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Monica G.

Palatine, IL


School Psychology Graduate Student-Biology and Spanish Undergrad

4.3 average from 3 ratings
Extremely knowledgeable tutor
— Beverly, Barrington, IL on 8/31/16

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Benedictine University
Bio, Spanish minor
National Louis University
National Louis University


Benedictine University (Bio, Spanish minor)

National Louis University (EdD)

National Louis University (Master's)

About Monica


I am currently a graduate student at National-Louis University in the School Psychology program. I was also a graduate assistant to the program for 2 years. As a result I have knowledge in actual evidence based methods in improving academics, proper methods of instruction, and specific interventions. In addition to academics I also have experience in implementing evidence based programs for parents and students with social emotional needs. As a part of my program I have access to actual curricula to help students as well as experts in our field that I always ask for advice if necessary. My current internship experience is at the elementary level, but I have worked with older students and adults.

Aside from my current experience in school psychology I have nearly 5 years experience working with students with special needs (including autism spectrum students, social emotional issues, attention issues) as an aid and teacher at a private religious education program (pre k-8th). I have privately tutored students of all ages including adults with technical writing needs in engineering/ science and students with behavioral issues (e.g. ADHD, ODD). Additionally, I have worked with high school students and adults, specifically English Language Learners. I have assisted in general tutoring, translation, and assistance with technical writing on chemical engineering (and other science related) fields.

I currently have my Type 29 certification which is an endorsement for bilingual education for K-12.

My background in Biology and Spanish from undergrad makes me very well suited for helping students with a variety of academic needs. My current area of study in School Psychology allows me to marry my previous knowledge and experience with actual evidence based practices. I am what you need to succeed!

Shoot me an email! I can provide references if necessary and excellent recommendations. Also, I have worked in schools multiple times and work in one now for my internship so you can rest assured that I have had multiple background checks. I have also presented wyzant with the appropriate information to complete a background check and you can request one if you would like.

Also I am very honest and I truly care about whomever I teach. Helping parents, teachers, and students is my passion as evidenced by my current program of study in School Psychology. I would never take your money if I felt I was not a great fit for the tutoring situation.

I am currently a graduate student at National-Louis University in the School Psychology program. I was also a graduate assistant to the program for 2 years. As a result I have knowledge in actual evidence based methods in improving academics, proper methods of
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2 hours notice required

Will work with up to 3 students working on the same hw for $60 rate. For more than 2 hours a week of lessons I can offer a $50/ hr rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Palatine, IL 60074

"Extremely knowledgeable tutor"

- Beverly, Barrington, IL on 8/31/16
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Prealgebra
Biology, Philosophy
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
Common Core
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows,
Microsoft Word
Spanish, Speech
Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Autism, Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Handwriting, Phonics,
Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word,
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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In the past, I have tutored multiple students with ADHD in a variety of subjects in middle school. In graduate school, I participated and led the evaluation of a student with ADHD at the elementary level. This involved conducting multiple assessments and writing a good chunk of the evaluation. Additionally, I worked with and conducted assessments in a middle school setting for the re-evaluation of a student. In school psychology graduate school we learn the theory behind ADHD/ADD as well as educational strategies we can use to better assist the student learning in school. This involves evidence based strategies to assist with skills related to executive functioning such as organizational skills. Additionally, we learn how to deal with the social emotional difficulties that may be related to the disorder


I was on chess team in elementary school and high school. My father was our coach in elementary school and was a master level player at the time. As a result I have been playing chess since I was 5 years old and have tutored young children because I feel it is a really good way to exercise your brain. I am also familiar with the use of practice materials outside of tutoring including computer programs and exercise packets designed to increase speed and accuracy in pattern recognition.

Elementary (K-6th)

I currently hold a type 29 certification which is a type of bilingual educator endorsement for K-12. In addition to that I taught in a private after school program (grades pre K-8th) for 5 years. Currently, I work in an elementary school as part of my School Psychology graduate program. Through this program I have administered (aside from being taught the theory) actual interventions and lessons using evidence-based curricula at the elementary level to general education students and students with more specific needs.

Additionally, I have tutored students at the elementary level in a variety of subjects.

Microsoft Windows

I used to train faculty in technology as part of a grant to support new minority faculty that are physicians too. I still receive training in new technology as part of the school districts i work for, although now many places are moving to chrome OS. My father is also a computer engineer so as a child even I was always exposed to the latest technology and computers and learned to type and use the latest OS' available. So it is not only a trained skill but it is also something I came to enjoy.

Microsoft Word

I have used it all my life and still use it all the time to write reports, make flyers (although there are other better tools), edit documents, collaborate with comments, etc. I also used to work on a grant that involved training/ supporting faculty physicians in several areas including technology.


I am school psychology intern and we have training in all 5 areas of reading including phonics. I also did my graduate assistantship with a faculty member who does consultation work in literacy and is generally known as an expert. I also currently work on a government grant to learn how to better teach teacher candidates and I have specifically worked on skills related to literacy. I am aware of instructional practices, evidence based curricula and assessments, and even how to help train teachers on some of the curricula I have used.


I have played the piano for more than 10 years. I started in elementary school (my intention was to actually to have the necessary requirements under my belt to play the drums). However, my parents quickly bought me a small piano and private lessons from a university professor of music that happened to live on my block. I did lessons with her for about 5 years in addition to recitals showcasing her students. During high school, although I still played, I took a break from formal lessons.

In college, I rekindled my passion for music. I took 3 semesters of private piano courses at my university from a classically trained professor. This included permission from the dean to take the class and committee approval (after a presentation of music learned in the semester from memory) to pass the course. We were also required to learn some light music theory and were required to participate in recitals showcasing the music department.

I can read music and have taught multiple people to play basic piano. I prefer to teach young children or adults. I find that both these groups are the most passionate and simply desire a start into a new hobby they can enjoy as opposed to something more serious. I also have some good idea of what are appropriate books to teach you the skills (including proper form and reading music). I do not teach piano so that you can become a music major (e.g. advanced music theory), more for the enjoyment and love of making music.

Public Speaking

I was on both mock trial and speech team in high school. For mock trial we were 2nd in the state and I had been awarded best witness for my enactment of a particular person in the affidavit. Also in high school I was 1st in our conference for Radio speaking but I also did Original Oratory as an event. In college, I coached (volunteer) and judged (paid since my previous experiences led me to only judge finalists) speech team at my high school. The judging was through the IHSA. For coaching I specifically worked with the Special Occasion Speaking, Original Oratory, and Radio students. I also mentored some students in the Extemporaneous event. I have also taken speech courses in college and have done a variety of presentations that include conference research presentations, professional development (for teachers and physicians), presentations for new student orientation as a graduate assistant, and general ones for graduate school on a variety of subjects. I actually enjoy them and have taught and been trained on actual techniques.


School Psychology Intern with training in the implementation of evidence based reading interventions. I also utilize evidence based tools for monitoring progress and inform my instruction.

Special Needs

I am currently a School Psychology graduate student and we are taught strategies and methods for assisting students with special needs achieve academic success. We truly believe and are taught that all students can learn!

Aside from theory, I currently work with students in general education and special education at my practicum site implementing targeted instruction and curriculum. I also have training in social skill curricula implementation and strategies for improving issues related to externalizing disorders such as ADD/ADHD.

In the past, I worked for 5 years at a private after school program teaching and being a classroom aide for students with special needs. I worked with students with a variety of needs including students with Autism and developmental delay. After that experience I privately tutored students with ADD/ADHD.

In college and high school I also participated in the Best Buddies organization, which sparked my initial interest in working with children with special needs.

In terms of adults with special needs I volunteered every summer for about 5 years at an adult daycare center and learned how to assist adults with special needs. This included work with the Director of Activities of the center in order to provide a positive environment for social interaction, mental and physical exercise, and general health.

Benedictine University
Bio, Spanish minor
National Louis University
National Louis University


Benedictine University (Bio, Spanish minor)

National Louis University (EdD)

National Louis University (Master's)

Extremely knowledgeable tutor — Monica is a very organized, & professional tutor. She is friendly, & approachable. Setting learning goals, & helping you achieve them is her strongest asset. I highly recommend her! ...

— Beverly, Barrington, IL on 8/31/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Will work with up to 3 students working on the same hw for $60 rate. For more than 2 hours a week of lessons I can offer a $50/ hr rate.

Travel policy

Monica will travel within 15 miles of Palatine, IL 60074.