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Michelle W.

Palatine, IL

$75/hour

ACT Prep Tutor: English, Reading, Science, Writing

Background check passed as of 11/30/13
5.0 average from 74 ratings
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— Julie, Downers Grove, IL on 7/25/14

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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 Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Palatine, IL 60067
Background Check: Passed

"Confidence builder"

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

"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
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:
Speech,
TOEFL
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing, Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar,
Phonics, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Public Speaking
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 10 miles of Palatine, IL 60067.