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Sarah S.

Los Angeles, CA

$60/hour

AP Chemistry & Biology, SAT/ACT Tutor!

1000+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/9/15
4.9 average from 421 ratings
Lifesaver!
— Eliana, Encino, CA on 3/22/17

$60/Hour


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University of Texas, Austin
Biology
San Francisco State University
Master's

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Biology)

San Francisco State University (Master's)

About Sarah

I regularly help students:

- Improve their grades by at least one letter grade—moving from B’s to A’s.
- Improve their SAT scores by 200-300 points
- Improve their ACT scores up to 12 points.

I love helping students grasp a subject that I struggled with in high school. It gives me a unique understanding of how students approach problem-solving in chemistry and biology.

I primarily tutor AP Chemistry and AP Biology students. AP Biology can prove harder to grasp than AP Chemistry. AP Biology requires high school students to describe processes in detail, often a new skill set for them. I focus on detail in both chem and bio lessons. The most successful students meet with me early and regularly to keep current with the material.

I’m a good match for students:

- Struggling with homework and/or doing poorly on exams.
- Needing emergency support with an assignment due the next day.
- Wanting to work on the finer points of their course.

I offer a variety of support tools for different learning styles, visual, kinesthetic, and auditory:

- Model kits
- Flowcharts
- Colored diagrams
- Quizlet and StudyBlue apps
- My website! (a reference students can access to review any time)

I look forward to working with your student to help him/her improve their grades and stay ahead of the material.
I regularly help students:

- Improve their grades by at least one letter grade—moving from B’s to A’s.
- Improve their SAT scores by 200-300 points
- Improve their ACT scores up to 12 points.

I love helping students grasp a subject that I struggled with in high school. It gives me a unique understanding of how
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation: 48 hours notice required 1 hr lesson minimum. Cancellation Policy: <12 hours notice = full charge. 12-24 hours notice= 50% charge.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90046
Background Check: Passed

"Lifesaver!"

- Eliana, Encino, CA on 3/22/17

"Understanding and Helpful"

- Jill, Los Angeles, CA on 3/5/17

"CHEMISTRY LIFE SAVER"

- Autumn, Encino, CA on 2/22/17

"Very organized, knowledgeable, effective and great teacher."

- Lily, Los Angeles, CA on 1/24/17

"Nice and helpful"

- Florina, Culver City, CA on 1/24/17

"A great help!"

- Marla, Los Angeles, CA on 11/8/16

"Got a 100% on my chem quiz!"

- Sarah, Van Nuys, CA on 10/20/16

"Help for AP Chem"

- Lisa, Los Angeles, CA on 10/16/16

"Very Pleased"

- Cheryl, Pasadena, CA on 11/18/15

"Definitely recommend!"

- Angela, San Mateo, CA on 12/17/11

"Great organic chemistry tutor!!!"

- Nataly, San Francisco, CA on 8/26/11

"Super Tutor Sarah!!"

- Julie, San Francisco, CA on 7/11/10

"very patient"

- Karen, Sausalito, CA on 6/4/10

"Review For Sarah"

- Azar, San Francisco, CA on 3/2/10
Math:
ACT Math, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science,
Chemistry,
Physics
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Science,
SAT Math,
SAT Writing
Computer:
SQL

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I've tutored the ACT and the SAT for more than five years, and I've also tutored the new re-designed SAT exam (which looks very similar in structure and content to the ACT!).

I've tutored high school sophomores and juniors for over 1,500 hours on all sections of both exams. When working with me for at least 10-12 weeks on a weekly basis, students saw an average improvement of 3-6 points in their ACT scores and an average of 200-250 points in their SAT scores.

ACT Science

I've tutored the ACT and the SAT for more than five years, and I've also tutored the new re-designed SAT exam (which looks very similar in structure and content to the ACT!).

I've tutored high school sophomores and juniors for over 1,500 hours on all sections of both exams. When working with me for at least 10-12 weeks on a weekly basis, students saw an average improvement of 3-6 points in their ACT scores and an average of 200-250 points in their SAT scores.

Chemistry

For the past 11 years, I have tutored high school and college students in chemistry, one of the most difficult subjects for students to grasp.

Chemistry is inherently a difficult subject to grasp for two reasons:

1) It's a laboratory science that's taught in a classroom.

2) It's a course in problem-solving, not in memorizing facts!

I teach students problem-solving for chemistry (which is different from problem-solving for math) by working through problems of various levels of difficulty. I also like to use props -- like modeling kits -- to make chemical concepts more accessible -- and tangible!

Most of my students have improved their final grade by at least one letter grade after working with me on a regular, weekly basis over the academic year. I keep track of my student's progress over the year, so that the student and I have an outline of concepts to review for his midterm and final exams. By showing him how I keep track of his assignments and tests, I'm coaching the student on how to develop and apply study skills to manage a course as tricky as chemistry.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, I went on to San Francisco State University and Columbia University to complete a Masters in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, respectively.

After years of working in research and education, I've gained the most personal satisfaction from helping students demystify the intimidating nature of chemistry through a customized, one-on-one format.

SAT Math

I've tutored the ACT and the SAT for more than five years, and I've also tutored the new re-designed SAT exam (which looks very similar in structure and content to the ACT!).

I've tutored high school sophomores and juniors for over 1,500 hours on all sections of both exams. When working with me for at least 10-12 weeks on a weekly basis, students saw an average improvement of 3-6 points in their ACT scores and an average of 200-250 points in their SAT scores.

SAT Writing

I've tutored the ACT and the SAT for more than five years, and I've also tutored the new re-designed SAT exam (which looks very similar in structure and content to the ACT!).

I've tutored high school sophomores and juniors for over 1,500 hours on all sections of both exams. When working with me for at least 10-12 weeks on a weekly basis, students saw an average improvement of 3-6 points in their ACT scores and an average of 200-250 points in their SAT scores.

University of Texas, Austin
Biology
San Francisco State University
Master's

Education

University of Texas, Austin (Biology)

San Francisco State University (Master's)

Lifesaver!

Working with Sarah has really bolstered my confidence as a post-bacc science student. She is so kind and makes every problem so much more approachable. Sarah is a terrific chemistry teacher. I can't recommend her enough. Thank you Sarah!!

— Eliana, Encino, CA on 3/22/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation: 48 hours notice required 1 hr lesson minimum. Cancellation Policy: <12 hours notice = full charge. 12-24 hours notice= 50% charge.

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90046.