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Barbara S.

Sebastopol, CA

$85/hour

Seasoned College Admissions Consultant and Writing Tutor

50+ Hours
4.9 average from 45 ratings
Love her!
— Katherine, Cotati, CA on 3/13/15

$85/Hour


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University of Pennsylvania
Sociology
Psychology
Master's

Education

University of Pennsylvania (Sociology)

Psychology (Master's)

About Barbara

After many years as an educational writer and consultant, I began working with students of all ages to help them think and write clearly and with conviction. I've had the pleasure of working with a wide range of young people--from elementary-aged students who need help writing strong sentences to high school and college students looking to strengthen their essay-writing skills--and enjoy the process of helping them expand their expertise and self-confidence. My work with students always includes a focus on developing/sharpening critical thinking and study/organization skills, which are keys to success both in school and beyond.

As a college coach, I also work with high school juniors and seniors to select and apply to colleges, prepare for the reading/writing sections of the SAT/ACT and produce top-notch college essays. My students have had great success in gaining acceptance to the colleges of their choice because they are well prepared every step of the way.

My academic credentials include a B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania and an. M.A. in Counseling Psychology from New College of California.
After many years as an educational writer and consultant, I began working with students of all ages to help them think and write clearly and with conviction. I've had the pleasure of working with a wide range of young people--from elementary-aged students who need help writing strong sentences to high school and college students looking to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

My fee for tutoring is $85/per hour. For College Counseling, my rate is $100/hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Sebastopol, CA 95472
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"Love her!"

- Katherine, Cotati, CA on 3/13/15

"Best Tutor Ever"

- Heather, Napa, CA on 1/12/16

"Another great lesson with Barbara, thanks for the informative update"

- Ming, Petaluma, CA on 7/1/15

"Outstanding tutor!"

- Sundararaman, Novato, CA on 1/25/15

"Wonderful Tutor"

- Mary, Petaluma, CA on 7/5/14
Math:
Elementary Math
Science:
Anthropology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, ASVAB, College Counseling,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT
History:
American History, Anthropology, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

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.

College Counseling

For the past five years, I have worked with high school juniors and seniors on every facet of the college admissions process. In addition to helping students prepare for the reading/writing sections of the SAT and ACT, I assist with identifying appropriate colleges, navigating the application, admissions and financial aid processes, and provide guidance that enables them to produce top-notch college essays.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have extensive experience tutoring K-6 students in language arts, spelling, math and reading. This experience has been gained over the last five years as a private tutor in Sonoma County. I also have an extensive collection of materials to use with children of this age group.

Study Skills

My tutoring experience includes working with several students to improve their study, organizational and executive functioning skills. Last school year, I worked for the entirety of the year with a sixth grader who needed help organizing and planning for assignments in all subjects. By helping him organize his materials and his time, he was able to complete projects and assignments in a more timely manner as well as excel in them. This is an area that I would like to continue working in and feel absolutely confident in doing so.

University of Pennsylvania
Sociology
Psychology
Master's

Education

University of Pennsylvania (Sociology)

Psychology (Master's)

Love her!

I love Barbara! I learn something new every week. She makes me feel confident and ready for the SAT.

— Katherine, Cotati, CA on 3/13/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $85.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My fee for tutoring is $85/per hour. For College Counseling, my rate is $100/hour.

Travel policy

Barbara will travel within 30 miles of Sebastopol, CA 95472.