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Results-Producing College and Career Counselor
Valerie L.

5,162 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $125
Valerie L.'s Photo

Results-Producing College and Career Counselor
Results-Producing College and Career Counselor
Valerie L.

5,162 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

5,162 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Valerie


Bio

Do you need a thinking partner, coach, or expert to help inspire and achieve your professional, personal, or academic goals? I can help you with career and life coaching, college counseling, tutoring in STEM subjects, and scientific/technical writing. I support self-awareness and thinking in ways that empower individuals to achieve their goals. There is nothing more satisfying than helping you become your personal and professional best.

My background includes 12 years of results-based...

Do you need a thinking partner, coach, or expert to help inspire and achieve your professional, personal, or academic goals? I can help you with career and life coaching, college counseling, tutoring in STEM subjects, and scientific/technical writing. I support self-awareness and thinking in ways that empower individuals to achieve their goals. There is nothing more satisfying than helping you become your personal and professional best.

My background includes 12 years of results-based coaching; personal experience with career and life transitions; STEM master's degree and technical expertise; and business experience as a consultant and employee. Professionally, I have 14 years as a consulting environmental scientist for industry, including operations management, along with complex, academic research at a major university.

If you are a professional or college graduate, you can thrive through your career transition! I will support you to identify your purpose and create a career or job to fulfill it. This includes evaluating career paths, investigating organizations for a best fit, creating authentic resumes, and evaluating job offers. For entrepreneurs, I help with brand development and materials.

For high school and college graduates seeking an advanced degree, we will explore educational opportunities based on professional interests, determine relevant career assessments, evaluate appropriate degree programs, and work through the college application process. I will help you prepare well-written college essays and statements that authentically represent your life and academic goals. My experience includes applications to universities such as Tufts, BU, Harvard, Villanova, NYU, and Columbia, among others. All my students have been accepted to a degree program that fits them, and nearly all have been accepted at their first choice.

I look forward to getting to know your passions and dreams and creating a fun and fulfilling relationship, where together we achieve your career, college, and high school success.


Education

New Mexico Institute of Technology
Environmental Science
The University of Waterloo
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $125
  • Rate details: Group Tutoring or Coaching: Rates upon request College Counseling: $125/hr Career & Life Coaching: $150/hr
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 8/2/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Art History

Business

Career Development

Career Development

I have more than 12 years experience as a career development coach. The career level of my clients includes those at the college/university, entry, experienced, and top executive levels. The foundation of my experience is more than 20 years in business, as an employee and consultant; as well as holding senior positions in management, including operations. My work with clients has been very effective, with all of my clients being able to identify an authentic career, create an appropriate set of strategies for achieving their goals, and then reaching them.

Computer

Web Design

Web Design

I have more than eight years experience creating websites using content management systems, such as WordPress and Hubspot. I design, create graphical and written content, and build websites. My clients are from a range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) industries.

Corporate Training

Career Development,

Career Development

I have more than 12 years experience as a career development coach. The career level of my clients includes those at the college/university, entry, experienced, and top executive levels. The foundation of my experience is more than 20 years in business, as an employee and consultant; as well as holding senior positions in management, including operations. My work with clients has been very effective, with all of my clients being able to identify an authentic career, create an appropriate set of strategies for achieving their goals, and then reaching them.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
Web Design,

Web Design

I have more than eight years experience creating websites using content management systems, such as WordPress and Hubspot. I design, create graphical and written content, and build websites. My clients are from a range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) industries.
Grammar, Proofreading

Elementary Education

Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons. I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student. During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material. Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
Writing,

Writing

I have more than 20 years experience in essay, professional, and technical writing. For college and graduate school applications, I help students to create very well written essays and statements that authentically represent them, their character, and their accomplishments. My business experience, including writing content for resumes, websites, and social media, has provided me with the ability to connect and communicate with a variety of audiences. My background as a scientist provides me with a unique ability to assess problems and to determine facts and evidence to support conclusions and solutions. These skills, combined with my knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation enable me to effectively communicate through writing. Because of my strong writing skills, English expertise, and editing abilities, I am often hired to help clients, from students to professionals, to improve their writing skills.
ACT English, English, Grammar, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Spelling, Vocabulary

History

American History, Art History, Geography, World History

Homeschool

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons. I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student. During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material. Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.
Writing,

Writing

I have more than 20 years experience in essay, professional, and technical writing. For college and graduate school applications, I help students to create very well written essays and statements that authentically represent them, their character, and their accomplishments. My business experience, including writing content for resumes, websites, and social media, has provided me with the ability to connect and communicate with a variety of audiences. My background as a scientist provides me with a unique ability to assess problems and to determine facts and evidence to support conclusions and solutions. These skills, combined with my knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation enable me to effectively communicate through writing. Because of my strong writing skills, English expertise, and editing abilities, I am often hired to help clients, from students to professionals, to improve their writing skills.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Reading, Spelling

Language

ESL/ESOL

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.

Math

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Prealgebra

Most Popular

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons. I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student. During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material. Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.
Writing,

Writing

I have more than 20 years experience in essay, professional, and technical writing. For college and graduate school applications, I help students to create very well written essays and statements that authentically represent them, their character, and their accomplishments. My business experience, including writing content for resumes, websites, and social media, has provided me with the ability to connect and communicate with a variety of audiences. My background as a scientist provides me with a unique ability to assess problems and to determine facts and evidence to support conclusions and solutions. These skills, combined with my knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation enable me to effectively communicate through writing. Because of my strong writing skills, English expertise, and editing abilities, I am often hired to help clients, from students to professionals, to improve their writing skills.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, English, Prealgebra, Reading

Other

College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have 12 years experience as an academic coach and college counselor, helping high school and college students, as well as adults already pursuing a career to enhance their education. An area in which I focus is helping to write highly literate essays and personal statements, ensuring that they are presenting an engaged, authentic, and well-qualified self. When helpful, I use a variety of assessments, such as the combined MBTI/Strong Interest Inventory, to help them become more self-aware of how they relate to the world and to identify their values, strengths, interests, and abilities. Through this work, I assist them in determining the best path for their ultimate career and academic options.
ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons. I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student. During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material. Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.
Geography

Science

Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology

Special Needs

Study Skills

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons. I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student. During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material. Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.

Summer

ESL/ESOL,

ESL/ESOL

I have tutored ESL at the university level for a variety of students who spoke English as a second language, including native speakers of Asian, Middle Eastern, and European languages.
Study Skills,

Study Skills

I am qualified to tutor study skills for several reasons. I successfully completed a bachelor's in environmental science and a master's in earth science as an a student. During my work on my master's, I was a teaching assistant who successfully helped college freshmen learn how to think about learning the subject they studied and how to study the material. Two of my recent students were not doing well in their classes. As their academic tutor, I identified how they learn -- comprehend, process, and anchor information -- and helped them become self-aware around their individual learning style. I then developed a learning/study strategy that worked very well for them both. In fact, one of these students just improved her test scores, going from a C to a 96% after just two tutoring sessions with me and implementing her new learning/study strategy.
Writing,

Writing

I have more than 20 years experience in essay, professional, and technical writing. For college and graduate school applications, I help students to create very well written essays and statements that authentically represent them, their character, and their accomplishments. My business experience, including writing content for resumes, websites, and social media, has provided me with the ability to connect and communicate with a variety of audiences. My background as a scientist provides me with a unique ability to assess problems and to determine facts and evidence to support conclusions and solutions. These skills, combined with my knowledge of English vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation enable me to effectively communicate through writing. Because of my strong writing skills, English expertise, and editing abilities, I am often hired to help clients, from students to professionals, to improve their writing skills.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry, Reading

Test Preparation

Career Development,

Career Development

I have more than 12 years experience as a career development coach. The career level of my clients includes those at the college/university, entry, experienced, and top executive levels. The foundation of my experience is more than 20 years in business, as an employee and consultant; as well as holding senior positions in management, including operations. My work with clients has been very effective, with all of my clients being able to identify an authentic career, create an appropriate set of strategies for achieving their goals, and then reaching them.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

I have 12 years experience as an academic coach and college counselor, helping high school and college students, as well as adults already pursuing a career to enhance their education. An area in which I focus is helping to write highly literate essays and personal statements, ensuring that they are presenting an engaged, authentic, and well-qualified self. When helpful, I use a variety of assessments, such as the combined MBTI/Strong Interest Inventory, to help them become more self-aware of how they relate to the world and to identify their values, strengths, interests, and abilities. Through this work, I assist them in determining the best path for their ultimate career and academic options.
ACT English, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Ratings and Reviews


Rating

5.0 (806 ratings)
5 star
(786)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(4)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(1)

Reviews

Wonderful tutor

My college-aged son says, "She is just what I need." I am so thankful that he and Valerie connected as we have been trying to find someone for a long time. I think that speaks for itself!

Sara, 4 lessons with Valerie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Sara! I am looking forward to continuing to provide support for your son. He is a pleasure to work with!

Perfect tutor!

I was extremely nervous about my environmental science paper and was on the brink of giving up. Valerie quickly changed my mindset! She was very patient and made sure I was confident in what I was writing. 5 stars isn’t enough for her rating. Thanks again!

Mercedes, 2 lessons with Valerie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Mercedes! I am happy that our work together provided you with a positive outcome. Best wishes in your new career!

Patient and tactical tutor

Valerie was very patient in getting our first call set up to discuss how she could help our daughter. Once we set up our first session our daughter said she felt so much better about doing her book report because Valerie created a working document to follow in getting the book report done. She broke down the work into smaller pieces that were manageable and helped her know what to do.

Gisele, 6 lessons with Valerie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Gisele! It was my pleasure to help your daughter to excel in a project that was important to her.

Insightful

While Valerie brings many skills in terms of subject/technical knowledge, she is even more valuable for her insights into your child and the stage he/she is in as a learner.

Victoria, 98 lessons with Valerie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Victoria! It is a genuine pleasure being able to contribute to the academic and life success of your children.

Very Talented

Valerie has been helping our family for years now with many different subjects and now is helping our daughter manage her college workload. Valerie is very talented at breaking down information into manageable pieces while helping to provide a better understanding of the content.

Mary, 226 lessons with Valerie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Mary! Getting to know and helping your family has enriched my life!

College application summer prep

Valerie is helping my daughter prepare writing for college applications. She is very knowledgable and also relatable. She works in a clear process and makes continued progress. My daughter enjoys working with Valerie and recognizes how her writing and organizing are improving. Valerie has alleviated a lot of the stress of college search and preparation for the application process.

Shandy, 8 lessons with Valerie
Tutor responded:

Thank you, Shandy! It is a pleasure to be helping your family with this important transition in your daughter's life. She is a pleasure to work with, and I am excited to see where her college path leads her.

Above and beyond

Valerie is a superb. Her and her work truly embody what it means to be a professional. She is thorough, patience and offers invaluable insight. She is also a great source of inspiration and encouragement! I highly recommend her!

Noor, 3 lessons with Valerie

Calm, helpful, great help with study skills

Valerie has been helping our daughter with general study skills, Earth Science content, and organizing her writing. Our daughter's science grade has improved, her confidence has as well, and she feels much more organized heading into a rather large first research writing assignment. I look forward to seeing the end result of this.

Michele , 8 lessons with Valerie

Positive and always encouraging.

Valerie is a pleasure to have as a tutor. She has helped my daughter immensely with her science and finance classes. No matter what mood my daughter is in, Valerie always brings her around and helps her focus on her studies. I highly recommend Valerie as a positive influence.

Jenny, 62 lessons with Valerie
Hourly Rate: $125
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