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Sarah C.

Atlanta, GA

$50/hour

Scholar of Many Fields Can Assist Learners

Background check passed as of 9/14/14
4.2 average from 16 ratings
Excellent
— Lillian, Atlanta, GA on 11/20/14

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Vanderbilt University
Psychology
Univ. of Georgia
MEd
Univ. of Georgia
EdD

Education

Vanderbilt University (Psychology)

Univ. of Georgia (MEd)

Univ. of Georgia (EdD)

About Sarah

After undergraduate studies in a wide range of academic subjects and a graduate studies in teaching and learning, I began my career with gifted children. I taught students from first grade through 12th. Topics included astronomy, human body, some basic French vocabulary, creative thinking, world literature, logical thinking and writing. I taught second-graders constellations and discussed "War and Peace" with high school students.

After receiving my doctorate, I taught pre-service teachers and graduate students. An elementary teacher who was working on her master's degree told me that she'd dreaded teaching science because it was 'so boring" until she took my Science Methods course. Now she loved teaching it and her students loved it, too. Primarily, though, I taught cognition(how people learn, pedagogical content knowledge (how to arrange content so that students understand and remember), and assessment (how to ask questions to ensure that students have learned). I even taught math-insecure elementary teachers in a graduate statistics course.

Common Core does not faze me. My elementary school used the same mathematics approach. I am confident helping students develop the conceptual understanding AND master arithmetic facts. I can analyze the cause of a student's mistakes and work directly on that issue. I learned about the writing for learning emphasis from an educational consortium with a Gates Foundation grant to train teachers in set of techniques for accomplishing Common Core's writing, social studies and science goals.

I have worked with preschoolers on reading; K-12 students, in mathematics, study skills, and SAT/ACT preparation; and college students in statistics. While we usually work on homework and class topics, I have found that addressing gaps from past years lets students make dramatic improvements.

Generally, I begin with the student's goals for the tutoring experience. With parental and/or student consent, I will communicate directly with the teacher. With my experience, I can interpret test results, which are often quite helpful. The teacher and I sometimes offer each other beneficial insights. Tutoring sessions are usually once or twice a week. I can provide activities for students (and parents, if applicable) to do between sessions.
After undergraduate studies in a wide range of academic subjects and a graduate studies in teaching and learning, I began my career with gifted children. I taught students from first grade through 12th. Topics included Read more

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Cancellation
6 hours notice required

Rate for 2 students, same subject and level, is $75/hour, for 3 students, $100. Back-to-back sessions at the same tutoring site (at home or public place), get a $2 discount/hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Atlanta, GA 30318
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"Excellent"

- Lillian, Atlanta, GA on 11/20/14
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Discrete Math, Elementary Math,
Geometry,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Statistics
Science:
ACT Science,
Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Physical Science,
Psychology, Sociology
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, English,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading, ACT Science,
College Counseling, GRE,
Praxis, PSAT, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, European History, Geography, Government & Politics,
Political Science, Religion, Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
Economics,
GRE,
Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I have been an editor for almost 10 years, so I can explain all the aspects of English that are tested.

ACT Math

I can demonstrate the topics covered and help the student set a realistic goal. This helps with time management, almost always a problem when you only have 1 minute per problem.

ACT Science

I have taken college science courses in biology, chemistry and physics so I know content. The ACT, however, is more concerned with using scientific data and setting up and interpreting experiments. Having taught college courses in experimental design, I'm particularly well-prepared to prepare students for ACT Science

Algebra 1

I'm good at math and good at figuring out why people have problems. Then I can design experiences to clarify misconceptions.

Algebra 2

I scored a 700 on the SAT math as a high school student and a 690 on the GRE math several years later.

I can break down the parts of problems to make them easier to solve and guide you in deciding what skills to apply to which problem.

Economics

I understand and have studied classical economics. I understand the concepts and the mathematics needed to test theories.

Elementary Math

In addition to strong math skills (and good grades from elementary through college calculus), I am trained in cognitive processes. The latter allows me to analyze student performance to identify the source of difficulty so that we can address it more successfully.

Elementary Science

I have a variety of children's science books and simple experiments that help develop concepts. If memorization is a problem, I also have some wonderful techniques for remembering content.

English

I spent eight years as a professional editor for an educational consortium. This means that teachers were the ones reading the reports I handled.

For the years before that, other teachers and co-workers sought my assistance in proofreading and re-wording their messages and documents. Universally, they praised my contributions (and deletions).

Geometry

I have tutored many students in geometry. Its many shapes, two- and three-dimensional, each with at least two formulas, create an almost overwhelming amount to learn.

My training in how people learn and think has let me analyze geometry learning so that students can use the strategy that will work best for them. Some students have sufficient visual memory to master these by association. Other students can develop conceptual understandings of perimeter, area and volume and use these to recreate enough of the formulas to spark memory.

Government & Politics

I have been certified to teach the social sciences in four states, including Government and Politics.

Grammar

I have been a professional editor for over 9 years. Before that, the schools in which I taught asked me to proof-read, if not write, documents aimed at "outsiders."

GRE

When I took the GRE, my language score was at the 99th percentile. My math score was 89th percentile.

Physical Science

I have studied physics at the college level. I can explain concepts, create demonstrations and interpret Common Core.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is crucial because algebra is a gateway to higher math courses and many science courses. The pace of algebra does not allow for review of percentages, word problems, ratios, etc. even though they are commonly used in algebra. Solid understanding of these concepts and automatic knowledge of math facts make algebra easy.

Reading

My interest in reading was confirmed long before I began doctoral studies. My dissertation was done on the pattern of reading skills displayed by self-taught readers.

SAT Math

I know the SAT's particular areas of emphasis and can compare them to students' strengths and weaknesses. In that way, we maximize our tutoring time. For example, the SAT asks no trigonometry questions so students need not review those topics.

SAT Reading

SAT reading involves vocabulary, memory for details and general comprehension. I have worked on all three with dozens of students.

Social Studies

I took and passed the Praxis II tests for certification as a Social Studies teacher in Georgia.

Statistics

I made A's in undergraduate statistics courses at Vanderbilt University. I also made A's in graduate statistics at the University of Georgia. Then I taught statistics to graduate students, some of them math phobic.

Statistics can make sense.

World History

I have held Social Studies certifications from four states. I had enough hours for a history (World and European) minor. I have traveled in Europe and read many books, which can provide a context for the course content.

Writing

I have written papers that were published in professional journals as well as the book (dissertation) that earned me a doctorate. Wherever I worked, colleagues sought me out to help them word, reword and proofread their materials for my flair with language and my "good eye" to spot mistakes.

Vanderbilt University
Psychology
Univ. of Georgia
MEd
Univ. of Georgia
EdD

Education

Vanderbilt University (Psychology)

Univ. of Georgia (MEd)

Univ. of Georgia (EdD)

Excellent — Sarah C. is an amazing tutor. She helped my son improve his math grade greatly and gave me helpful hints to encourage him throughout the week. ...

— Lillian, Atlanta, GA on 11/20/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Rate for 2 students, same subject and level, is $75/hour, for 3 students, $100. Back-to-back sessions at the same tutoring site (at home or public place), get a $2 discount/hour.

Travel policy

Sarah will travel within 20 miles of Atlanta, GA 30318.