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Betsy B.

Andover, MA



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Wonderful tutor!
— Kim, North Andover, MA on 3/11/15

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Tufts University


Tufts University (Engineering)

About Betsy

Tutoring all levels of mathematics for public, private and home-school students. I follow each student's curriculum, providing supplemental materials as needed.

Although math is not everyone's best subject, it doesn't have to be stressful. Anxiety and discouragement often get in the way of students reaching their full potential in math.**

I have experience coaching students, focusing on positive reinforcement and teaching to each student's learning style. This is difficult to accomplish in a big classroom.

I teach outside the box using real world scenarios to make math tangible. I use examples relevant to a student's interests and visuals to help teach math concepts that are memorable. My goal is to eliminate fear and anxiety around math, while building on each student's strengths. When a student not only "gets it", but remembers it, the concepts can be applied to difficult problem-solving scenarios like those on the SAT and SSAT tests.

For middle and high school students, I also help with organizational and study skills. Preparing study guides with formulas and important information is a critical skill that can can be used for homework, studying, and future courses.

I have an educational background in Engineering and Applied Mathematics. My work experience ranges from consulting in software applications and networks to more recently, as a math specialist tutor in Andover, Massachusetts, and as a private tutor in Andover and its surrounding towns. I teach all levels of Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry and Pre-Calculus.

Test Preparation:
- Math SAT
- MTEL General Curriculum 03 Math Subtest
- MTEL Elementary Math 53, Middle School Math 47

I have fulfilled all state testing requirements for the Massachusetts teaching certificate in middle school mathematics.

Excellent recommendations available on WyzAnt.
Additional references are available upon request.

"A mediocre teacher tells. A good teacher explains. A superior teacher demonstrates. A great teacher inspires."
Tutoring all levels of mathematics for public, private and home-school students. I follow each student's curriculum, providing supplemental materials as needed.

Although math is not everyone's best subject, it doesn't
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24 hours notice required

After the first missed lesson, the hourly fee will be charged for all cancellations within 24 hours of a scheduled lesson. Makeup lesson availability is not guaranteed on weekdays.

Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Andover, MA 01810
Background Check: Passed

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Kim, North Andover, MA on 3/11/15

"Very fun to work with and a great tutor"

- GEORGE, Andover, MA on 5/23/16

"She knows it all!"

- Lauren, South Hamilton, MA on 2/20/16

"Great math tutor"

- Diane, Andover, MA on 12/12/15

"Great tutor for my son"

- Vasilia, Lynnfield, MA on 8/10/15

"Excellent tutor!"

- Holly, Dracut, MA on 9/14/14

"Best tutor"

- Isabella, Boxford, MA on 4/5/14

"Great tutor"

- Kara, North Andover, MA on 2/18/14

"Excellent teacher!!!"

- Parvathi, Andover, MA on 1/19/14

"Able to break geometry concepts down to understandable and retainable pieces"

- Peg, Dracut, MA on 10/29/13

"Only the Best"

- Bryan, Tewksbury, MA on 9/24/13

"Awesome tutor!!"

- Candy, Plaistow, NH on 9/21/13

"A perfect fit!"

- Jeri, Wilmington, MA on 2/15/13

"Great tutor, fantastic for my student!"

- Debbie, Chelmsford, MA on 2/11/13

"Friendly and knowledgeable"

- Christine, Dunstable, MA on 11/30/12

"Great to work with!"

- Susan, Billerica, MA on 11/8/12

"Fantastic, caring tutor!"

- Renata, Wilmington, MA on 9/16/12

"Excellent tutor"

- Paul, Middleton, MA on 9/10/12

"Fabulous tutor"

- Martha, Methuen, MA on 2/17/12
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Elementary Math, Geometry,
Linear Algebra,
Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math,
Test Preparation:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word

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Algebra 1

Algebra is often the turning point where students who once did well in math begin to have trouble. It is a cumulative subject where all the rules of arithmetic come together and need to be applied. I do a good job of simplifying the basic rules of Pre-algebra so that even the more complex problems can be broken down to the basics. Algebra is like a puzzle where you first have to look at the big picture, break down the pieces into "edges and middle pieces" and then the pieces can be systematically put together .

Algebra 2

I have extensive experience teaching Algebra II privately, and have excellent references and a good record for helping students that are struggling to improve their grades.
There are many ways to look at a problem in Algebra. Depending on the student's learning style, I teach different techniques to help solve problems, including tricks with factoring, divisibility and always include refreshers from Pre-Algebra and Algebra I. Math is cumulative and every skill must be understood along the way.


Geometry is quite different from Algebra and often times, students that excel in Algebra may have trouble with Geometry. Geometry is visual which can be helpful with the right examples. Proofs are more logical and can be mastered with the right end result in mind. The basics rules are often skimmed through but are essential to the process. I provide general study guides with formulas and theorems to help every student succeed.

Linear Algebra

My math background includes honors and AP courses through semesters of college Calculus. I also have an Engineering background using Linear Algebra.
I have been tutoring all levels of Algebra for several years, including Linear Algebra as part of Algebra I and SAT Math Prep.
I have excellent references from all past Algebra students.


I have passed the MTLE licensure exams including Communications and Literacy and Middle School Mathematics. I have been tutoring for the General Curriculum Mathematics 03 exam for the past 2 years.

SAT Math

SAT Math preparation involves reviewing Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Algebra topics learned mostly in Middle School. In addition, the questions require applying these topics in real world scenarios.
I offer tutoring based on each student's level of need to review or learn the skills, then work on applying them in practice test problems. Learning how questions are scored, and paying close attention to the often tricky wording within the questions, can make a difference in test outcome. I also offer strategies to overcome anxiety and boost confidence regarding testing.

I recommend starting to prepare at least 3-6 months prior to testing so there is less last-minute stress.

Tufts University


Tufts University (Engineering)

Wonderful tutor! — Betsy has been my 9th grade daughter's geometry tutor this past 3 months, and has made a tremendous difference in her academic life. Not only has she really learned the material, she has grown much more confident in her abilities, which in itself has helped her perform better on tests. Betsy is very patient, very encouraging, and very thorough. She also is incredibly generous with her time, freq ...

— Kim, North Andover, MA on 3/11/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $70.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

After the first missed lesson, the hourly fee will be charged for all cancellations within 24 hours of a scheduled lesson. Makeup lesson availability is not guaranteed on weekdays.

Travel policy

Betsy will travel within 6 miles of Andover, MA 01810.