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Ruth S.

Online Instructor with Years of Experience!

Online Instructor with Years of Experience!

$60/hour

  • 2,697 hours tutoring

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Whether you need help with a course in school, public speaking, writing & editing, English as a Second (or third) Language, or preparation for a standardized test, I'll be glad to offer you a Free Consultation online.

I firmly believe in the limitless potential of each and every individual. It does not matter how many times you have tried and fallen short before: determination, organization skills and just plain hard work can help you tap into your potential. Speaking in front of a crowd,...

Whether you need help with a course in school, public speaking, writing & editing, English as a Second (or third) Language, or preparation for a standardized test, I'll be glad to offer you a Free Consultation online.

I firmly believe in the limitless potential of each and every individual. It does not matter how many times you have tried and fallen short before: determination, organization skills and just plain hard work can help you tap into your potential. Speaking in front of a crowd, writing a persuasive argument, passing a difficult course or preparing for a test like the GRE, SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT, or ISEE can be intimidating. However, I can help you develop the individualized strategies you need to succeed.

I'm happy to coach my clients on both the strategies and the mindset they need to maximize their potential, whether it be for a speech or presentation, a test, or a publication. Since time management tends to be the biggest challenge for most of us, I share a wide variety of methods that have helped my clients develop an effective and efficient approach. Each of us has different strengths and challenges, so it is important to identify these and test a range of approaches in order for each client to find what works best. Every client receives SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Limited) goals to work on between sessions, and meeting these benchmarks regularly gets them to the primary objective: Confidence!


Education

American University
Economics and International Studies
American University School of International Service
Masters
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification (100 hours)
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $60
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  • Lesson cancellation: 1 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 10/19/2017

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Subjects

Business

GRE,

GRE

I took the GRE in September 2014, and achieved a perfect score of 170 (99th percentile) on the GRE Verbal, the 71st percentile in GRE Quantitative and 80th percentile in GRE Writing. I am very familiar with the current format of the ever-evolving questions, and can help each student to focus on overcoming specific challenges and achieving an effective combination of accuracy and speed.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Public Speaking

Public Speaking

As a high school student, I participated in Debate Club and Model United Nations. After completing my Masters degree, I joined the Toastmasters International Club to improve my public speaking skills. I was a member of the U.S. Delegation to Habitat II, the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul in 1996. Not only can I help students to prepare and be comfortable when preparing for a public speaking engagement, I can help coach them on connecting with the audience, maintaining a good cadence and eye contact, and employing humor when appropriate to regain composure.

Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

As a high school student, I participated in Debate Club and Model United Nations. After completing my Masters degree, I joined the Toastmasters International Club to improve my public speaking skills. I was a member of the U.S. Delegation to Habitat II, the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul in 1996. Not only can I help students to prepare and be comfortable when preparing for a public speaking engagement, I can help coach them on connecting with the audience, maintaining a good cadence and eye contact, and employing humor when appropriate to regain composure.
Russian,

Russian

I studied Russian language and culture as an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC. I experienced life in the then Soviet Union through an immersion program traveling to Moscow and St. Petersburg during my semester abroad. After earning my M.A. in International Development, I had an opportunity to return to Russia as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Grammar, Proofreading, Statistics

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
IELTS,

IELTS

I was certified in 2014 as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages by Oxford Seminars. I have been working with international graduate students who are in the United State to study a wide range of subjects, including Architecture, Business Administration, Economics and Statistics. I work with students who are taking either the TOEFL or IELTS in order to meet academic or professional requirements.
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

As a high school student, I participated in Debate Club and Model United Nations. After completing my Masters degree, I joined the Toastmasters International Club to improve my public speaking skills. I was a member of the U.S. Delegation to Habitat II, the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul in 1996. Not only can I help students to prepare and be comfortable when preparing for a public speaking engagement, I can help coach them on connecting with the audience, maintaining a good cadence and eye contact, and employing humor when appropriate to regain composure.
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing

History

Social Studies,

Social Studies

I have been a substitute teacher for Social Studies classes in grades 6-8, and have successfully passed the Praxis II in Social Studies.
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy, World History

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.
Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spelling, Statistics, Writing

Language

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
IELTS,

IELTS

I was certified in 2014 as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages by Oxford Seminars. I have been working with international graduate students who are in the United State to study a wide range of subjects, including Architecture, Business Administration, Economics and Statistics. I work with students who are taking either the TOEFL or IELTS in order to meet academic or professional requirements.
Russian,

Russian

I studied Russian language and culture as an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC. I experienced life in the then Soviet Union through an immersion program traveling to Moscow and St. Petersburg during my semester abroad. After earning my M.A. in International Development, I had an opportunity to return to Russia as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
USCIS,

USCIS

As a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland, I understand how intimidating it is to apply for U.S. citizenship. Many people get very anxious as they prepare for the civics test and the reading and writing tests, and it helps to have guidance from someone with experience. I earned a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL) in 2014, and I have helped dozens of clients navigate the application process and prepare for the required tests. Please feel free to contact me for a Free Consultation.
TOEFL

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.
Algebra 2, English, Geometry, Precalculus, Reading, Statistics, Writing

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

As well all face the unprecedented uncertainty of 2020, it's helpful to have guidance from an experienced college admissions coach when making important decisions about the future. Since 2014, I have worked with hundreds of college-bound high school students as they navigate the challenges of balancing their coursework, extracurricular activities, taking standardized tests and writing college application essays. Let me help you and your family stay abreast of changes with standardized tests and other admission requirements as colleges and universities adapt to significant changes brought about by the global pandemic.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.
USCIS,

USCIS

As a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland, I understand how intimidating it is to apply for U.S. citizenship. Many people get very anxious as they prepare for the civics test and the reading and writing tests, and it helps to have guidance from someone with experience. I earned a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL) in 2014, and I have helped dozens of clients navigate the application process and prepare for the required tests. Please feel free to contact me for a Free Consultation.
Geography, Government & Politics, Philosophy

Science

ACT Science, Philosophy, Psychology

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.
Macroeconomics,

Macroeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Microeconomics,

Microeconomics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.
Russian,

Russian

I studied Russian language and culture as an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC. I experienced life in the then Soviet Union through an immersion program traveling to Moscow and St. Petersburg during my semester abroad. After earning my M.A. in International Development, I had an opportunity to return to Russia as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.
Algebra 2, GED, Geometry, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

As well all face the unprecedented uncertainty of 2020, it's helpful to have guidance from an experienced college admissions coach when making important decisions about the future. Since 2014, I have worked with hundreds of college-bound high school students as they navigate the challenges of balancing their coursework, extracurricular activities, taking standardized tests and writing college application essays. Let me help you and your family stay abreast of changes with standardized tests and other admission requirements as colleges and universities adapt to significant changes brought about by the global pandemic.
GRE,

GRE

I took the GRE in September 2014, and achieved a perfect score of 170 (99th percentile) on the GRE Verbal, the 71st percentile in GRE Quantitative and 80th percentile in GRE Writing. I am very familiar with the current format of the ever-evolving questions, and can help each student to focus on overcoming specific challenges and achieving an effective combination of accuracy and speed.
IELTS,

IELTS

I was certified in 2014 as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages by Oxford Seminars. I have been working with international graduate students who are in the United State to study a wide range of subjects, including Architecture, Business Administration, Economics and Statistics. I work with students who are taking either the TOEFL or IELTS in order to meet academic or professional requirements.
ISEE,

ISEE

I have been working with talented, ambitious students since 2014 as they prepare to take either the SSAT or the ISEE in order to qualify for admission to some of the top private schools in the United States. I work with each student and his or her family on an individual basis to help them understand the differences between the two tests, and to develop strategies to maximize speed and accuracy on all sections of each test.
Praxis,

Praxis

I have experience taking Praxis tests, and can work with other aspiring teachers to improve their test preparation skills. I scored a 183 on the Social Studies: Content Knowledge exam in July 2013 (out of a possible range of 100-200). Average scores are in the 158-177 range.
USCIS,

USCIS

As a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland, I understand how intimidating it is to apply for U.S. citizenship. Many people get very anxious as they prepare for the civics test and the reading and writing tests, and it helps to have guidance from someone with experience. I earned a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOEFL) in 2014, and I have helped dozens of clients navigate the application process and prepare for the required tests. Please feel free to contact me for a Free Consultation.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL

Examples of Expertise


Ruth has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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Excellent tutor!!

Her rigid strategy and clear explanation help improve my understanding!! Before I met her, I felt desperate for my GRE. Since I am an ESL student, I had no idea how to deal with this super difficult exam. She is enthusiasm for motivating students to solve difficult questions effectively. I appreciate her kind words to push me forward.

Momoko, 5 lessons with Ruth

Passionate, insightful, and encouraging tutor

Ruth moves through lessons at a comfortable yet efficient pace. She highlighted important tips and illuminated common traps in GRE questions' structuring as well as success strategies. She also generously provides incredible supplemental materials that are accessible to anyone and hugely significant.

Magnus, 6 lessons with Ruth

informative and depthful

Ruth is a dedicated advisor and educator on all things GRE, and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to help guide all of her clients towards the right direction.

Daniel, 1 lesson with Ruth

Helpful and flexible

Ruth has been working with my daughter to review for the ACT. She has been very helpful, she is accommodating and flexible, and my daughter feels that her sessions are very beneficial.

Jeanine, 9 lessons with Ruth

Immensely helpful

I am so lucky to have met Ruth on Wyzant. I have a number of challenges when it comes to writing. Ruth has a lot of experience working with individuals who have learning challenges, and is able to tailor her teaching approach as well the types of assignments she gives to best help overcome those shortcomings and truly help you develop and move forward. I strongly recommend utilizing Ruth to anyone struggling with a subject who is seeking out a tutor.

Kurt, 9 lessons with Ruth

First lesson

My daughter had her first SAT tutoring session today which went very well. Ruth is knowledgable in test taking strategies and has already set my daughter up with better skills for taking the exam. Looking forward to more sessions. Thank you!

Karen, 7 lessons with Ruth

One of the best teachers I've had in a long time

Finally, I finished my TOEFL (score 98) and GRE exams (V154, Q164). I want to tell you, thank you so much! :) English is not my first language. Initially, I had problems with verbal section of the GRE, it was really hard to approach the questions in an effective way. I worked with Ruth S. around 20 hours and she provided me with tips and tricks that you simply can't figure out on your own. Without a doubt, one of the best teachers I've had in a long time. She is witty, intelligent, and explains difficult concepts with ease and I highly recommend her if you are in the market. Totally worth the money for quality instructions.

Eljan, 12 lessons with Ruth

Great first impression

Initial session with Ruth was great. She made me feel very comfortable. She took time to assess the areas where I need the most assistance so she could tailor future sessions. I am confident that she will help me raise my scores. Thanks in advance, Ruth!

Toya, 6 lessons with Ruth

Kind, patient tutor with expert knowledge

Ruth has been working with my daughter for several sessions and her test scores have improved dramatically as a result. She has a kind, patient approach that takes the pressure away from learning while understanding the expectations of the tests. We would highly recommend Ruth!

Anna, 12 lessons with Ruth
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