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Nancy K.

Concord, MA

$100/hr

Experienced and Effective SAT prep, English and history tutor

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30 Ratings
 
 
8hrs Response Time
Wonderful tutor!
— Megan, Concord, MA on 1/26/14

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Colby College
History
University of Connecticut
Master's
Framingham State University
MEd

Education

Colby College (History)

University of Connecticut (Master's)

Framingham State University (MEd)

About Nancy

I am a former High School English and history teacher who stayed home to raise my children for the past 11 years. I have a B.A. in History from Colby College and a Masters degree in History from the University of Connecticut, and I will complete my M. Ed. in history in May 2016, I have tutored students in S.A.T. and ACT prep, American, European and African history and have helped with English papers on Shakespeare, Steinbeck and other literature. Because I love history and English, I enjoy guiding students who are stuck on a project or need help understanding complicated subjects.

I was trained by and tutored for one of the top two national SAT prep companies and I use their very effective methods when tutoring. Many of my students scores increase by more than 150 points and I have helped many students move from mid-600 scores on the SAT verbal section to a perfect 800. I like to work with both parents and students to understand their goals and how hard they want me to push students ; I excel at gently pushing students to prepare as best they can and then helping them dial down any pre-test anxiety.

In academic subjects, I appreciate helping students see the big picture because it aids them in understanding the supporting details, language and facts and helps them construct their own mastery of the topic, whether it is Of Mice and Men or the nuances of colonialism.

My first task is always to take the measure of the student and to understand his or her learning style. One of the things I enjoy about tutoring is the ability to tailor learning to the individual and to shift gears if a particular method is no longer working. Often it is as simple as helping students organize their own thoughts, for example, by creating a character tree for a novel so they can easily re-orient themselves to characters as they re-appear throughout a book.

My main goal is to use my passion for my subject to help guide students to a thorough understanding of what they need to know and why it is important. I often use modern day parallels to help students understand history, or push them to wonder why a place as far away as China plays such an important role in our everyday life and the government of our country.

There is nothing more satisfying for me than taking a frustrated and discouraged student and showing him or her how to succeed.
I am a former High School English and history teacher who stayed home to raise my children for the past 11 years. I have a B.A. in History from Colby College and a Masters degree in History from the University of Connecticut, and I Read more

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Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Concord, MA 01742
In-person lessons

"Wonderful tutor!"

- Megan, Concord, MA on 1/26/14

"Very pleased!"

- Angie, Acton, MA on 11/12/12
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
English,
Literature, Proofreading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
History:
American History,
European History, Social Studies,
World History
Elementary Education:
Vocabulary
Business:
GRE
Homeschool:
English,
SAT Reading,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading,
College Counseling, GRE, PSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT
Corporate Training:
College Counseling, Proofreading

Approved subjects are in bold.

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ACT Reading

I have tutored many students on the ACT reading section and helped them raise their scores by 5-8 points. I help familiarize students with the types of questions on the ACT, how to eliminate wrong answers and how to successfully deal with the pressure of reading four passages and answering 40 questions in 35 minutes.

American History

I have a master's degree in history and have taught U.S. history from pre-contact (1492) times to the present. I have taught A.P. U.S. History and I have completed the college board course to prepare students for the A.P. I can help students with papers(from inception to completion), drafting outlines of chapters for review and preparing for the Advanced Placement test and US History tests in school.

English

I taught high school english for several years and can help with writing and editing papers and with undestanding Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and most American authors. I help students see "the big idea" and gather supporting evidence from novels and literature.

Proofreading

I have worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for three years and as a high school English and history teacher for two. I have edited and improved many essays for students and I teach the grammar and writing sections of the SAT.

PSAT

I have prepared students for the SAT and PSAT for more than five years and most of my students see score increases of at least 50 points in reading and writing. I previously tutored students in SAT and PSAT prep for The Princeton Review.

SAT Reading

I was an SAT tutor for The Princeton Review for four years and helped students with vocabulary, analogies and reading comprehension.

SAT Writing

I have tutored students in SAT prep for The Princeton Review and I am a former high school teacher. I help students learn how to read the SAT questions and write a clear,concise essay, that will help raise their score.

Social Studies

I am certified by the state of Massachusetts to teach Social Studies.

World History

I have taught world history in graduate school and at the high school level.

Writing

I was a newspaper reporter and editor for five years and I taught high school English and history for three years. I have helped many students improve their writing score on the SAT. I work with students and I don't just edit their work--I show them how to become clearer, more concise writers.

Colby College
History
University of Connecticut
Master's
Framingham State University
MEd

Education

Colby College (History)

University of Connecticut (Master's)

Framingham State University (MEd)

Wonderful tutor! — Nancy has been a gift. She has patience to work with my daughter on improving her writing skills. She comes to each lesson very well prepared, often times communicating directly with my daughter prior to their meeting, in order to make it more effective. I sometimes times hear them laughing about various novels and comparisons. She has been flexible and willing to work on projects outside of Ho ...

— Megan, Concord, MA on 1/26/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $100.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Nancy will travel within 20 miles of Concord, MA 01742.

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