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Stephen E.

Chicago, IL

$40/hour

Experienced, Patient Math/Standardized Test Tutor and English Teacher

200+ Hours
4.7 average from 61 ratings
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— Alicja, Chicago, IL on 4/28/11

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Grinnell College
Computer Science

Education

Grinnell College (Computer Science)

About Stephen

Hi! My name is Stephen and teaching is what I love to do. I have over six years' experience tutoring and teaching students of all ages, and I'm always ready for a new assignment. I have done most of my work in the United States through the Huntington Learning Center, where I helped my students prepare for the SAT and ACT tests. My method is to teach not only the material on the tests, but also the test-taking process itself. I work with my students on time management, guessing strategies, and overcoming test anxiety. My goal is not for my students to reach 100% comprehension, but to improve their scores as much as possible before the date of their next test. I have scored above the 90th percentile on the ACT, SAT, and GRE, so I do know the material thoroughly myself, but the method of taking the test can make all the difference for a student looking for a few more points.

I also tutored math at that location, working on skills ranging from simple arithmetic through Geometry, Algebra II, and Trig. I am prepared to tutor any Calculus students as well. As opposed to standardized tests, in which the result is all-important - I believe comprehension and a consistent method of arriving at solutions should be stressed first, and that improved grades will follow. Unfortunately there is no short-cutting in math, as a solid foundation is always needed before advancing on. I learned this first hand while studying for two years of Calculus and beyond to get my Computer Science degree.

I am currently a Professor of ESL at Universidad Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, where I have been working since January of 2016. I began working in ESL in Chicago in 2010, and since then have worked and lived in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. I received my CELTA certification - developed by Cambridge University - in August of 2015. I have experience helping beginning, intermediate, and advanced English speakers improve their grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. I'm also happy to do purely conversational classes. Additionally I have experience helping students prepare for academic exams such as the TOEFL and IELTS. I can also teach beginning or intermediate Spanish as I have reached a high level of fluency while living abroad.

Email me and let me know how I can help you in your studies. I am happy to work with young children, older children, and adults. I'm eager to get started.
Hi! My name is Stephen and teaching is what I love to do. I have over six years' experience tutoring and teaching students of all ages, and I'm always ready for a new assignment. I have done most of my work in the United States through the Huntington Learning Center, where I helped my students prepare for the SAT and ACT tests. My method is to Read more

Policies
Cancellation
16 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 12 miles of Chicago, IL 60618
Background Check: Passed

"Top-Notch"

- Alicja, Chicago, IL on 4/28/11

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Alyssa, Belmont, CA on 2/3/16

"Good job!!"

- Marian, Chicago, IL on 10/13/15

"GRE with Stephen E!"

- Danielle, Chicago, IL on 9/30/15

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Syreeta, Chicago, IL on 4/14/15

"Excellent Tutor!"

- Jordi, Chicago, IL on 3/11/14
Science:
ACT Science,
Astronomy, Chemistry,
Physics
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar,
Reading, SAT Reading,
TOEFL
Computer:
General Computer
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Spanish,
TOEFL
History:
Geography, World History
Special Needs:
Reading
Elementary Education:
Grammar,
Reading
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
GRE
Sports/Recreation:
Chess

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

I have helped students prepare for standardized tests since 2009. Additionally I worked at the Huntington Learning Center doing standardized test prep for three years. I focus on both content areas and general test-taking strategies, such as time management, process of elimination, and identifying types of trap answers commonly used by the test makers. Also, I am an ESL teacher, so I am well-versed with the intricacies of grammar points that are frequently tested on this exam.

ACT Math

As a Computer Science major in college, I have an extensive background in Math, and have also tutored the arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and trig concepts that appear in this section of the ACT. Additionally, I have helped students prepare for standardized tests, including the ACT, since 2009. I focus on both content areas and general test-taking strategies, such as time management, process of elimination, and identifying types of trap answers commonly used by the test makers.

ACT Reading

I have helped students prepare for standardized tests since 2009. I worked for three years at a test-prep center specializing in all content areas of the ACT and since then have worked individually with students. I focus on test-taking strategies, such as identifying the Reading passage question types and trap answers typically associated with them, time management, process of elimination.

ACT Science

I have helped students prepare for standardized tests since 2009, both privately and through Wyzant. Additionally I worked at the Huntington Learning Center doing standardized test prep for three years. I have helped students on all four sections of the ACT as well as the written essay. I focus on both content areas and general test-taking strategies, such as time management, process of elimination, and identifying types of trap answers commonly used by the test makers.

Algebra 1

I majored in Computer Science at Grinnell College, which involved extensive study of Math. I began my work as a Math tutor at Huntington Learning Center in 2007, where I worked for three years. Since then I have tutored students of all ages both privately and through WyzAnt. I teach all levels, but I specialize in algebra, geometry, precalculus, and statistics at the high school and college level.

Algebra 2

I majored in Computer Science at Grinnell College, which involved extensive study of Math. I began my work as a Math tutor at Huntington Learning Center in 2007, where I worked for three years. I teach all levels, but I specialize in Math classes commonly taught at the high school and college level, such as algebra 2.

Chemistry

While my major was Computer Science, I also took Chemistry classes while at Grinnell College. Since I began tutoring I have frequently worked with high school students helping them with homework and preparing for exams.

ESL/ESOL

I started my ESL career in Chicago in 2010. I passed my CELTA course - developed by Cambridge University - and received CELTA credentials in August of 2015. My current job is ESL Professor at Universidad Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, where I have worked since January of 2016. I have also taught at language institutes in Chicago, Peru, and Ecuador.

General Computer

I received my major in Computer Science from Grinnell College in 2005. I began tutoring and teaching in 2007 and have worked in this field ever since. I'm available to help with general computer skills, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and am happy to work with whatever needs you might have.

Geometry

I majored in Computer Science at Grinnell College, which involved extensive study of Math. I began my work as a Math tutor at Huntington Learning Center in 2007, where I worked for three years. Since then I have tutored students of all ages both privately and through WyzAnt. I teach all levels, but I specialize in algebra, geometry, precalculus, and statistics at the high school and college level.

Grammar

I started my ESL career in Chicago in 2010. Since then, I have taught the subject in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. My current job is ESL Professor at Universidad Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, where I have worked since January of 2016. This has given me extensive experience in the ins and outs of grammar in English and tools for teaching it to native and non-native speakers.

GRE

I have helped students prepare for standardized tests since 2009. I scored above the 90th percentile in the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Essay sections of the GRE, and since then I have helped students prepare for all of these sections of the exam. I focus on both content areas and general test-taking strategies, such as time management, process of elimination, and identifying types of trap answers commonly used by the test makers.

Prealgebra

I majored in Computer Science at Grinnell College, which involved extensive study of Math. I began my work as a Math tutor at Huntington Learning Center in 2007, where I worked for three years. I have experience tutoring Math to students of all levels, but have often worked with middle- and high-school aged students preparing to take algebra.

Precalculus

I majored in Computer Science at Grinnell College, which involved extensive study of Math. I began my work as a Math tutor at Huntington Learning Center in 2007, where I worked for three years. Since then I have tutored students of all ages. I teach all levels, but I specialize in Math courses commonly taught at the high school and college level.

SAT Math

I have helped students prepare for standardized tests since 2009, both privately and through WyzAnt. Additionally I worked at the Huntington Learning Center doing standardized test prep for three years. I have helped students on both sections of the SAT as well as the written essay. I focus on both content areas and general test-taking strategies, such as time management, process of elimination, and identifying types of trap answers commonly used by the test makers.

SAT Reading

I have helped students prepare for standardized tests since 2009. Additionally I worked at the Huntington Learning Center doing standardized test prep for three years. I have helped students on both sections of the SAT as well as the written essay. I focus on both content areas and test-taking strategies for the Reading section, such as recognizing question types and identifying common trap answers associated with them, time management, and process of elimination.

Spanish

I studied Spanish for five years in high school and college. I am now a professor of English at Universidad Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, and have lived in Latin America for five years, where I became fluent in the language. Much of my experience and skills teaching English as a foreign language translate into teaching Spanish, and I can relate first-hand to native English speakers who are learning this language.

Statistics

I majored in Computer Science at Grinnell College, which involved extensive study of Math. I began my work as a Math tutor in 2007 and have been a probability and statistics tutor since 2011. I am also familiar with SPSS. I teach all levels, but I specialize in statistics at the high school and college level.

TOEFL

I have taught ESL for language institutes in Peru, Ecuador, and Chicago since 2010. At these institutes I have taught classes specifically designed for students preparing for academic English tests like TOEFL and IELTS. I passed my CELTA course - developed by Cambridge University - and received CELTA credentials in August of 2015. My current job is ESL Professor at Universidad Externado in Bogotá, Colombia, where I have worked since January of 2016.

Grinnell College
Computer Science

Education

Grinnell College (Computer Science)

Top-Notch

Stephen is truly a top-notch tutor. He helped me prepare for a difficult Math test. I studied with a couple of tutors before and was not content until I found Stephen. He is very professional, patient and diligent. From the moment we began studying Math, Stephen had a plan of action worked out, gave me lots of homework, and at the start of each new lesson, he made sure I understood the previous ma

— Alicja, Chicago, IL on 4/28/11

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 16 hours notice required

Travel policy

Stephen will travel within 12 miles of Chicago, IL 60618.