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Ellen C.

West Roxbury, MA


Math for Elementary, Middle and High School

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Northeastern University
Bentley College


Northeastern University (Education)

Bentley College (MBA)

About Ellen

Math Mom Ellen - a former Engineer in high tech, I provide one-on-one tutoring with more than 15 years' teaching and tutoring experience. I specialize in elementary through 10th grade math, and ACT, SAT, TERC, ISEE and private school test preparation. I was a remedial Middle School math teacher in Newton, and I have a fondness for teaching prealgebra, middle and high school Algebra I/II and Geometry. I incorporate lots of hands-on practice, my students use lots of paper and pencil to picture the problem before and while solving it, and I teach them to "think on paper" logically and step by step. We repeat problems, ideas and practice through mastery, including good study skills.

I know that all children can have success with math and internalize a positive, healthy idea that "I'm getting pretty good at this, and I even find this interesting." This is one of the most important attitudes to develop in young minds that will last through their school years and into college and adulthood. We want to prevent the child who falls behind in arithmetic or mathematics in grade school or later from being at risk for avoiding quantitative and technical subjects down the road.

For college-minded parents, invest in your child's education now by getting her or him a good tutor.
Math Mom Ellen - a former Engineer in high tech, I provide one-on-one tutoring with more than 15 years' teaching and tutoring experience. I specialize in elementary through 10th grade math, and ACT, Read more

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Travels within 5 miles of West Roxbury, MA 02132
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In-person lessons

"Lucky to have her"

- Annie, West Roxbury, MA on 11/7/14

"Ellen was a great tutor, very patient and very accommodating regarding schedule changes."

- Kari, Needham, MA on 6/26/15

"Highly recommended!"

- Elias, Hyde Park, MA on 2/13/14


- Sue, West Roxbury, MA on 11/9/11
Test Preparation:
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math

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Algebra 1

I have taught Algebra I, II and Geometry for many years. These courses, usually studied in grades 8-10, are the foundation for every student who wants to understand and succeed in math in the future.

Elementary Math

For college-minded parents, elementary school is the most important time to invest in your child's education, and math is a key subject to work on.

Your child can have "math confidence", be more independent in doing their homework and get better grades by receiving support. Now's a great time for her/him to catch up and become interested in, and fond of, math.

Let your child increase her/his scores on homework and tests to internalize the beneficial idea that, "I'm good at math." Your child will carry this positive idea into adulthood and may be drawn toward quantitative and technical careers.

I am a certified math teacher with many years teaching experience who will help your child catch up and become proficient at fulfilling the requirements of elementary school math. I am very hands-on, and give students lots of problems to solve for the practice they need to really master the topics. Each topic builds on the next, so the student feels satisfaction at each level and eager to move on to the next.

In this way, math becomes interesting, fun, and a source of pride for your student.


Often coming between Algebra I and Algebra II, Geometry is the study of the properties and uses of geometric figures in two and three dimensions.

Main topics include: triangles, circles, proofs, polygons and three-dimensional figures, and trigonometry.

Many concepts learned in Algebra 1 are used. A SOLID FOUNDATION in Geometry will ensure success in Algebra II and Precalculus.


Start this summer to prepare your child for the ISEE. Students whom I have tutored in the ISEE have been admitted to the Boston exam schools and to the private schools of their choice. I provide test-taking strategies, math/English content instruction and confidence-building. I am a certified teacher, have taught hundreds of students, and they benefit from my experience.

Your child will have an advantage in getting into the school of your choice, and will also be ahead of the game this September in school. They will have gained a large vocabulary, reading and writing skills, and a rigorous and interesting course of study of math topics and concepts; all is geared toward preparation for the ISEE.

The ISEE is the entrance exam for Boston's exam schools and many Boston area private schools. The exam results in a ranking of students in the same grade.

The ISEE is typically held in November in the Boston area for admission the following September.

The ISEE has three test levels, Lower, Middle and Upper. The Lower Level test is for students currently in grades 4 and 5 who are candidates for admission to grades 5 and 6. The Middle Level test is for students in grades 6 and 7 who are candidates for grades 7 and 8. The Upper Level test is for students in grades 8 through 11 who are candidates for grades 9 through 12.

At all levels, the ISEE consists of 4 or 5 parts, depending on the requirements of the school you are applying to: (a) verbal and (b) quantitative reasoning tests that measure a student's capability for learning; (c) reading comprehension and (d) mathematics achievement tests that provide specific information about a student's strengths and weakness in those areas; and (e) an optional essay section.

If your child is going to be applying to a school that requires the ISEE test, please contact me.


Prealgebra makes the transition from concrete arithmetic to the abstract concepts of Algebra I/II and Geometry. As you can see from the Key Topics listed below, getting a good foundation NOW in prealgebra motivates your child to be INTERESTED AND COMPETENT in Algebra I/II and Geometry, so essential for Middle and High School.

Key Topics: Whole numbers; prime numbers; word problems; unit multipliers; points, lines, rays, angles, and perimeter; area; volume; graphs; working with fractions; mode, median, and mean; equations; mixed numbers; exponential expressions and roots; decimal, fraction, and percent problems; proportions; ratios; negative numbers; opposites; algebraic phrases; order of operations; variables; parentheses; ratio problems; powers; computing interest; triangles; congruence; bisectors; advanced equations; permutations; equations of a line; conversions.

Northeastern University
Bentley College


Northeastern University (Education)

Bentley College (MBA)

Lucky to have her — Having never used a tutor we felt like we must have lucked out, Ellen made everything so easy. Ellen was efficient, courteous, very flexible and accommodating. Our son felt very comfortable with Ellen and she made him feel successful at every turn. Her methods were thorough and her lessons were fun for our child. We utilized her skills for 7 months and felt like she became one of the family. I wou ...

— Annie, West Roxbury, MA on 11/7/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $80.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ellen will travel within 5 miles of West Roxbury, MA 02132.