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Elizabeth S.

Washington, DC

$100/hour

Harvard Grad Math Tutor

Background check passed as of 12/16/14
5.0 average from 3 ratings
Patient, knowledgeable and nice
— Joe, Arlington, VA on 10/7/16

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Harvard University
Environmental Scienc

Education

Harvard University (Environmental Scienc)

About Elizabeth

Some people think they are not math people. I think anybody can become a math person, and it's just about being able to see the patterns and understand the relevance of math to real life.

What makes my tutoring style unique and exceptionally effective is that I break down math problems and concepts into simpler problems and concepts with real world applicability. I ask lots of questions to help my students figure out the answer--without totally walking them through the solution. This helps the students to retain what they learn and be able to apply it to other problems including on their math tests.

A bit more about me: I'm currently studying at Georgetown for an MS in data science, which means I regularly use advanced math like linear algebra, multivariable calculus and statistics. While my studies are focused on more advanced math, I especially enjoy tutoring more elementary math including math for elementary school students, pre-algebra, Algebra I and II, geometry, and trigonometry.

I also enjoy helping students prepare for the math sections of the SAT and GRE; I got an 800 (out of 800) on the math portion of the SAT, and a 169 (out of 170) on the math portion of the GRE.

My career has not been all math-focused. After serving as the captain of my high school math team at Phillips Exeter Academy, I graduated from Harvard in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy and spent most of my career to date working in environmental policy.

While the environment and math may seem unrelated, I actually used math as much as possible in my environmental work -- calculating the greenhouse gas emission impact of a project, planning for a rally by measuring the distance around the White House and calculating how many people you would need to encircle the White House, and much more. I'm excited to be diving deeper into math again in my graduate studies, though.

Outside of math and environmental work, I like hiking, biking, cooking, and I play the flute.
Some people think they are not math people. I think anybody can become a math person, and it's just about being able to see the patterns and understand the relevance of math to real life.

What makes my tutoring style unique and exceptionally effective is that I break down math
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Travels within 5 miles of Washington, DC 20010
Background Check: Passed

"Patient, knowledgeable and nice"

- Joe, Arlington, VA on 10/7/16

"Responsive, fun and knows her stuff"

- Serena, Washington, DC on 3/2/15

"Elizabeth ~ Five stars"

- Linda, Somerville, MA on 5/26/09
Math:
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
Music:
Flute
English:
Proofreading
Test Preparation:
GRE, SAT Math
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GRE

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Flute

After a brief stint on the recorder, I started playing the flute around my 8th birthday, and took private lessons through high school. For most of high school, I was very serious about my music and practiced 3 hours/day. My favorite type of music to play is really flashy French music. In high school, also had two middle school girls that were my flute students. I had so much fun teaching them and watching them improve- teaching practice techniques with the metronome, how and where to breathe, and how to make a clearer resonant sound. After I graduated, one of them went on to take lessons with my flute teacher. I loved practicing and improved like crazy, and told my parents I wanted to go to a conservatory. They convinced me that a liberal arts education might be a better idea... so I ended up at Harvard. While music hasn't been my main focus at Harvard, I have played in the Bach Society Orchestra, and in the Hasty Pudding Theatricals Band. In addition to flute, I play the piccolo and saxophone, and have dabbled with the clarinet, bagpipes, and piano. I am currently teaching myself the guitar. Music is a big part of my life, and I would love to impart some of my flute knowledge to you!

Harvard University
Environmental Scienc

Education

Harvard University (Environmental Scienc)

Patient, knowledgeable and nice — Elizabeth was a fantastic tutor! I will definitely use her again! The best tutor I have ever worked with. ...

— Joe, Arlington, VA on 10/7/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $100.00

Travel policy

Elizabeth will travel within 5 miles of Washington, DC 20010.