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Michelle W.

College and ACT Prep Tutor: English, Reading, Science, Writing

Glen Ellyn, IL (60137)

Travel radius
30 miles
Hourly fee
$50.00
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I am a High School English teacher and have observed my students feeling underprepared for college and the ACT. In order to address high schooler's and their parents' concerns, I have developed a regimented system and strategies that help my students feel prepared mentally for the ACT, as well as improve their scores drastically!

My ACT program: The first session is a diagnostic test. Your child will take a practice ACT test with authentic timing measures in place. I will then score and analyze any missed questions in order to develop a an individualized plan for your child. Plans are created with the student's goal score in mind. On average, scores increase 2 points per 4 hour sessions. I communicate with parents heavily through the planning stages in order to completely understand financial, scheduling, and all other concerns.

After the individualized plan has been created, lessons begin. I prefer to tutor at libraries because these environments replicate the testing situation. However, due to schedules and conveniences, I have also tutored at Starbucks, Panera, or parks in order to meet a student's availability. When I create plans, the first few sessions are one hour sessions in order to create a foundation. However, after the first few sessions, sessions are two hours (unless of course there are extenuating circumstances). I have all the materials, I just request students to come to sessions with an open mind :)


My College Prep Program: Applying for college is extremely nerve wracking - for students as well as parents! College advisors have 100s of students to advise, and often students feel overlooked and under-attended. This does not happen with my students because I limit the amount of students I take on within a semester. I assist students in searching for specific colleges, applying for financial aid, applications, and personal statements. My approach with this program is flexible dependent upon student availability. I usually assist students at libraries due to their resources. If a student has a personal laptop, I highly recommend the student brings this to tutoring sessions, especially for personal statement tutoring.

**I uphold a 24-hour cancellation policy, but I offer makeup sessions.**
As Helen Keller once said, "Together we can do so much." I look forward to hearing from you!

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Michelle’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, TOEFL
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Public Speaking
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Language:
Speech, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint
Math:
ACT Math
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

I have tutored for the ACT for 3 years. I have taught my students in Maine Township High Schools and also privately tutored. I am knowledgeable in all content areas but highly specialize in the writing section. I also have training for Advanced Placement testing.

ACT Reading

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP language and composition test, AP literature test, ACT, and personal writing endeavors. I have experience creating these standardized test questions as well as experience analyzing answers. While tutoring students, my students have never scored less than a 32 on the ACT Reading and no less than an 8 on the writing portion of the ACT. I have the skill set to tutor to a successful score on any type of standardized testing.

Elementary Math

I have privately tutored elementary students in math and language arts for personal growth and standardized testing. My students show a dramatic increase in testing scores that stem from knowledge learned with me in tutoring sessions, but also an increased sense of comfort and confidence when taking tests.

English

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP tests, ACT, individual exams, and overall content tutoring. I am Highly Qualified in reading, writing, and grammatical structures while maintaining deep knowledge for the entire content area. I tutor students in reading comprehension (reading strategies), writing fluency, and test preparation.

Grammar

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP language and composition test, AP literature test, ACT, and personal writing endeavors. I earned a TEFL degree, which requires a specialized knowledge of grammatical structures of the English language. After earning my TEFL degree I taught English in Costa Rica, focusing on grammatical structures of the English language.

Public Speaking

Earned Bachelor's degree with speciality in speech and communication. I have won awards in public speaking events as well as improv. I coach Speech Team, specializing in public oratory events, working on dialect variation, articulation, vocal variety, and pronunciation. Tutoring public speaking, I utilize a variety of techniques, including but not limited to vocal games, researching to extend background knowledge, and impromptu practices.

Reading

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years, teaching a highly specialized reading comprehension section. This section focuses on reading strategies, speed reading, and reading fluency in order to drastically increase reading comprehension. I have experience tutoring students from the range of collegiate athletes to kindergartners. No matter the age, I find the insightful reader in each student!

Speech

I am a teacher that is highly qualified in speech and communication. I have coached the Speech Team for three years in public schools working on dialect variation, articulation, vocal variety, and pronunciation. When tutoring students in speech, I utilize a variety of techniques including but not limited to: speaking games, voice recordings, and using apps.

Study Skills

I help students with time management, task prioritization, task "chunking", eliminating possible distractions, and tips for test taking. I teach students how to take quality notes and how to study these notes for large comprehensive tests such as finals. I have tutored high school students in public schools as well as privately for three years.

Swimming

I have taught swim lessons for children ranging in ages from 18 months-12 years. I have taught swimming and diving. I am First-Aid, CPR and RedCross Lifeguard Certified.

Writing

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP language and composition test, AP literature test, ACT, and personal writing endeavors. I have tutored students from the range of collegiate athletes to kindergartners. No matter the age, I find there is a writer in each student!

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Education

Illinois State University (English Education)

Confidence builder Michelle has been great to work with. My son looks forward to his tutoring sessions. She keeps me aware of his progress and is easy to reach when I have questions. ...

— Julie from Downers Grove, IL on 7/25/14);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 30 miles of Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.

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