Rachel M.

Evanston, IL


ESL & French Tutor

600+ Hours
Background check passed as of 1/16/17
4.9 average from 267 ratings
Rachel is a great ESL tutor.
— Laura, Evanston, IL on 3/15/14


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Loyola University Chicago


Loyola University Chicago (French)

About Rachel

I am an experienced French tutor. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2016 with a B.A. in French. I have taken French for 12 years (or ever since third grade in elementary school). I have read many novels in French, including En Attendant Godot, L'étranger, Germinal and Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. I have studied a wide variety of French poets and have read their works in French. I have taught French full-time and also helped with test prep before mid-terms and finals. I have tutored elementary, high school, and beginner French.

I also took Spanish in high school and college. I have tutored Spanish to high school students and beginners of the language.

My job experience includes work with toddlers, high school students, and college graduates, with a focus on teaching ESL, French and English. I have also taught ESL at the corporate level with much success and progress from the students.

I have a resume and a list of references I would be willing to share with any potential clients. My teaching style allows students to learn at their own speed, while keeping certain goals in mind along the way. I highly recommend that the student explores outside resources and tools that will help them learn on their own, in addition to tutoring lessons. I am open to any questions, comments, or advice.

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I am an experienced French tutor. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 2016 with a B.A. in French. I have taken French for 12 years (or ever since third grade in elementary school). I have read many novels in French, including En Attendant Godot, L'étranger, Germinal and Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. I have studied a wide variety of French Read more

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$45 per hour for 1-3 students in a lesson. $60 per hour for 4 students or more. Pricing is negotiable within reason.

Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Evanston, IL 60201
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"Rachel is a great ESL tutor."

- Laura, Evanston, IL on 3/15/14

"French tutor"

- Lesli, Evanston, IL on 1/20/17

"Knowledgeable and very patient."

- Vicky, Skokie, IL on 10/17/16

"Rachel is excellent!"

- Ding, Wilmette, IL on 7/15/16

"Great tutor!"

- Tea, Chicago, IL on 2/8/16


- Joslyn, Utica, MI on 8/8/15

"Great tutor"

- Paweena, Brookline, MA on 7/13/15

"Very patient and reliable tutor, prompt email response"

- Nike, Covington, LA on 4/15/15

"Very helpful, kind, and knowledgeable"

- Amanda, Chicago, IL on 9/23/14

"Kind, patient and prepared"

- Anna, Evanston, IL on 8/10/14

"Rachel is a Great Teacher"

- Abdul, Chicago, IL on 7/17/14

"Helpful and Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Cristal, Winnetka, IL on 6/23/14

"The best tutor!!"

- Mandy, Evanston, IL on 6/21/14

"Great Tutor"

- Rico, Lincolnwood, IL on 5/7/14

"Great tutor!"

- Xiaochen, Chicago, IL on 2/28/14

"Very approachable and knowledgeable"

- Aaron, Skokie, IL on 2/10/14

"Very kind and thoughtful tutor."

- Steve, Glenview, IL on 1/14/14

"Nice tutor"

- Ameen, Chicago, IL on 1/13/14

"Finds the weak areas and improves the student"

- Maria, Wilmette, IL on 12/14/13

"Excellent tutor!"

- Purevdulam, Waukegan, IL on 11/25/13

"Awesome tutor would use again!"

- Daniel, Evanston, IL on 10/23/13

"Very patient Professional! Dedicated!"

- Wei, Evanston, IL on 9/17/13

"Dedicated and patient instructor"

- Lynn, Evanston, IL on 4/14/13

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I have a specific educational background in reading the classics; Darwin and Plato, to name a few. I attended Shimer College, known as a Great Books school, in which we only read original texts that covered the subjects we were studying. I have read Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Darwin, Lamarck, Conklin, Marx, and many others in a college setting using the Socratic method.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked at a YMCA as a daycare provider for young children from six weeks to ten years old. I also worked as a camp counselor for children 3-4 years of age. I am very attentive and work well with all children. I have the ability to listen to a child's needs and offer helpful solutions.

Elementary Math

I have both paid and volunteer experience working with young children learning to do basic math. I love working with children, and I feel that I am more than qualified to handle math problems up to a certain point in high school.

Elementary Science

I have experience teaching grade school children in all subjects after school, and I have a great enthusiasm for science, especially biology.


I am a native English speaker and have tutored students learning English as a Second Language. I would definitely say that English grammar and proofreading are my strengths, although I also have excellent spelling and reading/writing skills. I have numerous resources for learning English and I try my best to strengthen students' interest in language.


I worked as an assistant teacher for a high school ESL class for a semester. The students were from all over the world and had varying levels of English comprehension. They were a combined group of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The tasks I performed were very diverse and ranged from reading aloud to the class, editing student papers, preparing teaching materials, and answering questions pertaining to grammar and reading comprehension.


I love everything French! I am an enthusiastic speaker and attend a monthly discussion for francophiles spoken entirely in French. I encourage others to become more culturally aware, and learning French is a great way to do this. I have taken French for twelve years, in grade school, high school, and college. The grammar is often much simpler than English and is very easy to teach. The spelling, as well, follows a known structure and pronunciation is easy for avid learners to achieve.

General Computer

I have used my own personal laptop since I was fourteen, for about eight years. I am now on my third laptop and have an excellent grasp of computer usage that includes the Internet. Most of my specified knowledge pertains to Apple products (MacBook, MacBook Pro, etc.), but I have used other types of computers in the past and I have no trouble operating these systems either. I have experience tutoring senior citizens in basic computer skills, which requires a rudimentary understanding of how people use computers.


I have a genuine love of grammar and proper sentence structure. I have read numerous books on grammar usage, and have taught many students about correct forms of speech (What is a verbal exactly?). I highly recommend Lynne Truss's book, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, for students looking for a no-nonsense approach to learning grammar.


I love to read books, and novels in particular tend to speak to me the most. I have experience tutoring an ESL class in which we read the book, "Buried Onions," by Gary Soto, a simple read for native speakers but a tool for learning vocabulary for the students of our classroom. I myself have a love for classical literature. Some of my favorite authors include Jane Austen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Flannery O'Connor, and Charles Dickens. I love to pick up a book and read for several hours when I have the chance.

Microsoft PowerPoint

I am an experienced Microsoft Office user, and as such I understand how to create presentations with PowerPoint. I have created several class presentations using this software, which makes visual aids a breeze. One may add images, text, or music to any slide. It's a great way to both emphasize main points and remind the speaker of different points in his speech/presentation.

Microsoft Word

I use Microsoft Word on a daily basis. I find it an excellent tool for writing papers, making notes for classes, and more personal use that includes creative writing and prose. I currently have the most up-to-date Microsoft Office software, and I love using this application in particular.


Phonics are vital to understanding the nuances of any language, and it is always better to learn sooner than later. I have always used my language skills to my advantage. As an ESL assistant teacher, I would read aloud passages from one of our books to students. This required an understanding of phonics and how words are spoken.


I always enjoyed my algebra homework. It was so fun to combine like terms and come up with a solution to "x." I am very qualified to teach prealgebra and I think it would be very rewarding to teach someone this!


As an assistant teacher for ESL, my job description included a lot of proofreading student papers. I also provided one-on-one instruction about the numerous rules and exceptions to the rules in the English language. For example, did you know that the rule "i before e except after c" has more exceptions than examples?


I have a love of reading that extends to teaching reading and reading aloud to children and students. I have excellent skills in phonetics, comprehension, and spelling. I try to make learning easy for the student and am aware of multiple facets of learning. Everyone learns in a different way and it is important to know how someone learns in order to know how to teach.


I have three years' experience in learning Spanish, both in high school and college settings. I am able to hold a wide variety of conversations in Spanish, and I am well versed in grammar and pronunciation. I would recommend my Spanish services to beginners in the language.

Special Needs

I have work experience at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois as an assistant teacher to students with learning disabilities. I was highly recommended for this position as a result of my previous work there as an assistant teacher. I helped students with basic coursework, as well as escorting them to museums and other excursions throughout the semester.

Study Skills

I have had a lot of experience tutoring students, and we tend to use many tactics in order to get the lesson across. I have worked both one-on-one with students and in a classroom environment. I have limited experience in study skills for the ACT or other such exams.


I have a very good vocabulary that includes a basic knowledge of root words and origins of words. This allows me to roughly estimate definitions of words I do not know, although it is rare that I come across a word whose definition I am entirely unsure. It also allows me to explain to a student why a word means what it does and its relationship to other words similar to it.


I love to write. I have professional experience writing papers and writing resumes, but also personal experience writing stories and poetry. I have professional skills editing student papers, and have worked on two high school newspapers as both editor and writer.

Loyola University Chicago


Loyola University Chicago (French)

Rachel is a great ESL tutor.

I have known Rachel for one and a half years, during which time she taught me English as a second language. Rachel is always preparing our classes with new topics and trying to help me in the grammatical points where I am weaker. We work not only in grammar, but also practice listening and pronunciation in every class. This process is a comprehensive way for me to learn. She is very well-organize

— Laura, Evanston, IL on 3/15/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$45 per hour for 1-3 students in a lesson. $60 per hour for 4 students or more. Pricing is negotiable within reason.

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 6 miles of Evanston, IL 60201.