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Beth Z.

The Best Possible Tutoring by a Professional Teacher

The Best Possible Tutoring by a Professional Teacher

$70/hour

  • 381 hours tutoring

  • Evanston, IL 60201

"Well-Prepared and Good Results"

Scott, 49 lessons with Beth

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About Beth


Bio

I have been teaching Spanish at the college and high school levels at schools such as DePaul University, North Park College, New Trier High School, Lake Forest Academy and Loyola Academy for 18 years.

I earned a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Moreover, I hold a teaching certificate from the State of Illinois.

My tutoring students have met with success, including one at New Trier who went from a C one year to an A the...

I have been teaching Spanish at the college and high school levels at schools such as DePaul University, North Park College, New Trier High School, Lake Forest Academy and Loyola Academy for 18 years.

I earned a PhD in Hispanic Literature from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Wellesley College. Moreover, I hold a teaching certificate from the State of Illinois.

My tutoring students have met with success, including one at New Trier who went from a C one year to an A the next, and another who was getting Ds on his exams and who now consistently gets 90s on assessments and who received a B on the mid-term exam.

Along with Spanish, I enjoy teaching math to girls, especially Pre-Algebra and Geometry, because I like to show them that women ARE good at math.

I have been tutoring the ACT often over the past two years. One of my first students scored a 35 on the Science Section of the exam after tutoring sessions with me. Previously it had been her weakest subject. Standardized tests have been easy for me to take and explain, and I have received very high scores on many standardized tests (GRE, SAT, ACT, Basic Skills, etc.) For example, when I took the Basic Skills test I scored a perfect 300 in both Math and Writing. Because I have taken that teaching exam, I enjoy tutoring potential teachers and social workers for the TAP test.

Tutoring is rewarding and enjoyable for me because I find it much easier to work one on one. In this situation I can pay complete attention to the student, diagnose strengths and weaknesses, and also form a relationship as a basis for learning.

Please feel free to message me with questions or to set up a session!

I look forward to tutoring you or your child!


Education

Wellesley College
undergrad
(University of Texas at Austin
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $70
  • Rate details: This rate is for a meeting at the Wilmette Public Library. For other locations the rate may be $10 or $20 extra, depending on the time of day and the location you prefer.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Evanston, IL 60201
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/16/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Spanish,

Spanish

16 years of teaching: high school, college, private tutoring. Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the U of Texas at Austin.
ESL/ESOL, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

Hi! My daughter is a first grader, so I am very familiar with the math curriculum being taught nowadays. In addition, I am good with children. For example, I am a volunteer Sunday School teacher for the 1st grade at church. Math concepts have always been easy for me because I truly understand what is going on and am able to communicate it in the simplest way. With kids I like to use manipulable items to help them visual the concepts.
Reading

Reading

Currently I am taking a Literacy class at Northeastern Illinois University to learn the best and most recent methods for teaching reading. I am also a volunteer reading fluency tutor for the District 65 schools (Evanston/Skokie). My methods of teaching reading include choosing a topic of very high interest to the student, and also ensuring that the book is the correct level. Research shows that reading a book where more than 5% of the words are unknown causes frustration.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The English portion of the ACT requires a student to choose the best wording in a variety of sample passages. Both grammar and writing skills come into play with this section. My expertise in language as a PhD in Literature allows me to guide my students in correct word usage and paragraph organization. Students and I complete practice tests furnished by the ACT, pausing to review basic recurring grammar points. We practice until the student knows the material cold, and is able to face exam day with confidence.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Let me help you get the score you want for the ACT reading test. I have a strong background in teaching, a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature, and specific knowledge of the ACT reading format. 16 years of working with students has taught me how to perceive students' strengths and weaknesses in a short time.
Reading,

Reading

Currently I am taking a Literacy class at Northeastern Illinois University to learn the best and most recent methods for teaching reading. I am also a volunteer reading fluency tutor for the District 65 schools (Evanston/Skokie). My methods of teaching reading include choosing a topic of very high interest to the student, and also ensuring that the book is the correct level. Research shows that reading a book where more than 5% of the words are unknown causes frustration.
English, ESL/ESOL, Proofreading, SAT Reading, TOEFL

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although I am not a "math whiz," I did start Algebra early in 7th grade, then moved up to Geometry at the high school in 8th grade. By the time I finished high school I had taken AB Calculus, and did BC at college. My approach to math is to try to understand it instead of doing it by rote, which in the long run makes it easier.
Geometry,

Geometry

There is a Geometry book that many high schools use for Honors Geometry, called Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge. This summer I tutored a student for an accelerated course in which she completed this book, which normally takes a year, in two months. This is the third time that I have tutored a student using this book, and own a copy myself. If your student is struggling in a Geometry course, particularly one using this book, I can help!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have always worked hard at math and enjoyed it, progressing through Calculus during my college years. Recently I took a course in Statistics and reawakened my love of math. I currently tutor two students in Prealgebra and like to instill confidence in them so they know that math is something you can be good at if you do it enough. When I took the Basic Skills test for my teaching certificate I received a perfect score on the math section.
Reading,

Reading

Currently I am taking a Literacy class at Northeastern Illinois University to learn the best and most recent methods for teaching reading. I am also a volunteer reading fluency tutor for the District 65 schools (Evanston/Skokie). My methods of teaching reading include choosing a topic of very high interest to the student, and also ensuring that the book is the correct level. Research shows that reading a book where more than 5% of the words are unknown causes frustration.
Spanish,

Spanish

16 years of teaching: high school, college, private tutoring. Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the U of Texas at Austin.
English, ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading

Language

Spanish,

Spanish

16 years of teaching: high school, college, private tutoring. Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the U of Texas at Austin.
ESL/ESOL, TOEFL

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I will help you get the score you need on the ACT! 16 years of teaching have given me the skill to know HOW to teach you. Constant review of the material tells me WHAT to teach you. Test taking strategies, an in-depth knowledge of how people learn best, and an awareness of the specific format and breakdown of the ACT Math test will help you learn WHAT to study, HOW to study, and HOW to take the test.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although I am not a "math whiz," I did start Algebra early in 7th grade, then moved up to Geometry at the high school in 8th grade. By the time I finished high school I had taken AB Calculus, and did BC at college. My approach to math is to try to understand it instead of doing it by rote, which in the long run makes it easier.
Geometry,

Geometry

There is a Geometry book that many high schools use for Honors Geometry, called Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge. This summer I tutored a student for an accelerated course in which she completed this book, which normally takes a year, in two months. This is the third time that I have tutored a student using this book, and own a copy myself. If your student is struggling in a Geometry course, particularly one using this book, I can help!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have always worked hard at math and enjoyed it, progressing through Calculus during my college years. Recently I took a course in Statistics and reawakened my love of math. I currently tutor two students in Prealgebra and like to instill confidence in them so they know that math is something you can be good at if you do it enough. When I took the Basic Skills test for my teaching certificate I received a perfect score on the math section.
Probability

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Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although I am not a "math whiz," I did start Algebra early in 7th grade, then moved up to Geometry at the high school in 8th grade. By the time I finished high school I had taken AB Calculus, and did BC at college. My approach to math is to try to understand it instead of doing it by rote, which in the long run makes it easier.
Geometry,

Geometry

There is a Geometry book that many high schools use for Honors Geometry, called Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge. This summer I tutored a student for an accelerated course in which she completed this book, which normally takes a year, in two months. This is the third time that I have tutored a student using this book, and own a copy myself. If your student is struggling in a Geometry course, particularly one using this book, I can help!
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

I have always worked hard at math and enjoyed it, progressing through Calculus during my college years. Recently I took a course in Statistics and reawakened my love of math. I currently tutor two students in Prealgebra and like to instill confidence in them so they know that math is something you can be good at if you do it enough. When I took the Basic Skills test for my teaching certificate I received a perfect score on the math section.
Reading,

Reading

Currently I am taking a Literacy class at Northeastern Illinois University to learn the best and most recent methods for teaching reading. I am also a volunteer reading fluency tutor for the District 65 schools (Evanston/Skokie). My methods of teaching reading include choosing a topic of very high interest to the student, and also ensuring that the book is the correct level. Research shows that reading a book where more than 5% of the words are unknown causes frustration.
Spanish,

Spanish

16 years of teaching: high school, college, private tutoring. Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the U of Texas at Austin.
English, ESL/ESOL

Other

ESL/ESOL

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Although I am not a "math whiz," I did start Algebra early in 7th grade, then moved up to Geometry at the high school in 8th grade. By the time I finished high school I had taken AB Calculus, and did BC at college. My approach to math is to try to understand it instead of doing it by rote, which in the long run makes it easier.
Geometry,

Geometry

There is a Geometry book that many high schools use for Honors Geometry, called Geometry for Enjoyment and Challenge. This summer I tutored a student for an accelerated course in which she completed this book, which normally takes a year, in two months. This is the third time that I have tutored a student using this book, and own a copy myself. If your student is struggling in a Geometry course, particularly one using this book, I can help!
Reading,

Reading

Currently I am taking a Literacy class at Northeastern Illinois University to learn the best and most recent methods for teaching reading. I am also a volunteer reading fluency tutor for the District 65 schools (Evanston/Skokie). My methods of teaching reading include choosing a topic of very high interest to the student, and also ensuring that the book is the correct level. Research shows that reading a book where more than 5% of the words are unknown causes frustration.
Spanish,

Spanish

16 years of teaching: high school, college, private tutoring. Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from the U of Texas at Austin.
ESL/ESOL, GED

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

The English portion of the ACT requires a student to choose the best wording in a variety of sample passages. Both grammar and writing skills come into play with this section. My expertise in language as a PhD in Literature allows me to guide my students in correct word usage and paragraph organization. Students and I complete practice tests furnished by the ACT, pausing to review basic recurring grammar points. We practice until the student knows the material cold, and is able to face exam day with confidence.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I will help you get the score you need on the ACT! 16 years of teaching have given me the skill to know HOW to teach you. Constant review of the material tells me WHAT to teach you. Test taking strategies, an in-depth knowledge of how people learn best, and an awareness of the specific format and breakdown of the ACT Math test will help you learn WHAT to study, HOW to study, and HOW to take the test.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

Let me help you get the score you want for the ACT reading test. I have a strong background in teaching, a Ph.D. in Hispanic literature, and specific knowledge of the ACT reading format. 16 years of working with students has taught me how to perceive students' strengths and weaknesses in a short time.
GED, SAT Reading, TOEFL

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Very accommodating!

Beth was flexible and bent over backwards to accommodate my son's busy schedule. He found her teaching style straightforward and easy to understand. I would recommend her to anyone seeking help in demystifying geometry!

Chrissy, 1 lesson with Beth

Experienced and effective teacher

Beth was highly prepared for our first lesson. We hit the ground running with a series of diagnostic questions. She's a trained teacher so in addition to being a terrific conversational partner, she is well versed in effective language pedagogy and was able to immediately identify what I need to work on. Although she specializes in Spanish, as part of her training, she studied all the major romance languages including latin, which is useful if your high school/college French seeps into your Spanish as is the case with me. At the end of our first lesson, we agreed upon an approach going forward based on my goals and my current level of proficiency. If you want to jump start your Spanish language acquisition and fluency, I highly recommend working with Beth.

Joe, 5 lessons with Beth

Great tutor. Very flexible

Beth tutored honors geometry summer school for our child attending Loyola Academy. Beth was very flexible and added time when needed to ensure there was sufficient time to cover the material. Beth was easy to reach and responsive. The volume of material covered was extensive given the summer school format. Beth had a copy of the text and prepared for each session. We saw an improvement in our child's grades as a result of the tutoring provided. Thank you Beth.

Allen, 14 lessons with Beth

Great tutor

My daughter always finds her sessions with Beth extremely helpful. She is doing much better in Spanish 2 thanks to Beth. :)

Isabella, 26 lessons with Beth

Helped Me Improve My English

I really like the way that Beth teaches. She is patient and I learn a lot with her. I improved my English. Thank you.

Marcela, 2 lessons with Beth

Really helpful, easy to get along with

Beth Z. was a very good ACT tutor in my opinion. She took the time to do all the practice tests that I was doing so that we could go over them together. Her availability was flexible, and we always had a place to meet whether it be at her house or the library. She is very kind and friendly and has some great ACT strategies to share! I would recommend Beth as an ACT tutor for any subject, especially reading and English. She is very skilled at analyzing texts and teaching grammatical rules. Thanks Beth!!

Naomi, 5 lessons with Beth

Terrific tutor - tailors approach to the student

Beth is a terrific tutor. I started my son with her over the summer to get him up to speed in Spanish for the upcoming school year. Beth does a great job of tailoring her approach to the student. She listened to my son to learn what topics were of interest to him, then focused her Spanish lesson around those topics so he stayed interested. My son found an online tool for learning Spanish that he liked and Beth incorporated that into her approach as well. She finds the right way to engage her student. Between camps and summer trips, our schedule was a bit erratic and Beth was very flexible in finding times/locations that worked for us, including a few weeks where he had lessons using Skype. I highly recommend Beth as a Spanish tutor.

Elizabeth, 18 lessons with Beth

Great tutor

I hired Beth as an English tutor for my mother who came to visit from Europe. Beth did great. Not only did my mom brush up on her English, but she actually had a lot of fun too. Classes were very interactive and focused on using English in real life situations; Beth came up with great ideas as to how they could enjoy the time together and learn at the same time. Overall, it was a great experience for my mom and I highly recommended Beth.

Anna, 4 lessons with Beth

Great Tutor

I started studying Spanish at DePaul University in the fall of 2013. I had never studied Spanish before and was eager to progress as fast as possible, so I asked my professor to refer me to a competent tutor. He referred me to Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Zeiss and I have worked with Beth ever since. Beth has helped me a lot on several areas. We have worked on my pronunciation, which was awful at the beginning, due to the fact that I know French. And we have worked on my written Spanish where Beth has been tremendously helpful. With Beth’s help, I have a much better understanding of Spanish grammar and my vocabulary has grown. My plan is to continue to work with Beth and I can highly recommend her.

Rikke, 1 lesson with Beth

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