently help my students achieve great results. Because my score ranks in the 99th percentile, I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years. I continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

SAT Reading

I have a master's degree in comparative literature and a strong background in reading. I have taught the reading section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

SAT Writing

As a poet and recipient of a master's in comparative literature, I have a very strong writing background. I have been teaching the Writing section of the SAT for more than a decade. I was initially trained by Kaplan, where I taught for many years, and continue to favor their materials and methods. However, I am flexible and well-versed enough in the exam to employ whatever materials my students prefer.

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Education

University of Southern California (USC) (Comparative Lit)

USC (Master's)

Great Tutor for ACT Prep Carolyn worked with my son in preparation for the ACT test. She met with him twice a week for three weeks. She was very professional and quickly identified what he needed to work on. She was always on time and easy to communicate with. I would highly recommend Carolyn. ...

— Kirti from Chicago, IL on 9/23/14);

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