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Michelle W.

Elk Grove Village, IL

$75/hour

ACT Prep Tutor: English, Reading, Science, Writing

200+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/30/13
5.0 average from 81 ratings
Confidence builder
— Julie, Downers Grove, IL on 7/25/14

$75/Hour


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Illinois State University
English Education
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Master's

Education

Illinois State University (English Education)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Master's)

About Michelle

I am a High School English teacher and have observed my students feeling underprepared for college and the ACT. In order to address high schooler's and their parents' concerns, I have developed a regimented system and several strategies that help my students feel prepared mentally for college, as well as improve their ACT scores drastically!

My ACT program: The first session is a diagnostic test. Your child will take a practice ACT test with authentic timing measures in place. I will then score and analyze any missed questions in order to develop a an individualized plan for your child. Plans are created with the student's goal score in mind. On average, scores increase 2 points per 4 hour sessions. I communicate with parents heavily through the planning stages in order to completely understand financial, scheduling, and all other concerns.

After the individualized plan has been created, lessons begin. I prefer to tutor at libraries because these environments replicate the testing situation. However, due to schedules and conveniences, I have also tutored at Starbucks, Panera, or parks in order to meet a student's availability. When I create plans, the first few sessions are one hour sessions in order to create a foundation. However, after the first few sessions, sessions are two hours (unless of course there are extenuating circumstances). I have all the materials, I just request students to come to sessions with an open mind :)

My College Prep Program: Applying for college is extremely nerve wracking - for students as well as parents! College advisors have hundreds of students to advise, and often students feel overlooked and under-attended. This does not happen with my students because I limit the amount of students I take on within a semester. I assist students in searching for specific colleges, applying for financial aid, applications, and personal statements. My approach with this program is flexible dependent upon student availability. I usually assist students at libraries due to their resources. If a student has a personal laptop, I highly recommend the student brings this to tutoring sessions, especially for personal statement tutoring.

**I uphold a 24-hour cancellation policy, but I offer makeup sessions.**
As Helen Keller once said, "Together we can do so much." I look forward to hearing from you!
I am a High School English teacher and have observed my students feeling underprepared for college and the ACT. In order to address high schooler's and their parents' concerns, I have developed a regimented system and several strategies that help my students feel prepared mentally for college, as well as improve their ACT scores drastically! Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Background Check: Passed

"Confidence builder"

- Julie, Downers Grove, IL on 7/25/14

"Not afraid to share subject matter expertise"

- Richard, Barrington, IL on 3/12/17

"Excellent Tutor"

- Liz, Elmhurst, IL on 3/10/17

"We are feeling very confident we picked the right tutor for our son"

- Sue, Arlington Heights, IL on 11/17/15

"5 pt jump not done yet"

- Christine, Itasca, IL on 8/5/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Nancy, Aurora, IL on 1/28/14

"Reading and writing."

- Lisa, Palatine, IL on 1/6/14
Math:
ACT Math, Elementary Math,
GED
Science:
Elementary Science
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar,
Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading,
TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading,
GED, TOEFL
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint
Language:
Reading,
Speech,
TOEFL, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics, Reading,
Study Skills
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Public Speaking,
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Swimming

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 tutored for the ACT for 3 years. I have taught my students in Maine Township High Schools and also privately tutored. I am knowledgeable in all content areas but highly specialize in the writing section. I also have training for Advanced Placement testing.

ACT Reading

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP language and composition test, AP literature test, ACT, and personal writing endeavors. I have experience creating these standardized test questions as well as experience analyzing answers. While tutoring students, my students have never scored less than a 32 on the ACT Reading and no less than an 8 on the writing portion of the ACT. I have the skill set to tutor to a successful score on any type of standardized testing.

Elementary Math

I have privately tutored elementary students in math and language arts for personal growth and standardized testing. My students show a dramatic increase in testing scores that stem from knowledge learned with me in tutoring sessions, but also an increased sense of comfort and confidence when taking tests.

English

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP tests, ACT, individual exams, and overall content tutoring. I am Highly Qualified in reading, writing, and grammatical structures while maintaining deep knowledge for the entire content area. I tutor students in reading comprehension (reading strategies), writing fluency, and test preparation.

Grammar

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP language and composition test, AP literature test, ACT, and personal writing endeavors. I earned a TEFL degree, which requires a specialized knowledge of grammatical structures of the English language. After earning my TEFL degree I taught English in Costa Rica, focusing on grammatical structures of the English language.

Public Speaking

Earned Bachelor's degree with speciality in speech and communication. I have won awards in public speaking events as well as improv. I coach Speech Team, specializing in public oratory events, working on dialect variation, articulation, vocal variety, and pronunciation. Tutoring public speaking, I utilize a variety of techniques, including but not limited to vocal games, researching to extend background knowledge, and impromptu practices.

Reading

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years, teaching a highly specialized reading comprehension section. This section focuses on reading strategies, speed reading, and reading fluency in order to drastically increase reading comprehension. I have experience tutoring students from the range of collegiate athletes to kindergartners. No matter the age, I find the insightful reader in each student!

Speech

I am a teacher that is highly qualified in speech and communication. I have coached the Speech Team for three years in public schools working on dialect variation, articulation, vocal variety, and pronunciation. When tutoring students in speech, I utilize a variety of techniques including but not limited to: speaking games, voice recordings, and using apps.

Study Skills

I help students with time management, task prioritization, task "chunking", eliminating possible distractions, and tips for test taking. I teach students how to take quality notes and how to study these notes for large comprehensive tests such as finals. I have tutored high school students in public schools as well as privately for three years.

Swimming

I have taught swim lessons for children ranging in ages from 18 months-12 years. I have taught swimming and diving. I am First-Aid, CPR and RedCross Lifeguard Certified.

Writing

I have taught English in Illinois public high schools for 3 years. I have tutored students in preparation for the AP language and composition test, AP literature test, ACT, and personal writing endeavors. I have tutored students from the range of collegiate athletes to kindergartners. No matter the age, I find there is a writer in each student!

Illinois State University
English Education
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Master's

Education

Illinois State University (English Education)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Master's)

Confidence builder

Michelle has been great to work with. My son looks forward to his tutoring sessions. She keeps me aware of his progress and is easy to reach when I have questions.

— Julie, Downers Grove, IL on 7/25/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $75.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michelle will travel within 15 miles of Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.