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Valerie L.

Results-producing Tutor for Science, English, Writing, Career Advisor

Concord, MA (01742)

Travel radius
20 miles
Hourly fee
$75.00
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I teach students to become self-aware about how they think and to learn new ways of thinking that empower them to achieve their academic and life goals. My passion is to inspire a love of learning, the acquisition of new -- or the maturation of existing -- knowledge, skills, and abilities. There is nothing more satisfying than to have a student achieve their academic and personal goals. In other words, becoming their personal and, ultimately, professional best.

My students achieve their academic goals. Their success is based on learning how to think about their projects and challenges to completing them and, then, being able to create strategies for success. The combination of my education, business operations experience, technical knowledge and expertise, and results-based executive and life coaching where all my clients have achieved their goals is the foundation of my successful work with students.

The subject areas I tutor include earth and environmental sciences; biology; English reading, writing, speaking; computer hardware set up and trouble-shooting; computer software training (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher and many others); website design, content development, and build (WordPress, Hubspot, other CMSs).

In addition to tutoring, I also provide college essay writing support. For college and high school students, I also provide career advising and education mapping.

My science background includes 14 years experience as a consulting environmental scientist for industry, including operations management. My background also includes complex academic research at a major petrochemical facility.

My experience tutoring English reading, writing, and speaking includes English speaking and ESL students.

Hiring me as your tutor ensures that you, and your child if tutoring is for him or her, will be empowered to achieve you and your family's academic goals.

I look forward to creating a fulfilling and fun tutoring experience with you or your child!

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Valerie’s subjects

Math:
Algebra 1
English:
ACT English, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Physical Science
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, HTML, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Web Design
Language:
History:
American History, Geography, World History
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Business, Career Development, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Biology, Chemistry, English, ESL/ESOL, Reading, SAT Reading, Study Skills, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Science, Career Development, College Counseling, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Business, Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL, General Computer, Grammar, HTML, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Web Design

Career Development

I have more than five years experience as a career ownership and development coach. The career level of my clients includes those at the high school, college/university, entry, experienced, and top executive levels. The foundation of my experience is more than 20 years in business, as an employee and consultant; as well as holding senior positions in management, including operations. My work with clients has been very effective, with all of my clients being able to identify an authentic career, create an appropriate set of strategies for achieving their goals, and then reaching them.

College Counseling

I have worked as an academic coach with high school and college students for five years. I use a variety of assessments, such as the combined MBTI/Strong Interest Inventory, to help them become more self-aware of how they relate to the world and to identify their values, strengths, interests, and abilities. Through this work I assist them in determining the best path for their ultimate career and academic options. I also assist students in writing highly literate, targeted personal statements, ensuring that they are presenting an engaged and authentic self to admissions officers.

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Chinese and Arabic.

Microsoft Excel

Because I am a scientist-consultant, I have used Excel for a range of tasks, from the most simple to very complicated uses for data management.

Microsoft Outlook

I am a consulting scientist/business owner with more than 20 years experience using the Microsoft Office suite, including Outlook. I have extensive experience using all Outlook features, including setting up Exchange, POP, and IMAP accounts; calendaring and task scheduling.

Microsoft Publisher

I am a consulting scientist/business owner with more than five years experience using Microsoft Publisher for creating marketing materials, including business cards and brochures.

Microsoft Windows

I am a consulting scientist/business owner with more than 20 years experience using Microsoft Windows for PCs and as dual platforms for Macs. My skills include installing software and hardware such as monitors, printers, external storage, cameras, etc.; setting up user and email accounts; adjusting settings for everything from the display to virus scanning and firewalls.

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons.

I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student.

During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material.

Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.

Web Design

I have five years experience creating websites using content management systems, such as WordPress and Hubspot. I design, create graphical and written content, and build websites.

Writing

I have more than 20 years experience in professional and technical writing. My business experience, including writing content for websites and social media, has provided me with the ability to connect and communicate with a variety of audiences. My background as a scientist provides me with a unique ability to assess problems and to determine facts and evidence to support conclusions and solutions. These skills, combined with my knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation enable me to effectively communicate through writing. Because of my writing skills, knowledge, and editing abilities, I am often hired to help clients improve their writing skills.

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Education

New Mexico Institute of Technology (Environmental Scienc)

The University of Waterloo (Master's)

Very Pleased My daughter is thrilled to report that she earned a 96% on her test on aquatic ecosystems. She is very pleased. She would like to continue to work with you after classes resume in the new year. It is terrific to see her gain confidence and succeed with material she feels is difficult. You figured out how to help her and we are very pleased. ...

— Marianne from Bolton, MA on 12/27/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Group Tutoring or Coaching: Rates upon request College Counseling: $200/hr Career & Life Coaching: $200/hr

Travel policy

Valerie will travel within 20 miles of Concord, MA 01742.

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