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Wheaton College (Spanish)
Dominican University (Graduate Coursework)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Master's)
I am a former CPS teacher who offers ACT/SAT prep for high school students, ISAT/MAP test prep for elementary school students, and GRE/GMAT prep for adults.
I help students achieve higher classroom performance in math and reading comprehension. As a former CPS elementary school teacher, I have extensive experience working with students who are struggling to meet grade-level expectations.
I help high school students with their day-to-day academic coursework. I also help students improve their ACT and SAT scores. I was a teacher assistant in a CPS high school for two years, so I have experience helping teenagers reach their goals.
I help adult ESL students improve their accents and increase their fluency in English. I also help adults improve their GRE scores.
My Recent Test Scores:
GRE: Quantitative 162/170
Verbal 165/170 I am a former CPS teacher who offers ACT/SAT prep for high school students, ISAT/MAP test prep for elementary school students, and GRE/… Read more
April is a great tutor. My grandson received an F as his final grade 01/2013. Today, 02/13/2013, I received his progress. He received a B-. My grand son stated he enjoys be tutored in Spanish by April.
April worked with my daughter from February thru May 2014.
My daughter is smart but struggles with completing assignments, and April focused on her organizational and planning skills as well as basic tutoring in Math, Literature and Spanish.
April was pleasant, professional and reasonably priced, and even purchased a book and had my daughter and I take a survey in order to better identify my child's strengths and challenges. She used this information to decide how to best spend the tutoring time with my daughter. I began to see improvement in my child's work and grades, and even hoped that we might be able to work with April next school year with the transition to high school.
But sometime in April or so, her schedule became a bit erratic. We did some rescheduling on both ends, but I definitely felt she was not as available, and we had some confusion about our regular tutoring dates. Because I saw improvement with my daughter's work, and the rapport that had been built, I wanted to continue to work with April and told her we could be flexible in order to continue working together for the remainder of the school year.
However things did not really improve after that - she kind of indicated indirectly she might not be available due to other issues. We were so close to the end of the school year it was too late for me to find another tutor to work effectively with my daughter, so I told her we could be flexible to finish out the school year. However I received an email that April would not be continuing the tutoring, and I never heard back from her after that.
I found out later she had also borrowed two books from my daughter, but we could not get any response from her about returning the books.
In the end, April did help my daughter to graduate, and I'm thankful for that. She was pleasant and got along well with my child, but also was able to be firm and push back on her when needed. It was a shame that we were not able to continue with her due to her increasing lack of availability. I liked April but felt she was kind of flaky in the end, and that was a real disappointment.
If you need short-term help, I would highly recommend April, and vouch for the quality of her tutoring abilities. But for longer term she was not as reliable for us.
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I attended Wheaton College in Illinois, which is an evangelical private university. I took many courses in the New and Old Testaments. I received a minor in Theological Studies from Wheaton.
I have taught fourth grade and second grade as a public school teacher in Chicago. Before working as an elementary school teacher, I worked for several years as a teacher's assistant. In that position, I assisted students with special needs in an elementary school. I have tutored students as young as 5 years old in reading. I have also worked one-on-one with elementary school students to help them develop their writing skills.
I have helped children learn phonics skills. I have used a variety of resources to help them learn letter sounds and put those sounds together. For example, I have used picture books, Spectrum workbooks, Bob books, iPad applications, and songs. I have been successful in helping children learn to read.