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Sarah S.

Tutor Focused on Tailored Student Learning

Tutor Focused on Tailored Student Learning

$50/hour

  • 28 hours tutoring

  • Venice Santa Monica, CA 90405

About Sarah


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My personal goal as a tutor is to make sure that every student is having fun while learning. There is no reason that any student willing to listen, get out of their comfort zone a bit and work hard cannot succeed in whatever area she/he is having trouble with. I try to tailor my lessons, activities, and light homework to the personality, learning style and time availability of the specific student. You should not expect to master the skill you are working towards in one hour. Especially if...

My personal goal as a tutor is to make sure that every student is having fun while learning. There is no reason that any student willing to listen, get out of their comfort zone a bit and work hard cannot succeed in whatever area she/he is having trouble with. I try to tailor my lessons, activities, and light homework to the personality, learning style and time availability of the specific student. You should not expect to master the skill you are working towards in one hour. Especially if the skill is learning a completely new language, it will take time, repetition and a willingness to learn/practice in and outside of our sessions together. I guarantee, though, that with the right approach, focus on fun, and tailored lessons every student will feel more comfortable in the problem area.

A bit about me:
I am a recent graduate from Drake University in Iowa. I began as a Music Business major, but realized my passion for the law while taking an ethics class my freshman year. While I still appreciated the music world, and kept my music interest with classes, choir and a music minor, I quickly switched my major to Law, Politics & Society. With this switch, I began my now legal career in pursuit of an eventual career in writing policy. I added a Rhetoric major to emphasize my interest in dissecting and analyzing society, relationships and societal communications. I originally took the LSAT and did well above average, but realized that basic law school was not the direction I was interested in and rather wanted to pursue my PhD in Criminology, while at the same time getting my JD. Because of the breadth of this decision, I decided to take a few years off before starting my doctoral education.

I have never believed in the conventional approach to education for all students. While some definitely benefit from structured lesson plans, homework and assignments, many more succeed in a more free-flowing, conversational environment. I learned this while studying abroad for my senior year of high school, in the lovely land of Germany. I technically graduated high school as a junior, and headed to Germany as a gap year in education. I was still required to go to school, and realized how difficult that had become in my, now, high school graduate mentality. My defiance towards attending classes in Germany, helped me realize the different stages at which students learn and the importance of tailored, one-on-one education. I dedicated my time in Germany to learning the language inside and out and have continued my love of German through a certificate of fluency and constant tutoring throughout college.

Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a session! I would love to help you reach your educational goal.


Education

Drake University
Legal Studies

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Rate details: $50/hour is a base rate. Feel free to contact with other offers
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Santa Monica, CA 90405
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Criminal Justice,

Criminal Justice

My major at Drake University is in something called Law, Politics & Society. It is a major that explores all different areas of law and society. I was lucky enough to have an emphasis in criminal law and am planning to pursue my PhD in Criminology. I therefore studied criminology and criminal justice in many different courses I took under the LPS major and am qualified to tutor that subject matter.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have been using excel since I began grade school in the late 90's. It is simply second nature to me. I am a very detail-oriented and highly organized individual, and therefore use excel for all of my budgeting, list making, template creation, mail-merge and studying needs. Also in my career as a paralegal/legal assistant, excel is a tool used frequently and with the assumption of reliability. I am in charge of setting up the templates, ledgers, form-fill templates and more.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I was a member of a highly ranked Illinois speech team for 4 years. I worked my way up to captain of the team after winning numerous first place awards (both novice and expert) in a variety of events. My expertise is extemporaneous speaking, oratory, argumentation, special occasion speaking and informative speeches. I also hold a degree from Drake University on Rhetoric, which required a large course load of public speaking.
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Computer

General Computer,

General Computer

Growing up, I always had a certain interest and fascination with technology. Because of this, I attempted, in every way I could, to understand and figure out the inner workings of computers. Because I have the knowledge of what is happening within the computer and its software, I am able to explain the functions and aspects of different programs in easy-to-understand ways.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have been using excel since I began grade school in the late 90's. It is simply second nature to me. I am a very detail-oriented and highly organized individual, and therefore use excel for all of my budgeting, list making, template creation, mail-merge and studying needs. Also in my career as a paralegal/legal assistant, excel is a tool used frequently and with the assumption of reliability. I am in charge of setting up the templates, ledgers, form-fill templates and more.
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Corporate Training

General Computer,

General Computer

Growing up, I always had a certain interest and fascination with technology. Because of this, I attempted, in every way I could, to understand and figure out the inner workings of computers. Because I have the knowledge of what is happening within the computer and its software, I am able to explain the functions and aspects of different programs in easy-to-understand ways.
German,

German

I speak fluent German. I studied German for three years in school, before moving to Germany for 11 months and studying the language in its country of origin. I have tutored numerous students of all different ages and German language backgrounds. I am committed to creating a safe, fun and engaging environment for German learning.
Microsoft Excel,

Microsoft Excel

I have been using excel since I began grade school in the late 90's. It is simply second nature to me. I am a very detail-oriented and highly organized individual, and therefore use excel for all of my budgeting, list making, template creation, mail-merge and studying needs. Also in my career as a paralegal/legal assistant, excel is a tool used frequently and with the assumption of reliability. I am in charge of setting up the templates, ledgers, form-fill templates and more.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a paralegal, a main part of my job is to proofread motions and briefs that the attorneys write in order to ensure that their arguments are clear and concise. I spend hours every week proofreading to ensure accurate grammar and punctuation, as well as argument structure. I have been trained not to make a mistake, as mistakes within the law could get your entire case thrown out. I therefore take proofreading very seriously and am quite successful at it.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I was a member of a highly ranked Illinois speech team for 4 years. I worked my way up to captain of the team after winning numerous first place awards (both novice and expert) in a variety of events. My expertise is extemporaneous speaking, oratory, argumentation, special occasion speaking and informative speeches. I also hold a degree from Drake University on Rhetoric, which required a large course load of public speaking.
Grammar, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Elementary Education

Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The English and Reading sections of the ACT are often the most overlooked and assumed "known" portions of the test. Because English and reading come naturally to most English speaking high school students, many neglect to study for these important sections, assuming they'll make it through on their merits. This is an unfortunate misconception. The ACT Reading and English sections are designed to test skills you must learn to access. They ask questions in confusing ways in order to ascertain the ability of test takers to learn and think independently. I understand this important part of each section, and therefore can help in meaningful ways to teach you or your student the ins & outs of ACT English, Reading and Writing.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT/SAT can be daunting exams for any age, but especially for high school juniors and seniors. We have a thought in the American education system that these tests are the end all, be all of college acceptance. This immediately creates stressful emotions, in regard to the tests, and causing otherwise good students to become crippled with testing anxiety. This is where the expertise of a personal tutor comes into play. The ACT is, contrary to popular belief, not the test that will decide the future of a student's educational career. They are important college readiness factors, but not the deciding vote at most colleges/universities. Hiring a tutor, like me, who has mastered the ACT and helped numerous students achieve their desired score, can truly help students realize their potential for college readiness and get accepted to their top schools.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

As a paralegal, a main part of my job is to proofread motions and briefs that the attorneys write in order to ensure that their arguments are clear and concise. I spend hours every week proofreading to ensure accurate grammar and punctuation, as well as argument structure. I have been trained not to make a mistake, as mistakes within the law could get your entire case thrown out. I therefore take proofreading very seriously and am quite successful at it.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

I was a member of a highly ranked Illinois speech team for 4 years. I worked my way up to captain of the team after winning numerous first place awards (both novice and expert) in a variety of events. My expertise is extemporaneous speaking, oratory, argumentation, special occasion speaking and informative speeches. I also hold a degree from Drake University on Rhetoric, which required a large course load of public speaking.
Writing,

Writing

Writing has always been a natural strength of mine. I excel in my ability to use words to describe a situation, tell a story and argue a proposition. I have always received top scores on my writing samples, writing tests and assignments, as well as excelling in and winning awards for speech writing. Whether it's a high school research paper, an informative speech, a college admissions essay, or any other writing assignment, I will help to transform your story, research and knowledge into a thoughtfully written and easy-to-follow piece of pros.
English, Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Writing,

Writing

Writing has always been a natural strength of mine. I excel in my ability to use words to describe a situation, tell a story and argue a proposition. I have always received top scores on my writing samples, writing tests and assignments, as well as excelling in and winning awards for speech writing. Whether it's a high school research paper, an informative speech, a college admissions essay, or any other writing assignment, I will help to transform your story, research and knowledge into a thoughtfully written and easy-to-follow piece of pros.
English, Reading

Language

German

German

I speak fluent German. I studied German for three years in school, before moving to Germany for 11 months and studying the language in its country of origin. I have tutored numerous students of all different ages and German language backgrounds. I am committed to creating a safe, fun and engaging environment for German learning.

Math

Logic

Logic

Logic is something that comes naturally to me. Because of my early childhood aspirations of becoming a lawyer one day, I began working on logic games and puzzles when I was in 5th grade. I continued to strengthen my ability throughout high school, college and studying for the LSAT. The two logic portions were the top scores I received on the LSAT.

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Writing,

Writing

Writing has always been a natural strength of mine. I excel in my ability to use words to describe a situation, tell a story and argue a proposition. I have always received top scores on my writing samples, writing tests and assignments, as well as excelling in and winning awards for speech writing. Whether it's a high school research paper, an informative speech, a college admissions essay, or any other writing assignment, I will help to transform your story, research and knowledge into a thoughtfully written and easy-to-follow piece of pros.
English, Reading

Music

Sight Singing,

Sight Singing

I learned to read music using solfege (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do) and continued to sight sing throughout college and used solfege to learn all of the music I needed to learn for the top touring ensemble at Drake University. Solfege has become a second language to me, now, and I was entrusted to help younger members of the ensemble perfect their solfege and sight singing.
Voice (Music),

Voice (Music)

I hold a vocal music minor from Drake University and studied vocal music for four years in the top touring ensemble at Drake while also taking private voice lessons through one of the faculty and tenured voice professors.
Music Theory

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

Having applied to four different top-tier schools (accepted at all) and deciding on a private, liberal-arts education at the highly-ranked Drake University in Iowa, I definitely know what schools are looking for in student application and admissions essays. I can share all of my tips and tricks, while also helping students brainstorm the best topics to write about and the best way to tell his/her story so that admissions counselors will listen. I have experience tutoring students to help them with the difficult application process and have helped numerous students succeed at their preferred school.

Sports/Recreation

Martial Arts,

Martial Arts

I am trained in ATA Taekwondo. I am a black belt and was a certified junior instructor for many years in high school. The expiration on my certification has run out, but that is only because I have yet to renew it. My skills and black belt are still intact.
Swimming

Swimming

I have been swimming competitively since I was in 5th grade. Throughout high school and college, I worked as a lifeguard, private swim instructor and swim team coach. Though my schedule does not permit me to teach lessons on a daily basis any longer, I do enjoy helping students as much as I can during my available hours.

Summer

German,

German

I speak fluent German. I studied German for three years in school, before moving to Germany for 11 months and studying the language in its country of origin. I have tutored numerous students of all different ages and German language backgrounds. I am committed to creating a safe, fun and engaging environment for German learning.
Swimming,

Swimming

I have been swimming competitively since I was in 5th grade. Throughout high school and college, I worked as a lifeguard, private swim instructor and swim team coach. Though my schedule does not permit me to teach lessons on a daily basis any longer, I do enjoy helping students as much as I can during my available hours.
Writing,

Writing

Writing has always been a natural strength of mine. I excel in my ability to use words to describe a situation, tell a story and argue a proposition. I have always received top scores on my writing samples, writing tests and assignments, as well as excelling in and winning awards for speech writing. Whether it's a high school research paper, an informative speech, a college admissions essay, or any other writing assignment, I will help to transform your story, research and knowledge into a thoughtfully written and easy-to-follow piece of pros.
Reading

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

The English and Reading sections of the ACT are often the most overlooked and assumed "known" portions of the test. Because English and reading come naturally to most English speaking high school students, many neglect to study for these important sections, assuming they'll make it through on their merits. This is an unfortunate misconception. The ACT Reading and English sections are designed to test skills you must learn to access. They ask questions in confusing ways in order to ascertain the ability of test takers to learn and think independently. I understand this important part of each section, and therefore can help in meaningful ways to teach you or your student the ins & outs of ACT English, Reading and Writing.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

The ACT/SAT can be daunting exams for any age, but especially for high school juniors and seniors. We have a thought in the American education system that these tests are the end all, be all of college acceptance. This immediately creates stressful emotions, in regard to the tests, and causing otherwise good students to become crippled with testing anxiety. This is where the expertise of a personal tutor comes into play. The ACT is, contrary to popular belief, not the test that will decide the future of a student's educational career. They are important college readiness factors, but not the deciding vote at most colleges/universities. Hiring a tutor, like me, who has mastered the ACT and helped numerous students achieve their desired score, can truly help students realize their potential for college readiness and get accepted to their top schools.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

Having applied to four different top-tier schools (accepted at all) and deciding on a private, liberal-arts education at the highly-ranked Drake University in Iowa, I definitely know what schools are looking for in student application and admissions essays. I can share all of my tips and tricks, while also helping students brainstorm the best topics to write about and the best way to tell his/her story so that admissions counselors will listen. I have experience tutoring students to help them with the difficult application process and have helped numerous students succeed at their preferred school.
LSAT

LSAT

Upon entering my undergraduate education, I was set on becoming a lawyer. Because of this, I spent many hours of my first three years in school preparing for the LSAT, and learning everything there is to know about the test. I eventually changed my mind on the career path that I wanted to follow, however, I have truly become an expert regarding all aspects of the LSAT and its different sections. I have taken the test twice under normal testing conditions and can be a valuable resource in your preparation.

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Amazing and knowledgable tutor!

The best tutor I have ever had! Very professional and knowledgeable ! It is always a great pleasure to work with Sarah. She is a very dedicated person who works tremendously hard to assist and help as much as she can.

Maryia, 5 lessons with Sarah

Sarah is great.

Sarah is great. She is very patient and knowledgeable in assisting with proofreading essays. The concern she has displayed with the assistance has given my daughter a sense of stress relief in submitting the college applications. I highly recommend her. Thanks again Sarah.

Karen, 8 lessons with Sarah

Knowledgable, friendly and paitent tutor

Sarah has helped my daughter Kara improve her ACT testing and reading comprehension in a short period. We hope to continue working with Sarah.

Mark, 5 lessons with Sarah

Very efficient tutor

Sarah is helping my son with his College applications process. For the first lesson she came on time, prepared and was ready to work. She developed immediately a plan of action. My son had a real pleasure working with her.

DELPHINE, 4 lessons with Sarah

$50/hour

Sarah S.

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