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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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Math:
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Computer:
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History:
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Elementary Education:
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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.

Algebra 1

As Einstein's uncle apparently once said, "What a wonderful hunt it must be when we know not what it is we seek, but call it "x" and track it down all the same." My approach to algebra is to attempt to cultivate a sense of interest in the foundations and principles that lay the framework for the math that the student will be tasked with for years to come. Additionally, for high school students, I make a habit of noting what concepts I see reoccurring on standardized tests and in what format.

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.).

Elementary Math

I have tutored elementary math for several companies and for dozens of students over the years. Perhaps because math wasn't as intuitive for me as other subjects were when I myself was a kid and I was so frustrated by this, I have enjoyed marked success translating mathematics to children as an adult. My foray into quantitative tutoring began with my training as a tutor for Kaplan more than a decade ago where I taught the SAT and ACT, GRE and GMAT, among other tests. I'm told over and over again I make math simple where others have failed!

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.

ESL/ESOL

I received my M.A. in Comparative Literature on full fellowship at the University of Southern California where I studied literature and philosophy in French, Italian, German and Latin. Because my training is in literature and languages, I am able to appreciate both the difficulties and benefits of translation and mastering foreign languages. Before graduate school, I had the opportunity to serve as an instructor at the University of Oklahoma's Center for English as a Second language. There I was able to apply my knowledge of standardized tests to my TOEFL class and my literature background to courses in English language and grammar.

French

I began French as an undergrad as an extension of my studies in Latin. I took one semester of French as an undergrad before I received a university grant to study abroad, living in Paris for a year. While there, I was permitted to skip the next level to take the advanced class (the equivalent of French III) at the Sorbonne. I later earned my M.A. in Comparative Literature from USC with an emphasis in French literature.

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.

Prealgebra

As someone who came to appreciate algebra later than other subjects, I have a keen understanding of how students struggle with cornerstone arithmetic and pre-algebra concepts, and how these issues snowball as a student progresses through the curriculum. Because of my many years preparing students for standardized exams, I am proficient at identifying foundational weaknesses and remedying then efficiently.

Proofreading

My grasp of the foundations of good grammar occurred early, in the form of a solid, private education in which 8-year olds were subjected to an entire 6-month unit on the functionality of the comma and its use. Though doubtless the driest class ever, it nonetheless successfully inculcated in me a meticulousness in my writing and proofreading that lends itself well to copy.

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.

Writing

I started writing at a young age, competing in the Power of the Pen state competition and placing 10th as a fourth grader competing against writers in high school. I later went on to major in comp lit with an emphasis in poetry, becoming the first student to win both Welch awards from my dept. In my senior year, I completed an optional senior thesis to graduate with honors and was admitted by application to an advanced poetry seminar. I taught and tutored writing and composition for many years before completing my master's in literature and continue to tutor writing and freelance edit professionally.

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