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ACT, SAT, PSAT, SSAT -- All Sections - Highly Experienced Tutor
Laura B.

653 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Hourly Rate: $150

Response time: 1 hour

Laura B.'s Photo

ACT, SAT, PSAT, SSAT -- All Sections - Highly Experienced Tutor
ACT, SAT, PSAT, SSAT -- All Sections - Highly Experienced Tutor
Laura B.

653 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

653 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Laura


Bio

I love that "light bulb moment” when a student understands a new concept, feels more confident and recognizes that goals are in reach. That’s what has kept me tutoring for over 20 years, and it’s the experience I strive to create for my students!

I was a National Merit Finalist in high school. Seven years later, I had my own “light bulb moment” after a Princeton Review prep course. After brushing off my rusty math and formal logic skills, my GRE scores rose to the 99th percentile. ...

I love that "light bulb moment” when a student understands a new concept, feels more confident and recognizes that goals are in reach. That’s what has kept me tutoring for over 20 years, and it’s the experience I strive to create for my students!

I was a National Merit Finalist in high school. Seven years later, I had my own “light bulb moment” after a Princeton Review prep course. After brushing off my rusty math and formal logic skills, my GRE scores rose to the 99th percentile. Inspired by my own great test prep experience, I began to teach SAT, ACT, PSAT, and GRE with Princeton Review. While teaching test prep classes, I sampled several different career and graduate pathways. I worked for a public policy institute in DC and thought about getting a graduate degree - and started teaching more GRE and GMAT classes. I worked at the State Department on humanitarian assistance and UN peacekeeping issues and thought about law or medical school - and started teaching LSAT and MCAT classes. Just as I started coursework for a graduate degree in public health, I was offered a chance to move to the Balkans to help start a new international organization working on human rights and medico-legal issues. After several years overseas, I returned to the US and completed a law degree. Since then I’ve worked in the Senate, in a big law firm and on various short-term international missions or projects, all while tutoring privately part-time and raising two kids.

I have taught hundreds and hundreds of students over the years in various formats: large commercial classes of 20+ students, small groups and one-on-one private tutoring. I have worked with students ranging from grade school to older adults returning to grad school to embark on second careers. As the parent of a child with learning disabilities in a family with a history of learning disabilities, I am familiar with a wide variety of diagnoses that may affect learning. I can review psycho-educational assessments and adjust my tutoring approach. B


Education

University of Colorado - Boulder
International Relations
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D.
George Washington University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $150
  • Rate details: Discount for small group tutoring for same test and test date. Contact me for details.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/2/2017

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

English

ACT English, ACT Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math, SAT Reading

Math

ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry

Science

ACT Science

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, SAT Math

Test Preparation

ISEE,

ISEE

I've tutored many students for entrance to top private secondary and boarding schools. ISEE and SSAT are very similar tests with a few important differences. Only the ISEE Math section has a "quantitative comparison" section with a two column format that is confusing to students. I teach students a systematic approach that can help them avoid traps and find the right answer quickly. The ISEE tests vocabulary in a sentence completion question format. Students work with me to learn to identify the "clues" hidden in these sentences that point to the correct answer. Preparation for the SSAT or ISEE is quite important, especially in math, where high scoring students will have typically have finished Algebra and be taking Geometry in school at the time of the test. Since both the SSAT and ISEE have a lot of Algebra and Geometry questions, students who are only part way through Algebra at the time of testing are at a disadvantage and will need additional private instruction in order to do well on either of these tests.
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT

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Thoughtful, careful, organized.

SAT English and Math! She is meticulous, engaging, and demanding. She advised on preparation and how to best approach practice. Laura has good positive energy but is focused on results.

Rachel, 2 lessons with Laura

Fantastic test prep tutor

Laura is doing a fantastic job tutoring my son for ACT testing. She is kind, patient, and presents the information in a clear, understandable manner. We are both very happy we found her.

Eden, 17 lessons with Laura

Friendly and very knowledgeable tutor.

Laura is helping my daughter efficiently strategize on how to answer the SSAT questions correctly. It is a huge help to have this practice and guidance. She has been very accomodating.

Amy, 5 lessons with Laura

Highly intelligent exam Strategist

Laura has done a fantastic job of diagnosing where my daughter needs to focus in order to optimize her time and increase her SAT Score. I would highly recommend Laura to help your son or daughter increase their exam scores.

Nikki, 15 lessons with Laura

Laura builds confidence and skills!

My daughter loves working with Laura. She describes Laura as patient and encouraging. She has said - "she doesn't make me feel like I'm stupid." Very simply put, but I think this is critical to building my daughter's confidence in her abilities, which has always been a struggle for her. We are so pleased with Laura and highly recommend her.

Diane, 25 lessons with Laura

I needed help immediately and got a great tutor!

I had an employment exam (like an SAT) and had not done a test like this for 30 years. Laura took the time to prepare for the meeting by reviewing the sample tests and had laid out a several techniques to prepare and a way (table) to organize the data and get the right answers.

Kevin, 1 lesson with Laura

Amazing Tutor

She worked with my daughter on the SSAT and she has a wealth of information. She is very knowledgeable and I liked her approach to teaching strategies for the SSAT test. Excellent tutor!

Luke, 2 lessons with Laura

Excellent tutor

Laura has a wealth of knowledge about the SSAT, and she has been a wonderful help. I highly recommend her. I think she would also be excellent for other standardized testing.

Margaret, 3 lessons with Laura

Great tutor!

Laura was incredibly knowledgeable about the subject area. She is very intelligent, and really connected with my son. We look forward to working with her more.

Lesley, 81 lessons with Laura
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