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Chhavi P.

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Lake Zurich, IL (60047)

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For my school-age students who need tutoring during the academic year (Fall-Spring), I recommend that they attend lessons at the teaching studio located in my home because of my heavy tutoring load.

Also, I find that most school-age students are able to focus better when they are away from their home environment.

Further, students who are tutored at my location can access the different study materials and resources that I have in the learning studio.

I am an effective and experienced English as a Second Language, Reading, Writing and Test preparation tutor. I also tutor Elementary Math, and provide homework help. I have a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts, and have special certifications in bi-lingual education. I tutor students of all ages, from pre-K to adults.

I believe in tailoring my lessons according to the needs of each student, as every student is unique and learns at a different pace. My teaching style is a mix of the visual and the verbal, with examples, relevant reading materials, and practice assignments. I also help current and aspiring professionals with writing effective resumes. I tutor Reading and Writing for the SAT and ACT, and guide students in writing college essays.

My students' successes are my fuel, and I enjoy excellent relationships with all the families I work with.

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Chhavi’s subjects

ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Government & Politics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Career Development, GMAT, GRE, Public Speaking
Elementary (K-6th), English, ESL/ESOL, Handwriting, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ASVAB, Career Development, College Counseling, GED, GMAT, GRE, IELTS, PSAT, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking

ACT English

ACT English is a test for high school students looking to apply for college. I am qualified and experienced in training my students for all aspects of it- selecting the correct choices, reading, organizing, strategy,using correct grammar, punctuation, etc. Deciphering the meanings of words from contextual clues, writing on a particular topic, adding, revising, including the correct ideas, punctuation- all of these are tested through the ACT. The emphasis however, is on practical application of these concepts, and not on learning grammar rules by rote.

ACT Reading

ACT reading involves the reading of texts on a variety of topics and at the appropriate difficulty level. After that, there are a variety of questions that the student answers, based on his/her understanding of these texts.
So, while the rules of grammar, meanings of words and expressions, etc., may not be asked in a direct way, the ACT reading section involves making answer choices based on contextual clues, and the student's knowledge of English is tested this way.
The student needs to read fluently, and with understanding, and answer all questions, whether multiple choice or writing down answers, based on the understanding of the passages.

Career Development

I am qualified to help students with Career Development as I have work experience as a Technical Editor in an IT firm where, among other responsibilities, I helped screen candidates based on their resumes.
I also trained employees in communication skills, particularly email communication.

My postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication has equipped me with the skills required to guide students in selecting relevant information to include on their resumes, what information to leave out,etc.
I have guided several students in the job application process- right from shortlisting relevant jobs, designing an impressive resume and editing it for errors, and preparing for the interview.

I have several satisfied clients whom I tutored in Career Development.

College Counseling

College counseling involves guiding students for suitable courses in college. I have completed my Bachelors and Masters Degrees, and am in college for my teaching credits. I have helped several High School students with their college application essays, and guided them with regard to choosing their streams of study, how to write effective statements of purpose etc. I have excellent writing and editing skills, and a knowledge of grammar, syntax, and punctuation. I am able to guide students on how to organize their thoughts on to paper in an effective way.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have experience teaching Elementary School students, as a one-on-one tutor. I am trained to tutor in Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Reading Skills, Writing.

I also have a son who is am elementary school student, and I tutor him every day. He takes Advanced Math and is the highest ranked reader in his grade.

Elementary Math

Elementary Math is the foundation for middle school and high school Math. Therefore, I feel that it is very important to have rock strong elementary Math concepts. I help my students to master the basics of Elementary Math concepts like addition, subtraction, telling time, adding and subtracting money, working out word problems, and geometry.

As my students get ready, I introduce multiplication, division, more advanced concepts in geometry, fractions, ratios, etc. Consistent work, one on one focus and attention, and assignments and study materials that are interesting, go a long way in preparing a student for future success in Math.

In today's world, the value of one-on-one tutoring in Math cannot be emphasized enough. I feel that Elementary Math tutoring has really helped many of my students become better students for life.


I am a qualified English teacher who is well-versed with all aspects of the English language- grammar, spelling, punctuation, reading skills, writing, etc.
Moreover, I am an author, and a linguist, and truly love to teach!
I am currently working as a tutor, and have worked as a tutor for all ages.

For school-aged students, I highly recommend that they travel to my location for lessons as I have a very busy tutoring schedule during the school year. Also, at my home location, the students are able to take advantage of a variety of books and study resources that I make available to them.
Further, I find that school-age students are able to focus better away from their home environment.


English as a Second Language is for students whose first language is not English. As an ESL tutor, I have more than five years' experience teaching adults whose first language is not English.

I have a Teaching of English as a Foreign Language Certificate. I have also earned nine Postgraduate credit hours towards an ESL endorsement, with an A grade.

I provide my students with grammar exercises, spelling practice, reading comprehension worksheets, vocabulary building exercises, and writing practice.

I have a wide array of study materials, and make my lessons engaging and effective.

I believe that learning English involves a combination of practice, reading, and a lot of exposure to communicating in English.


Language, Arts, Reading, Mathematics, Science and Social studies to earn a GED are subjects I am qualified and experienced to tutor. I have a Bachelors Degree, a Teaching certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, and I tutor Elementary and Middle School students in Math and English. My strengths are clarity of concepts and an ability to explain these to my students according to their ability, sound fundamentals in Math, and a thorough knowledge of English grammar, punctuation, writing skills. I am also qualified to help with Test Preparation, and coach students to achieve their best.


The GRE is a test required to qualify for Masters level studies.
The verbal reasoning and analytical writing sections require the student to synthesize ideas, to relate different words and concepts, to analyze and apply grammar and language rules, and demonstrate reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.
As a Language Arts teacher with more than half a decade in this field, I teach my students to succeed in the GRE by learning to work on their vocabularies, reading for meaning, skimming lengthy reading materials for answers, and for organizing ideas onto paper.
Effective communication includes the ability to put one's thoughts into words. The student needs to understand words and sentences, their relationship with each other, and to infer from context.
I have trained students effectively for different tests of English, including the SAT, ACT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL.
Practice, patience and focused preparation guarantees the student's success.


I am fluent in Hindi as it is my native language from the country of my birth, India. I consider both English and Hindi to be my first languages. I am confident in my knowledge of reading, writing, speaking of Hindi, as well as grammar, spelling, and all other aspects of this language.
I have studied this language in through school, and also in my bachelors, as an additional subject.
I have tutored many Indian students in Hindi, and enjoy writing in the language.


I am a graduate in Liberal Arts. As a part of my education, I have been required to read, analyze and evaluate several fiction and non-fiction texts.

I have read and presented papers, book reports, and taken part in book discussions as part of my education, as well as because of sheer interest.

I am able to read and analyze texts by different authors, and I have read the entire works of several authors - from Enid Blyton to Jane Austen, and from Charles Dickens to Ayn Rand. Short stories, novellas, poetry, and traditional novels- all are literature.

I am able to appreciate a variety of literature. Being originally from India, and having two native languages- English and Hindi- means that I have been exposed to a lot of great Indian writers who write in English- Vikram Seth, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai etc.

I immensely enjoy reading and analyzing the works of authors from different genres of writing.


I am qualified to teach phonics as I have 9 completed teaching units in Linguistics. In Introduction to Linguistics, one of the courses I successfully completed, phonics was a very important portion of the course. I also use phonics to teach Elementary School children how to read, recognize letters, form words, and do word-related exercises.

I have also interned at a Montessori school where Phonics was the method of teaching the Alphabet.

Study Skills

I am qualified in tutoring study skills as I have prepared my students for the GRE, IELTS Academic and General modules. Preparations for these language proficiency exams require study over a long period of time, organization, preparation, and test taking skills.
I have guided my students through their curriculum, and helped them to master their skills in an efficient, effective manner.
I can teach students to read, skim, summarize, as well as on how to memorize, maximize test scores, increase vocabulary, etc.


The TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language tests proficiency in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. I am an experienced English as a Second Language tutor, and understand the needs and specific training that TOEFL test takers require. My tutoring experience with students from India, South Korea, Armenia, and the USA helps me tailor my teaching to the needs of individual students.
My educational background in Education and Liberal Arts, as well as my ongoing Education coursework has made me confident and competent to tutor the English Language - reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary, grammar, listening, and speaking.


I am qualified to tutor vocabulary as I have tutored students for tests of English like the IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, etc.
I teach vocabulary to school students, preschool through high school, and have completed teaching credits that required me to learn and master specific techniques to teach vocabulary to learners of the English language.
To impart vocabulary knowledge, I encourage my students to Read, Read, Read. I also use vocabulary worksheets, games, activities, and puzzles.
We also use reading comprehension exercises and Before During After (BDA) discussions to make sure that students learn and retain key vocabulary.


Writing has many aspects:

Creative Writing - fiction, short stories, etc.
Business Communication- letters, newsletters, emails, presentations etc.
Resume writing, report writing, web content writing and management, research, etc.
In order to be a good writer, the student needs to be trained to organize his ideas and thoughts, to construct grammatically correct sentences, appropriate punctuation, spelling, and develop a vocabulary.
I have studied Liberal Arts as well as Education, and authored articles and books. I am confident tutoring writing skills, and enjoy it immensely.

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Yes - Bachelors Degree (Liberal Arts)

University of Delhi, India (Master's)

Harper College Palatine, National Louis University (EdD)

Great GRE Tutor! — Chhavi breaks down analytical writing and verbal reasoning in such a way that I can fully understand and grasp it. She always comes prepared, gives great homework, and comes to every lesson with extra examples or worksheets that she finds on her own. Chhavi has really helped me with my studying and I can already see an increase in my scores in the month I've been tutoring with her. She is a great ...

— Ashley from Crystal Lake, IL on 4/6/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I charge $25/hour if the student is able to travel to my home for lessons. I charge slightly more to travel to students' homes for lessons, depending upon driving distance.

Travel policy

Chhavi will travel within 15 miles of Lake Zurich, IL 60047.

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