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Barb P.

Specializing in high school math, science, and ACT/SAT Prep

Specializing in high school math, science, and ACT/SAT Prep

$35/hour

  • 800 hours tutoring

  • Fairview Heights, IL 62208

About Barb


Bio

Hello, interested parent or student!

I do not have any openings at this time. However, please contact me if you would like to find out whether working with me would be a good fit for you/your student. I'd be happy to meet with you for a consultation with no cost or obligation. If you decide you'd like to work with me, I will put you on the waiting list. I work with high school or early college students only, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.

I offer individual...

Hello, interested parent or student!

I do not have any openings at this time. However, please contact me if you would like to find out whether working with me would be a good fit for you/your student. I'd be happy to meet with you for a consultation with no cost or obligation. If you decide you'd like to work with me, I will put you on the waiting list. I work with high school or early college students only, whether they attend public, private, or home schools.

I offer individual or group tutoring sessions meeting weekly or twice weekly. Typical sessions are an hour, with 90 min for ACT or SAT test prep.

I love working with high school students and in particular, math, science, and ACT/SAT Test Prep. I have worked with more than 150 students over the past several years and have enjoyed helping each and every one of them.

Test prep has become a specialty area of mine over the past several years and I have worked with over 100 test prep students, most often for the ACT.

Nearly all of my ACT test prep students have increased their scores by at least 2 points overall and many have increased their overall scores by 5 -10 points. Individual section scores have increased as much as 10 points. I am proud of all of my students and glad to help them perform their personal bests. Improvement is a direct result of doing the homework I recommend, and the more time and mental attention given to preparing, the more students’ scores can be increased. I have students starting with ACT scores from 13 - 30, so I'm comfortable tutoring students no matter what their starting score. My personal ACT composite score a few years ago was 34.

I cover all sections of the test with every student, no matter their score on the individual sections. The math sections are extremely limited in time, so I teach the students to look for a quick way to solve the problems and not just reach for the paper/calculator. Also, I am very firm on learning basic skills - I like students to keep note cards for all of the math formulas they need at their level. I integrate memorization skills and explain to them why it is important to learn certain things and how the brain can best learn new concepts. I go over ideas for outside reading that will help increase their comprehension and speed for the Science and Reading sections. We go over all of the grammar, punctuation, essay structure, etc. that is necessary to succeed on the English section. We do spend more time on the weaker areas, but I feel it is important to improve the scores in all areas, and not just the one(s) they feel weakest in.

Tutoring and teaching has helped me learn many different ways of explaining concepts and problem-solving methods. I feel that everyone has an innate ability to understand when information is presented in a way that makes sense to them. I have a lot of patience and don't jump in to do the work for the students. My motto is "Why do more math than necessary", both in math and science, and I show students shortcuts and easier ways to accomplish more in less time. I don't spend time on concepts they already understand.

All in all, I've been tutoring and teaching for nearly 20 years. When I needed to find a job, this was what God put in my lap, and it's been a pleasure ever since. I enjoy every day and every student. I strive to help students improve their skills and enjoy their learning as much as possible. I also work hard to be more than just a source of information, but a source of positive support and influence in the students' lives.

I have an Associate Degree in General Science and have been a homeschool teacher for 15 years and paid private tutor for 4. I currently teach high school homeschool classes in rotating subjects including biology, chemistry, physics, English, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and ACT/SAT prep.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to schedule an initial consultation to see what your needs are and how I would be able to meet them. I look forward to meeting you!


Education

Clinton Community College
Science

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $35
  • Rate details: Travel to St. Louis area is $10/hour extra.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 30 miles of Fairview Heights, IL 62208
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/14/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

English

ACT English,

ACT English

I am qualified to tutor all of the ACT sections; although this job specified just the English. I have been a home school teacher for 14 years and have had great success helping students improve in all areas of the ACT. I have also been a volunteer &/or paid tutor in reading, English, math, science, and ACT/PSAT/SAT prep for over 20 years. I am a firm believer in the value of the ACT, as it is quite literally a ticket to college entry and scholarship money. A student's time is much better spent prepping for the test than working to earn money for college, as the ACT score can earn you thousands and tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. I would love to help you maximize your ACT score!
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have had experience over the past ten years with ACT test prep, in all areas of the test. I have taught formal classes and individual students for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school English and ACT/PSAT/SAT test prep, and have taught formal classes for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future.
SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Qualifications for chemistry tutoring include 3 years of tutoring students in high school chemistry, as well as many years of tutoring math, which is a major component of chemistry. I have an Associate’s Degree in general science, which means that I did take a great deal of chemistry, as well as the other natural sciences, in college. Last year I taught high school chemistry to a class of 14 students for a home school co-op. Chemistry is my first love, math is my second, and I will enthusiastically share my love for this subject area and help students succeed.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Geometry.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I am qualified by experience as well as education to tutor all of the SAT section. I have been a home school teacher for 14 years and have had great success helping students improve in all areas of the SAT. I have also been a volunteer &/or paid tutor in reading, English, math, science, and ACT/PSAT/SAT prep for over 20 years. I have had great success with my students and I teach them to look for a quick way to solve the problems. I utilize their time wisely, structuring to improve in the areas and ways that offer the best potential benefit for their time. I make sure they know key facts about how the test is structured, as well as memorize key formulas that will make the math section go much more quickly. I am a firm believer in the value succeeding on the SAT, as it is quite literally a ticket to college entry and scholarship money. A student's time is much better spent prepping for the test than working to earn money for college, as the SAT score can earn you thousands and tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. I would love to help you maximize your score!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school English and ACT/PSAT/SAT test prep, and have taught formal classes for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future.
Biology

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have been teaching skills for the ACT math section for the past ten years, with much more student time over the past three years. I am confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future and I look forward to helping you succeed.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Geometry,

Geometry

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Geometry.
SAT Math

SAT Math

I am qualified by experience as well as education to tutor all of the SAT section. I have been a home school teacher for 14 years and have had great success helping students improve in all areas of the SAT. I have also been a volunteer &/or paid tutor in reading, English, math, science, and ACT/PSAT/SAT prep for over 20 years. I have had great success with my students and I teach them to look for a quick way to solve the problems. I utilize their time wisely, structuring to improve in the areas and ways that offer the best potential benefit for their time. I make sure they know key facts about how the test is structured, as well as memorize key formulas that will make the math section go much more quickly. I am a firm believer in the value succeeding on the SAT, as it is quite literally a ticket to college entry and scholarship money. A student's time is much better spent prepping for the test than working to earn money for college, as the SAT score can earn you thousands and tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. I would love to help you maximize your score!

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Qualifications for chemistry tutoring include 3 years of tutoring students in high school chemistry, as well as many years of tutoring math, which is a major component of chemistry. I have an Associate’s Degree in general science, which means that I did take a great deal of chemistry, as well as the other natural sciences, in college. Last year I taught high school chemistry to a class of 14 students for a home school co-op. Chemistry is my first love, math is my second, and I will enthusiastically share my love for this subject area and help students succeed.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Geometry.
Biology

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have had experience over the past ten years with ACT test prep, in all areas of the test. I have taught formal classes and individual students for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future. The science section is particularly difficult as it does not test science, as its title would suggest. There are some tricks to succeeding on this section, whether or not science is a good subject for you, and I’ll be happy to talk with you more about this if you like.
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Qualifications for chemistry tutoring include 3 years of tutoring students in high school chemistry, as well as many years of tutoring math, which is a major component of chemistry. I have an Associate’s Degree in general science, which means that I did take a great deal of chemistry, as well as the other natural sciences, in college. Last year I taught high school chemistry to a class of 14 students for a home school co-op. Chemistry is my first love, math is my second, and I will enthusiastically share my love for this subject area and help students succeed.
Physical Science,

Physical Science

I have previously taught and privately tutored students in all of the high school science courses, including physical and general science, biology, chemistry, and physics, in addition to junior high classes in botany, general science, chemistry & physical science. I have an Associate’s degree in general science. My high level of experience in math tutoring/teaching is very important, as there is much math in most of the science areas. I enjoy teaching science and look forward to helping your student succeed.
Biology

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Algebra 1, 2, Trig, Geometry, Pre-Calc, and more. My degree in general science had a heavy math component. I also do a lot of tutoring and teaching ACT prep classes, so I definitely have the experience and interest to help you. Good luck!
Chemistry,

Chemistry

Qualifications for chemistry tutoring include 3 years of tutoring students in high school chemistry, as well as many years of tutoring math, which is a major component of chemistry. I have an Associate’s Degree in general science, which means that I did take a great deal of chemistry, as well as the other natural sciences, in college. Last year I taught high school chemistry to a class of 14 students for a home school co-op. Chemistry is my first love, math is my second, and I will enthusiastically share my love for this subject area and help students succeed.
Geometry,

Geometry

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school and college math, including Geometry.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I am qualified by experience as well as education to tutor all of the SAT section. I have been a home school teacher for 14 years and have had great success helping students improve in all areas of the SAT. I have also been a volunteer &/or paid tutor in reading, English, math, science, and ACT/PSAT/SAT prep for over 20 years. I have had great success with my students and I teach them to look for a quick way to solve the problems. I utilize their time wisely, structuring to improve in the areas and ways that offer the best potential benefit for their time. I make sure they know key facts about how the test is structured, as well as memorize key formulas that will make the math section go much more quickly. I am a firm believer in the value succeeding on the SAT, as it is quite literally a ticket to college entry and scholarship money. A student's time is much better spent prepping for the test than working to earn money for college, as the SAT score can earn you thousands and tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. I would love to help you maximize your score!
Biology

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

I am qualified to tutor all of the ACT sections; although this job specified just the English. I have been a home school teacher for 14 years and have had great success helping students improve in all areas of the ACT. I have also been a volunteer &/or paid tutor in reading, English, math, science, and ACT/PSAT/SAT prep for over 20 years. I am a firm believer in the value of the ACT, as it is quite literally a ticket to college entry and scholarship money. A student's time is much better spent prepping for the test than working to earn money for college, as the ACT score can earn you thousands and tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. I would love to help you maximize your ACT score!
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have been teaching skills for the ACT math section for the past ten years, with much more student time over the past three years. I am confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future and I look forward to helping you succeed.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have had experience over the past ten years with ACT test prep, in all areas of the test. I have taught formal classes and individual students for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I have had experience over the past ten years with ACT test prep, in all areas of the test. I have taught formal classes and individual students for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future. The science section is particularly difficult as it does not test science, as its title would suggest. There are some tricks to succeeding on this section, whether or not science is a good subject for you, and I’ll be happy to talk with you more about this if you like.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I am qualified by experience as well as education to tutor all of the SAT section. I have been a home school teacher for 14 years and have had great success helping students improve in all areas of the SAT. I have also been a volunteer &/or paid tutor in reading, English, math, science, and ACT/PSAT/SAT prep for over 20 years. I have had great success with my students and I teach them to look for a quick way to solve the problems. I utilize their time wisely, structuring to improve in the areas and ways that offer the best potential benefit for their time. I make sure they know key facts about how the test is structured, as well as memorize key formulas that will make the math section go much more quickly. I am a firm believer in the value succeeding on the SAT, as it is quite literally a ticket to college entry and scholarship money. A student's time is much better spent prepping for the test than working to earn money for college, as the SAT score can earn you thousands and tens of thousands of dollars in college scholarships. I would love to help you maximize your score!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

I have had experience over the past ten years with high school English and ACT/PSAT/SAT test prep, and have taught formal classes for the past three years. I have had great success with my students. I am completely confident that I will be able to help you improve your skills and prepare for the tests in your future.
SAT Writing

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


We Love Barb!

We used Barb as our daughter’s ACT tutor. We love her. In the fall of her Jr. year, our daughter’s ACT score was 30. She saw Barb for 10 sessions between February and mid-April of 2018 and she raised her score to 33. Barb worked through problems our girl never learned or didn’t remember how to do. Our daughter said that Barb was helpful. She was very good at explaining things so she could understand and remember them.

Scott, 10 lessons with Barb

Fantastic tutor!

Honors English and Advanced Geometry. This is our third year working with Barb. She’s has always been helpful in a variety of subject matter. My student always enjoys working with her.

Maria, 24 lessons with Barb

Encouraging

Barb is very encouraging when tutoring my son for ACT Prep . He feels more confident in his ability to s ore higher based on her encouragement during his sessions.

Michelle , 25 lessons with Barb

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Barb is helping my son get back on track with math after we hit a wall and didn't know what else to do. One of the first things she said to him was, "I don't want you to ever feel badly because you struggle with these things. You are not dumb and I don't want you to tell yourself you are." That was a comfort to me as a mom. I couldn't be more thankful!

Lisa, 36 lessons with Barb

Knowledgeable, organized and helpful

Barb is tutoring my daughter to improve her ACT score. She was recommended to me from a mother whose daughter had ADD as my daughter also has ADD. Barb is very organized and communicates clearly each week to both my daughter and me about what they have done and what to do next. My daughter is feeling more confident each week and that is great to see. Barb also researched and forwarded info to me on how to get my daughter accommodations for testing. Besides being organized and effective, she is just a nice person. I am very impressed with her and highly recommend her for ACT tutoring.

Lise, 9 lessons with Barb

Barb knows her stuff!

Our daughter continues to work with Barb and it is going great. She goes over each problem with her and the work through it. Our daughter continues to do well on the practice tests and that will hopefully show in her ACT results.

Bhairavi, 14 lessons with Barb

Excellent!

Barb taught my daughter math, science and english. My daughter was struggling in Math, now she is doing so much better. Doing Science with Barb has made my daughter truly enjoy science. The year of english with Barb helped my daughter so much that she said " now I diagram sentences as I read with ease!" I would highly recommend her, this is our third year using Barb.

Jomary, 52 lessons with Barb

Outstanding

My son Alex had scored fairly well on his ACT and we when we saw where he struggled more in I had contacted his school for recommendations. I was referred to Wyzant and I came across Barb read her bio and was impressed. After meeting with Barb and made arrangements for her to tutor Alex to help him score a higher ACT my husband and I were extremely impressed with her professionalism, location, knowledge, how well she worked with Alex, great feedback. I would highly recommend Barb. My son took his second ACT test he raised his score by 3 points which was really good.

Stephanie, 9 lessons with Barb

A great choice for my daughter

I met with Barb P. this afternoon during the initial session for my daughter. She is very knowledgeable and laid out a specific plan for studying and taking the ACTs. After the first session my daughter was very pleased and is looking forward to continuing on with Barb and I am confident that she is a great choice to help my daughter succeed and improve her ACT scores. I would recommend her to any parent.

Evangela, 12 lessons with Barb
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Barb P.

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