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Laura R.

Let an Ivy League Ph.D. help you craft the perfect college essay

Let an Ivy League Ph.D. help you craft the perfect college essay

$250/hour

  • 3,434 hours tutoring

  • Sugar Grove, IL 60554

About Laura


Bio

Learning is my passion, and I love sharing that passion with others. Each summer and fall, I work with students to create a cohesive profile of themselves for their college applications. I will help you perfect your essay so that it is original and exciting, differentiates you from the crowd, and presents your overall best self.

I have been an independent instructor and tutor for the past nine years. I have taught college and high school subjects ranging from multivariable calculus and...

Learning is my passion, and I love sharing that passion with others. Each summer and fall, I work with students to create a cohesive profile of themselves for their college applications. I will help you perfect your essay so that it is original and exciting, differentiates you from the crowd, and presents your overall best self.

I have been an independent instructor and tutor for the past nine years. I have taught college and high school subjects ranging from multivariable calculus and differential equations to physics, chemistry, and biology. I have delved into history and English literature with students and collaborated with them to hone their English writing and grammar skills. Each summer and fall, I work with students to create a cohesive profile of themselves for their college applications.

In high school, I labored over my college applications for countless hours. I understand the pressure and stress this generates. My years of experience as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College brings a unique perspective to the admissions process. Since then, I have helped hundreds of college seniors navigate their college applications.

My own educational background is a mix of science and humanities disciplines from some of the top colleges in the United States. I earned High Honors in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry as well as a Classics degree from Dartmouth College. I then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Structural Biology from Cornell University's Medical College.
As an undergraduate, I spent a semester studying archeology and history in Greece. I won the Botany award for my genetic research on plants as an undergraduate, and I have done extensive research in Computational Biology for my Ph.D. dissertation. I was a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of Biology classes.

In my free time, I volunteer at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, where I share my love of science and history with young children and adults alike. If you visit the museum on the weekend, you may see me in front of Sue or in the Evolving Planet exhibit. I am also learning Ancient Greek to fulfill a lifelong goal to read the Iliad in its original language. My other love is triathlon. I have completed 16 races, including seven 70.3 distance Ironman races and one full length Ironman in Wisconsin.


Education

Dartmouth College
Biochemistry, Ancient History
Cornell University
PhD

Policies

  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Hourly rate: $250 for in-person / $250 for online
  • Rate details: $220/hour for offline editing. Ask about special package pricing!
  • Travel policy: Within 35 miles of Sugar Grove, IL 60554
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/27/2016

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Proofreading

Proofreading

I have spent the last nine years helping students achieve admissions to top colleges. My specialty is helping students find their voice and convey their story to the admissions officers. As a former interviewer for Dartmouth College, I have seen the admissions process from the inside. I have also been through the process myself, and I understand the stress and anxiety caused by college admissions. I graduated from Dartmouth College with high honors and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell Medical School. I understand how opaque the system seems and how hard it is to know what the schools are looking for. I have seen the system from all angles, and I am eager to use that knowledge to help students succeed! My college prep students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and many, many more.

English

Proofreading,

Proofreading

I have spent the last nine years helping students achieve admissions to top colleges. My specialty is helping students find their voice and convey their story to the admissions officers. As a former interviewer for Dartmouth College, I have seen the admissions process from the inside. I have also been through the process myself, and I understand the stress and anxiety caused by college admissions. I graduated from Dartmouth College with high honors and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell Medical School. I understand how opaque the system seems and how hard it is to know what the schools are looking for. I have seen the system from all angles, and I am eager to use that knowledge to help students succeed! My college prep students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and many, many more.
ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

Homeschool

SAT Math, SAT Reading, Writing

Math

ACT Math, SAT Math

Most Popular

Writing

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

I have spent the last nine years helping students achieve admissions to top colleges. My specialty is helping students find their voice and convey their story to the admissions officers. As a former interviewer for Dartmouth College, I have seen the admissions process from the inside. I have also been through the process myself, and I understand the stress and anxiety caused by college admissions. I graduated from Dartmouth College with high honors and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell Medical School. I understand how opaque the system seems and how hard it is to know what the schools are looking for. I have seen the system from all angles, and I am eager to use that knowledge to help students succeed! My college prep students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and many, many more.

Science

ACT Science

Summer

SAT Math, Writing

Test Preparation

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have spent the last nine years helping students achieve admissions to top colleges. My specialty is helping students find their voice and convey their story to the admissions officers. As a former interviewer for Dartmouth College, I have seen the admissions process from the inside. I have also been through the process myself, and I understand the stress and anxiety caused by college admissions. I graduated from Dartmouth College with high honors and earned a Ph.D. from Cornell Medical School. I understand how opaque the system seems and how hard it is to know what the schools are looking for. I have seen the system from all angles, and I am eager to use that knowledge to help students succeed! My college prep students have been admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and many, many more.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


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5.0 (853 ratings)
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Reviews


Knowledgeable and thorough

Laura is well versed in the SAT tests and the college application process and brings that knowledge to her student. My son was happy with his first tutoring session and is looking forward meeting with her again.

Tracy, 4 lessons with Laura

Knowledgeable and Patient

Laura is a fantastic tutor. She had great advice as to the Essay and college application. She is an experienced tutor. Vincent is very happy to take her lesson. So he has made our entire family happier, especially on Christmas and New Year’s Eve! Thank you, Laura, and thank you, Wyzant! I would highly recommend her as a tutor. Sherry (Vincent's Mom)

Megan, 1 lesson with Laura

Knowledgeable tutor

My daughter loves the classes with Laura. Laura is knowledgeable, pleasant, and resonates well with the student. She teaches the concepts so well. My daughter wishes she had started early.

Radhika, 6 lessons with Laura

She's a keeper- very talented tutor and super nice person.

Laura worked with my son over the summer when he took AlgII/Trig and was drowning due to the pace of the work. He moved from low C work to high B with support from her tutoring. We are now re-engaging her during the school year to support math, chemistry, and SAT prep. She listens, is nonjudgmental, patient, and has a magic approach to helping him understand the material in a way that he is open to understanding. They built a quick rapport. I know my son appreciates her help as much as I do.

Sheila, 48 lessons with Laura

Very patient and helpful

I needed help bumping my score for the ACT science section and Laura was excellent. She tried different strategies for approaching the test and we finally found one that worked. My score has improved significantly with the practice tests because of her guidance and I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for any type of help. She is a very knowledgeable tutor and I am a better test taker because of her.

Nancy, 7 lessons with Laura

Great tutor

Laura is a fantastic tutor. We had her for all of last summer and we are back for more this summer! She is efficient and able to cover a lot of material.

Lekshmi, 39 lessons with Laura

Knowledgeable, well prepared tutor!

Laura knows how to teach strategies for achieving good results on SAT/ACT exams. She is clear in her explanations, enthusiastic and extremely professional.

Catherine , 3 lessons with Laura

Awesome Tutor!!! You won't be disappointed...

Laura worked with both my boys for the entire school year on a weekly basis. She tutored 1 boy in AP calculus while tutoring the other in Accelerated Algebra II/trigonometry and Accelerated Chemistry. She was amazing! My boys traveled a lot for their sport missing 30+ days of school per semester. Laura was available for the normal sessions as well as on the weekends when they returned to work with them on material they missed in class. She was able to explain the concepts extremely well. So well, that both my kids maintained high grades in all their classes and made honor roll each semester. She really is the real deal!!! You won't be disappointed...

Diana, 47 lessons with Laura

Great physics teacher

University physics. My daughter uses Laura & thinks she's EXTREMELY knowledgeable and helpful. Good teaching style. Wonderful combination of intelligence and kindness.

Melissa , 9 lessons with Laura
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$250/hour

Laura R.

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