Local author, private tutor, former Princeton Review instructor
Local author, private tutor, former Princeton Review instructor
I absolutely love helping students succeed, and have been involved in the field of education since the late 1990s. I am an expert on local history, and have experience working for an educational publishing company, where I worked in the field of research and fact-checking. I have contributed to many U. S. and World History texts, and have my own published works as well (including 'The Founders and Early History of Geneva' and 'An Illustrated History of Campton Township, Kane County,...
I absolutely love helping students succeed, and have been involved in the field of education since the late 1990s. I am an expert on local history, and have experience working for an educational publishing company, where I worked in the field of research and fact-checking. I have contributed to many U. S. and World History texts, and have my own published works as well (including 'The Founders and Early History of Geneva' and 'An Illustrated History of Campton Township, Kane County, Illinois'). I taught Advanced Placement European History and APUSH for many years, and enjoyed extremely high pass rates throughout this time (thanks in large part to the students' hard work!). During my years at the Princeton Review, I helped students significantly increase their scores on the ACT, SAT, and GRE exams, and had some of the best score improvements in North Carolina. I have taught at the Governor's School in Mississippi, in central North Carolina, in New York State, and here in Illinois. I was a history major and physics minor at Northwestern University, and earned a full scholarship to graduate school (Wake Forest University) where I obtained my MA. My 200+ page thesis focused on the Swedish and English settlements in early Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.
I enjoy tutoring history, reading, math, science, and English, and am well-versed in all academic fields. I have experience in tutoring subjects including: SAT math, reading, and writing; ACT math, reading, English, and science; American, European, and World History; Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra, Trigonometry, elementary math, geometry; geography; GED; and more, and am qualified to tutor in each of these fields. My former Scholastic Bowl team qualified for nationals several times, and we won numerous Conference Championships. I have been married for sixteen years, and have two wonderful children, aged 10 and 7, both of whom LOVE to read. I collect antique books and newspapers, and have led several historic walking tours in the Fox Valley. I'm also the President of Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley, an organization focused on historic preservation and education. I hope you will consider me for your tutoring needs!
I taught ACT math for the Princeton Review, and scored a 33 on my own ACT in high school, but obtained a composite score of 35 when I recently (October 2017) re-took the test. This puts me in the top 0.75% of all test-takers nationwide. Between the two tests, I received a perfect score (36) in both Reading and English, and a 35 in math. I taught all ACT subject areas for the Princeton Review as well. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named me a Commended Student for my PSAT score, and my GRE score was in the 98th percentile nationwide.
Because of my involvement in several extracurricular activities in high school, my volunteerism, essays, recommendations, and academic achievement (among other factors), I was admitted into every undergraduate school to which I applied (including Cornell, Northwestern, etc.). The techniques I learned at TPR, combined with ongoing study of test questions have been instrumental in my tutoring. Both have helped me show students how to find correct answers and avoid traps set on all standardized tests. During one-on-one tutoring, I help students understand how to solve each problem, and how to eliminate incorrect answer choices. I am one of a small number of tutors with actual experience tutoring the GRE and ALL areas of both the ACT and SAT.
I have (literally) written the book on early Geneva, Campton Township, and Kane County history, and am currently working on two other historical publications. I taught history at the AP level) for seventeen years, and am a co-recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Award for Historic Preservation (in Advocacy). I'm a Life Member of the Western New York Genealogical Society, and a former member of the Sons of the American Revolution. I'm also interested in the environment, gardening, travel, and social advocacy.
I am looking for students excited to improve their test scores, and to learn more in their fields of interest! Please contact me with any questions about tutoring, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Extremely knowledgeable in SAT and ACT tests
My daughter wanted more in depth review for the SAT and ACT math sections to ensure acceptance into the College of Engineering. Adam is very knowledgeable and showing her short cuts and quick tricks. He is very fluent in the tests and type of questions that trip up people. She has enjoyed working with Adam and we are looking forward to see the results once she retakes the SAT and ACT test. Highly recommend Adam.Mary, 4 lessons with Adam
He is very knowledgeable and is a very patient tutor.
He reviewed the chapters I missed when I was out sick. My teacher's lecture notes or Power Point presentation was too general. Adam explained in detail what happened.Evelyn, 1 lesson with Adam
Extremely Knowledgeable Tutor
Adam worked extremely well with my son; they connected right away and had a very positive tutoring session. Adam assessed my son's needs and tailored the session around them. He is extremely knowledgeable in great test-taking strategies, tips, and suggestions, and he communicated well with both myself and my son. My son has a great new sense of confidence going into his SAT exam.Kari, 1 lesson with Adam
Adam has been working with my daughter for the last month on prepping for the ACT. She loves her lessons and is progressing quickly through practice tests, when she comes across problems she doesn’t understand her and Adam work through them which builds her knowledge and also her confidence. So far we are extremely satisfied with our sessions.Camille , 12 lessons with Adam
Helped me to review and gain confidence for GRE
Adam really helped me with the Math portion of the GRE by showing me some great tricks and breaking the problems down to make it seem so easy. I haven't had a formal math class in over 10 years and he really helped me to review and gain confidence for my test!!June, 1 lesson with Adam
The tutor we were hoping for
We were hoping to find a tutor/teacher who could help a good student who needed help in focused areas. Adam was able to quickly identify that and make quick progress were needed. He was also able to quickly make my daughter (and my wife) feel comfortable with our choice. We would give him the highest of recommendations.Mark, 3 lessons with Adam
Excellent math tutor for girl with ADHD
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Helpful ACT Tutor
Very helpful in techniques and lessons. Teaches different methods to succeed in taking ACT. Teaches a way to understand all sections of ACT and I am feeling very confident for future test date.Nicole, 7 lessons with Adam
He has a gift!
My son met with Adam for SAT prep help. Adam came prepared with math work. My son came away from their first meeting very happy that he had "learned something"! He is looking forward to their next session, which is a win in itself.Tracy, 2 lessons with Adam
I had my first session with Adam today over piece wise functions and range/domains. I was struggling with this topic and needed help. Adam is AWESOME! Wonderful personality!! Not only is he a GREAT teacher, very knowledgeable and made sure that I understood the material, but he also took the time to get to know me. I would definitely recommend him to others!!!Tammy, 1 lesson with Adam
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