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Natalie G.

Expert Math, Language Arts, and Test Prep Help for All Ages

Expert Math, Language Arts, and Test Prep Help for All Ages

$40/hour

  • 2,420 hours tutoring

  • Fresno, CA 93720

About Natalie


Bio

Greetings and salutations! I have tutored elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and university students for the past 9 years. I have also worked as a professional writer and editor since 2009. My aim is to be a guide, not just a tutor, who leads each of my students to success through progressive learning.

I focus on a thorough understanding of the concepts: anyone can memorize facts and formulas, but true confidence in math and language arts comes from solid, ingrained...

Greetings and salutations! I have tutored elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and university students for the past 9 years. I have also worked as a professional writer and editor since 2009. My aim is to be a guide, not just a tutor, who leads each of my students to success through progressive learning.

I focus on a thorough understanding of the concepts: anyone can memorize facts and formulas, but true confidence in math and language arts comes from solid, ingrained knowledge. You need to be able to answer questions and solve problems beyond the classroom and apply those skills to real life situations. Regular, comprehensive practice and detailed visual explanations and examples are the best tools for excelling at any subject, especially all levels of math. For test prep, I focus on concept review, time management, and strategy/approach so you are ready to conquer the standardized test format and reach your desired scores. I also offer free pre-assessments and/or diagnostics as well, depending on which test you are preparing for.

Since every individual's learning process is unique, I adapt and adjust my teaching methods to each student's needs, child or adult. When my students fully commit to our study and practice plans, whether it's for school or work, they advance their math/language arts skills and achieve their goals. Please look over my available subjects to see if I can assist you today!


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  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: NO in-home tutoring; I meet only at public locations. 1 hour minimum for all lessons. 24 hours cancellation policy strictly enforced. Homework review added to lesson time as additional charge.
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Subjects

Business

Financial Accounting,

Financial Accounting

I've helped with undergraduate level financial accounting courses, including agricultural accounting. Accounting is a systematic subject, with set rubrics. I understand the system of accounts and how they work together; I can show you how to correctly list them in journal entries and transactions and transfer these to a ledger. I also have firsthand experience in creating the four major financial statements and adding correct closing/adjusting entries for a complete, organized book of accounts and properly formatted documents. Please note that I cannot help with managerial accounting.
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

Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. Good grammar usage is becoming all too rare in a world where shortcuts are preferred in everyday life and academics. However, grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. Through the use of level-appropriate materials and textbooks, my years of tutoring and studying English, and my experience as a professional writer, increasing your confidence in speaking and writing English correctly is my priority.
Latin,

Latin

I have studied Classical Latin for over 9 years; it was a major course in elementary school and all four years of high school. You will need to familiarize yourself with rubrics of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and word structure and become comfortable with it, in order to translate Latin into English and vice versa. This is what we will focus on, starting from the roots up. I can help you master this fascinating language, still thriving in today's society after so many centuries.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I have professionally edited enough graduate/undergraduate papers, personal statements, short stories, essays, research papers, and scripts over 5 years to know that the editing process is very important in writing. I will show you how to distinguish revision from proofreading: analyzing content for fluency and relevance, revising text for maximum effect and clarity (sentence structure, paragraph organization), and correcting grammar/punctuation mistakes. Proofreading is the finishing touch in the editing process.

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

These grade levels are so critical and important in a child's education in order to achieve maximum skill development in key areas, i.e. math and language arts. I have helped students from all elementary grade levels, especially 4th to 6th graders, aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regimented, disciplined practice work. I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, to be completed outside of lessons, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning so they can figure out the correct answers and develop critical thinking skills as well. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter higher grades. I can also help elementary and middle school students prepare for SCAT, CogAT, and CTP testing so they can score high in all sections.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Elementary is the learning period that counts the most for maximum knowledge of core math concepts. Times tables, operations of numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents form the building blocks of strong math skills that last beyond academics and in real life application. Being able to confidently solve word problems is a very important part of the foundation as well. I can help adult or child not only memorize the essentials, but also truly understand and be able to use them on a daily basis. Since these concepts are flexible in terms of learning methods, I always want the student to find the one that fits best. On a side note, I have also helped students prepare for Math Kangaroo, AMC 8, and Mathcounts, competition math with advanced standards, so I am familiar with the concepts and methods used on those tests.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. Good grammar usage is becoming all too rare in a world where shortcuts are preferred in everyday life and academics. However, grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. Through the use of level-appropriate materials and textbooks, my years of tutoring and studying English, and my experience as a professional writer, increasing your confidence in speaking and writing English correctly is my priority.
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. Another part of my education was learning how to hold the writing implement in the correct way so as not to strain the hand or fingers and maintain a steady flow of writing. I also took calligraphy as an art course during one year of high school.
Homeschool,

Homeschool

I've helped several homeschooled students (elementary and high school) with multiple subjects, including math 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 and learning expectations outside of usual school curriculum. Homeschooling means independent, motivated learning, which I can help the student achieve with book recommendations as well as extracurricular practice and homework.
Phonics,

Phonics

I had phonics as an official course from 1st to 6th grade - in total, 6 years. I am also a native English speaker, so both factors help in teaching phonics.
Reading,

Reading

Reading skills form a crucial life skill, but a high percentage of adults and children are illiterate around the world. You cannot study any subject without being able to read - it's the first thing we learn as children for a reason. Phonics, grammar, and vocabulary all share a part in reading comprehension, which has lasting effects well beyond education itself. Reading is still the top learning method, and I am going to teach it to you, no matter what level of literacy you're at.
Spelling,

Spelling

Spelling may seem like an insignificant subject, with auto-correct and the loss of actual handwriting slowly snuffing it out. However, poor spelling skills are still not tolerated in the professional business world or at an post-secondary academic level. In any work environment, businesses recognize the importance of good spelling and the neat, organized appearance it gives its user. I had spelling for 6 years an actual subject at school, and the dictionary is my best tool for writing. Spelling is a lifelong learning process, not just one suffered during elementary school.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Words are the bricks of any language - a rich vocabulary builds a strong foundation for word usage in writing, speech, etc. My lesson plan for vocabulary includes practice of new words through different exercises, including but not limited to analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence usage. I also want my students in invest in good vocabulary workbooks and flashcards for maximum memorization. Reading and writing are also helpful resorts for remembering vocabulary words, as regular usage incorporates the words into daily language.

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

Core skills for English include reading comprehension, composition, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. According to statistics, only 24 percent of graduating high school students are fully literate in English. My education had a strong focus on literature and all areas of English, and my work experience as a professional writer has expanded my exposure to different writing styles and individual voices, in order to help others achieve fluency and sophistication in their mastery of English. With English being the new universal language, it is crucial that we work on all these areas so you can feel confident using one of the most important tools of today. However, please note that I do not help with ESL/TOEFL.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. Good grammar usage is becoming all too rare in a world where shortcuts are preferred in everyday life and academics. However, grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. Through the use of level-appropriate materials and textbooks, my years of tutoring and studying English, and my experience as a professional writer, increasing your confidence in speaking and writing English correctly is my priority.
Literature,

Literature

A varied, sophisticated reading list is fundamental for writing and critical thinking. It creates standards for both personal and academic reading. Literature, in any field, usually requires essay responses, research papers, reviews, and other assignments. Many high school, college, and university exams - the ACT, SAT, and GRE - have writing portions that expect you to have a wide scope of literature in order to present articulate, argumentative answers to their prompts. As a writer myself, I cannot recommend enough the importance of reading well and often, as it naturally increases daily vocabulary and improves writing skills.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have professionally edited enough graduate/undergraduate papers, personal statements, short stories, essays, research papers, and scripts over 5 years to know that the editing process is very important in writing. I will show you how to distinguish revision from proofreading: analyzing content for fluency and relevance, revising text for maximum effect and clarity (sentence structure, paragraph organization), and correcting grammar/punctuation mistakes. Proofreading is the finishing touch in the editing process.
Reading,

Reading

Reading skills form a crucial life skill, but a high percentage of adults and children are illiterate around the world. You cannot study any subject without being able to read - it's the first thing we learn as children for a reason. Phonics, grammar, and vocabulary all share a part in reading comprehension, which has lasting effects well beyond education itself. Reading is still the top learning method, and I am going to teach it to you, no matter what level of literacy you're at.
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

Spelling may seem like an insignificant subject, with auto-correct and the loss of actual handwriting slowly snuffing it out. However, poor spelling skills are still not tolerated in the professional business world or at an post-secondary academic level. In any work environment, businesses recognize the importance of good spelling and the neat, organized appearance it gives its user. I had spelling for 6 years an actual subject at school, and the dictionary is my best tool for writing. Spelling is a lifelong learning process, not just one suffered during elementary school.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Words are the bricks of any language - a rich vocabulary builds a strong foundation for word usage in writing, speech, etc. My lesson plan for vocabulary includes practice of new words through different exercises, including but not limited to analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence usage. I also want my students in invest in good vocabulary workbooks and flashcards for maximum memorization. Reading and writing are also helpful resorts for remembering vocabulary words, as regular usage incorporates the words into daily language.
Writing

Writing

Writing is simply being able to put words onto paper, and it remains one of the most important tools we need to succeed, in education and life. As a seasoned professional writer, I can help anyone to improve their general writing skills, balance their sentence structure and vocabulary in order to form succinct paragraphs with transitions, and follow the format of academic writing at any grade level. I also have experience with business writing, including copywriting and technical writing.

History

Classics,

Classics

I studied Classics - the history, literature, culture and language of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome - from 4th grade until I graduated high school. Additionally, I have analyzed and researched ancient literature and history for these two ancient civilizations, and I have also learned their ancient languages, Latin and Ancient Greek.
Music History,

Music History

I had a solid music history course for four years in elementary school, learning about the beginning of music to contemporary times. I listened to numerous composers mentioned in my music history textbooks. I also had piano lessons as well as music theory at the same time.
American History, European History

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)

These grade levels are so critical and important in a child's education in order to achieve maximum skill development in key areas, i.e. math and language arts. I have helped students from all elementary grade levels, especially 4th to 6th graders, aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regimented, disciplined practice work. I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, to be completed outside of lessons, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning so they can figure out the correct answers and develop critical thinking skills as well. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter higher grades. I can also help elementary and middle school students prepare for SCAT, CogAT, and CTP testing so they can score high in all sections.
English,

English

Core skills for English include reading comprehension, composition, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. According to statistics, only 24 percent of graduating high school students are fully literate in English. My education had a strong focus on literature and all areas of English, and my work experience as a professional writer has expanded my exposure to different writing styles and individual voices, in order to help others achieve fluency and sophistication in their mastery of English. With English being the new universal language, it is crucial that we work on all these areas so you can feel confident using one of the most important tools of today. However, please note that I do not help with ESL/TOEFL.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry covers writing proofs, developing logical thinking skills, the theorems and properties of all geometric shapes and figures, and a review of algebra skills. I personally see this particular branch of math as crucial in handling abstract concepts that can be applied in real life, though not in the same way as other levels of math. I've had the opportunity to help many high school students with geometry.
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. Another part of my education was learning how to hold the writing implement in the correct way so as not to strain the hand or fingers and maintain a steady flow of writing. I also took calligraphy as an art course during one year of high school.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra sets the stage for higher level math, so it is vital that the basics of algebra - signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, equations - are the main focus. Repetition of the concepts, thorough explanations, and regular practice are my first recommendations when it comes to learning the fundamentals of beginning algebra.
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

Reading skills form a crucial life skill, but a high percentage of adults and children are illiterate around the world. You cannot study any subject without being able to read - it's the first thing we learn as children for a reason. Phonics, grammar, and vocabulary all share a part in reading comprehension, which has lasting effects well beyond education itself. Reading is still the top learning method, and I am going to teach it to you, no matter what level of literacy you're at.
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

Spelling may seem like an insignificant subject, with auto-correct and the loss of actual handwriting slowly snuffing it out. However, poor spelling skills are still not tolerated in the professional business world or at an post-secondary academic level. In any work environment, businesses recognize the importance of good spelling and the neat, organized appearance it gives its user. I had spelling for 6 years an actual subject at school, and the dictionary is my best tool for writing. Spelling is a lifelong learning process, not just one suffered during elementary school.
Writing

Writing

Writing is simply being able to put words onto paper, and it remains one of the most important tools we need to succeed, in education and life. As a seasoned professional writer, I can help anyone to improve their general writing skills, balance their sentence structure and vocabulary in order to form succinct paragraphs with transitions, and follow the format of academic writing at any grade level. I also have experience with business writing, including copywriting and technical writing.

Language

Latin

Latin

I have studied Classical Latin for over 9 years; it was a major course in elementary school and all four years of high school. You will need to familiarize yourself with rubrics of Latin grammar, vocabulary, and word structure and become comfortable with it, in order to translate Latin into English and vice versa. This is what we will focus on, starting from the roots up. I can help you master this fascinating language, still thriving in today's society after so many centuries.

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.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry covers writing proofs, developing logical thinking skills, the theorems and properties of all geometric shapes and figures, and a review of algebra skills. I personally see this particular branch of math as crucial in handling abstract concepts that can be applied in real life, though not in the same way as other levels of math. I've had the opportunity to help many high school students with geometry.
Linear Algebra,

Linear Algebra

I've helped countless high school and adult students master the basics of linear algebra, especially linear equations. I'm also familiar with basic vector operations and matrices. I use step-by-step demonstrations and visual aids to 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 sets the stage for higher level math, so it is vital that the basics of algebra - signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, equations - are the main focus. Repetition of the concepts, thorough explanations, and regular practice are my first recommendations when it comes to learning the fundamentals of beginning algebra.
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)

These grade levels are so critical and important in a child's education in order to achieve maximum skill development in key areas, i.e. math and language arts. I have helped students from all elementary grade levels, especially 4th to 6th graders, aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regimented, disciplined practice work. I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, to be completed outside of lessons, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning so they can figure out the correct answers and develop critical thinking skills as well. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter higher grades. I can also help elementary and middle school students prepare for SCAT, CogAT, and CTP testing so they can score high in all sections.
English,

English

Core skills for English include reading comprehension, composition, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. According to statistics, only 24 percent of graduating high school students are fully literate in English. My education had a strong focus on literature and all areas of English, and my work experience as a professional writer has expanded my exposure to different writing styles and individual voices, in order to help others achieve fluency and sophistication in their mastery of English. With English being the new universal language, it is crucial that we work on all these areas so you can feel confident using one of the most important tools of today. However, please note that I do not help with ESL/TOEFL.
Geometry,

Geometry

Geometry covers writing proofs, developing logical thinking skills, the theorems and properties of all geometric shapes and figures, and a review of algebra skills. I personally see this particular branch of math as crucial in handling abstract concepts that can be applied in real life, though not in the same way as other levels of math. I've had the opportunity to help many high school students with geometry.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra sets the stage for higher level math, so it is vital that the basics of algebra - signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, equations - are the main focus. Repetition of the concepts, thorough explanations, and regular practice are my first recommendations when it comes to learning the fundamentals of beginning algebra.
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

Reading skills form a crucial life skill, but a high percentage of adults and children are illiterate around the world. You cannot study any subject without being able to read - it's the first thing we learn as children for a reason. Phonics, grammar, and vocabulary all share a part in reading comprehension, which has lasting effects well beyond education itself. Reading is still the top learning method, and I am going to teach it to you, no matter what level of literacy you're at.
Writing

Writing

Writing is simply being able to put words onto paper, and it remains one of the most important tools we need to succeed, in education and life. As a seasoned professional writer, I can help anyone to improve their general writing skills, balance their sentence structure and vocabulary in order to form succinct paragraphs with transitions, and follow the format of academic writing at any grade level. I also have experience with business writing, including copywriting and technical writing.

Music

General Music,

General Music

Since I was in the 4th grade, music has been one of my required subjects. I studied music theory, composition, and history for nearly 5 years. When I was 9 years old, I started playing the piano, and eventually I had vocal training as well after church choir. When I entered high school, I also excelled in my Musicianship class and concert choir.
Music History,

Music History

I had a solid music history course for four years in elementary school, learning about the beginning of music to contemporary times. I listened to numerous composers mentioned in my music history textbooks. I also had piano lessons as well as music theory at the same time.
Music Theory

Music Theory

Being able to read, play, and write music is the gist of music theory. It is part of anyone's efforts to play a musical instruments, vocal training, or musical compositions. It also helps during any study of music history and music appreciation. Since 4th grade, I've been playing the piano and taken vocal lessons, so I have studied the fundamentals of music theory. I also had Musicianship, which is basically advanced music theory, as a course in high school. Music theory is also a helpful tool in science and art studies - and for the genera enjoyment of music itself.

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.

Special Needs

Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

For one and a half years, I helped a dyslexic student with multiple courses, including economics and advanced math. Dyslexia requires patience, understanding, and a willingness to try many methods and approaches until the student can fully learn the class material, whether numerical or literary. I also provided my student with clear notes and examples he could refer to outside of lessons.
Phonics

Phonics

I had phonics as an official course from 1st to 6th grade - in total, 6 years. I am also a native English speaker, so both factors help in teaching phonics.

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)

These grade levels are so critical and important in a child's education in order to achieve maximum skill development in key areas, i.e. math and language arts. I have helped students from all elementary grade levels, especially 4th to 6th graders, aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regimented, disciplined practice work. I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, to be completed outside of lessons, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning so they can figure out the correct answers and develop critical thinking skills as well. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter higher grades. I can also help elementary and middle school students prepare for SCAT, CogAT, and CTP testing so they can score high in all sections.
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

Geometry covers writing proofs, developing logical thinking skills, the theorems and properties of all geometric shapes and figures, and a review of algebra skills. I personally see this particular branch of math as crucial in handling abstract concepts that can be applied in real life, though not in the same way as other levels of math. I've had the opportunity to help many high school students with geometry.
Reading,

Reading

Reading skills form a crucial life skill, but a high percentage of adults and children are illiterate around the world. You cannot study any subject without being able to read - it's the first thing we learn as children for a reason. Phonics, grammar, and vocabulary all share a part in reading comprehension, which has lasting effects well beyond education itself. Reading is still the top learning method, and I am going to teach it to you, no matter what level of literacy you're at.
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 is simply being able to put words onto paper, and it remains one of the most important tools we need to succeed, in education and life. As a seasoned professional writer, I can help anyone to improve their general writing skills, balance their sentence structure and vocabulary in order to form succinct paragraphs with transitions, and follow the format of academic writing at any grade level. I also have experience with business writing, including copywriting and technical writing.

Test Preparation

Accuplacer,

Accuplacer

I can help you maximize your score for all sections of the Classic ACCUPLACER and the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER. I am not only familiar with the standards for this test, but I have also helped so many students prepare for this type of standardized test due to my experience with test prep for the SAT and ACT - both CollegeBoard tests as well. Math topics range from basic math to college algebra, all concepts I have taught successfully over the years; reading comprehension, grammar, and writing mechanics are also areas i have tutored in as individual subjects and for test prep. Additionally, I have had great results with students focused on passing writing sections of standardized tests, so I can assess your writing and help you strategize how to master the WriterPlacer essay (if you take that version of the ACCUPLACER). Together, we develop a study and practice plan designed for your test prep needs, so you can excel and score high on this test.
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 familiarity and success with ASVAB prep for the math and language arts sections (the AFQT), I can help you succeed in these sections of the AFOQT: Verbal Analogies, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Math Knowledge, Block Counting and Table Reading. I will first assess your abilities in each area so I know which concepts you need to focus on. Then we will develop a study/practice plan, with related resources, that works the best for you. Students who fully commit to this test prep can reach their score goals for the test while improving their math and language arts skills.
ASVAB,

ASVAB

I can help you be ready to excel in the math and language arts sections of the ASVAB. I will first assess your abilities in both areas so I know which concepts you need to focus on. Then we will develop a study/practice plan that works the best for you and your goals. I can also provide online test resources upon request. Students under my tutelage have not only passed the exam but also greatly improved their math and language skills.
CBEST,

CBEST

Since CBEST math focuses on fundamental math concepts and algebra (with some statistics), I can help you strengthen your math skills, improve your ability to solve word problems, and strategize how to assess questions and extract relevant information from each one. We can also quickly review any branch of math you've not studied before or need to re-learn. I can also help you prepare for CBEST reading and CBEST writing. For the reading section, I analyze your strategy/approach and reading comprehension skills so you understand your mistakes and how to correct them. On the other hand, the writing section determines whether or not the test taker has college-level writing skills, so I assess your practice essays according to CBEST standards and provide feedback/support on how your writing needs to improve. Together, we can create a customized plan of study and practice that helps you feel confident and prepared to pass this test.
COOP/HSPT,

COOP/HSPT

I have over 8 years of experience in high school test prep, and I am more than familiar with test-taking strategies and techniques for mastering the analogies, reading comprehension, and verbal and quantitative reasoning on the HSPT and COOP. I have helped students score well on standardized tests for private schools, and I have a strong background in tutoring high school math (basic math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and precalculus) and language arts (reading comprehension, verbal analogies, vocabulary, grammar and writing). Through my test prep, your child will succeed on the HSPT and the COOP.
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.
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.
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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Encouraging CBEST tutor

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CBEST Review

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