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Laura S.

Plano, TX

$60/hr

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic from Kindergarten to SAT/ACT Prep

Background check passed as of 8/13/13
Usually responds in about 2 hours

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic from Kindergarten to SAT/ACT Prep

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As Valedictorian of my high school class and a Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA degree in English, I have a record of excellence in education. I have imparted my love of learning to my students whom I have tutored for the last 15 years. From tots to teens, I have tutored children in everything from phonics to reading to writing essays to writing for the SAT. I have personally taught 3 children how to read by the age of 3 years old! In addition, I have tutored kids in every level of math from Kindergarten counting to Algebra I. I have enjoyed helping students master geographic memory work such as states and capitals, countries, and bodies of water. From tutoring a young mother from Burundi during my college days in Bryan/College Station to tutoring a first-grader in Allen who needed some help in phonics, I have enjoyed sharing with others the knowledge I have. I look forward to helping you or your child progress to the next level of academic excellence.

Testimonials

"Great tutor with lots of patience!"

- Denise, Allen, TX on 9/1/14

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Rachel, Frisco, TX on 6/14/14

"Very patient and worth every penny I spend."

- Nikki, Plano, TX on 9/5/13
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Music:
Sight Singing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, STAAR,
TAKS, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University. For the last 15 years, I have tutored students in English grammar, reading, writing, and literature. My score on the ACT was a 32. The reason I was voted "Most Intelligent" of my high school class was, in part, due to my relentless fulfillment of academic duties. I did my homework! Thoroughly! I cannot wait to make you do yours! Thoroughly! I love taking tests. I can help you prepare so completely for the ACT that you will look forward to taking your test!

ACT Math

My minor from Texas A&M University (1991, Cum Laude) is in Accounting. I love working with numbers! As Valedictorian of my high school class, I excelled in math, receiving A's in every math class through Calculus. I have tutored in ACT Math, as well as arithmetic through Algebra 1, and I have helped students with strategies to score more points. You might point out to me that the ACT has lots of Geometry, but that's OK, because, though I detest proofs, I love working with angles and triangles and other shapes to solve problems. Since the ACT Math section requires solving 60 problems in 60 minutes, we are safe from being threatened with proofs! I treat each problem as a mini-puzzle that many times should be solved creatively in order to be solved more quickly. Finally, though my overall ACT score was a 32, my ACT math score was a 33!

Bible Studies

For more than two decades, I have been an avid student of the Bible. I have read the entire Bible. I have participated in several Bible studies on topics ranging from the book of Daniel to the power of words to marriage.

Furthermore, I served as a teacher of an elementary grade Sunday school class for two years, teaching Bible stories and principles to children. I have even led a Bible study at my place of employment. I enjoy memorizing Scripture and have memorized several chapters of the Bible.

Finally, I research topical threads in the Bible using Thompson's Chain Reference Study Bible.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored elementary school children for thirteen years in a wide variety of subjects. I have taught children how to read using an extensive phonics curriculum. Additionally, I have tutored in grammar, writing (including book reports), and literature. I have taught math from simple counting to pre-algebra. I have tutored in social science, American history, and world geography.

Phonics

I have personally taught 3 children how to read by the age of 3 by starting out with the Dr. Seuss ABC book. Then, after the child can identify and pronounce letters, I move on to a comprehensive phonics program that utilizes flash cards, letter blends, colorful pictures, and short books for every level of beginning reader. Do you remember or have you heard of the old "Dick and Jane" readers that we grew up with decades ago? Well, those books are not phonics based! Notice that the title itself includes a more complicated "ck" blend and a long vowel. I do not subscribe to a whole-language approach that produces weak readers; I am a firm believer in a phonics-based approach to learning how to read!

Social Studies

I have tutored students for the last 15 years in social studies, from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I have taught and reviewed with children a wide variety of topics regarding countries, cultures, and current events. From every U. S. state and capital to Canadian provinces to European bodies of water, I have engaged students in the wonders of the globe! I love maps, I love geography, and I love current events; and I have imparted that love of social studies knowledge to my students. I may not be able to draw free-handed the map of the U. S. with all of its states like my Dad can, but I can label every state and capital and more besides! I believe that children should possess a certain body of knowledge as a foundation; I have contributed a portion of that store of knowledge to children by helping them learn and retain social studies facts.

STAAR

Having a degree in English (B.A. Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University, I enjoy helping students prepare for reading and writing standardized tests. I have tutored students in preparing for the STAAR tests in elementary and middle school grades. I have helped students in reading comprehension, identification of writing errors, and essay writing. Utilizing past STAAR writing prompts, I give students writing assignments, and then I help them edit their papers. I help them find evidence in passages to support their answers to reading comprehension questions. Focusing on grammar rules and general test-taking strategies helps my students as well.

Study Skills

I have spent the last 15 years helping students with their study skills. Studying for tests and completing homework occurs most successfully when several factors are in place. First, the study space needs to be visually and orally clutter free. In other words, television, your favorite DJ, five texting/face booking friends, and trash on the table are not conducive to a positive study environment. Secondly, the mind needs to be clutter free. Anxiety about yesterday's argument with a friend can truly hinder anyone's ability to accomplish tasks. Consequently, I encourage the student to identify the source of worrying and either eliminate it quickly, if possible, or assign a concrete time in the future to address the issue. Then, I encourage the student to focus on the academic task at hand. Finally, because procrastination is often a problem due to a sense of being overwhelmed with a big project or research paper, I help students break big assignments into manageable pieces. Calendars are crucial to helping students set mini-deadlines in order to meet the final due-date.

Texas A&M University
English

Education

Texas A&M University (English)

Great tutor with lots of patience! — Laura is great!! She is very knowledgeable with the topics covered - ISEE prep, vocabulary, algebra - but, in addition to that, she is very patient and explains it in a manner that my son understands. ...

— Denise, Allen, TX on 9/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 7 miles of Plano, TX 75023.


About Laura

As Valedictorian of my high school class and a Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA degree in English, I have a record of excellence in education. I have imparted my love of learning to my students whom I have tutored for the last 15 years. From tots to teens, I have tutored children in everything from phonics to reading to writing essays to writing for the SAT. I have personally taught 3 children how to read by the age of 3 years old! In addition, I have tutored kids in every level of math from Kindergarten counting to Algebra I. I have enjoyed helping students master geographic memory work such as states and capitals, countries, and bodies of water. From tutoring a young mother from Burundi during my college days in Bryan/College Station to tutoring a first-grader in Allen who needed some help in phonics, I have enjoyed sharing with others the knowledge I have. I look forward to helping you or your child progress to the next level of academic excellence.

Testimonials

"Great tutor with lots of patience!"

- Denise, Allen, TX on 9/1/14

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Rachel, Frisco, TX on 6/14/14

"Very patient and worth every penny I spend."

- Nikki, Plano, TX on 9/5/13
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Education

Texas A&M University
English

Education

Texas A&M University (English)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Plano, TX 75023

Laura’s Subjects

Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Prealgebra, SAT Math
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science
Language:
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Music:
Sight Singing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Phonics
Business:
GMAT, GRE
Homeschool:
Algebra 1, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, STAAR,
TAKS, TEAS, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading

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.


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