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Melissa E.

Peoria, IL


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Background check passed as of 12/1/13
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269 Ratings
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Good Algebra Tutor
— Joe, Dunlap, IL on 10/14/14

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bradley University


University of Wisconsin, Madison (French)

UW-Whitewater (Master's)

Bradley University (Other)

About Melissa

I love teaching. One thing I do know is that learning does not come at the same pace for every student. Whether facing new challenges in building math skills, developing new language proficiency, or honing materials already learned, I believe that everyone can learn and have made it my life's work to help students of every age find confidence in their ability to be successful students.

During my years teaching in PK-12 schools and in higher education, I have focused much of my energies working with students within the special education system. What this has allowed me to do is differentiate learning for every student. I know that learning is a process unique to each and every learner and that finding success and finding confidence may take attempting a number of different methods.

I have successfully tutored numerous students in French, mathematics (pre-Algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and precalculus are my specialties), writing, critical thinking/researching, history and a wide range of other subjects in all age groups from PK-12 through higher education.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me. I am excited to join you on this journey to becoming more confident and well-grounded in your studies!
I love teaching. One thing I do know is that learning does not come at the same pace for every student. Whether facing new challenges in building math skills, developing new language proficiency, or honing materials already learned, I… Read more

6 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Peoria, IL 61614
Background Check: Passed

"Good Algebra Tutor"

- Joe, Dunlap, IL on 10/14/14

"Patient and cheerful"

- John, Peoria, IL on 10/21/11

"Great tutor - prepped my son for back to school"

- Dee, Dunlap, IL on 8/11/11
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacology,
Psychology, Sociology
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word
French, Spanish, Speech
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History, Music History, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Music History
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Aspergers, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Elementary (K-6th), English, French, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Spanish, Statistics, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT Reading, College Counseling,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
College Counseling,
French, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Spanish, Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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I have a master's degree in counseling and during my four years as a guidance counselor and four years as director of disability support services in higher education, I have worked closely with students who have ADHD diagnoses.

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring algebra 1 to high school and college students for more than ten years. I am familiar and comfortable with the content and strive to help others become that way as well.

College Counseling

I have a masters degree in counseling which has paved the road to more than ten years of experience working in higher education. I have worked with students at all levels of their college career: from admission to academic support, through residence life, during career development and while transitioning to graduate school or the workplace.

Prior to working in higher education, I worked as a high school counselor. One of my favorite things about that role was helping young people figure out what their next step will be. It's tremendously rewarding for me to watch young people and individuals pursuing college after some years in the workplace empower themselves to delve into higher education and find the school that fits them best.


As a LPC, I have taken extensive coursework in pharmacology as one of the most important aspects of how bodies respond to medication involves the interplay between body and medication as well as the reactions that differing medications have with each other. I enjoy the chemistry behind pharmacology as well as the math involved.

In learning about numerous medications, I have had to learn my own successful strategies for knowing...not just memorizing...all of the necessary information and can be successful sharing these strategies with my students.

Public Speaking

Over the years, I have become extremely proficient in speaking to small, medium and large groups. While academic courses have played an important part of building this competency in my own life, the larger part has been established through practice. It is not always easy to give presentations, but practice and preparation will boost comfort and give a huge dose of confidence when talking to groups of people.

Beyond giving numerous presentations to professional and educational bodies ranging from groups of five to five thousand, I have also worked with students of all ages to build the confidence and skills necessary for success in public speaking.

Study Skills

I have worked with students for well over ten years building academic and study skills through reinforcement and a multitude of other intervention techniques. My professional expertise extends from elementary aged students through adults seeking GED & post-secondary degrees.

University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bradley University


University of Wisconsin, Madison (French)

UW-Whitewater (Master's)

Bradley University (Other)

Good Algebra Tutor — Melissa has excellent rapport, and is able to teach complex concepts in ways that make them much easier to grasp. ...

— Joe, Dunlap, IL on 10/14/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Melissa will travel within 40 miles of Peoria, IL 61614.

Background Check Status for Melissa E.

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