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Sonya D.

ACT/SAT Test Prep, Reading/Writing, Math

Lake Villa, IL (60046)

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Hello! I am currently a student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign majoring in biochemistry, and I am very excited to spend time this summer tutoring students in the nearby area. In high school, I was a peer tutor for several students consistently, and I graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 2012. I have tutored in ACT (Score: 34) and SAT preparation, mathematics, chemistry, and German I. Through this experience, I spent over 300 hours over four years helping classmates who struggled with certain concepts pinpoint exactly where they were having difficulty. I feel that after these four years, I have become more patient with all the students I tutor, especially the ones in younger grades.

One particular example that sticks out to me is a friend who had to miss her first semester of junior year of high school due to a family issue. When she returned to school, I helped her work through geometry and Algebra II material almost every day for two and a half months of the semester. She told me that she had previously struggled in this material but now felt much more confident with the classes. I felt so humbled and rewarded that I was able to use my time and efforts to help her.

I would like to use this opportunity as a way to communicate with students and instill confidence in each student. My goal as a one-on-one tutor is to meet the needs of you or your child's learning style. Tutoring is a very valuable part of my life, because it helps me afford my own educational goals while being able to help others with theirs. I am available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays this summer and have a flexible schedule on these three days. I also do not charge for the first hour of tutoring so you and/or your child have some time to decide if you would like to continue. I try to keep my rates as low as possible, as I truly believe that a quality education should be accessible for students of all backgrounds. I look forward to meeting you, and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

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Sonya’s subjects

Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Science, ASVAB, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills, Writing
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Physics
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT English, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing

ACT English

I have provided several other students near my age and below with tutoring relevant to the ACT English section. I am very familiar with the structure and type of questions associated with this part of the test, and I have put together several strategies to help students approach the type of questions that are asked on the ACT English portion.

ACT Math

I have provided several other students near my age and below with tutoring relevant to the ACT Math section. I am very familiar with the structure and type of questions associated with this part of the test, and I have put together several strategies to help students approach the type of questions that are asked on the ACT Math portion. I have 48 peer tutor hours for ACT Math Tutoring.

Algebra 1

I have tutored students in Algebra I material since 2009. The most memorable experience I have had with Algebra I tutoring was when I helped two students in the grade below me bring their grades up from a C- borderline grade to an A- by the end of the semester.

Algebra 2

I've provided 35 hours in peer Algebra II Honors Tutoring.


Chemistry Background:

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy:
Scientific Inquiries in Chemistry (2009)
Advanced Chemistry: Structure and Properties (2010)
Advanced Chemistry: Chemical Reactions (2011)
Biochemistry (2011)

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign:
Chemistry 104: Accelerated Chemistry
Chemistry 105: Chemistry Lab
Chemistry 202: Accelerated Chemistry
Chemistry 203: Chemistry Lab

Peer Tutoring- 60 Hours in Chemistry (Ages 12-17)

Differential Equations

I have taken Differential Equations (Basic and Advanced levels) and will be a tutor for Differential Equations at my college campus next semester. I have put together multiple study guides and strategies for the class for myself and a few fellow students.


ACT Math: 34
Algebra I Honors (2008)- A+/A+: 5.0
Geometry Honors (2009)- A+/A+: 5.0
Algebra II Honors (2009)- A+/A: 5.0

Math Peer Tutoring- 120 hours since 2009

Organic Chemistry

I have taken Basic and Advanced Organic Chemistry and Lab and now tutor all of these at my campus, UIUC. I have experience helping students prepare for organic chemistry finals, and can teach this subject on the high school and college level.


ACT Math: 34 (2011/2012)
Pre-Algebra- A+/A+ (2008)
Algebra I- A+/A+: 5.0 (2008)
Geometry- A+/A+: 5.0 (2009)
Algebra II Honors- A+/A: 5.0 (2009)

Study Skills

I have over 300 hours of peer tutor experience from sixth grade to now, my second year of college. I have learned how to identify the needs of students in order to provide them with the best study and test-taking strategies. I am especially experienced with providing standardized test taking skills.

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Biochemistry)

Very patient, kind, and knowledgeable Sonya is a very kind compassionate person with an excellent grasp of the material she tutors. She helped me out greatly in the time period leading up to, and through my summer finals. I would highly recommend her to anyone, especially anyone who struggles with anxiety along with their studies. Great tutor. ...

— Brandon from Wadsworth, IL on 9/18/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $24.00

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Sonya will travel within 25 miles of Lake Villa, IL 60046.

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