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Beth Z.

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Evanston, IL (60201)

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I have been teaching Spanish at the college and high school levels at schools such as DePaul University, North Park College and Loyola Academy for 16 years and have a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Moreover, I hold a Bilingual Type 29 teaching certificate from the State of Illinois.

My tutoring students have met with success, including one at New Trier who went from a C last year to an A this year, and another who was getting Ds on his exams and who now consistently gets 90s on assessments and who received a B on the mid-term exam.

Currently I am enrolled at Northeastern Illinois University in the Education program, which has required that my background (using fingerprints) be checked twice in the last 12 months.

Along with Spanish, I enjoy teaching math to girls, especially Pre-Algebra and Algebra, because I like to show them that women ARE good at math.

Standardized tests have been easy for me to take and explain, and I have received very high scores on many standardized tests (GRE, SAT, ACT, Basic Skills, etc.) For example, when I took the Basic Skills test I scored a perfect 300 in both Math and Writing. Because I have taken that teaching exam, I enjoy tutoring potential teachers and social workers for the TAP test.

I look forward to tutoring you or your child!

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Beth’s subjects

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry, Prealgebra, Probability, Statistics
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Elementary Education:
Algebra 1, English, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Spanish, Statistics
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GED, SAT Reading, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, Spanish, Statistics

ACT English

The English portion of the ACT requires a student to choose the best wording in a variety of sample passages. Both grammar and writing skills come into play with this section. My expertise in language as a PhD in Literature allows me to guide my students in correct word usage and paragraph organization. Students and I complete practice tests furnished by the ACT, pausing to review basic recurring grammar points. We practice until the student knows the material cold, and is able to face exam day with confidence.

ACT Math

I will help you get the score you need on the ACT!
16 years of teaching have given me the skill to know HOW to teach you.
Constant review of the material tells me WHAT to teach you.
Test taking strategies, an in-depth knowledge of how people learn best, and an awareness of the specific format and breakdown of the ACT Math test will help you learn WHAT to study, HOW to study, and HOW to take the test.

ACT Reading

Let me help you get the score you want for the ACT reading test.
I have a strong background in teaching, a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature, and specific knowledge of the ACT reading format.
16 years of working with students has taught me how to perceive students' strengths and weaknesses in a short time.

Algebra 1

Although I am not a "math whiz," I did start Algebra early in 7th grade, then moved up to Geometry at the high school in 8th grade. By the time I finished high school I had taken AB Calculus, and did BC at college.
My approach to math is to try to understand it instead of doing it by rote, which in the long run makes it easier.

Elementary Math

Hi! My daughter is a first grader, so I am very familiar with the math curriculum being taught nowadays. In addition, I am good with children. For example, I am a volunteer Sunday School teacher for the 1st grade at church.
Math concepts have always been easy for me because I truly understand what is going on and am able to communicate it in the simplest way. With kids I like to use manipulable items to help them visual the concepts.


I have always worked hard at math and enjoyed it, progressing through Calculus during my college years. Recently I took a course in Statistics and reawakened my love of math. I currently tutor two students in Prealgebra and like to instill confidence in them so they know that math is something you can be good at if you do it enough. When I took the Basic Skills test for my teaching certificate I received a perfect score on the math section.


Currently I am taking a Literacy class at Northeastern Illinois University to learn the best and most recent methods for teaching reading. I am also a volunteer reading fluency tutor for the District 65 schools (Evanston/Skokie). My methods of teaching reading include choosing a topic of very high interest to the student, and also ensuring that the book is the correct level. Research shows that reading a book where more than 5% of the words are unknown causes frustration.


16 years of teaching: high school, college, private tutoring.
Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the U of Texas at Austin.

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Wellesley College

(University of Texas at Austin (PhD)

Well-Prepared and Good Results — Beth has done a very nice job with our high school freshman son. He was struggling in Spanish and Beth has helped make a huge difference in his confidence, performance, and grades. She is very organized and ensures there is a good, productive study plan in place for each session. We are very happy to have Beth working with our son. ...

— Scott, Glenview, IL on 4/1/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

This rate is for a meeting at the Wilmette Public Library. For other locations the rate may be $10 or $20 extra, depending on the time of day and the location you prefer.

Travel policy

Beth will travel within 20 miles of Evanston, IL 60201.

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