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Elyse L.

Buffalo Grove, IL

$45/hour

Patient and Knowledgeable Certified Master Teacher

In-person lessons
50+ Hours
4.9 average from 13 ratings
Great with younger kids
— Casella, Northbrook, IL on 11/22/16

$45/Hour


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University of Illinois
Political Science
University of Illinois
Master's
National Louis University
MEd

Education

University of Illinois (Political Science)

University of Illinois (Master's)

National Louis University (MEd)

About Elyse

My devotion to teaching stems from my lifelong love of discovery. As a magna cum laude graduate in my undergraduate program and both of my graduate programs, I recognize the need for hard work and dedication to education. That being said, I refuse to believe that hard work and fun are mutually exclusive. As a school teacher and private tutor for the past 25 years, I have helped thousands of young minds along the road to improved academic performance and test scores, while never sacrificing enjoyment of the process along the way. I wouldn't trade my job for anything in the world!

One of the most rewarding services I provide is the development and improvement of study skills at all levels of education, elementary school through college. Although I specialize in tutoring English, math, science, and social studies and test preparation at the elementary through middle school levels for success in school, I provide study skills techniques to all of my students as an added bonus. Additionally, I provide Act and SAT test taking strategy tutoring, as well as, college and scholarship application services with an amazing degree of success leading to numerous college choices for my students. My students also receive the added benefit of reasonable email and telephone support between tutoring sessions.

I hold myself to very high standards, and often request feedback from parents and students. This allows me to adjust my tutoring to the unique needs of each student under my care.

I try to be as flexible as possible, however, as I prepare lessons in advance of tutoring sessions, I require cancellation notice 12 hours in advance of a session. I will, however, do my best to schedule a make-up session within 24 hours to avoid charging for a missed tutoring session.

I am available to provide individual and small group lessons for families with multiple children requiring tutoring services. To ensure students have a comfortable, familiar work space, I provide tutoring for students in their own homes. This has the added benefit of allowing me to ensure that students have adequate space, light, and supplies to complete their studies when working independently.

I look forward to hearing from you soon and beginning our journey to better grades and test scores together!
My devotion to teaching stems from my lifelong love of discovery. As a magna cum laude graduate in my undergraduate program and both of my graduate programs, I recognize the need for hard work and dedication to education. That being said, I refuse to believe that hard work and fun are mutually exclusive. As a school teacher and private tutor for Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Multiple hour lessons will be charged at a rate of $50 per hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great with younger kids"

- Casella, Northbrook, IL on 11/22/16

"Elyse challenges my children and I know this will definitely help them succeed in high school."

- Debbie, Libertyville, IL on 8/17/15

"Caring and Paitient"

- Jennifer, Palatine, IL on 8/7/15
Science:
Archaeology
English:
ACT English,
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading,
SAT Reading, Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
SAT Reading
History:
American History, Archaeology,
Classics,
European History, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History
Special Needs:
ADHD,
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
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.

ACT English

As a former gifted language arts teacher, I have had great success as a high school English tutor over the past 15 plus years. Many of my students began as struggling literature students and authors, but were moved up to accelerated and honors level coursework under my tutelage.

ADHD

I believe that I am uniquely qualified to work with students having these special challenges. My educational background provides me with a toolbox of techniques to apply and my experience provides a context in which to place the efficacy of those tools. During the course of my teaching and tutoring career, I have had the privilege of working successfully with numerous students with ADD and ADHD. I have come away with the understanding that each students needs are unique and that there is no student that cannot be reached with enough perseverance and patience. I am a certified K - 9 teacher in the state of Illinois. I have taught elementary school for 15 years and have tutored students in grades 1 - 6 since I received my degree. Currently I am a full-time teacher, teaching 5th grade science and 6th grade Social Studies.

Archaeology

As an undergraduate, I participated in a number of on-site digs in Greece, specifically in the Cyclades. Additionally, I hold a minor in classical civilization and have taught at the middle school level in the area of classics. I have provided tutoring services for students taking archaeological and anthropological college coursework for the past 10 years.

Classics

I have an undergraduate degree minor in classical civilizations. Additionally I have taught classical history at the middle school level for the past six years. I have provided tutoring services for students taking classical civilization coursework at the high school and college level for the past 15 years.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a certified K - 9 teacher in the state of Illinois. I have taught elementary school for 15 years and have tutored students in grades 1 - 6 since I received my degree. Currently I am a full-time teacher, teaching 5th grade science and 6th grade Social Studies.

English

I have had wonderful success, over the past 15 plus years, tutoring students entering high school in English coursework. Many of my students, who began as struggling writers and students of literature, were ultimately able to move into honors tracks.

Literature

I have had extensive experience and success working with high school students on the components of literature. Providing a knowledge of the historical setting and author's perspective has proven to be quite effective in bringing the written word to life for my students.

Phonics

I taught at a private Learning Center for students interested in learning early reading skills, aged 3 to 14 years old. I am familiar with a number of different techniques and programs available for phonetic use. The most recent system I have become familiar with is Jolly Phonics.

Political Science

I have an undergraduate degree in political science, as well as a Master's degree in the same field. I have tutored high school and college students over the past 15 years on and off in this field. I have been teaching a U.S. history/political science curriculum for the past two years at the middle school level.

Reading

As a tutor and classroom teacher, helping students understand what they read is the first goal in all content areas. I have successfully assisted students improve their comprehension and ability to communicate their thoughts in writing. Many young people I have worked with have gone from being struggling readers and writers, to placements in accelerated or enrichment programs in their schools.

Social Studies

I am a middle school social studies and history teacher. I have taught 5th through 8th grade American, ancient and world history for the past eight years. I have tutored students for the past six years in the areas of high school and college U.S., European, world history, classical civilization and comparative religions.

Study Skills

I have been an active, successful study skills tutor for the over 15 years. My techniques are common sense based with an eye to the application of the same skills being useful tools in life after school. I am a certified K - 9 teacher in the state of Illinois and I have taught middle school for the past 10 years. Currently I am a full-time teacher, teaching 5th grade science and 7th/8th grade Social Studies, however during my tenure as a middle school teacher at my school, I have also taught language arts, reading, and math.

Vocabulary

I have over 20 years of experience working with students in the area of vocabulary building. My students routinely score in the top 15% of high stakes tests in the areas of vocabulary and, consequently, reading comprehension.

World History

I have worked with students in world history, as both a classroom teacher and private tutor, with great success. Additionally, I have state teaching certification credentials in all areas of social studies.

Writing

I am a certified teacher with multiple subject endorsements including English and composition.

University of Illinois
Political Science
University of Illinois
Master's
National Louis University
MEd

Education

University of Illinois (Political Science)

University of Illinois (Master's)

National Louis University (MEd)

Great with younger kids

I have two girls, a kindergartner and second grader, who are being tutored by Elyse. My kindergartner is accelerated, and needs additional stimulation and higher-level exposure that she can't get at school, and my 2nd grader needs help stretching her reading skills. Elyse is always punctual, very organized and has a lesson plan for both girls that I can access so they can practice between session

— Casella, Northbrook, IL on 11/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Multiple hour lessons will be charged at a rate of $50 per hour.

Travel policy

Elyse will travel within 25 miles of Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.