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Natalie G.

Math, Writing and Test Prep Tutor for All Ages

Math, Writing and Test Prep Tutor for All Ages

$60/hour

  • 2,795 hours tutoring

About Natalie


Bio

During the past 9 years, my goal as a tutor has been steadfast: I want to help you help yourself. As the saying goes, you have to be open to accepting help before you can be helped. I understand that because we are all students our entire lives; I know from my own experience how hard it is to learn any subject and how much harder it is to find the right teacher. Now I explain the same concepts I've mastered to countless children and adults who need my help. I provide guidance, full support...

During the past 9 years, my goal as a tutor has been steadfast: I want to help you help yourself. As the saying goes, you have to be open to accepting help before you can be helped. I understand that because we are all students our entire lives; I know from my own experience how hard it is to learn any subject and how much harder it is to find the right teacher. Now I explain the same concepts I've mastered to countless children and adults who need my help. I provide guidance, full support and a boatload of knowledge. I adopt methods that are simple, clever and time-saving, and I adapt to individual learning needs.

I have a deep appreciation for mathematics and what it really teaches — discipline, determination, critical thinking — and I am here to prove to you that you can excel at it, too! With over 2500 hours of math tutoring experience, I specialize in basic math; all areas of algebra; trigonometry and precalculus; and geometry for students in 1st through 12th grade, college and university. That includes Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, college algebra and advanced math.

Though I've been a great reader all my life, I have been working as a professional writer and editor for over 10 years. I offer writing coaching and editing services as well as reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary help. I don't just teach you how to write: I show you how to translate your thoughts into a fluent composition of words on a page. Real constructive criticism is another tool I use to help you build on your skills and reach your true writing potential.

For test preparation, I focus on concept review, strategy/approach and time management. I've worked the most with students preparing for the ASVAB, ACT, SAT, CBEST, ISEE, SSAT and GRE. One student increased her overall SAT score by 100 points after just 8 lessons, while another raised his AFQT score by 15 points and now has a great career in the Air Force. I help students pinpoint their struggle areas and conquer them so they can reach their score goals.


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  • Hourly Rate: $60
  • Rate details: 1 hour minimum for all lessons. 24 hour cancellation policy also applies to rescheduling and no-shows. Cancellation fee = lesson rate/hr.
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Business

GMAT,

GMAT

I can help you fully prepare for all sections of the GMAT. My focus is concept review, strategy/approach, and time management. Together, we form a study and practice plan that targets your weaknesses and supports your strengths. Students who commit to their test prep reach their score goals for this test.
GRE

GRE

The GRE is the most complex and demanding standardized test I've come across in all my years of tutoring. You have to be ready to analyze every problem, question, and even your own reasoning (the writing section). I've helped students prepare for all three sections of the test, especially math. I work with you to target concept areas needing improvement and create a study-and-practice plan to fit your needs and prepare you for success in your test-taking.

Corporate Training

GMAT,

GMAT

I can help you fully prepare for all sections of the GMAT. My focus is concept review, strategy/approach, and time management. Together, we form a study and practice plan that targets your weaknesses and supports your strengths. Students who commit to their test prep reach their score goals for this test.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. However, strong grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. I have studied English grammar my whole life and have continued to practice it regularly while working as a professional writer. As a native speaker, I understand the differences between colloquialism and grammatically correct English. While I have helped college and university students with the mechanics of their writing by proofreading their papers, I guide elementary school, middle school, and high school students through age-appropriate grammar practice and review, for personal learning or for test prep. Though I always recommend grammar workbooks for homework outside of lessons, I can assign worksheets or interactive practice upon request.
Proofreading

Proofreading

For over 10 years, I have professionally edited numerous graduate and undergraduate research papers, college essays, college application essays, high school and middle school essays, personal statements, cover letters, resumes, short stories, and scripts. While proofreading is correcting grammar and punctuation mistakes, revision is analyzing content for relevance and text for fluency and clarity (sentence structure, paragraph organization and development). Together, they form the complete editing process, which I teach and demonstrate to students so they can self-edit as part of their own writing process. My constructive criticism always includes detailed feedback and support to help them learn from their writing and improve it. I also offer editing and proofreading services: I have great turnaround and can generally complete edits within a 24-48 hour period (30-minute minimum for all editing projects). I am familiar with MLA and APA format, as well as business writing and copywriting requirements.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Basic math is necessary for life to function! Sadly, the development of core math skills is frequently ignored or overlooked in many elementary schools and middle schools. For over 9 years, I have helped hundreds of frustrated children and adults master addition, subtraction, division, multiplication tables, number operations, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and percents. Applying these concepts to confidently solve basic, intermediate, and advanced word problems is another critical math skill that I teach. I try every method and “shortcut” until students really understand what they are learning and how to use this knowledge to help themselves outside of a classroom or test prep. Elementary math is the essential math that counts the most, so my aim is to make the process as simple, straightforward, and painless as possible.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. However, strong grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. I have studied English grammar my whole life and have continued to practice it regularly while working as a professional writer. As a native speaker, I understand the differences between colloquialism and grammatically correct English. While I have helped college and university students with the mechanics of their writing by proofreading their papers, I guide elementary school, middle school, and high school students through age-appropriate grammar practice and review, for personal learning or for test prep. Though I always recommend grammar workbooks for homework outside of lessons, I can assign worksheets or interactive practice upon request.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

For six grade levels, I had handwriting as an official school subject. I was expected to print Roman letters correctly, write cursive script at the correct angle and form, and incorporate my own unique style into proper penmanship. I also learned how to hold the writing implement the correct way so as not to strain the hand or fingers and maintain a steady flow of writing. I later took calligraphy as an art course during one year of high school. I have helped elementary school and middle school students practice and improve their handwriting, manuscript and cursive, and I can assist adults as well.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I've helped several homeschooled students (elementary, middle school, and high school) with multiple subjects, including math, language arts, and Latin over an extended period of time. Having been homeschooled for the majority of my primary and secondary education, I know how to work with individual lesson plans, homeschooling programs and materials, and learning expectations outside of usual school curriculum. Homeschooling means independent, motivated learning, which I can help students achieve through extracurricular practice and homework.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools like ReadTheory and Quill (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
Spelling,

Spelling

I had spelling, as well as phonics, for 6 years as a subject throughout elementary school. I was also taught how to use reference books like the dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopaedia for research while writing. I have used spelling puzzles, games, exercises, and oral exams with my elementary school students so they can better remember their spelling lists. Since vocabulary is directly connected to spelling, I usually help children and adults with both of these skill areas at the same time.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Words are the bricks of any language, so a rich vocabulary builds a strong foundation for word usage in writing, speech, and self-expression. Reading and writing practice are also helpful tools for encountering and remembering the same vocabulary, as regular usage incorporates the words into daily language. I have tutored elementary school, middle school, and high school students in regular vocabulary study and word knowledge for test preparation. My lesson plan for vocabulary includes the practice of new words through different exercises, including but not limited to analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence usage. I also help my students invest in good vocabulary workbooks, flashcards, apps and programs for maximum review and memorization.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The mechanics of any language are a necessary asset, and English is no exception. In this section, the ACT tests on usage and rhetoric. Your child needs to understand and recognize proper grammar and punctuation usage, as well as strong sentence structure, in order to score well. We will go through practice questions and tests together, while he/she continues to study outside of lessons with a personalized prep routine. It is crucial I find out exactly which concepts he/she is struggling with so I can show him/her how to find the correct answers.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

ACT Reading has four passages always set in four predetermined topic areas. This part of the test is more predictable because of that. However, your child still needs to have strong reading comprehension and analytical skills in order to succeed. We will go through as many practice tests as we can so I can pinpoint your child's struggles, promote key testing strategies, and help him/her understand the material better as a whole.
English,

English

English is my first language, so I have studied it at school and work for many years. I have helped native speakers, children and adults, with all areas of language arts, especially writing, grammar, and reading.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. However, strong grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. I have studied English grammar my whole life and have continued to practice it regularly while working as a professional writer. As a native speaker, I understand the differences between colloquialism and grammatically correct English. While I have helped college and university students with the mechanics of their writing by proofreading their papers, I guide elementary school, middle school, and high school students through age-appropriate grammar practice and review, for personal learning or for test prep. Though I always recommend grammar workbooks for homework outside of lessons, I can assign worksheets or interactive practice upon request.
Literature,

Literature

As a former book critic for an online-based newspaper, I am familiar with a wide range of books (fiction and nonfiction), especially famous classic literature. I can help students analyze text correctly so they can discuss the content, structure and language usage and form meaningful interpretations for essay responses, college essays, essay preparation for standardized tests, research papers, and book reviews.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

For over 10 years, I have professionally edited numerous graduate and undergraduate research papers, college essays, college application essays, high school and middle school essays, personal statements, cover letters, resumes, short stories, and scripts. While proofreading is correcting grammar and punctuation mistakes, revision is analyzing content for relevance and text for fluency and clarity (sentence structure, paragraph organization and development). Together, they form the complete editing process, which I teach and demonstrate to students so they can self-edit as part of their own writing process. My constructive criticism always includes detailed feedback and support to help them learn from their writing and improve it. I also offer editing and proofreading services: I have great turnaround and can generally complete edits within a 24-48 hour period (30-minute minimum for all editing projects). I am familiar with MLA and APA format, as well as business writing and copywriting requirements.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools like ReadTheory and Quill (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Your child needs to be ready to analyze and interpret college-level text correctly, the aim of this test section divided into three smaller, interspersed sections. I first have students take and score at least one practice test prior to our first lesson in order to assess their current reading comprehension, analytical, and test-taking skills. Then I help them formulate a prep plan based on regular studying and practice work in the form of practice questions and weekly practice tests. I teach them how to improve their test performance through testing strategies and recommendations for strengthening their reading skills under a time limit.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing/Language section expects students to understand basic grammar rules and writing mechanics, while the SAT Essay is looking for college-ready writing skills. I will critique your child's essays to determine which areas he/she need to improve on and provide them with exercises and tips on how to reach that. Prep for the writing section includes a review of correct sentence structure, paragraph organization, word and grammar usage, and fluidity. The steps we will take to strengthen your child's writing and grammar skills now count tremendously toward success in more advanced, future writing.
Spelling,

Spelling

I had spelling, as well as phonics, for 6 years as a subject throughout elementary school. I was also taught how to use reference books like the dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopaedia for research while writing. I have used spelling puzzles, games, exercises, and oral exams with my elementary school students so they can better remember their spelling lists. Since vocabulary is directly connected to spelling, I usually help children and adults with both of these skill areas at the same time.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Words are the bricks of any language, so a rich vocabulary builds a strong foundation for word usage in writing, speech, and self-expression. Reading and writing practice are also helpful tools for encountering and remembering the same vocabulary, as regular usage incorporates the words into daily language. I have tutored elementary school, middle school, and high school students in regular vocabulary study and word knowledge for test preparation. My lesson plan for vocabulary includes the practice of new words through different exercises, including but not limited to analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence usage. I also help my students invest in good vocabulary workbooks, flashcards, apps and programs for maximum review and memorization.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. I have worked as a professional writer for more than 10 years, with experience as a script writer, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer. Resume writing, cover letters, personal statements, web text, radio ads, and advertisement are my specialties. Additionally, 7 of my scripts to date have been produced as short documentary films and released on DVD. Since writing improvement is a long-term process, I coach how to brainstorm and create an outline for any assignment; balance sentence structure, word usage and conventions to form articulate paragraphs with transitions; practice self-editing; and correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially for essays. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also know MLA and APA format as well as business writing requirements.

History

Classics

Classics

I studied Classics - the history, literature, culture and languages of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome - from 4th grade until I graduated high school. I also have in-depth knowledge of Greek mythology and Roman mythology, and I am familiar with appropriate versions of famous myths for children and for adults. While I have mainly assisted high school students with Latin, I helped a 7th grader for an entire semester with his Classical Studies course. We worked on reading comprehension, critical thinking responses, geography, and historical timelines for many ancient civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Persia, and Babylon.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

This is by far the level of math I've helped most of my students with, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to master algebra 1 first before proceeding to any other areas of advanced mathematics. It is a continuation of prealgebra and many algebra courses also include some basic geometry as well. You will need to continually review your basic math skills and practice new skills to get the most out of algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The second half of algebra, algebra 2 is best learned after going through algebra 1, though integration of geometry into algebra 1 and 2 is something I personally support for maximum learning. However, on its own, algebra 2 is basically an advanced upgrade of algebra 1 concepts, including graphing, solving equations, and new methods to solve word problems. I recommend either a review of algebra 1 or a diagnostic test prior to beginning algebra 2, so I can know how many algebra concepts you know and where your strengths are before we cover new material. A great deal of the topics in algebra 2 are not that connected to each other, so it is essential I am aware of how far your current algebra skills will be able to take you and what we will need to go back and work on together.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
English,

English

English is my first language, so I have studied it at school and work for many years. I have helped native speakers, children and adults, with all areas of language arts, especially writing, grammar, and reading.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've had the opportunity to help many high school and middle school students with geometry: writing proofs, developing logic skills, memorizing important theorems and properties of geometric figures, and using basic algebra skills. I also prepare students for the numerous geometry concepts included in the SAT, ACT, ISEE and GRE math sections, so they can effectively apply their geometry skills to solve diverse problem sets. I am familiar with the geometry integrated with algebra in Math 1 and Math 2.
Handwriting,

Handwriting

For six grade levels, I had handwriting as an official school subject. I was expected to print Roman letters correctly, write cursive script at the correct angle and form, and incorporate my own unique style into proper penmanship. I also learned how to hold the writing implement the correct way so as not to strain the hand or fingers and maintain a steady flow of writing. I later took calligraphy as an art course during one year of high school. I have helped elementary school and middle school students practice and improve their handwriting, manuscript and cursive, and I can assist adults as well.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

In order to move forward to calculus, you have to grasp the basics of precalculus. Functions, graphing of functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to core calculus concepts are all topics covered in this course. I will show you how to identify parent functions, graph functions easily and effectively using transformations, and learn all the information you need to know for each individual set of concepts in order to proceed from one to another, all while pointing out how they are interrelated.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools like ReadTheory and Quill (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT's math section has a moderate mix of basic math, word problems, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus. Because the majority of questions are multiple choice, an exam taker needs to think quickly within the time limit to solve each problem and still have time to work the fill-in questions on the portion of the test. I will help with a review of the math concepts needed to score high on the SAT and an acceleration of analytical skills for swift problem-solving. I can also help students prepare for the SAT II Math 1 and SAT II Math 2 exams, since I am very familiar with concepts from algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Your child needs to be ready to analyze and interpret college-level text correctly, the aim of this test section divided into three smaller, interspersed sections. I first have students take and score at least one practice test prior to our first lesson in order to assess their current reading comprehension, analytical, and test-taking skills. Then I help them formulate a prep plan based on regular studying and practice work in the form of practice questions and weekly practice tests. I teach them how to improve their test performance through testing strategies and recommendations for strengthening their reading skills under a time limit.
Spelling,

Spelling

I had spelling, as well as phonics, for 6 years as a subject throughout elementary school. I was also taught how to use reference books like the dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopaedia for research while writing. I have used spelling puzzles, games, exercises, and oral exams with my elementary school students so they can better remember their spelling lists. Since vocabulary is directly connected to spelling, I usually help children and adults with both of these skill areas at the same time.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. I have worked as a professional writer for more than 10 years, with experience as a script writer, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer. Resume writing, cover letters, personal statements, web text, radio ads, and advertisement are my specialties. Additionally, 7 of my scripts to date have been produced as short documentary films and released on DVD. Since writing improvement is a long-term process, I coach how to brainstorm and create an outline for any assignment; balance sentence structure, word usage and conventions to form articulate paragraphs with transitions; practice self-editing; and correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially for essays. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also know MLA and APA format as well as business writing requirements.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The math portion of the ACT is very similar to that of the SAT, only the difference being an additional focus on geometry and trigonometry concepts. The ACT also has a more diversified mixture of advanced math problems, requiring strong algebra and geometry skills. I'm familiar with all areas of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, so you will be not only practicing for the ACT questions but also reviewing these concepts to make sure you're fully prepared for the exam.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

This is by far the level of math I've helped most of my students with, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to master algebra 1 first before proceeding to any other areas of advanced mathematics. It is a continuation of prealgebra and many algebra courses also include some basic geometry as well. You will need to continually review your basic math skills and practice new skills to get the most out of algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The second half of algebra, algebra 2 is best learned after going through algebra 1, though integration of geometry into algebra 1 and 2 is something I personally support for maximum learning. However, on its own, algebra 2 is basically an advanced upgrade of algebra 1 concepts, including graphing, solving equations, and new methods to solve word problems. I recommend either a review of algebra 1 or a diagnostic test prior to beginning algebra 2, so I can know how many algebra concepts you know and where your strengths are before we cover new material. A great deal of the topics in algebra 2 are not that connected to each other, so it is essential I am aware of how far your current algebra skills will be able to take you and what we will need to go back and work on together.
Finite Math,

Finite Math

In addition to 8 years of study, I have over 9 years of tutoring experience in finite math concepts. I've helped students of all ages master these concepts and understand their real life application: functions, basic statistics (including linear regression), inequalities and their use in economics, basic linear programming, quadratics and quadratic application, matrices (including Gauss-Jordan/Gaussian elimination), exponential growth and decay, properties of exponents and logarithms, business math (simple and compound interest, annuities, loans), probability, permutations, combinations and expected value. I use detailed examples and explanations to help students visualize the material and the steps they need to use to solve problems using each concept. I also enjoy showing them how valuable and important these concepts are across career fields in real life application.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've had the opportunity to help many high school and middle school students with geometry: writing proofs, developing logic skills, memorizing important theorems and properties of geometric figures, and using basic algebra skills. I also prepare students for the numerous geometry concepts included in the SAT, ACT, ISEE and GRE math sections, so they can effectively apply their geometry skills to solve diverse problem sets. I am familiar with the geometry integrated with algebra in Math 1 and Math 2.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I've helped countless high school and college students master the basics of linear algebra: linear equations, basic vector operations, and matrices. I can show you how to solve systems of two and three equations with many different methods, including matrix inverses, determinants (Cramer's rule), and Gauss-Jordan/Gaussian elimination (elementary row operations and row echelon form).
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

In order to move forward to calculus, you have to grasp the basics of precalculus. Functions, graphing of functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to core calculus concepts are all topics covered in this course. I will show you how to identify parent functions, graph functions easily and effectively using transformations, and learn all the information you need to know for each individual set of concepts in order to proceed from one to another, all while pointing out how they are interrelated.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT's math section has a moderate mix of basic math, word problems, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus. Because the majority of questions are multiple choice, an exam taker needs to think quickly within the time limit to solve each problem and still have time to work the fill-in questions on the portion of the test. I will help with a review of the math concepts needed to score high on the SAT and an acceleration of analytical skills for swift problem-solving. I can also help students prepare for the SAT II Math 1 and SAT II Math 2 exams, since I am very familiar with concepts from algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus.
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

Trigonometry is the true bridge between precalculus and calculus, so being able to recognize trigonometric identities and formulate them for use in equations, graphs, and functions are just a few of the key topics I will help you with. We will cover all triangle theorems and how to draw up special right triangles on the spot for use in problems. Word problems are another area where many of these concepts spring up. I can show you the step-by-step process to target the desired solution and how to obtain it.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

This is by far the level of math I've helped most of my students with, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to master algebra 1 first before proceeding to any other areas of advanced mathematics. It is a continuation of prealgebra and many algebra courses also include some basic geometry as well. You will need to continually review your basic math skills and practice new skills to get the most out of algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The second half of algebra, algebra 2 is best learned after going through algebra 1, though integration of geometry into algebra 1 and 2 is something I personally support for maximum learning. However, on its own, algebra 2 is basically an advanced upgrade of algebra 1 concepts, including graphing, solving equations, and new methods to solve word problems. I recommend either a review of algebra 1 or a diagnostic test prior to beginning algebra 2, so I can know how many algebra concepts you know and where your strengths are before we cover new material. A great deal of the topics in algebra 2 are not that connected to each other, so it is essential I am aware of how far your current algebra skills will be able to take you and what we will need to go back and work on together.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
English,

English

English is my first language, so I have studied it at school and work for many years. I have helped native speakers, children and adults, with all areas of language arts, especially writing, grammar, and reading.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've had the opportunity to help many high school and middle school students with geometry: writing proofs, developing logic skills, memorizing important theorems and properties of geometric figures, and using basic algebra skills. I also prepare students for the numerous geometry concepts included in the SAT, ACT, ISEE and GRE math sections, so they can effectively apply their geometry skills to solve diverse problem sets. I am familiar with the geometry integrated with algebra in Math 1 and Math 2.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

In order to move forward to calculus, you have to grasp the basics of precalculus. Functions, graphing of functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to core calculus concepts are all topics covered in this course. I will show you how to identify parent functions, graph functions easily and effectively using transformations, and learn all the information you need to know for each individual set of concepts in order to proceed from one to another, all while pointing out how they are interrelated.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools like ReadTheory and Quill (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. I have worked as a professional writer for more than 10 years, with experience as a script writer, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer. Resume writing, cover letters, personal statements, web text, radio ads, and advertisement are my specialties. Additionally, 7 of my scripts to date have been produced as short documentary films and released on DVD. Since writing improvement is a long-term process, I coach how to brainstorm and create an outline for any assignment; balance sentence structure, word usage and conventions to form articulate paragraphs with transitions; practice self-editing; and correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially for essays. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also know MLA and APA format as well as business writing requirements.

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

The ACT Science section does not require extensive scientific knowledge or skills. It is similar to the ACT math section in that it tests students' analytical skills and their ability to correctly interpret graphs/data and form conclusions. I will go through practice tests and practice questions with your child so he/she can form a strong practice routine and use testing strategies to excel in this part of the exam.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

This is by far the level of math I've helped most of my students with, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to master algebra 1 first before proceeding to any other areas of advanced mathematics. It is a continuation of prealgebra and many algebra courses also include some basic geometry as well. You will need to continually review your basic math skills and practice new skills to get the most out of algebra 1.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

The second half of algebra, algebra 2 is best learned after going through algebra 1, though integration of geometry into algebra 1 and 2 is something I personally support for maximum learning. However, on its own, algebra 2 is basically an advanced upgrade of algebra 1 concepts, including graphing, solving equations, and new methods to solve word problems. I recommend either a review of algebra 1 or a diagnostic test prior to beginning algebra 2, so I can know how many algebra concepts you know and where your strengths are before we cover new material. A great deal of the topics in algebra 2 are not that connected to each other, so it is essential I am aware of how far your current algebra skills will be able to take you and what we will need to go back and work on together.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
GED,

GED

Updates within the last several years mean each of the four subject sections on the GED test you on more concepts and skills than ever before. I am not only familiar with the expectations set for each subject, especially math, but I also can assist you in comprehensively preparing for each area according to your strengths and current skills. I can also provide online test resources upon request.
Geometry,

Geometry

I've had the opportunity to help many high school and middle school students with geometry: writing proofs, developing logic skills, memorizing important theorems and properties of geometric figures, and using basic algebra skills. I also prepare students for the numerous geometry concepts included in the SAT, ACT, ISEE and GRE math sections, so they can effectively apply their geometry skills to solve diverse problem sets. I am familiar with the geometry integrated with algebra in Math 1 and Math 2.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools like ReadTheory and Quill (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT's math section has a moderate mix of basic math, word problems, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus. Because the majority of questions are multiple choice, an exam taker needs to think quickly within the time limit to solve each problem and still have time to work the fill-in questions on the portion of the test. I will help with a review of the math concepts needed to score high on the SAT and an acceleration of analytical skills for swift problem-solving. I can also help students prepare for the SAT II Math 1 and SAT II Math 2 exams, since I am very familiar with concepts from algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. I have worked as a professional writer for more than 10 years, with experience as a script writer, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer. Resume writing, cover letters, personal statements, web text, radio ads, and advertisement are my specialties. Additionally, 7 of my scripts to date have been produced as short documentary films and released on DVD. Since writing improvement is a long-term process, I coach how to brainstorm and create an outline for any assignment; balance sentence structure, word usage and conventions to form articulate paragraphs with transitions; practice self-editing; and correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially for essays. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also know MLA and APA format as well as business writing requirements.

Test Preparation

Accuplacer,

Accuplacer

I offer test prep for all sections of the Next-Generation Accuplacer. Accuplacer Reading and Accuplacer Writing are similar to the SAT Reading and Writing sections; I have tutored many high school and college students in reading comprehension, grammar, and writing mechanics for self-improvement and test prep. From basic math to college algebra, all of which I have taught for years, the Accuplacer math section now includes Arithmetic; Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS); and Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF). With my help, students get to the level they need and place as high as possible in math and language arts. For the WriterPlacer essay, I assess their writing and coach them to be better writers so they can score well. In addition, I prepare students for the CLEP math tests, including CLEP College Algebra, CLEP College Mathematics, and CLEP Precalculus. I ensure they are ready for all the concepts on each test and can apply those concepts correctly to solve related problems.
ACT English,

ACT English

The mechanics of any language are a necessary asset, and English is no exception. In this section, the ACT tests on usage and rhetoric. Your child needs to understand and recognize proper grammar and punctuation usage, as well as strong sentence structure, in order to score well. We will go through practice questions and tests together, while he/she continues to study outside of lessons with a personalized prep routine. It is crucial I find out exactly which concepts he/she is struggling with so I can show him/her how to find the correct answers.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

The math portion of the ACT is very similar to that of the SAT, only the difference being an additional focus on geometry and trigonometry concepts. The ACT also has a more diversified mixture of advanced math problems, requiring strong algebra and geometry skills. I'm familiar with all areas of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, so you will be not only practicing for the ACT questions but also reviewing these concepts to make sure you're fully prepared for the exam.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

ACT Reading has four passages always set in four predetermined topic areas. This part of the test is more predictable because of that. However, your child still needs to have strong reading comprehension and analytical skills in order to succeed. We will go through as many practice tests as we can so I can pinpoint your child's struggles, promote key testing strategies, and help him/her understand the material better as a whole.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT Science section does not require extensive scientific knowledge or skills. It is similar to the ACT math section in that it tests students' analytical skills and their ability to correctly interpret graphs/data and form conclusions. I will go through practice tests and practice questions with your child so he/she can form a strong practice routine and use testing strategies to excel in this part of the exam.
AFOQT,

AFOQT

Given my experience in ASVAB test prep, I have tutored students in AFOQT test prep for the Verbal Analogies, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Math Knowledge, Block Counting and Table Reading sections. Additionally, I have taught analogies, vocabulary, basic math, algebra, and logic across grade levels outside of test prep. I work with students’ current knowledge of math and language arts so they can overcome any obstacles, master key test strategies, understand practice questions, and achieve high scores.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

My ASVAB prep focuses on the AFQT (the Core sections): Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge, Word Knowledge, and Paragraph Comprehension. I tutor children and adults in vocabulary and reading comprehension on a regular basis, but the time limits on the ASVAB requires strategic approach and practice. While I have worked with the majority of students on improving their scores in both these sections, my speciality is ASVAB math. While Math Knowledge is quantitative, Arithmetic Reasoning has only word problems. After concept review, students work with me, step by step, through appropriate practice problems that build their math skills and prime them for the actual test. Committed students have raised their AFQT scores by 15 to 20 points on average and were accepted into the military branch of their choice, ready to pursue their selected career paths.
CBEST,

CBEST

I have prepared hundreds of students for the CBEST math, CBEST reading, and CBEST writing sections. Students who worked with me have been incredibly successful in raising their scores, by as high as 20 points after 10 lessons. Others finally passed sections they had retaken 3 or 4 times on average. If students are committed to their test prep, I simplify the steps they need to take and show them how to use prep and practice materials effectively to maximize their scores. For CBEST math and CBEST reading, I not only make sure students understand any past mistakes but also how to fix those mistakes and avoid making them again in similar problems or questions. I teach the best strategies and techniques as well as any necessary concept review. For CBEST writing, I assess students’ practice essays according to CBEST standards and provide feedback and support on how they can improve and strengthen their writing. I can also help with prep for the CSET, including CSET: Writing Skills; CSET: Multiple Subjects Subtest I, Subtest II, and Subtest III; CSET: Foundational-Level Mathematics Subtest I and Subtest II; and CSET Mathematics Subtest I, Subtest II, and Subtest III. I am familiar with Common Core standards and curriculum in addition to the material and concepts tested on the CSET.
COOP/HSPT,

COOP/HSPT

While tutoring middle school math and language arts, I have helped students prepare for all sections of the HSPT, TACHS, and SHSAT. I always start by assessing their concept knowledge, their approach for answering questions, and their testing skills. Then we focus on complete math review as well as reading comprehension, verbal analogies, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. I work with students only on relevant practice material to help them achieve high scores in all test sections. My most recent HSPT student was accepted by the top two schools in his area.
GED,

GED

Updates within the last several years mean each of the four subject sections on the GED test you on more concepts and skills than ever before. I am not only familiar with the expectations set for each subject, especially math, but I also can assist you in comprehensively preparing for each area according to your strengths and current skills. I can also provide online test resources upon request.
GMAT,

GMAT

I can help you fully prepare for all sections of the GMAT. My focus is concept review, strategy/approach, and time management. Together, we form a study and practice plan that targets your weaknesses and supports your strengths. Students who commit to their test prep reach their score goals for this test.
GRE,

GRE

The GRE is the most complex and demanding standardized test I've come across in all my years of tutoring. You have to be ready to analyze every problem, question, and even your own reasoning (the writing section). I've helped students prepare for all three sections of the test, especially math. I work with you to target concept areas needing improvement and create a study-and-practice plan to fit your needs and prepare you for success in your test-taking.
ISEE,

ISEE

Given my familiarity with primary and secondary school level math and language arts and my experience in tutoring these subjects areas, I am well prepared to help your child excel on the ISEE test. This includes test prep for the Primary level ISEE, Lower level ISEE, Middle level ISEE, and Upper level ISEE. We can create study and practice plans for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Mathematics Achievement sections, as well as the essay section, so your child can succeed in each area and score well.
Praxis,

Praxis

For over 8 years, I have been helping students prepare for all sections for the California version of the Praxis Core Series Exam (Praxis I). I am familiar with the requirements and standards for the reading, writing and math sections. Students who studied and practiced accordingly improved their score in each section and passed the test.
PSAT,

PSAT

This is more or less a practice test for your child, an assessment of the skill and conceptual areas he/she needs to improve on before taking the SAT. With my knowledge of high school standards and SAT requirements, l can help your child prepare for this test so he/she can not only do his/her best, but also recognize which specific areas he/she needs to focus on with additional practice work. I will provide online resources, such as worksheets and other materials, upon request.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

The SAT's math section has a moderate mix of basic math, word problems, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus. Because the majority of questions are multiple choice, an exam taker needs to think quickly within the time limit to solve each problem and still have time to work the fill-in questions on the portion of the test. I will help with a review of the math concepts needed to score high on the SAT and an acceleration of analytical skills for swift problem-solving. I can also help students prepare for the SAT II Math 1 and SAT II Math 2 exams, since I am very familiar with concepts from algebra 2, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

Your child needs to be ready to analyze and interpret college-level text correctly, the aim of this test section divided into three smaller, interspersed sections. I first have students take and score at least one practice test prior to our first lesson in order to assess their current reading comprehension, analytical, and test-taking skills. Then I help them formulate a prep plan based on regular studying and practice work in the form of practice questions and weekly practice tests. I teach them how to improve their test performance through testing strategies and recommendations for strengthening their reading skills under a time limit.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

The SAT Writing/Language section expects students to understand basic grammar rules and writing mechanics, while the SAT Essay is looking for college-ready writing skills. I will critique your child's essays to determine which areas he/she need to improve on and provide them with exercises and tips on how to reach that. Prep for the writing section includes a review of correct sentence structure, paragraph organization, word and grammar usage, and fluidity. The steps we will take to strengthen your child's writing and grammar skills now count tremendously toward success in more advanced, future writing.
SSAT,

SSAT

I not only have helped elementary and high school students with all areas of math and English for over 8 years, but I've also helped many students across grade levels with test preparation for these two subjects. I am familiar with which skills and knowledge your child needs to score well on primary and secondary school standardized testing, including the SSAT. I can help with preparation for the Elementary Level SSAT, Middle Level SSAT, and Upper Level SSAT.
STAAR,

STAAR

I have been helping elementary and middle school students with math and language arts for over 9 years. During that time, I've also had the opportunity to help them target the skill areas they need to strengthen and improve in order to succeed on the STAAR test. I can help your child fully prepare for all levels of STAAR testing so he/she can score high and make academic progress. I can also help with Smarter Balanced and PARCC test prep for all grade levels.
TEAS

TEAS

With my experience in elementary and high school math and language arts prep across multiple standardized tests for over 8 years, I can help you fully prepare for the reading, math, and English sections on the TEAS. I can walk you through practice questions and tests for each of these sections, focusing on your mistakes and how to correct them, and we can also review concepts, problem approach/strategies and solving techniques that will increase your scores. Interestingly, I had the opportunity to help a student with TABE prep, specifically the math section, as she progressed to pursue her nursing degree. We reviewed math concepts, did additional practice work outside of her practice tests, and went through practice problems step by step. As a result, she successfully passed the TABE with high scores and moved forward with her goals, ultimately the TEAS.

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Excellent and Thorough Tutor

My daughter who has been really struggling with math has met with Natalie 3 times, and becomes better and more confident after every session. She says she’s very helpful and feels comfortable speaking up on what she doesn’t understand. Highly recommend her!

Tasha, 3 lessons with Natalie

knowledgeable and patient tutor

In two weeks Natalie help our son feel more confident on taking the SSAT, she worked with him on his weaknesses (verbal) but also made sure he was well prepared for math and reading. She was very patient and able to accommodate to our needs.

Catalina, 6 lessons with Natalie

Highly Recommended, Patient Tutor

My family and I appreciate Natlie G. so much. I recently PASSED my Reading (Score:44) and Math (Score:52) section in the CBEST exam!!! She has been very patient with me throughout the entire process of reviewing for my CBEST exam. She has helped and guided me all the way. She has provided me excellent materials that I used to help me review for my exam. The first time I took the test I did not pass so Natalie provided me additional exercises on material covered between sessions, it is an added plus and surely accelerated my overall progress. She would always remind me to always take my time, read the test questions carefully and double check my answers! During the exam I did exactly what she said and it worked!!! Everything that was on the CBEST exam are the ones we reviewed together. Natlie G. you are just THE best, thank you so much for all that you did for me! I will miss our review sessions! I highly recommend her, anyone who would hire her will be in great hands!

Charina, 16 lessons with Natalie

Great tutor

I just finished my first tutoring session with Natalie, and I’m confident that I have the right tutor! She was so kind, patient, and knowledgeable. She made me feel at ease, and I already have more confidence in myself with CBEST math. I can’t wait for my next session, she rocks!

Samantha, 9 lessons with Natalie

awesome tutor!!!

Natalie helped my daughter so much in her first session! My daughter felt so comfortable with her and is looking forward to her next tutoring session

Darla, 1 lesson with Natalie

Very Knowledgeable

Natalie made it possible for me to better understand the material and Showed me how to not overcomplicate things. She is super knowledgeable and I feel well prepared for my future exam.

Joshua, 1 lesson with Natalie

Very knowledgeable, kid friendly and great test insights

Natalie's experience with ISEE and the various texts, apps and other studies guides and insights immediately made us feel like we had definitely made the right choice for tutoring. My daughter loved her approach and ability to personalize the session which instantly made her feel comfortable and eager to work. Highly recommend her.

Tammy, 11 lessons with Natalie

Great lesson.

My daughter is very comfortable with Natalie. She is helping her break things down and understand where her struggles really are. Thorough lessons with appropriate assignments.

Jessica, 12 lessons with Natalie

Extremely knowledgeable

Natalie is very knowledgeable to our daughter’s needs and how to improve her reading & spelling stills. We are extremely grateful we found Natalie to help her!

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