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Bobbie M.

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Springfield, VA (22151)

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I have an AA in Arabic and received my BA in global studies in 2009. I am currently a graduate student at George Washington University studying international affairs, specializing in conflict resolution in the Middle East. I hope to eventually secure a position with the state department along the lines of international negotiation.

I am an Army linguist and graduated from the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California in 2006. I graduated with an associate's degree in Arabic from Methodist University in 2009. I currently teach Arabic as one of the faculty members at the Global Language Network in Washington, D.C. I took Latin for four years in high school in Lewiston, Maine and 3rd year Latin at Bates College, getting an A-. I still have all my materials and continue to work on it occasionally. I also grew up speaking French, as Maine is chock full of French Canadians.

Marine biology has always been a hobby of mine. While I've been stationed around the country, I've taken the opportunity to work at the Boothbay Aquarium in Maine and California's Monterey Bay Aquarium, where I worked inside the penguin exhibit. I've chosen to take additional courses outside of my graduate major purely out of personal interest, such as geology, oceanography, and marine mammals, because I have a particular passion for the bioluminescent ecosystems in the benthic abyssal ocean trenches. I have also taken physics, earth science, and astronomy.

I have taken algebra I and II, geometry, precalculus, and calculus. I was recruited by my geometry teacher in high school to be on the math team. I've also taken related courses for my graduate course work in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics.

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Bobbie’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anatomy, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Physical Science, Physiology
Microsoft Word
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary
Economics, Microsoft Word
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geometry, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Economics, Grammar, Latin, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Statistics

ACT Math

Thee math portion of the ACT is designed to measure math skills that high school students are expected to learn by the end of their junior year in high school. Standardized math tests provide an objective way for college admissions officers to evaluate the level of math skills students have, regardless of the courses they took or grades they earned in high school.

The math component of the ACT standardized test has 60 questions, and test takers are allowed 60 minutes to complete this portion of the exam. The math questions on the ACT are multiple choice, as are all questions on this exam. However, multiple choice does not mean that a test taker who does not have math skills will likely be able to guess his or her way to an outstanding score.

Standardized math tests generally require testers to use their reasoning abilities to solve practical math examples. Students are allowed to use calculators on the ACT. Test takers will need to know basic formulas and possess the ability to perform basic computations in order to successfully answer standardized math test questions.

I can help a student brush up on math before the test, going over the range of problems on the test in order to identify weaknesses that need additional practice. Then we can schedule sessions (I recommend about 90 minutes each) as needed in order to address these problem areas. The student can also help shape and direction of these sessions.

Algebra 1

I consider Algebra to be my bread and butter of math. I have tutored students in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Calculus topics ranging from 7th grade to college level math.

Algebra 2

I would argue that Algebra II is probably one of the most difficult subjects in math, even more so than Calculus. The subtopics covered during this year in math are the most advanced forms of Algebra that many students will ever see, unless the student is a math major. A lot of students have difficulties with logarithms, factoring polynomials, using rules of exponents, and linear equations -all of which I can help students practice and go over through worksheets and book problems.

American History

I took AP American History and AP American Government in high school. In college I took another American History course and chose to focus on the presidency of Andrew Jackson as my final project.


I am an Army linguist, as I am a graduate of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. I graduated from DLI in 2006. I graduated with an Associate's Degree in Arabic from Methodist University in 2009. I currently teach Arabic as one of the faculty members at the Global Language Network in Washington, D.C. The Army also requires me to maintain my language proficiency and score a minimum of a 2/2 on the DLPT every year.


I've taken the ASVAB two separate times, the first time when I initially joined the Army Reserves and they made me take it again why I transferred two years later into Active Duty. Both times I got the highest possible composite score, 99%.


I took Biology and AP Biology in high school. I took biology again in college. Wanting to specialize in marine biology, I have worked at two aquariums, the Boothbay Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology.


I took both Chemistry and AP Chemistry in high school. As a marine biology major, I then took first and second year Chemistry at the college level.

I have always studied science in school and still remember this little jingle from my seventh grade science teacher: "Little Sally was a chemist, little Sally is no more; what Sally thought was H20 was H2S04."


I have taken courses in Micro, Macro, Economics in International Affairs, and International Political Economy. I have also tutored students in Advanced Micro Economics and tutored an Econ international student in Arabic.

Elementary Math

I love working with children on math skills! Everyone has a different ability level and a different pace of learning. In the beginning, children often don't yet know how they learn best. Are they a visual person? Or do they need to write it out? Children who don't do well in school may just not respond well to mainstream methods of teaching in the school system. By focusing one on one, we can address the needs of the individual and find out what works best for them.


As a marine biology major, I have taken college courses in both Geology and Oceanography. I found that the course content of one often supplemented the other, since the two subjects are interrelated.


Geometry is a unique year in math because it has its own set of rules that a student has to memorize in order to do well. Proofs, triangles, angles, Pi, the Pythagorean Theorem, and Euclid are only a short list of the concepts that a Geometry student must become familiar with in order to pass a final exam. So let's start by going over the different types of triangles!

Government & Politics

I have taken undergraduate courses in American Government, American History, The Living Constitution, Ethics, International Political Economy, International Relations, Politics in Southeast Asia, Micro Economics, and Macro Economics. I have taken graduate courses in History, International Security Politics, International Ethics, International Economics, and the Politics of International Law.


I took Latin for 4 years in high school in Lewiston, Maine and 3rd year Latin at Bates College, getting an A-. I still have all my materials and continue to work on it occasionally.

SAT Math

Studying for SAT math requires a comprehensive review of algebra I and geometry skills. In addition, the student needs to learn good strategies for taking standardized tests, which are designed to produce a curve of high to low results by the students who take them. Taking a practice test is important because stress can have a significantly negative impact on test scores. When a student is unsure of an answer, they should know how to be able to narrow down the answers to only to multiple choice options and know which sections they should or should not guess at an answer.

SAT Reading

Studying for SAT reading requires a comprehensive review of vocabulary and the English language, including grammar, sentence structure, syntax, and diction. The student is also at an advantage of they have read several of the classic novels that the test creators are likely to pull excerpts from when asking the student about reading passages. I like to review books that the student has already read and go over the Cliffnotes/Sparknotes of other likely candidates mentioned on the test in lieu of reading the books cover to cover.

SAT Writing

The writing component of the SAT can be terrifying if you don't know what to do. However, due to the time constraints of the test and the student's inability to prepare for the writing prompt topic, the test graders are surprisingly lenient as long as you follow a few simple writing guidelines. They want to see the student's ability to create a thesis statement and make an argument, either for or against, the topic being discussed. The graders also want each supporting paragraph to start with a sentence containing a main idea, followed by sentences containing supporting details.

Essays on the SAT do not necessarily need to be the classic five paragraph essay to be considered an example of good writing, but they do need to follow a similar format. Finally, the best way to address a prompt (sadly, this also sounds like teaching your children to be duplicitous politicians) is to support both sides of the argument. Few problems can be solved with black and white solutions, and the graders like to see that students not only realize this but are trying to incorporate both points of view into their argument.


When I was young (10, 11, 12) I was certified in American Red Cross (ARC) levels of swimming, which require you to swim each stroke correctly, swim each stroke a certain number of yards, tread water for a certain number of minutes, etc. Each ARC level is progressively more difficult. I swam competitively on both YWCA and my high school swim teams from grade 8-12. I have continued to swim on my own for years. Now that I have a combat injury from Iraq, the Army administers my Army Physical Fitness Test by testing me on the swim as an alternate aerobic event, instead of the more traditional running event. My age group requires that I swim 800 yards in under 22 minutes.


Whether writing a 5 page paper or a 25 page paper, the basic principles are the same. Aside from knowing proper grammar, syntax, and punctuation, knowing how to organize your writing is one of the most important parts of creating the actual paper.

I'm almost finished my graduate degree at George Washington University, concentrating in International Relations, so I've written quite a few papers, including my thesis. I would love to help you write yours.

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Highly Recommended Bobbie is a top tier Arabic tutor with a knack for teaching the proper fundamentals and grammar of this language. Her lessons are interactive and well prepared. The lesson content challenges much more than memorization. She tailored my lessons to help me read and understand basic sentence structure and in doing so I learned to write Arabic as well. I will be using her Arabic expertise again this ...

— Chris from Springfield, VA on 1/23/14);

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Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

I do not have a cancellation fee, but I expect a certain amount of flexibility. I respect that people have lives and things come up, urgent or not.

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