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Carrie B.

Honolulu, HI

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Versatile tutor with 10+ years of experience: Math, English, Test Prep

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University of Washington
Psych. Linguistics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate Coursework
(Graduate) University of Hawaii at Manoa
Master's

Education

University of Washington (Psych. Linguistics)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Graduate Coursework)

(Graduate) University of Hawaii at Manoa (Master's)

About Carrie

I have over 12 years of tutoring experience, have been formally trained as a tutor, and have even won a National Tutor of the Year award for my work with one education company. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with degrees in Linguistics and Psychology, and a master's degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii. My degree is in teaching English as a Second Language, but I am equally comfortable teaching other areas.

I have worked with students ranging from 1st grade to adults, and most often tutor students in Math (from grade school up to trigonometry/Pre-Calculus) and English. I have taught English both for native and for non-native speakers. I tutor very interactively, and focus on customizing my tutoring for the student's particular needs. I can help with homework, study skills, or enrichment activities to go beyond the classroom. I particularly enjoy helping students discover that they actually CAN be good at the subject that is challenging them, provided they work hard and ask lots of questions.

I am also one of those rare individuals who love standardized tests, and I have tutoring experience in the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, ISEE, and SSAT. I have tutored all components of each of the tests, and have scored at least in the 95th percentile on all of them. No two students are the same, so I customize each test prep session according to the students needs, goals, and time available.

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I have over 12 years of tutoring experience, have been formally trained as a tutor, and have even won a National Tutor of the Year award for my work with one education company. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Washington with degrees in Linguistics and Psychology, and a master's degree in Second Language Studies from the Read more

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"Very Helpful."

- Sean, Bellevue, WA on 8/8/13

"An excellent tutor for my boys"

- John, Seattle, WA on 12/15/14

"Wonderful tutor. Highly recommended."

- Chris, New York, NY on 7/29/14

"Excellent Tutor"

- Iryna, Bellevue, WA on 7/14/14

"Excellent tutor!"

- Peter, Kirkland, WA on 6/13/14

"Organized, knowledgeable"

- Melissa, Kirkland, WA on 3/5/14

"Excellent SAT Tutor"

- Bill, Seattle, WA on 2/22/14

"Amazing Tutor"

- Brook, Edmonds, WA on 12/8/13

"Very helpful for the ACT"

- Wendy, Edmonds, WA on 11/25/13

"Great Tutor"

- Bob, Seattle, WA on 11/6/13

"Fantastic - calm, patient and very, very clear!"

- Susan, Seattle, WA on 10/31/13

"Awesome tutor"

- Tessa, Seattle, WA on 10/21/13

"Great Tutor who can break down the important concepts"

- Adam, Bellevue, WA on 10/15/13
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ACT English

I have been tutoring the ACT for over 10 years. Although I tutor students in all subjects of the ACT, I especially love teaching ACT English. Many students are initially frustrated because it's been so long since they were taught grammar in school, but systematic review helps a lot! I teach my students the punctuation and grammar rules the ACT tests, how to check for wordiness, and how to tackle the tricky organization questions.

ACT Math

I have been tutoring all subjects on the ACT since 2003, and have helped students from all different scoring ranges. The ACT is one of my favorite standardized tests, and I love to make it less scary for my students. For the math section, I teach test strategy and time management in addition to the math content knowledge required.

ACT Reading

I've tutored all subjects on the ACT for over 10 years. ACT Reading is about accuracy and speed. 4 passages and 40 questions is a lot to do in 35 minutes! I teach my students what they should be skimming for in the passages so that they don't waste valuable time on material that's not likely to get tested. I also cover strategies for attacking the questions and for avoiding common wrong answer traps.

ACT Science

I've tutored all subjects on the ACT since 2003. ACT Science is more about reading graphs and understanding how experiments are put together than it is about actual science knowledge. In my tutoring sessions, I teach students techniques for getting information reliably and quickly from the figures. We also work on finding the relevant parts of the scientific method. Finally, since pacing is the key on this section, we work on developing speed while maintaining accuracy.

Algebra 1

I have 10+ years experience tutoring the material from Algebra I. I love helping students see the logic behind algebra, and I believe in repetition to build confidence. I can also help students prepare for any algebra end-of-course exam your state may require for high school graduation.

Algebra 2

I have 10+ years experience teaching the material from Algebra 2. I love breaking down difficult concepts into step by step processes that students can reliably execute. I can provide a refresher from Algebra 1 if necessary, or a bridge to pre-calculus if desired.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored K-6th grade students in English (reading, vocabulary, and writing), math, and science. I also specialize in test prep and have ample experience with the ISEE and SSAT. Some of my elementary students are looking for help with schoolwork, while others are looking for enrichment tutoring that will help them either catch up to their peers or work ahead of their grade level.

Elementary Math

I have tutored K-6th grade students in English (reading, vocabulary, and writing), math, and science. I also specialize in test prep and have ample experience with the ISEE and SSAT. Some of my elementary students are looking for help with schoolwork, while others are looking for enrichment tutoring that will help them either catch up to their peers or work ahead of their grade level. I have done significant algebra-preview work with some of my older elementary students.

Elementary Science

I have tutored K-6th grade students in English (reading, vocabulary, and writing), math, and science. I also specialize in test prep and have ample experience with the ISEE and SSAT. For science, some of my elementary students are looking for help with schoolwork, while others are looking for enrichment tutoring that will help them either catch up to their peers or work ahead of their grade level. I help students develop good study skills for science while helping them develop the curiosity about the world that will make them good scientific thinkers.

English

I have a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in English language education. In addition, I have completed coursework for an English major at the University of Washington and PhD coursework in English at Rutgers University. I can tutor reading, literature, grammar, and writing for both native and non-native speakers of English. I have significant experience helping students write and revise papers.

I also have 10+ years of experience tutoring math and test prep (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE/SSAT, TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS, etc.). Contact me if you need a versatile tutor who can handle multiple subjects.

ESL/ESOL

I have a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in Teaching ESL. I have taught ESL classes in Hawaii for two years, and have tutored non-native English speakers for over 10 years. In addition, I have completed coursework for an English major at the University of Washington and PhD coursework in English at Rutgers University.

I can tutor listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary. I have also worked with students on business English and TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS prep. I also have significant experience helping students write and revise papers.

Geometry

I have tutored Geometry for over 10 years and enjoy teaching students how to make questions less intimidating. I help my students learn formulas and apply them in situations of increasing complexity. I can also help students prepare for any geometry end-of-course exam your state may require for high school graduation.

German

I took three years of college level German at the University of Washington, with a 4.0 GPA in all classes. I've also studied abroad in Germany, including most recently taking a review course at the Goethe Institute in Germany in June 2017. I can work with German students at the beginner and intermediate level. My specialty is helping students understand the rules of German grammar.

GMAT

I have significant experience teaching the GMAT, including the new Integrated Reasoning section. I've worked with students on all sections of the GMAT, and particularly enjoy helping students make sense of the Data Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning questions. My students have ranged from those who haven't done math in years to those who are shooting for a near perfect score. My own scores are above the 95th percentile.

Grammar

I have taught grammar to ESL students and to native English speakers who need grammar for standardized tests like the SAT/ACT, GMAT, TEAS, etc. I majored in linguistics at the University of Washington and have a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in Teaching ESL. I have taught ESL classes in Hawaii for two years, and have tutored for over 10 years.

I am one of those rare people who enjoy talking about grammar. In tutoring, I use a variety of explanations to make sure that students understand the grammatical relationships between words, which helps students see progress more quickly.

GRE

I have over 10 years of experience teaching the GRE, which means significant experience on both the old and the new GRE. I've worked with students on Verbal, Quantitative, and the Writing assessment. My students have ranged from those who haven't done math in years to those who are shooting for a near perfect score. My own scores are a 170 Verbal and 169 Quantitative.

ISEE

I have tutored the ISEE and SSAT for over 10 years, at each of the different levels. I work with students to familiarize them with the test format and test management strategies. That is especially important for the younger students! We also work on content areas, reviewing math facts, learning vocabulary, and practicing critical reading and essay writing.

Literature

I have a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in English language education. In addition, I have completed coursework for an English major at the University of Washington and PhD coursework in English at Rutgers University. I can tutor reading, literature, grammar, and writing for both native and non-native speakers of English. For literature, I help students develop their skills in close reading and analyzing the text. I also have significant experience helping students write and revise papers for their English classes.

My score on the GRE Subject Test for Literature was a 740 out of 800.

LSAT

I have about ten years of experience teaching the LSAT at all levels. I have worked with students scoring in the 130s, all the way to one student who made her way up to repeated 178s. I particularly enjoy helping students develop clear methods so that they can proceed quickly and confidently through the questions. My own LSAT score is in the mid-170s. I'm one of those rare people who do logic games for fun.

Prealgebra

I have 10+ years experience tutoring students in Prealgebra, and enjoy helping students see how math rules make sense. I believe in customizing my tutoring to what the student needs, which may include a math refresher to fill in some gaps that may exist. For other students, I have tutored Prealgebra as enrichment - to provide the students with a challenge beyond what they have been doing in school. I tutor patiently and kindly, using humor and plentiful examples to help students remember and make sense of the concepts. A solid Prealgebra foundation is so important for success in high school math!

Precalculus

I enjoy teaching Precalculus. This can be a tough class for many students, especially if they had a hard time in Algebra II. I enjoy helping students develop strong algebra skills so that the more complex parts of Precalculus are easier to conquer. I've tutored Precalculus at both the high school and college level.

Proofreading

I have proofread for both native and non-native English speakers. I have a degree in Linguistics from the University of Washington and a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in Teaching ESL. I have helped many students revise their writing and develop their own proofreading skills. My ultimate goal as a tutor is to help students learn to proofread their own works, but I am also happy to work with students in the short term on a particular paper or set of papers. I have also met with some students to correct their grammar in emails and business documents so that they could improve the quality of their work.

PSAT

I've taught the SAT/PSAT since 2003, and have ample experience helping students raise their scores. I am well acquainted with the recent changes to the SAT and PSAT. Whether you are looking for a general overview that will make the PSAT less intimidating, or are looking for high scores to qualify for the National Merit scholarship competition, I can help you out. National Merit hopefuls may be happy to hear that I've helped numerous SAT students achieve scores above 2350 on the real SAT (prior to the 2016 test change).

Reading

I have a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in English language education. In addition, I have completed coursework for an English major at the University of Washington and PhD coursework in English at Rutgers University. I can tutor reading, literature, grammar, and writing for both native and non-native speakers of English. For reading at the late elementary level, I help students process what they have read by helping them recall and build personal connections to their reading. For middle school, high school and college students, I help students develop their skills in close reading and analyzing the text. I also have significant experience helping students write and revise papers for their English classes.

I also have 10+ years of experience tutoring math and test prep (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE/SSAT, TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS, etc.). Contact me if you need a versatile tutor who can handle multiple subjects.

SAT Math

I have taught all subjects of the SAT for over 10 years and am knowledgeable about the changes to the SAT in 2016. For the math section, I focus on test strategy interspersed with content review. I have worked with students from all levels of math, and I vary my approach according to each students starting point, goal score, and time available.

My own SAT scores were 790 Math and 800 Verbal in 1999. My GRE scores (169 Quantitative and 170 Verbal, both out of 170) are much more recent, and reflect that I am still quite capable when it comes to standardized tests.

SAT Reading

I have taught all subjects of the SAT for over 10 years and am knowledgeable about the changes to the SAT in 2016. For the reading section, I teach strategies for reading the passages themselves and for answering the questions. Finding support for the answers has been one of my emphases, even before the test changed to ask so explicitly about evidence. Following the changes to the SAT in 2016, I have changed my approach to vocabulary, focusing on the high-frequency academic vocabulary likely to be on the test, and always looking at it in context.

My own SAT scores were 790 Math and 800 Verbal in 1999. My GRE scores (169 Quantitative and 170 Verbal, both out of 170) are much more recent, and reflect that I am still quite capable when it comes to standardized tests.

SAT Writing

I have taught all subjects of the SAT for over 10 years and am knowledgeable about the changes to the SAT in 2016. For just about as long, I have also taught ACT English, which is very similar to the writing section on the new SAT. I especially love teaching SAT writing/ACT English. Many students are initially frustrated because it's been so long since they were taught grammar in school, but systematic review helps a lot! I teach my students the punctuation and grammar rules the SAT tests, how to check for wordiness, and how to tackle the tricky organization questions. For the optional SAT essay, I make sure students are ready for whatever prompt they might receive and I target specifically what each student needs to improve.

My own SAT scores were 790 Math and 800 Verbal in 1999. My GRE scores (169 Quantitative and 170 Verbal, both out of 170) are much more recent, and reflect that I am still quite capable when it comes to standardized tests.

SSAT

I have tutored the SSAT and ISEE for over 10 years, at each of the different levels. I work with students to familiarize them with the test format and test management strategies. That is especially important for the younger students! We also work on content areas, reviewing math facts, learning vocabulary, and practicing critical reading and essay writing.

Study Skills

I have over ten years of experience tutoring students with varying degrees of study skills. I am comfortable teaching note-taking skills, organization techniques, and test preparation skills. I can help students plan their time well, organize their backpack and binders, or can help them stay on task and focused while working.

TEAS

I have tutored students for the Math, English, and Reading portions of the TEAS test. For the math section, I find that students benefit most from developing skills with percents, fractions, and decimals, which are heavily tested subject areas. For the Reading section, I focus equally on reading passages and on the informational source comprehension questions (reading maps, charts, indices, advertisements, and so on). For the English section, I review parts of speech and other grammar terminology to make sure students are well prepared for the section.

Trigonometry

I always enjoy teaching Trig and have been doing so for about ten years. For many students, learning the unit circle at first seems like it will require a lot of memorization. I love showing students how they really only need to memorize a couple of things, and the rest of the unit circle can be filled out by understanding how each component fits together. I also enjoy showing students how other tricky parts of trig (like graphing transformations of trig functions) are doable if they break the process down step-by-step.

Vocabulary

Having tutored the SAT, ACT, and GRE, and having studied Linguistics, Latin, English, and a few other languages in college, I've acquired a sizable vocabulary. I have taught vocabulary to ESL students and to native English speakers who need a larger vocabulary for standardized tests like the GRE. I tutor vocabulary for standardized tests using roots, word groups, and sentence context. For non-native English speakers, I make sure that the vocabulary I teach is at the appropriate level and that I also teach how to use the words idiomatically. For younger children, I make sure to give age-appropriate context and to reinforce the words often.

Writing

I have a Master's Degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii, specializing in English language education. In addition, I have completed coursework for an English major at the University of Washington and PhD coursework in English at Rutgers University. I can tutor reading, literature, grammar, and writing for both native and non-native speakers of English. I have significant experience helping students write and revise papers. For my writing students, we use the process approach to writing - working through the pre-writing stages thoroughly before beginning to draft and revise the paper.

I also have 10+ years of experience tutoring writing in the context of test prep (SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, ISEE/SSAT, TOEFL/TOEIC/IELTS, etc.).

University of Washington
Psych. Linguistics
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Graduate Coursework
(Graduate) University of Hawaii at Manoa
Master's

Education

University of Washington (Psych. Linguistics)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Graduate Coursework)

(Graduate) University of Hawaii at Manoa (Master's)

Very Helpful.

Carrie has worked around my hectic summer schedule of job, training, and school. She outshines any tutor I have had thus far. In college, the academic tutors they assigned us athletes were there in body but struggled to help when encountering challenging math questions. Carrie, on the other hand, is really knowledgeable and doesn't waste time figuring out what I don't understand. I really appr

— Sean, Bellevue, WA on 8/8/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Carrie will travel within 20 miles of Honolulu, HI 96822.