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Rachel D.

Chicago, IL

$35/hour

Rachel D. - Tutor - English, Reading, Math, Athletics

Background check passed as of 8/29/14
4.8 average from 22 ratings
Tutoring while having fun
— Petra, Chicago, IL on 10/18/16

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Columbia College Chicago
Creative Writing

Education

Columbia College Chicago (Creative Writing)

About Rachel

I am an undergraduate student studying creative writing at Columbia College in downtown Chicago, Illinois. As a tutor, I am looking to help students not only to grow in their learning, but also to have fun during their lessons. As my title states, I am a tutor in English, reading and math. I am well-versed in grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, fluency and reading comprehension. As a math tutor, I have proficiency in various mathematical skills, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals and fractions.

I also have experience in athletics - particularly volleyball and basketball. On the volleyball court, I assisted with a volleyball camp for 3rd and 4th graders every weekend in September and October from 2008 to 2011. I helped lead some simple drills and the kids learned new skills (such as passing, setting and hitting) to help them gain confidence and promote their growth as athletes. From 2009 to 2012, I also helped my high school basketball coach run a camp for 5th and 6th graders on weekends during the month of January. The campers learned and progressed with a variety of skills, such as dribbling and shooting. My head coach and I led shooting, dribbling and agility drills.

I understand that not every student responds to the same learning style - some are visual learners, while some tackle tasks with a hands-on learning style. Some students even have a combination of learning skills that help them best. I am a firm believer in hands-on learning; I think a very good way for a student to learn a new skill in a sport or a new topic in class is if they physically do the work. But I also understand that students may need time to learn said skill, and I am patient and encouraging. Encouragement is huge for me; praise, even for the smallest accomplishment, helps the student not only feel good about the work they have completed, but it also makes them hungry to learn more. I am very excited to help students and athletes grow and learn, and I hope to learn about students' learning styles and how to adapt to them along the way.
I am an undergraduate student studying creative writing at Columbia College in downtown Chicago, Illinois. As a tutor, I am looking to help students not only to grow in their learning, but also to have fun during their lessons. As my title states, I am a tutor in Read more

Policies
Cancellation
5 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60626
Background Check: Passed

"Tutoring while having fun"

- Petra, Chicago, IL on 10/18/16

"Great fundamental lesson"

- Mitch, Chicago, IL on 8/24/15
Math:
Algebra 1, Elementary Math,
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
Music:
Voice (Music)
English:
English,
Grammar,
Proofreading, Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Computer:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
European History
Special Needs:
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Handwriting, Reading,
Spelling, Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Basketball,
Volleyball

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.

Basketball

I have been playing basketball for the past six years, and I have gained several skills that I am able to teach my students. I also assisted my high school coach in 2011, helping run a small, three-day basketball camp for kids in 3rd through 6th grades. I believe in visual and hands-on learning: allowing my students to first see what I am trying to teach them, and then they are able to try it themselves, with encouragement and further instruction coming from their teacher.

Biology

I have taken three years of classes in this subject. Two high school classes - Biology and Advanced Placement (AP) Biology - were completed during my sophomore and senior years, respectively, and the college course - Biology: The Living World - was completed during my freshman year. I also took the AP Biology test in high school and finished with a score of '2'.

Elementary Math

I am a tutor with a high proficiency and joy of teaching math. At present, I am working with a student on his math skills: multiplying and dividing 1-, 2-, and 3-digit numbers; word problems; and various measurements, such as telling time. We work in a book called Spectrum Math: Grade 3 and my student is currently starting to tackle some geometry.

English

As a college writing student, I am well-versed in English. I have been tutoring a pair of students in English - one for the past three years, the other for about a year and a half. My students and I have been working our way through the Spectrum series of workbooks that cover many areas of English and language arts: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure and the like.

Grammar

I have tutored two students and have helped them with their grammar skills - one for two years, and one for six months. We work with all areas of grammar: sentence structure (subjects, predicates, dependent and independent clauses, and the like); parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs and verb forms, adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions); and punctuation (periods, commas, colons, semicolons, hyphens, and parentheses). I use the Spectrum Language Arts book with one student, and my other student works in The Complete Book of Grammar and Punctuation.

Reading

Not only do I work in English with my students, but we tackle reading as well. During each lesson, my students bring a book they enjoy, and they read four or so pages of the story to me. We not only work on their reading efficiency together, but I have them list different words from the passage that they find to be unfamiliar. My students then define those words to help increase their vocabularies. I also have them write a summary about the passage to see how well they understand and remember what they were reading.

Vocabulary

I incorporate vocabulary into my work with reading as well. After my student finishes the passage I select for her, not only does she summarize what she just read, but she also picks out a list of words from the reading that she wants to learn more about. I assign her the list of words she has written down for our next English lesson, and she defines each word for me.

Voice (Music)

I have been singing for eight years now and have implemented techniques I have learned from my former vocal teacher to my own singing. These techniques include solfege, vowel formation, breath support, proper posture for singing and others. From 2010 - 2012, I assisted my choir director and led beginning vocal warm-ups for the GFW Mixed Choir.

Volleyball

Not only have I participated as an athlete on the volleyball court, but I also assisted with a volleyball camp for 3rd and 4th graders every weekend in September and October from 2008 to 2011. I helped lead some simple drills and the kids learned new skills, such as passing, setting and hitting. I like to promote an exciting and positive learning environment on the court - I believe in rewarding athletes with positive reinforcement when they accomplish a new skill, treating them with respect, kindness and patience when teaching them a new skill, and also encouraging them to perform at their fullest potential as athletes.

Writing

I am a writing student currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in the art of fiction writing. For the last two years, I have been assisting a student with her technical and creative writing skills. She has composed letters and essays, and to stimulate her imagination for creative writing during our lessons, I incorporate what is called The Story Workshop Method. This practice is something I've learned during my time at Columbia College, something I continue to use every time I sit down at my desk to write. The Story Workshop Method consists of exercises such as Take-a-Place, where the writer builds the setting of his story and creates characters to exist in the world of the narrative. The Story Workshop Method also explores different story forms, such as the how-to, the folktale, and the instance collection.

Columbia College Chicago
Creative Writing

Education

Columbia College Chicago (Creative Writing)

Tutoring while having fun — My daughter Emma's first session with Rachel was more than I had hoped for. They worked on Emma's math homework involving multiplication, rounding and estimating. Rachel was very patient, knowledgeable, positive and fun. I really liked how Rachel was able to use positive reinforcement and encouragement in connecting with Emma. After the session Emma's first response when I asked how the session ...

— Petra, Chicago, IL on 10/18/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 5 hours notice required

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 15 miles of Chicago, IL 60626.