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Illa M.

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Rockville, MD (20848)

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I will design a personalized study program for you that will get results. I am a Materials Scientist (PhD) and a University Physics Professor at George Washington University. I have ten years of experience teaching Math, Physics and Science to students ranging from Elementary School through University.

I work with a wide variety of students:

- Elementary, Middle and High school students who struggle with Math and Science
- High School students encountering Calculus and Physics for the first time
- College Engineering and Science Majors who are learning the tools of their future trades
- "Non traditional" students who are returning to school after extended hiatus and need to re-learn basic concepts

And many, many, others...

Each student has different strengths. Each student needs a personalized approach. I can tailor demonstrations, examples and explanations to your individual learning style. You will learn to see the "big picture" while developing skills to get the grades you need. I believe everyone can learn because I have seen it happen. It is my great pleasure to be a part of that process.

Everything is problem solving. Good problem solving skills make you more successful in EVERYTHING.

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Illa’s subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer, Hebrew, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Test Preparation:
ACT Math, ACT Science, GRE, Praxis, SAT Math
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Physical Science, Physics
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

ACT Math

So much rides on the standardized tests. To excel at at the ACT Math you, of course, need to feel comfortable with the topics being tested. But that isn't enough. You also need to have successful test taking strategies. I have many years of experience in helping students gain both. I can help you review your problem solving and develop a personalized training plan to maximize your score on the ACT Math.

Algebra 1

Algebra is the basis of all advanced Math. As a scientist and educator, Algebra is part of my basic everyday "vocabulary". I have extensive experience explaining concepts in Algebra to remedial, advanced and returning "non-traditional" students in classrooms and tutoring environments.

Algebra 2

Students covering algebra 2 are exposed to a slew of new concepts and can struggle to assimilate them. I have extensive experience explaining concepts in algebra to remedial, advanced, and returning "non-traditional" students in classrooms and tutoring environments.


As a Physics Professor, Calculus is one of the main tools of my trade. Calculus was developed to describe the Physics of moving and continuously changing things. I have taught students Calculus privately for many years and I use Calculus to teach my University students on a daily basis.

Elementary Math

Math should be fun! I am a mother of two and have 10 years experience tutoring children of all ages. I have lots of patience and love working with kids. Nothing makes me sadder than hearing "I hate math". If your elementary school student needs help with math- lets make it fun!


I have taught Geometry at a variety of levels over the past 10 years, privately and in the classroom. Geometrical concepts are used in Math and Science education every day. My experience is that students who are not visual learners often need a more hands-on approach to help them grasp this very visual topic. If you are struggling with Geometry, I can help!


In addition to being a University Professor, I am also completely bilingual in Hebrew and English. I lived in Israel for 12 years, went to school there as a child and graduated from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), where my studies were all conducted in Hebrew. I can provide instruction in reading, writing and grammar as well as practice in conversational Hebrew.


Physics is my passion. When I first got a glimpse of how Physics and Mathematics can be used to describe the world around us, my eyes lit up. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Physics and a PhD in Materials Science. I have been working as a Science Educator for the past 10 years and have extensive experience in explaining and demonstrating Physics concepts. I can teach you problem solving methods that are guaranteed to improve your performance in Physics.


Aspiring to b a teacher is a great goal! If you need to prepare for the Math section of the PRAXIS exam, or the PRAXIS Core Math exam, I can help. I have tutored adults in Mathematics and taught Mathematics to adult students in a college environment for over 10 years. Even if you have had a long break from academics, I can design a personalized study plan to get you in shape for your PRAXIS Math exam.


Getting a student ready for algebra means developing basic mathematical literacy. I have 10 years of experience working with students of all ages to improve their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.


In Precalculus students concentrate on the study of functions in preparation for analyzing functions using Calculus. I have experience tutoring students in Precalculus, and use these skills in many of the courses that I teach in the classroom. I can help you learn the techniques to solve the problems and show you how all the concepts connect.

SAT Math

I have been helping students prepare for the SAT Math for over 10 years. To be successful at the standardized math test you will need a comprehensive review of the topics being tested. But just as important is a study program that emphasizes test taking skills. I can develop a personalized program for you that will get you in top condition in preparation for your standardized test.

Study Skills

As a University Professor and private tutor with 10 years of teaching experience I have been helping students of all ages develop skills to help them in the academic environment. I find that successful students are those that have learned methods to do the following: organize and plan their time, take a broad subject and break it down into "digestible" portions, and understand what is required for an exam/assignment and work with that goal in mind. Some people have a natural affinity for these skills, but even if you don't, everyone can learn! I can help.


Trigonometry is the study of triangles. It sounds almost silly to spend a semester studying only triangles, but Trigonometry has applications everywhere in science and engineering. I have tutored children and adults in Trigonometry and with patience and good demonstrations I can help demystify Trigonometry for you or your student.

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Technion- Israel Institute Of Technology (Physics)

Clarkson University (Materials Science) (Master's)

Clarkson University (Materials Science) (PhD)

Very Knowledgeable and Engaging Illa really knows her stuff! She is engaging and gives great explanations. I like the way she solves problems interactively and discusses the solution with my daughter as they go through it. ...

— David from Potomac, MD on 5/13/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $80.00

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Illa will travel within 20 miles of Rockville, MD 20853.

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