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Sarah F.

Experienced Math and English tutor with Graphic Design Background

Cambridge, MA (02139)

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After high school, I decided to go on adventures. I had some fun, some boredom and made some mistakes. Then, in my early twenties, I went back to school...and I LOVED it. After my adventures, I missed it and was ready for it. I even forgot how much fun Algebra was! I also found a voice in creative writing and philosophy.

In my Algebra class at community college, our teacher tended to repeat his explanation of an algebraic problem. I found that the same problem had multiple explanations and would raise my hand to offer another way around the problem. He suggested I tutor Algebra through the school. I did. I tutored the smartest woman I have ever met. She was blind and could do complex equations in her head!

I graduated from Bunker Hill Community College with an Associates Degree in Graphic Design and Communication. I spent two years working in a design studio in the North End, Boston, where I learned about design, Adobe print programs and setting up files for printers, aka pre-flight, and even got to go "on press" at the huge printing houses. I learned more on the job than in the classroom, yet both were necessary. Consistency in designing print materials is key. I was able to help my own boss transition from Quark, an old standard layout program, to Adobe's InDesign, which complimented Photoshop and Illustrator very well.

At Umass Boston, I tutored mostly basic math through advanced Algebra. I like the challenge of helping a student come to their own conclusions as well as helping them to see that sometimes there is more that one way to solve an equation.

I currently volunteer at Tutoring Plus, where I am so enthused to be helping a young non-native English speaker to write more concise sentences and improve his grammar. His desire to learn is contagious and this fifth grader has taught me some vocabulary as well! He didn't speak English in January 2012 and is now writing with humor and sophistication that is almost up to par with native English speakers of the same age.

I find that if you can coax the answer to a problem from a student, they will retain that information with deeper understanding than if you just give them the answers. While this doesn't apply to all situations it is rewarding to see the light bulb above their head and the smile on their face. Patience is key, as always, and short breaks necessary, even with older students. Organizing and prioritizing work can turn a mountain into manageable piles. Setting goals within the hour, the week, the month and year can really help reduce the stress. However, instilling confidence in the student and his/her ability to learn is paramount.

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Sarah’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anthropology, Philosophy, Physical Science
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, General Computer, Macintosh, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading

Adobe InDesign

This program is helpful when designing print materials that work with text and images, such as brochures, articles and even books. There are many functions that are similar to Illustrator (such as vector drawing) but it is most helpful in page layout design. Style sheets create easy application of headers, subheaders, body text and other styles. InDesign also works simultaneously with other Adobe file types like Illustrator and Photoshop which can be updated in real time. I am currently designing a large format book with over 200 images and making it ready for print.


I have a BA in Anthropology and graduated summa cum laude. My focus was on cultural anthropology and it's methodologies. I have a basic understanding of biological anthropology, cultural linguistics and archeology. Anthropology has a lot to do with critical thinking and asking the right questions and my tutoring style is to help the student to draw their own answers and conclusions to whatever the assignment is asking.

Desktop Publishing

I have an in-depth knowledge of Adobe InDesign and am currently working on a book using InDesign. I studied desktop publishing in community college with QuarkXpress and Pagemaker, then taught myself InDeign while working at a design studio for three years. My experience with desktop publishing spans 10 years and I can even use certain word processors as desktop publishers, such as Microsoft Word.

General Computer

30 years of experience. Daily use of both Windows and OS X operating systems. Email, internet, internet set up, disk cleanup and utility, file organization, Microsoft: Word Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook, Adobe: Acrobat Pro, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, expertise in iPhoto, iTunes, and all basic programs installed on OS X, knowledge of program installation and uninstaller, printer set up and troubleshooting, faxing, web design (with editable templates), and ability to troubleshoot most basic and intermediate computer software and hardware issues.


I am a graphic designer and have been working on the Mac OS platform for 10 years. I can troubleshoot minor software and hardware issues. I am extremely familiar with the user end of the operating system.

Microsoft Excel

I heavily rely on Excel in all of my office management jobs to create invoices, sales receipts, data entry templates, scheduling charts and searchable lists. For example, I created a detailed Excel spreadsheet of license contracts and their corresponding catalog numbers resulting in faster allocation of royalties to artists at Rounder Records. I also implemented formulas such that one could plug in specific numbers and the data template would instantly make several calculations, which increased the speed of allocation of said royalties by 75%.

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University of Massachusetts - Boston (Anthropology)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 8 hours notice required

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Sarah will travel within 1 miles of Cambridge, MA 02139.

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