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Heather H.

Philadelphia, PA

$100/hr

Lively, Engaging and Fun English/Math/More Tutor!

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Lively, Engaging and Fun English/Math/More Tutor!

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Sometimes classrooms just can't provide the one-on-one attention you need to excel. Learning doesn't have to be dull or life-sucking like it is in many schools. Perhaps you're ready to make a change in your own life and need a little help to get started. Tutoring can help you hone your skills or to catch up in areas of weakness, and I'm eager to help!

While I have successfully tutored students in many subjects, I consider myself first and foremost a teacher of writing. I obsess over grammar - when I take a beach vacation, I always treat myself to a grammar book to read in the sun. I'm kind of nerdy like that. I don't just teach my students what's "right" and "wrong" in regard to grammar. Instead, we study how the language works. My goal is to help my students become lifelong writers (and readers), not only to master a test.

Areas of instruction include:
SAT Writing
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
GRE Verbal
GRE Quantitative Reasoning
GRE Analytical Writing
MCAT verbal
GMAT
Praxis I
Praxis English Subject Area
TEAS
Reading and writing skills
College application essays
Algebra I and II
Geometry
Trigonometry
Pre-calculus

I am uniquely qualified as a tutor. I've earned a Ph.D. in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. Not only do I have hundreds of hours of tutoring experience, but I am also certified in both English AND Math (a very rare qualification). I hold Pennsylvania Level II teaching certifications in English 7-12, Math 7-12, and Health K-12. Additionally, I was two classes away from getting a B.S. in general science.

Standardized test prep is a huge industry. Many of my students have tried several centers and packaged systems before beginning with me, and I often hear them say that they've never learned like this before and that my advice is perfect for their unique needs. When I work with you, I'm not following a scripted curriculum. Instead, I'm evaluating your particular strengths and weaknesses and developing *your* strategy to get you the highest score possible.

Testimonials

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Linda, Philadelphia, PA on 6/29/12

"Great tutor"

- Avril, Philadelphia, PA on 1/29/14

"Great Tutor & very effective"

- Mary, Clifton, NJ on 11/8/13

"Highly encouraging."

- Peggy, Bala Cynwyd, PA on 9/30/13

"Very supportive!"

- Karen, Philadelphia, PA on 9/19/13

"Heather is a wonderful teacher!"

- Jackie, Philadelphia, PA on 5/31/13

"Great Tutor Very Helpful"

- Paula, Philadelphia, PA on 10/31/12

"Wonderful tutor, very patient"

- Lynda, Camden Wyoming, DE on 10/4/12

"Extremely competent!"

- Michele, Media, PA on 8/31/12

"Excellent tutor!"

- Linda, Folsom, PA on 6/11/12

"Always A Huge Help"

- Charles, Upper Darby, PA on 2/17/12

"Heather is the best!!!"

- Kathy, Philadelphia, PA on 12/20/11

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Michelle, Glen Mills, PA on 12/7/11

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Vanessa, Philadelphia, PA on 10/18/11

"Wonderful tutor"

- Laurene, Clifton Heights, PA on 7/10/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, College Counseling,
GED, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, MCAT,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TEAS,
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Fitness, Needlework
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
General Computer, GMAT, Grammar,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

College Counseling

I have spent years working with high school students on their plans for the future, including preparing for college admissions interviews and drafting short answers and essays for application. My students often hear that their application essays stand out from the pack. I deeply enjoy helping students pick the best university for their learning and career goals. I have Pennsylvania Level II teaching certifications in English 7-12, Math 7-12, and Health K-12.

Grammar

I am fascinated by English grammar and invest time each year in learning more about it. I teach master's level grammar courses but am able to break concepts down so that even young students grasp them. I help students understand the fluidity of English grammar and guide them to understand grammar beyond worksheets. I use grammar to help my students read complex texts more effectively and efficiently, as well as to construct sentences that are clearer and more sophisticated.

MCAT

For several years, I have been working with students on the verbal section of the MCAT. In lessons, we talk about how to approach the most challenging passages, how to better understand what the questions are asking, how to feel confident about answer choices and eliminate any that are meant to distract, and how to effectively skim and manage time. As with my other lessons, MCAT Verbal lessons are modified to best attend to my student's individual needs. My master's and doctoral work has been in reading and literacy, so I am uniquely equipped and qualified to help students in the verbal section.

Needlework

I have been an avid fiber artist since I was a young teenager. I do needlepoint and cross-stitch and have dozens of completed projects. I also am an advanced crocheter and have even developed my own patterns. I love helping others get started with these relaxing, creative arts.

Praxis

I am a PhD student in education who has finished all of her coursework and preliminary exams. I have taken and have passed the Praxis I with very high scores; in fact, I even received an award for being in the 99th percentile of Praxis I test-takers. I am very familiar with the format of the Praxis and am equipped to tutor in all three sections of the test: reading, writing, and math. I have helped other education students pass the Praxis. I have also passed the Praxis II in English, mathematics, and health for grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania.

SAT Reading

We'll cover tricks and tips that will save you time, and we'll only use methods that will work for you. I'll help you master vocabulary and learn how to get through those tricky author's tone and comparing two passages questions.

SAT Writing

We'll break down grammar concepts, delineate popular types of questions so you're familiar with the patterns of grammar questions, and write practice essays. You'll get extensive feedback on your writing that will help you identify key areas for improvement, instead of just getting a score or some ambiguous feedback that teachers are known for like "vague" or "wordy."

Study Skills

Throughout my years of experience as a high school teacher and as a tutor, I have worked with innumerable students on their study skills. We talk about organization, note-taking, personal responsibility, self-advocacy, and test-taking strategies. These study skills are invaluable in a student's success in K-12 classes and beyond.

TEAS

I have been working with several students on the TEAS test, particularly on the verbal skills, reading comprehension, and mathematics sections of the test. However, I am also prepared to help students with the biology and chemistry questions that appear on the science test.

Vocabulary

After years as a high school teacher and tutor of standardized tests like the SAT and the GRE, I am truly prepared to help students master vocabulary. I'm armed with an arsenal of flashcards, lists, and unique vocabulary study strategies. I'm also skilled at helping students use grammar and context to glean enough meaning to answer questions successfully. Additionally, I help students learn how to use new vocabulary words correctly so their spoken and written vocabulary becomes more sophisticated.

Writing

I consider myself first and foremost a teacher of writing. I help students recognize their own strengths as a writer, as well as any patterns of weakness. I help students develop writing that is sophisticated but readable and interesting. One of my goals is to help students better know how to edit and revise their own work. I have spent years helping students write to prompts and to develop their own ideas for prompt-less writing. As a college professor, I help my graduate students write thesis proposals and dissertations, so I am well versed in sophisticated research. I am especially skilled in MLA and APA format. I also help dozens of students write their college and graduate school application essays each fall.

Heather’s Resources

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I lovvvve tutoring adults. In some ways, this surprised me. I'd taught high school English for six years before beginning work on my Ph.D., and I absolutely adored my high school students. I'm still close with many of them and attend their college graduation parties, weddings, and baby showers (where I promptly feel very old). It's only natural, then, that I get really excited when a new high... read more

I get it. We're all busy, and when we're not busy, we don't want to use our downtime to study. Over the years of my own learning, I've found that the hardest step is just getting myself to sit down and work sometimes - I'd rather do a thousand other things. But studying doesn't have to be time-consuming. In fact, you can do it without taking time away from whatever else you have to do. Although... read more

Sundays are days to be lazy, to hang out with friends, to read books or swim in pools or play outside. Today is an exceptionally hot Sunday in early June. Since I got up, I've been holed up in my home office, working on tutoring. Even though I've spent the past nine or so hours (with breaks for shrimp tacos, diet Coke, and ice cream) working, I haven't actually had any students today. I realized... read more

East Stroudsburg University of PA
English Education
East Stroudsburg University of PA
MEd
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

East Stroudsburg University of PA (English Education)

East Stroudsburg University of PA (MEd)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)

Awesome Tutor! — Heather is a wonderful, talented teacher. My son wanted to increase his Math and Critical Reading SAT scores. He and Heather worked well together right from the start. Heather is very thorough and was genuinely happy when he understood the material. She is very friendly and professional. My son enjoyed studying with Heather very much. In just a few weeks of working with Heather his scores went ...

— Linda, Philadelphia, PA on 6/29/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

- Group discounts (up to 3 students) - Need-based discounts available - Travel rate applies depending on distance

Travel policy

Heather will travel within 5 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19144.


About Heather

Sometimes classrooms just can't provide the one-on-one attention you need to excel. Learning doesn't have to be dull or life-sucking like it is in many schools. Perhaps you're ready to make a change in your own life and need a little help to get started. Tutoring can help you hone your skills or to catch up in areas of weakness, and I'm eager to help!

While I have successfully tutored students in many subjects, I consider myself first and foremost a teacher of writing. I obsess over grammar - when I take a beach vacation, I always treat myself to a grammar book to read in the sun. I'm kind of nerdy like that. I don't just teach my students what's "right" and "wrong" in regard to grammar. Instead, we study how the language works. My goal is to help my students become lifelong writers (and readers), not only to master a test.

Areas of instruction include:
SAT Writing
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
GRE Verbal
GRE Quantitative Reasoning
GRE Analytical Writing
MCAT verbal
GMAT
Praxis I
Praxis English Subject Area
TEAS
Reading and writing skills
College application essays
Algebra I and II
Geometry
Trigonometry
Pre-calculus

I am uniquely qualified as a tutor. I've earned a Ph.D. in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. Not only do I have hundreds of hours of tutoring experience, but I am also certified in both English AND Math (a very rare qualification). I hold Pennsylvania Level II teaching certifications in English 7-12, Math 7-12, and Health K-12. Additionally, I was two classes away from getting a B.S. in general science.

Standardized test prep is a huge industry. Many of my students have tried several centers and packaged systems before beginning with me, and I often hear them say that they've never learned like this before and that my advice is perfect for their unique needs. When I work with you, I'm not following a scripted curriculum. Instead, I'm evaluating your particular strengths and weaknesses and developing *your* strategy to get you the highest score possible.

Testimonials

"Awesome Tutor!"

- Linda, Philadelphia, PA on 6/29/12

"Great tutor"

- Avril, Philadelphia, PA on 1/29/14

"Great Tutor & very effective"

- Mary, Clifton, NJ on 11/8/13

"Highly encouraging."

- Peggy, Bala Cynwyd, PA on 9/30/13

"Very supportive!"

- Karen, Philadelphia, PA on 9/19/13

"Heather is a wonderful teacher!"

- Jackie, Philadelphia, PA on 5/31/13

"Great Tutor Very Helpful"

- Paula, Philadelphia, PA on 10/31/12

"Wonderful tutor, very patient"

- Lynda, Camden Wyoming, DE on 10/4/12

"Extremely competent!"

- Michele, Media, PA on 8/31/12

"Excellent tutor!"

- Linda, Folsom, PA on 6/11/12

"Always A Huge Help"

- Charles, Upper Darby, PA on 2/17/12

"Heather is the best!!!"

- Kathy, Philadelphia, PA on 12/20/11

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Michelle, Glen Mills, PA on 12/7/11

"Fantastic Tutor"

- Vanessa, Philadelphia, PA on 10/18/11

"Wonderful tutor"

- Laurene, Clifton Heights, PA on 7/10/11
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Education

East Stroudsburg University of PA
English Education
East Stroudsburg University of PA
MEd
University of Pennsylvania
PhD

Education

East Stroudsburg University of PA (English Education)

East Stroudsburg University of PA (MEd)

University of Pennsylvania (PhD)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

- Group discounts (up to 3 students) - Need-based discounts available - Travel rate applies depending on distance

Travel Radius
Travels within 5 miles of Philadelphia, PA 19144

Heather’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL, Vocabulary,
Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physical Science
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Language:
TOEFL
Music:
Piano
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
GMAT, GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Piano, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, College Counseling,
GED, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, MCAT,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TEAS,
TOEFL
Sports/Recreation:
Cooking, Fitness, Needlework
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
General Computer, GMAT, Grammar,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Heather’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Heather. View all of Heather’s resources

I lovvvve tutoring adults. In some ways, this surprised me. I'd taught high school English for six years before beginning work on my Ph.D., and I absolutely adored my high school students. I'm still close with many of them and attend their college graduation parties, weddings, and baby showers (where I promptly feel very old). It's only natural, then, that I get really excited when a new high... read more

I get it. We're all busy, and when we're not busy, we don't want to use our downtime to study. Over the years of my own learning, I've found that the hardest step is just getting myself to sit down and work sometimes - I'd rather do a thousand other things. But studying doesn't have to be time-consuming. In fact, you can do it without taking time away from whatever else you have to do. Although... read more

Sundays are days to be lazy, to hang out with friends, to read books or swim in pools or play outside. Today is an exceptionally hot Sunday in early June. Since I got up, I've been holed up in my home office, working on tutoring. Even though I've spent the past nine or so hours (with breaks for shrimp tacos, diet Coke, and ice cream) working, I haven't actually had any students today. I realized... read more


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