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Rachel M.

Rockville, MD

$40/hour

Great English and History Tutor

Background check passed as of 6/28/16
4.9 average from 118 ratings
Methodical, patient, and enthusiastic
— Norman, Washington, DC on 11/14/14

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Mount Holyoke College
Ancient St min Anthr
New York University (Museum Studies
Graduate Coursework

Education

Mount Holyoke College (Ancient St min Anthr)

New York University (Museum Studies (Graduate Coursework)

About Rachel

I have been working as a private tutor for four years, and have worked with kids from first through twelfth grade, as well as adults. I have a BA from Mount Holyoke in Ancient Studies, with a minor in Anthropology, and did some graduate work at NYU. I went through the special education system in Montgomery County, MD, in elementary and middle school, but graduated high school fully mainstreamed and with honors. I understand the rights and privileges connected with IEPs.

As the daughter and granddaughter of public school teachers, I know what teachers tend to look for when grading and writing recommendation letters. I have also assisted elementary school teachers, including grading, writing study guides, and helping students learn their lines for a school play.
I have been working as a private tutor for four years, and have worked with kids from first through twelfth grade, as well as adults. I have a BA from Mount Holyoke in Ancient Studies, with a minor in Anthropology, and did some graduate work at NYU. I went through the special Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

It is my policy to charge half my fee if a student cancels a lesson on the day of said lesson for any reason other than illness.

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Rockville, MD 20852
Background Check: Passed

"Methodical, patient, and enthusiastic"

- Norman, Washington, DC on 11/14/14

"Very helpful and explains thoroughly"

- Sabrina, Rockville, MD on 3/16/16

"Great tutor"

- Eileen, Silver Spring, MD on 8/1/15

"Patient tutor"

- Evan, Rockville, MD on 7/20/15

"Great Tutor"

- Sharon, Rockville, MD on 7/3/15

"Patient Teacher"

- Morris, Gaithersburg, MD on 1/6/15

"Great and Knowledgeable Tutor"

- Mamadu, Upper Marlboro, MD on 2/3/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Elementary Math, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology,
Archaeology,
Physical Science
Art:
Theatre
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
History:
American History,
Anthropology,
Archaeology,
Classics,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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American History

I studied American women's history at Mount Holyoke College, where I wrote a paper on the work of female social reformers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I also attended the Deerfield archaeological field school, where I learned about Native American history and the interactions of Native American tribes and British colonists. I have tutored American history at both the middle school and high school levels.

Anthropology

I minored in anthropology at Mount Holyoke. While there, I took classes in cultural, economic, and medical anthropology, as well as archaeology and contemporary theory. In my contemporary theory class, I read Marx, Weber, Foucault, and Donna Haraway, among others.

At NYU, I studied museum anthropology. I completed independent research on visitor's responses to the genetics exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. I also published a paper on the class blog about the history of a researcher at AMNH, focusing on the significance of a lantern slide in the museum's collection. In addition, in my museum theory class, I learned a great deal about the history of the discipline.

My interests within the field of anthropology are centered around ancient history, material culture, ritual, and gender roles, as well as genetics and human evolution.

Archaeology

I have completed two archaeological field schools through UMass Amherst: Deerfield (excavated a Native American site in Western Massachusetts) and Poggio Civitate (an Etruscan site near Sienna). I specialized in lab work, particularly cleaning and reconstructing artifacts.

I also spent two weeks excavating Ramat Rachel in Israel, volunteered for the Pompeii Food and Drinks Project (an archaeological survey project), and visited numerous archaeological sites in Greece.

In addition, I studied museum anthropology and conservation at NYU. At Mount Holyoke, I studied Israeli archaeology, Greek and Roman topography, and Greek, Roman and Egyptian art history.

Classics

I have a degree in Ancient Studies from Mount Holyoke College, where I specialized in art of the ancient world. I completed advanced coursework on the Greek, Roman and Egyptian cultures. I also completed the Poggio Civitate archaeological field school, which provides a comprehensive background in Etruscan studies. I participated in the Museum Outreach Program, in which I taught elementary school students about ancient history and archaeology. In addition, I wrote papers on the influence of the Peloponnesian War on the dramas of Euripides and on the roles of women in Egyptian society.

Please note, I am unable to provide tutoring in ancient languages.

English

I have tutored students in English from the elementary school through high school levels. I specialize in helping them to construct strong arguments and craft essays.

I went to a college that stressed strong speaking, arguing and writing (SAW) skills in all subjects. I studied creative writing and was the president of the creative writers guild. When I have written papers jointly, I was always the appointed editor for the group due to my strong grasp of grammar and style.

Study Skills

I have worked with multiple students with organizational issues, including one with special needs. My students have ranged from eighth grade through eleventh. I focus on making sure that they have completed their assignments and are aware of any upcoming tests and projects, as well as encouraging them to write down their homework. I insist that they organize their notebooks regularly. I have also helped them develop research skills and learn to organize their thoughts for large assignments.

Theatre

I studied theater history for two semesters. I took three years of acting lessons, two of improv comedy and eight years of ballet. I took a course on Italian comedies, including comic operas and commedia dell'arte. I have read and/or watched nearly every Shakespeare play. I have studied Greek theater (especially tragedy) extensively. While in college, I took a course on the cultural context of Greek tragedies. My final paper focused on the influence Athenian politics on Euripides Hecuba.

Writing

I went to a college that stressed strong speaking, arguing and writing (SAW) skills in all subjects. I studied creative writing and was the president of the creative writers guild. I have written research papers in myriad subjects, ranging from scientific lab reports to classics, history and art history. When I have written papers jointly, I was always the appointed editor for the group due to my strong grasp of grammar and style.

Mount Holyoke College
Ancient St min Anthr
New York University (Museum Studies
Graduate Coursework

Education

Mount Holyoke College (Ancient St min Anthr)

New York University (Museum Studies (Graduate Coursework)

Methodical, patient, and enthusiastic — Rachel tutored my daughter, preparing her for the reading and writing portions of the SAT. Rachel was a great tutor, and my daughter and I will always be grateful to her. Rachel evaluated the needs of my daughter and adjusted her teaching accordingly. She was methodical and patient, gaining my daughter's confidence. She came to tutoring sessions with a clear plan of action, making classes efficien ...

— Norman, Washington, DC on 11/14/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

It is my policy to charge half my fee if a student cancels a lesson on the day of said lesson for any reason other than illness.

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 10 miles of Rockville, MD 20852.