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Stephanie O.

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Ivy League-educated Tutor Specializing in Math & Science

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 9/27/11
4.6 average from 68 ratings
Outstanding tutor
— Julie, Madison, WI on 10/31/16

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Princeton University
Molecular Biology

Education

Princeton University (Molecular Biology)

About Stephanie

I went to Princeton University and majored in molecular biology, but also took interest in programming, economics, sociology, and psychology.

I've been tutoring continuously since high school, both as a private tutor and as a volunteer, in subjects all across the board. I simply really love education -- both learning and teaching.

And I always excelled at standardized testing, so I care about helping students succeed by taking the stress and mystery out of the verbal, math, and grammar/syntax questions on the SAT, ACT, and other common tests.

If you've been muddling along with algebra or the ACT has you hitting your head against the wall, I've got your back! Focused but encouraging, enthusiastic but personable, I've patiently helped my students reach that "lightbulb moment" countless times. Being able to get someone to understand a difficult concept is such an enjoyable feeling, and it means a lot to me to satisfy my students with tangible evidence of success, so that's my goal as a tutor.

If you'd like to hit the ground running as the school year and test prep season start, just message me to get started! Let me know what subject(s) you need help in, what you have in mind for session duration and frequency, and where you can meet (see FAQs below). I look forward to hearing from you!

*** MY BACKGROUND ***

Volunteer tutoring in high school and college, private tutoring since 2008. Primarily with students in middle school, high school, or college / graduate school, but also late elementary school.

High school salutatorian (2nd in a class of 500+), with an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Extensive SAT tutoring experience: one high school junior raised her math score by 180 points, and another student raised her total score by 140 points.

Here's a highlight of my scores: 800 on the SAT Verbal section and the SAT Subject Test for Math Level 2; my other SAT section and Subject Test scores were 740 or higher; on the GRE, 164 Verbal, 169 Math; and 5 on AP Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AB, U.S. History, English Literature & Composition, and Spanish Language.

I was an English co-instructor for three months in a private university in rural China and obtained certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

*** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ***

A tutoring session is typically 1 to 2 hours long, during which we work on material like homework problems or practice questions in test prep books. (If you have such materials, please bring them to our first session!) One or two sessions per week is most common, but it's completely up to you! Weekends are available.

Meetings in-person have a 1-hour minimum. If you'd like to have a free 15-minute "get to know you"/introductory talk, we can certainly do that over the phone or Skype.

I typically meet students at a public library, either Logan Square (3030 W Fullerton; open 10-6 MW, 12-8 TTh, 9-5 FSa), Portage-Cragin (5108 W Belmont; open 12-8 MW, 10-6 TTh, 9-5 FSa), or Lincoln-Belmont (1659 W Melrose St; open 10-6 MW, 12-8 TTh, 9-5 FSa). If those don't work for you, we can work out a different location -- just let me know! (Note that I do not have a car, so for sites outside a certain range, a higher hourly rate may apply.)
I went to Princeton University and majored in molecular biology, but also took interest in programming, economics, sociology, and psychology.

I've been tutoring continuously since high school, both as a private tutor and as a volunteer, in subjects all across the board. I simply really love education -- both learning and teaching.
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Policies
Cancellation
3 hours notice required

Studying with a sibling or friend? Hourly rate for joint sessions is $90 with two students or $120 with three students.

Travel Radius
Travels within 4 miles of Chicago, IL 60641
Background Check: Passed

"Outstanding tutor"

- Julie, Madison, WI on 10/31/16

"Outstanding Tutor"

- Sierra, Chicago, IL on 10/13/17

"Very helpful."

- JM, Madison, WI on 8/16/13

"Very patient and excellent tutor"

- Arndrea, Lake Worth, FL on 10/11/12

"Math grade improved after 2 lessons!"

- Cathy, Princeton Junction, NJ on 11/2/11
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
GED,
Geometry,
GRE,
Microsoft Excel,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math,
Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Biology,
Chemistry,
Elementary Science,
Physical Science,
Physics,
Praxis,
PSAT, Psychology,
Sociology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TOEFL,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED,
GRE,
ISEE, MCAT, Praxis,
PSAT, Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French,
Reading, Spanish,
Speech, TOEFL,
Writing
History:
American History,
Geography, Government & Politics,
Social Studies, World History,
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Phonics, Reading, Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics, Reading, Spelling,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary,
Writing

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.

Algebra 1

I took Algebra 1 in 7th grade and completed high-school math through Calculus 2, earning an A every quarter. I also took multivariable calculus and linear algebra in college.

Algebra 2

I took Algebra 2 in 9th grade and completed high-school math through Calculus 2, earning an A every quarter. I also took multivariable calculus and linear algebra in college.

American History

I took AP U.S. History in 11th grade (score: 5).

Biology

I majored in molecular biology. I took Biology Honors in 9th grade and AP Biology in 12th grade (score: 5), as well as biochemistry, genetics, and cell and developmental biology in junior year of college.

Chemistry

I took Chemistry Honors in 10th grade, AP Chemistry in 11th grade (score: 5), and IB Chemistry III in 12th grade, earning an A every quarter. Before I chose to major in molecular biology, I considered majoring in chemistry.

Elementary Math

In college, I volunteered as part of (and was a board member of) the Princeton-Trenton Student-Tutor Partnership (PiTSToP), for which I tutored elementary school students in reading, writing, science, and math.

Elementary Science

In college, I volunteered as part of (and was a board member of) the Princeton-Trenton Student-Tutor Partnership (PiTSToP), for which I tutored elementary school students in reading, writing, science, and math.

English

I was known as the Walking Dictionary in grade school! I scored an 800 on the verbal section of the SAT. I took AP English Literature in 10th grade (score: 5) and AP English Language & Composition in 11th grade. I also taught English to community college students in China in summer 2011.

ESL/ESOL

I am a native Spanish speaker. In 2011, I became certified to teach EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students, and I co-designed and co-taught a summer-long English-learning curriculum to college students in China.

French

I studied French for four years in high school and continue to study it in my spare time.

GED

I have an International Baccalaureate high school diploma and have experience tutoring low-income students and adult students.

Geometry

I took geometry in 8th grade and completed high-school math through Calculus 2, earning an A every quarter. I also took multivariable calculus and linear algebra in college.

Government & Politics

I took AP U.S. Government & Politics in 10th grade. In college, I took a class about the Supreme Court and a course on 20th century U.S. history.

GRE

I scored a 164 on the Verbal section and a 169 on the Math section.

Microsoft Access

I frequently worked with Microsoft Access in a previous job; I created new queries, optimized existing queries, and routinely ran queries to gather and manipulate information.

Microsoft Excel

I use Excel for personal and official purposes, such as keeping my personal finances budgeted and up-to-date. I'm proficient in manipulating data and creating graphs.

Microsoft PowerPoint

As a regular user of PowerPoint to make official presentations, I have been praised on my organization of ideas, slide design, and tactful use of transitions, among other things.

Microsoft Publisher

I like exercising my creative side, using programs like Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Illustrator and Fireworks. I've designed all kinds of documents for official and personal purposes, such as questionnaires to give as homework in an English class that I taught in China, or certificates of participation for a public speaking contest that I helped organize and judge.

Microsoft Word

I use Microsoft Word on a regular basis for personal and professional purposes. As a college student, I mainly used the program for writing essays and editing friends' essays, but I am proficient in many other aspects of the program as well.

Physical Science

In high school, I took two years of biology (including AP Biology), three years of chemistry (including AP Chemistry and IB Chemistry III), and two years of Physics (including AP Physics B). In college, I majored in molecular biology, and have taken courses in physics, biochemistry, and neuroscience. In tutoring physical science, I focus on not only knowledge but also techniques for study and retention (outline skills, mnemonics, spaced repetition).

Physics

I took AP Physics B in 11th grade, and took two semesters of introductory physics in freshman year of college.

Praxis

I earned a 181 on the Praxis II: Mathematics Content Knowledge (5061), which was worth the ETS Recognition of Excellence (for exceeding the target score determined by the top 15 percent of candidates who took the test in previous years). I also earned a 185 on the Praxis II: Mathematics Pedagogy (0065).

Prealgebra

I took prealgebra in 6th grade and completed high-school math through Calculus 2, earning an A every quarter. I also took multivariable calculus and linear algebra in college.

Precalculus

I took precalculus in 10th grade and completed high-school math through Calculus 2, earning an A every quarter. I also took multivariable calculus and linear algebra in college.

Psychology

I took IB Psychology SL in 12th grade and neuroscience in sophomore year of college.

Public Speaking

I participated in and excelled at a public speaking course from age 5 to age 17. I co-led a Public Speaking Club this summer for EFL (English as a Foreign Language) university students in China.

SAT Math

I earned a 770 on the SAT Math section. I also helped one tutee raise her section score by 180 points.

SAT Reading

I scored a perfect 800 on the SAT Verbal section.

SAT Writing

I earned a 750 on the writing section of the SAT.

Spanish

I am a native speaker of Spanish. I also took two years of Spanish in high school to polish my skills; I scored a 5 on the AP Spanish exam.

Spelling

I've always enjoyed and excelled at spelling. I'm an avid reader, I have done well in spelling bees, and I was known among my friends in grade school as "The Walking Dictionary."

Study Skills

My study skills helped me succeed in school and ultimately get into Princeton University. I know how to manage my time and stay organized. I also excel at taking tests, so I know many useful strategies.

TOEFL

I became certified as an EFL teacher in spring 2011. I designed a four-week English curriculum, created accompanying instructional materials, and taught it to community college students in China in summer 2011.

Trigonometry

I learned trigonometry in my precalculus class in 10th grade and completed high-school math through Calculus 2, earning an A every quarter. I also took multivariable calculus and linear algebra in college.

Vocabulary

I got an 800 on the Verbal section and a 750 on the Writing section of the SAT. I was known as "The Walking Dictionary" in grade school. I like to read. I have a large vocabulary and enjoy wordplay and seeing how words relate, especially from Greek or Latin roots.

World History

I enjoy studying history. I took AP World History in 9th grade.

Writing

I got a 750 on the Writing section of the SAT. I often help my friends edit their papers to improve their argument and for organization and concision.

Princeton University
Molecular Biology

Education

Princeton University (Molecular Biology)

Outstanding tutor

Stephanie has been tutoring my son, a high school junior, in math, physics, and AP Chemistry. She has helped him tremendously. She is patient and is willing to take extra time when needed and even offered an online session when he needed help and she was out of town. He has gone from feeling confused and overwhelmed to feeling confident and performing well. I have 3 kids and have hired tutors

— Julie, Madison, WI on 10/31/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

Studying with a sibling or friend? Hourly rate for joint sessions is $90 with two students or $120 with three students.

Travel policy

Stephanie will travel within 4 miles of Chicago, IL 60641.