GMAT/GRE, SAT/ACT and Advanced Math Expert
GMAT/GRE, SAT/ACT and Advanced Math Expert
"Professional, exceptional and kind tutor"
Alberto, 16 lessons with Elena
Response time: 2 hours
I have more than 15 years of experience in tutoring students of all ages and levels of education from elementary to graduate school. I am most interested in changing the way my students perceive themselves when approaching math. Throughout the years, I have had the most rewarding experience when my students, besides turning their grades around, feel empowered to the point they become a math resource to their classmates. I take my classes very personally and work together with parents to identify my students' areas of weakness. I am a strong believer that by bringing a holistic approach to tutoring, tutors are successful in changing students' views of life in the most important aspects, preparing them to face the future with more confidence. This is my approach.
To me every student is smart. If there is a difficulty, it is because the fundamentals were not learned properly. Math is like a set of building blocks. No new concept is totally independent, rather it is an extension of a previous one. Students shouldn’t simply memorize formulas, they should understand where formulas are coming from. In this process, the brain gets trained for future problem solving situations. When I work with Freshman and Sophomore students, I am conscious that I am actually preparing them for the SAT and other admission tests earlier than in their Junior year.
In terms of subjects, my expertise is in all standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE as well Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Physics, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Business Calculus, and Spanish. As I instill my methodology to my students' study habits, they find themselves able to develop concentration skills to a level of solving the problems without writing.
Spanish skills: Being a native of Peru, South America, my command of the Spanish language is impeccable. This is because not only am I native but I have always paid special attention to learning the correct grammar, vocabulary and spelling, excelling at all touching points where Spanish is used. I make learning Spanish a fun experience by connecting with my students in an effective way after evaluating their needs.
My credentials include a degree in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and an MBA degree from University of Southern California (USC Marshall School of Business). I started tutoring when I was 15. My students have stayed in touch after more than 20 years, with most of them now successful professionals in various technical fields such as Engineering. My resume comprises my career accomplishments as International Marketing Director for a software company in the US, which provides me with strong analytic skills in order to approach my students' individual situation and craft the most effective plan of study that will help them reach levels of performance they didn't think capable of. This is my best reward. As teaching is one of my strongest passions, I would be delighted to make a difference in my students' professional careers. I enjoy teaching as much as I enjoy my Yoga practice, which is one of my hobbies.
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Professional, exceptional and kind tutor
Elena has really helped me accomplish a greater understanding of Math topics, especially in our SAT practice sessions. She refers to that practice as "critical thinking", which I now know is very important to grasp when learning about difficult subjects. She uses different exceptional approaches to connect with me as a student: targeting my strengths and weaknesses, creating a flow plan for my development, and adjusting to my pace. I'll solve a problem while she is watching me and then we will review the most practical way to actually go around the problem while also managing time wisely. Elena has really helped me with time management for my upcoming standardized tests by giving tips and smart ways to remember basic concepts, and she is an excellent tutor for SAT and math topics in general. We are able to engage during our lessons even when they run long, and accommodate to a good teaching/learning pace for me. Elena approaches book problems in ways that outsmart the explanations in the answer sections. That's how I know she is an invaluable teacher- she brings outside knowledge from her engineering career to teach me strategies not found in books or online. I see myself learning more from her in the future, whether it be for school classes or SAT/ACT. My family and I looked for a tutor with previous experience for weeks, and I tried sitting with several tutors before finding Elena. I believe any students who appreciate a kind teacher with professional knowledge and background experience will find an excellent fit with her too.Alberto, 16 lessons with Elena
An Outstanding Tutor In Every Sense
I didn’t consider getting tutored for the GMAT until I received my second GMAT score, which left me very disappointed and frustrated at myself for not studying smarter. Two weeks prior to a job which requires me to work 10-12 hours a day, 7 days a week (family business), I decided to get as much tutoring as I can — specifically for GMAT’s quantitative section. I’ve only been to group tutoring sessions during my college years so I felt intimidated to sign up for one-on-one’s. But I realized I was running out of time to prepare for the GMAT so to maximize the two weeks that I have before starting work, I decided to find a tutor who can help me hone the fundamentals of GMAT’s quantitative section. What drew me to Elena was her engineering background (strong quantitative skills), her familiarity with GMAT problems (she has taken the GMAT), and her extremely flexible tutoring hours. The cherries on top: her endearing personality, patience, professionalism and love for math and puzzles! Elena has a methodical approach to attack different types of problems and always took the time to make sure I understood each problem before moving onto the next. Overall, I really appreciate our efficient use of time together, and I always came out of each session feeling more and more confident in my ability to get a higher score on the GMAT.Susie, 6 lessons with Elena
Terrific and Knowledgeable!
Elena was exactly what my daughter needed. Her AP Statistics knowledge was invaluable. Elena helped my daughter learn material she missed in school due to a concussion. My daughter is now confident she will do well on the exams she missed. Elena will help also with H. Spanish V and Calculus. My son will use Elena for Spanish and Geometry. We will continue to use Elena's services for finals and the remainder of the school year. It is a blessing to have one tutor who can help both of my kids online and in our home with a verity of subjects.Susan, 9 lessons with Elena
Very knowledgable on AP Stats
Communicates ideas in a way your student can understand. Our daughter went from struggling to get a B to a solid A. We have a standing tutoring session with her every week.Holly, 18 lessons with Elena
Knowledgeable and Effective
Elena has been helping me prepare for the GRE in order to achieve my dreams of getting an MBA. When studying on your own, you get comfortable and settle, yet Elena pushes me out of my comfort zone with the intentions of making me a better more efficient GRE test taker. At first we started with reviewing the topics that will be on the GRE (verbal and quantitative) and from there we have started working on problem sets. Getting the problem correct is important but being able to do that with limited time is key to doing well on the exam. Elena begins to time you which begins putting you in the setting of the exam. Quick yet efficient is key with Elena’s tutoring style but she works her way up with you until she feels your ready for the next step. I have gone from being confused and closed minded to GRE problem sets, to now being able to come up with a plan of attack and the point is to get into the test writers mind set. Elena is extremely helpful, kind, and friendly but overall she is effective. She wants all her students to do well and be successful. I do not regret finding Elena to assist me with my future goals.Marissa, 29 lessons with Elena
Elena is a great tutor, who is organized, efficient, and understands the challenges of being a working professional. I entailed Elena to help me study for the GRE, while working my professional job, on a full time status. She is a pleasure to work with and has brought me up to speed, since my High school/ college years. I have not received test scores yet, but my experience with Elena has been positive and I would recommend her to other students.Spencer , 22 lessons with Elena
She has an excellent way of approaching and problem solving. She is also very good at making me feel comfortable when doing the work. I am slowly learning and I hope it goes well.Sehrish, 2 lessons with Elena
I like that she takes her time in showing me different ways to slice a problem! She also teaches me very helpful tips and tricks to finish problems faster, and ways to understand a problem once I'm done reading it!Grace, 10 lessons with Elena
EXCEPTIONAL Math Tutor
I have previously taken the Kaplan Test Prep course and did not do well on my first attempt at the GMAT. When I decided to go back to studying I felt I needed guidance in specific areas. Knowing math was my weakest subject, I reached out to Elena for help on the Quantitative GMAT section. Elena is very helpful as she has exceptional math skills and has taken the GMAT test. It is valuable to receive guidance from someone who knows the format and timing of the GMAT. In particular, Elena patiently teaches strategies that can be applied to multiple problems. Since I have began working with her I have made an improvement and am even doing some math in my head! Scheduling is easy and she is always on time and prepared for our sessions. While I am still meeting with Elena, I am already more confident with solving math problems on the GMAT.Michelle, 12 lessons with Elena
Very Patient and knowledgable
Elena is helping prepare for the GMAT exam. She is incredibly bright and disciplined in her approach. If you are looking for someone to help you improve your understanding around the quantitative section, she is for you!Marisol, 15 lessons with Elena
Response time: 2 hours