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Math, Writing and Test Prep Tutor for All Ages, 12+ Years Experience
Natalie G.

4,290 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $100

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Natalie G.'s Photo

Math, Writing and Test Prep Tutor for All Ages, 12+ Years Experience
Math, Writing and Test Prep Tutor for All Ages, 12+ Years Experience
Natalie G.

4,290 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

4,290 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

About Natalie


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Since 2010, I have helped more than 6000 students of all ages and backgrounds understand their homework, excel in their classes, and comprehensively prepare for upcoming exams. My specialties are basic to advanced math, writing coaching, and test preparation for the SSAT, ISEE, CogAT, SCAT, SAT, ACT, CBEST, and GRE. With my support, my students pinpoint struggle areas and conquer them so they can achieve their goals in school and life. They make progress in their studies and score in the top...

Since 2010, I have helped more than 6000 students of all ages and backgrounds understand their homework, excel in their classes, and comprehensively prepare for upcoming exams. My specialties are basic to advanced math, writing coaching, and test preparation for the SSAT, ISEE, CogAT, SCAT, SAT, ACT, CBEST, and GRE. With my support, my students pinpoint struggle areas and conquer them so they can achieve their goals in school and life. They make progress in their studies and score in the top percentiles on tests. After weekly lessons, one of my students aced her precalculus final exam, another increased his overall SAT score by 100 points after just 5 lessons, and 2 SSAT students scored in the 98th percentile! My CBEST students finally passed after numerous failed attempts without tutoring.

The key formula for successful learning is “practice makes perfect”: anyone can improve with enough hard work, dedication, and, of course, the right guidance. I don't just teach my students what they need to know: I show them how to build on the skills they already have and reach their true potential.

I know from my own experience how hard it is to learn any subject and how much harder it is to find the right teacher. Now I explain the same concepts I've mastered to countless students who need my help. I customize my online lessons to fit every student’s needs. That includes online resources, recommended homework, and enrichment learning.

Please contact me today to set up a risk-free first lesson!


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  • Rate details: 1 hour minimum for all lessons. 24-hr cancellation policy applies to rescheduling, no-shows, and being more than 15 minutes late to a lesson. Cancellation fee = lesson rate/hr.
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Business

GRE

GRE

The GRE is a complex, demanding test. For over 12 years, I've helped many undergraduate students prepare for all five sections: GRE Analytical Writing, GRE Verbal, and GRE math. Concept review and strategic problem solving are part of my approach for Quantitative Reasoning, especially quantitative comparison questions. For reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions, I coach students through them using effective techniques and intensive vocabulary practice. The GRE writing section requires strong critical thinking skills and logical reasoning to achieve a scaled score of 5 or higher. As a professional writer and editor who has tutored test prep for many different timed essays, I clarify the GRE writing standards for students so they can expand their brainstorming and outline process, draft strong responses in minimal time, and strengthen their writing with constructive editing. It is challenging to score high on the GRE, but with organized test prep and a commitment to regular practice, it can be done!

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. However, strong grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. I have studied English grammar my whole life and have continued to practice it regularly while working as a professional writer. As a native speaker, I understand the differences between colloquialism and grammatically correct English. While I have helped college and university students with the mechanics of their writing by proofreading their papers, I guide elementary school, middle school, and high school students through age-appropriate grammar practice and review, for personal learning or for test prep. Though I always recommend grammar workbooks for homework outside of lessons, I can assign worksheets or interactive practice upon request.
Proofreading

Proofreading

For over 12 years, I have professionally edited numerous graduate and undergraduate research papers, college essays, college application essays, high school and middle school essays, personal statements, cover letters, resumes, short stories, and scripts. While proofreading is correcting grammar and punctuation mistakes, revision is analyzing content for relevance and text for fluency and clarity (sentence structure, paragraph organization and development). Together, they form the complete editing process, which I teach and demonstrate to students so they can self-edit as part of their own writing process. My constructive criticism always includes detailed feedback and support to help them learn from their writing and improve it. I also offer editing and proofreading services: I have great turnaround and can generally complete edits within a 24-48 hour period (30-minute minimum for all editing projects).

Elementary Education

Common Core,

Common Core

Since its establishment in schools nationwide back in 2010, I have worked with Common Core standards and curriculum for mathematics and ELA (language arts) across all elementary school, middle school and high school grades. I also use Common Core-aligned resources and materials to help my students meet school standards and achieve academic success. I help them "connect the dots" between Common Core lessons and real life application. I offer test prep as well for all Common Core-based standardized tests.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
Elementary Math,

Elementary Math

For over 12 years, I have helped hundreds of frustrated children, teens, and adults master addition, subtraction, division, multiplication tables, number operations, number theory, fractions, decimals, ratios, proportions, and percents. Applying these concepts to confidently solve basic, intermediate, and advanced word problems is another critical math skill that I teach. I try every method and “shortcut” until students really understand what they are learning and how to use this knowledge to help themselves outside of a classroom or test prep. Elementary math is the essential math that counts the most, so my aim is to make the process as simple, straightforward, and painless as possible. I use the best tools and resources to help students practice what they learn.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. However, strong grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. I have studied English grammar my whole life and have continued to practice it regularly while working as a professional writer. As a native speaker, I understand the differences between colloquialism and grammatically correct English. While I have helped college and university students with the mechanics of their writing by proofreading their papers, I guide elementary school, middle school, and high school students through age-appropriate grammar practice and review, for personal learning or for test prep. Though I always recommend grammar workbooks for homework outside of lessons, I can assign worksheets or interactive practice upon request.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Words are the bricks of any language, so a rich vocabulary builds a strong foundation for word usage in writing, speech, and self-expression. Reading and writing practice are also helpful tools for encountering and remembering the same vocabulary, as regular usage incorporates the words into daily language. I have tutored elementary school, middle school, and high school students in regular vocabulary study and word knowledge for test preparation. My lesson plan for vocabulary includes the practice of new words through different exercises, including but not limited to analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence usage. I also help my students invest in good vocabulary workbooks, flashcards, apps and programs for maximum review and memorization.

English

ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section tests grammar usage, mechanics, and rhetoric. Students need to understand and recognize correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure to score well in this section. I have helped many students with ACT English, targeting concept knowledge and skill application as part of their test prep. They continue to study outside of lessons through a customized test prep routine. For the ACT Writing section, I coach how to write a strong, descriptive, and succinct essay response within the time limit.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have helped many high school students with ACT Reading prep. Since this section has four passages always set in four predetermined topic areas, I drill students through key question types and testing strategies to strengthen their reading comprehension, analytical skills, and time management. In addition to working through practice tests with me and on their own, they also complete practice homework outside of lessons. Students who committed to their study plans always raised their scores and felt confident about this section.
Grammar,

Grammar

The English grammar system is a paradox, simple in structure but the most complex to remember and use correctly. However, strong grammar skills are still essential for moving forward in one's education and work. I have studied English grammar my whole life and have continued to practice it regularly while working as a professional writer. As a native speaker, I understand the differences between colloquialism and grammatically correct English. While I have helped college and university students with the mechanics of their writing by proofreading their papers, I guide elementary school, middle school, and high school students through age-appropriate grammar practice and review, for personal learning or for test prep. Though I always recommend grammar workbooks for homework outside of lessons, I can assign worksheets or interactive practice upon request.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

For over 12 years, I have professionally edited numerous graduate and undergraduate research papers, college essays, college application essays, high school and middle school essays, personal statements, cover letters, resumes, short stories, and scripts. While proofreading is correcting grammar and punctuation mistakes, revision is analyzing content for relevance and text for fluency and clarity (sentence structure, paragraph organization and development). Together, they form the complete editing process, which I teach and demonstrate to students so they can self-edit as part of their own writing process. My constructive criticism always includes detailed feedback and support to help them learn from their writing and improve it. I also offer editing and proofreading services: I have great turnaround and can generally complete edits within a 24-48 hour period (30-minute minimum for all editing projects).
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

During all the years I’ve tutored high school students for the SAT Reading section, I show them exactly how to break down the material in each passage into plain English, interpret the questions as simple directions, and use the best strategies to find the right answers. We also go over the passage categories and key question types for each category. Throughout our lessons, students work constantly on practice material to exercise their analytical thinking skills and improve their reading comprehension. As challenging as this section is, they can learn how to beat the time limit and still score high.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have tutored many high school students for the SAT Writing/Language section. This section expects students to understand basic grammar rules and writing mechanics. Prep includes a review of correct sentence structure, organization, word and grammar usage, and paragraph development. I help students find repeating mistakes, understand those mistakes, and avoid future mistakes through regular drills and practice. I believe anyone can reach a perfect score in this section, so we work to achieve that.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Words are the bricks of any language, so a rich vocabulary builds a strong foundation for word usage in writing, speech, and self-expression. Reading and writing practice are also helpful tools for encountering and remembering the same vocabulary, as regular usage incorporates the words into daily language. I have tutored elementary school, middle school, and high school students in regular vocabulary study and word knowledge for test preparation. My lesson plan for vocabulary includes the practice of new words through different exercises, including but not limited to analogies, synonyms, antonyms, and sentence usage. I also help my students invest in good vocabulary workbooks, flashcards, apps and programs for maximum review and memorization.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. Working as a professional writer and editor since 2009, I offer insightful writing help combined with critical thinking techniques and complete knowledge of English grammar. My own extensive experience as a published scriptwriter, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer means I coach students of all ages and backgrounds so they can become better and stronger writers. We focus on brainstorming, outlines, sentence structure, paragraph structure, word usage, transitions, and editing, as well as how to correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially essays. I walk students through the writing process, one step at a step, and correct or clarify any missteps as needed. They learn about the introduction, thesis, support, conclusion, and finally, self-editing skills. I promote critical thinking and apply this to essay writing so students understand how to organize and develop their own reasoning. We also focus on writing mechanics, where I guide them through correct grammar usage and punctuation. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also offer writing test prep for most standardized tests, including the ISEE essay, SSAT essay and story, ACT Writing, GRE Analytical and Argumentative Essays, CBEST writing, AP English Language and Composition exam, and the AP English Literature and Composition exam.

History

Classics

Classics

I studied Classics - the history, literature, culture and languages of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome - from 4th grade until I graduated high school. I also have in-depth knowledge of Greek mythology and Roman mythology, and I am familiar with appropriate versions of famous myths for children and for adults. While I have mainly assisted high school students with Latin, I helped a 7th grader for an entire semester with his Classical Studies course. We worked on reading comprehension, critical thinking responses, geography, and historical timelines for many ancient civilizations, including Ancient Egypt, Persia, and Babylon.

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the level of math I’ve studied the longest and tutored the most. After our lessons, middle school and high school students have gained confidence in their math skills, mastered concepts, and improved their grades. I also have helped college and university students through their beginning algebra and introductory algebra courses so they could understand the material and be ready for upcoming exams. Adults have worked with me on algebra review for test prep. I focus on the essentials and the simplest methods to make algebra a meaningful stepping stone, not drudgery.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For high school students, algebra 2 is basically an upgrade of algebra 1 with harder word problems and more obscure concepts, and for college and university students, it is part of intermediate algebra courses. I have tutored high school students, college students, and university students in all algebra 2 concepts, including matrices, conic sections, binomial theorem, and series/sequences. I use mnemonics and other strategies to help them remember complex rules and patterns so they can easily solve related problems themselves.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus sounds intimidating, but it is actually algebra 3. I’ve tutored many high school students, college students, and university students in core concepts like functions, graphing functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to calculus. I also walk students through a complete algebra review if they need to refresh their knowledge or have difficult concepts re-explained. For those preparing for calculus, I show them its connection to precalculus and why it is so critical for them to really understand and remember these concepts. Another course I am familiar with is advanced math, which is precalculus with trigonometry.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Given my background and experience in tutoring algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus, I have helped countless high school students with test prep for the SAT math sections. SAT math requires a different way of looking at math problems and applying concept skills to solve them. Students work with me on practice sets and practice tests so they can learn how to dissect problems in a quick, practical way and find the right answers. Their time management and test taking skills improve through regular test prep as they master how to navigate both the calculator and no-calculator sections. I then drill students through practice material so they are prepared for the test format and can aim for that perfect score of 800. One of my SAT students raised his SAT Math score by 100 points after just 5 lessons!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

During all the years I’ve tutored high school students for the SAT Reading section, I show them exactly how to break down the material in each passage into plain English, interpret the questions as simple directions, and use the best strategies to find the right answers. We also go over the passage categories and key question types for each category. Throughout our lessons, students work constantly on practice material to exercise their analytical thinking skills and improve their reading comprehension. As challenging as this section is, they can learn how to beat the time limit and still score high.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. Working as a professional writer and editor since 2009, I offer insightful writing help combined with critical thinking techniques and complete knowledge of English grammar. My own extensive experience as a published scriptwriter, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer means I coach students of all ages and backgrounds so they can become better and stronger writers. We focus on brainstorming, outlines, sentence structure, paragraph structure, word usage, transitions, and editing, as well as how to correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially essays. I walk students through the writing process, one step at a step, and correct or clarify any missteps as needed. They learn about the introduction, thesis, support, conclusion, and finally, self-editing skills. I promote critical thinking and apply this to essay writing so students understand how to organize and develop their own reasoning. We also focus on writing mechanics, where I guide them through correct grammar usage and punctuation. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also offer writing test prep for most standardized tests, including the ISEE essay, SSAT essay and story, ACT Writing, GRE Analytical and Argumentative Essays, CBEST writing, AP English Language and Composition exam, and the AP English Literature and Composition exam.

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Math section is similar to the SAT math section but with a visible focus on geometry and trigonometry concepts; it also has a more diversified mixture of advanced math problems and a tighter time limit. I have tutored ACT Math prep for over 12 years. Students first go through a complete concept review based on their performance in practice material. Then we work on concept-specific practice questions to ensure that they avoid past mistakes and raise their scores.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the level of math I’ve studied the longest and tutored the most. After our lessons, middle school and high school students have gained confidence in their math skills, mastered concepts, and improved their grades. I also have helped college and university students through their beginning algebra and introductory algebra courses so they could understand the material and be ready for upcoming exams. Adults have worked with me on algebra review for test prep. I focus on the essentials and the simplest methods to make algebra a meaningful stepping stone, not drudgery.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For high school students, algebra 2 is basically an upgrade of algebra 1 with harder word problems and more obscure concepts, and for college and university students, it is part of intermediate algebra courses. I have tutored high school students, college students, and university students in all algebra 2 concepts, including matrices, conic sections, binomial theorem, and series/sequences. I use mnemonics and other strategies to help them remember complex rules and patterns so they can easily solve related problems themselves.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus sounds intimidating, but it is actually algebra 3. I’ve tutored many high school students, college students, and university students in core concepts like functions, graphing functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to calculus. I also walk students through a complete algebra review if they need to refresh their knowledge or have difficult concepts re-explained. For those preparing for calculus, I show them its connection to precalculus and why it is so critical for them to really understand and remember these concepts. Another course I am familiar with is advanced math, which is precalculus with trigonometry.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Given my background and experience in tutoring algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus, I have helped countless high school students with test prep for the SAT math sections. SAT math requires a different way of looking at math problems and applying concept skills to solve them. Students work with me on practice sets and practice tests so they can learn how to dissect problems in a quick, practical way and find the right answers. Their time management and test taking skills improve through regular test prep as they master how to navigate both the calculator and no-calculator sections. I then drill students through practice material so they are prepared for the test format and can aim for that perfect score of 800. One of my SAT students raised his SAT Math score by 100 points after just 5 lessons!
Trigonometry

Trigonometry

While I have helped college students with trigonometry, I have tutored so many high school students in trigonometry, advanced math (precalculus with trigonometry), and Math 3. Since it relates to precalculus and calculus, students need to be able to recognize trigonometric identities and quickly formulate them for use in equations, graphs, proofs, and functions. I even have tips and tricks for memorizing the unit circle, converting radians and degrees, and finding special triangle measures. I aim for students to feel secure when dealing with these advanced concepts and confident in using them to solve problems.

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the level of math I’ve studied the longest and tutored the most. After our lessons, middle school and high school students have gained confidence in their math skills, mastered concepts, and improved their grades. I also have helped college and university students through their beginning algebra and introductory algebra courses so they could understand the material and be ready for upcoming exams. Adults have worked with me on algebra review for test prep. I focus on the essentials and the simplest methods to make algebra a meaningful stepping stone, not drudgery.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For high school students, algebra 2 is basically an upgrade of algebra 1 with harder word problems and more obscure concepts, and for college and university students, it is part of intermediate algebra courses. I have tutored high school students, college students, and university students in all algebra 2 concepts, including matrices, conic sections, binomial theorem, and series/sequences. I use mnemonics and other strategies to help them remember complex rules and patterns so they can easily solve related problems themselves.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
Prealgebra,

Prealgebra

Prealgebra is usually learned as part of 7th grade math, 8th grade math, or 9th grade math. An introduction to the fundamental concepts of algebra, it sets the stage for higher level math with signed numbers, order of operations, graphing, and solving equations. After studying these concepts for years, I have tutored countless middle school, high school, and college students in prealgebra, and I’ve also helped adults relearn it for test prep and for work. I use “tried and true” methods as well as helpful shortcuts to ensure students truly understand the math they are learning and its practical application in real life situations.
Precalculus,

Precalculus

Precalculus sounds intimidating, but it is actually algebra 3. I’ve tutored many high school students, college students, and university students in core concepts like functions, graphing functions, trigonometry, and an introduction to calculus. I also walk students through a complete algebra review if they need to refresh their knowledge or have difficult concepts re-explained. For those preparing for calculus, I show them its connection to precalculus and why it is so critical for them to really understand and remember these concepts. Another course I am familiar with is advanced math, which is precalculus with trigonometry.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. Working as a professional writer and editor since 2009, I offer insightful writing help combined with critical thinking techniques and complete knowledge of English grammar. My own extensive experience as a published scriptwriter, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer means I coach students of all ages and backgrounds so they can become better and stronger writers. We focus on brainstorming, outlines, sentence structure, paragraph structure, word usage, transitions, and editing, as well as how to correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially essays. I walk students through the writing process, one step at a step, and correct or clarify any missteps as needed. They learn about the introduction, thesis, support, conclusion, and finally, self-editing skills. I promote critical thinking and apply this to essay writing so students understand how to organize and develop their own reasoning. We also focus on writing mechanics, where I guide them through correct grammar usage and punctuation. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also offer writing test prep for most standardized tests, including the ISEE essay, SSAT essay and story, ACT Writing, GRE Analytical and Argumentative Essays, CBEST writing, AP English Language and Composition exam, and the AP English Literature and Composition exam.

Other

College Counseling

College Counseling

Since I started working as a professional writer and editor back in 2009, I've helped many high school students polish their college application essays. Additionally, I've coached them through college application questions that require short but powerful responses. I work with your child within the guidelines of every application process so he/she can craft a personal, meaningful presentation of their skills and accomplishments to the college or university of their choice - and be accepted!

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

For ACT Science prep, I always emphasize that this section does not require extensive scientific knowledge or skills. It tests high school students' analytical skills, ability to correctly interpret graphs and data, and form conclusions. I help them maximize their reading comprehension skills to glean necessary information and “translate” it into simple instructions that help them find the right answer to a question in less than a minute. Since the ACT Science time limit is the most formidable in the entire test, I also walk students through practice tests to confront any mistakes immediately and correct them so they can learn from the process and be better prepared.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

Algebra 1 is the level of math I’ve studied the longest and tutored the most. After our lessons, middle school and high school students have gained confidence in their math skills, mastered concepts, and improved their grades. I also have helped college and university students through their beginning algebra and introductory algebra courses so they could understand the material and be ready for upcoming exams. Adults have worked with me on algebra review for test prep. I focus on the essentials and the simplest methods to make algebra a meaningful stepping stone, not drudgery.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

For high school students, algebra 2 is basically an upgrade of algebra 1 with harder word problems and more obscure concepts, and for college and university students, it is part of intermediate algebra courses. I have tutored high school students, college students, and university students in all algebra 2 concepts, including matrices, conic sections, binomial theorem, and series/sequences. I use mnemonics and other strategies to help them remember complex rules and patterns so they can easily solve related problems themselves.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

Elementary school grade levels are a critical time in a child's education and skill development. I have helped students in all grades aim for strong numerical literacy and reading comprehension skills through regular practice and review. While I’ve worked with 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders on writing, reading, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary, I’ve tutored 2nd grade math, 3rd grade math, 4th grade math, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math the most. Outside of lessons, I implement worksheets and extracurricular assignments, and I expect parents to hold their children accountable for completed homework. I also drill my students about the material they're learning with me and in class; in this way, they can find the right answers themselves and strengthen their critical thinking skills. This results in the mastery of basic math and language arts concepts, creating a structured foundation for both subjects as students enter middle school. I am familiar with Common Core English and Common Core math standards and curriculum.
Reading,

Reading

Critical reading and reading comprehension stem from critical thinking skills. When tutoring children in reading, I try to use the Socratic method of teaching as much as possible so they can find the answers to questions by themselves and the right answers make sense to them. More importantly, I encourage them to enjoy reading and explore their own creativity. Online tools (aligned to the Common Core curriculum) help me assess their reading levels and see which key concept areas they are struggling with. For school or test prep, I teach older students the most straightforward strategies to quickly and confidently find the answers in a passage or text. I also work with them to break down complex material into manageable pieces so they can better understand what they are reading.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Given my background and experience in tutoring algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus, I have helped countless high school students with test prep for the SAT math sections. SAT math requires a different way of looking at math problems and applying concept skills to solve them. Students work with me on practice sets and practice tests so they can learn how to dissect problems in a quick, practical way and find the right answers. Their time management and test taking skills improve through regular test prep as they master how to navigate both the calculator and no-calculator sections. I then drill students through practice material so they are prepared for the test format and can aim for that perfect score of 800. One of my SAT students raised his SAT Math score by 100 points after just 5 lessons!
Writing

Writing

Writing remains one of the most important skills everyone needs to succeed in life. Working as a professional writer and editor since 2009, I offer insightful writing help combined with critical thinking techniques and complete knowledge of English grammar. My own extensive experience as a published scriptwriter, copywriter, blogger, and reviewer means I coach students of all ages and backgrounds so they can become better and stronger writers. We focus on brainstorming, outlines, sentence structure, paragraph structure, word usage, transitions, and editing, as well as how to correctly follow the format of academic writing at any grade level, especially essays. I walk students through the writing process, one step at a step, and correct or clarify any missteps as needed. They learn about the introduction, thesis, support, conclusion, and finally, self-editing skills. I promote critical thinking and apply this to essay writing so students understand how to organize and develop their own reasoning. We also focus on writing mechanics, where I guide them through correct grammar usage and punctuation. I mainly use interactive tools and resources to assist students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For college and university students, I work with them through regular critiques and feedback to help them strengthen their writing skills. I also offer writing test prep for most standardized tests, including the ISEE essay, SSAT essay and story, ACT Writing, GRE Analytical and Argumentative Essays, CBEST writing, AP English Language and Composition exam, and the AP English Literature and Composition exam.

Test Preparation

Accuplacer,

Accuplacer

I offer test prep for all sections of the Next-Generation Accuplacer. Accuplacer Reading and Accuplacer Writing are similar to the SAT Reading and Writing sections; I have tutored many high school and college students in reading comprehension, grammar, and writing mechanics for self-improvement and test prep. From basic math to college algebra, all of which I have taught for years, the Accuplacer math section now includes Arithmetic; Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS); and Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF). With my help, students get to the level they need and place as high as possible in math and language arts. For the WriterPlacer essay, I assess their writing and coach them to be better writers so they can score well. In addition, I prepare students for the CLEP tests, including CLEP College Algebra, CLEP Precalculus, CLEP College Mathematics, CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, CLEP College Composition and CLEP College Composition Modular. I ensure they are familiar with all the concepts on each test and can apply those concepts correctly to solve related problems and answer questions. I also offer prep for the CLEP essay modules.
ACT English,

ACT English

The ACT English section tests grammar usage, mechanics, and rhetoric. Students need to understand and recognize correct grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure to score well in this section. I have helped many students with ACT English, targeting concept knowledge and skill application as part of their test prep. They continue to study outside of lessons through a customized test prep routine. For the ACT Writing section, I coach how to write a strong, descriptive, and succinct essay response within the time limit.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

The ACT Math section is similar to the SAT math section but with a visible focus on geometry and trigonometry concepts; it also has a more diversified mixture of advanced math problems and a tighter time limit. I have tutored ACT Math prep for over 12 years. Students first go through a complete concept review based on their performance in practice material. Then we work on concept-specific practice questions to ensure that they avoid past mistakes and raise their scores.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I have helped many high school students with ACT Reading prep. Since this section has four passages always set in four predetermined topic areas, I drill students through key question types and testing strategies to strengthen their reading comprehension, analytical skills, and time management. In addition to working through practice tests with me and on their own, they also complete practice homework outside of lessons. Students who committed to their study plans always raised their scores and felt confident about this section.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

For ACT Science prep, I always emphasize that this section does not require extensive scientific knowledge or skills. It tests high school students' analytical skills, ability to correctly interpret graphs and data, and form conclusions. I help them maximize their reading comprehension skills to glean necessary information and “translate” it into simple instructions that help them find the right answer to a question in less than a minute. Since the ACT Science time limit is the most formidable in the entire test, I also walk students through practice tests to confront any mistakes immediately and correct them so they can learn from the process and be better prepared.
CBEST,

CBEST

I have prepared hundreds of students for the CBEST math, CBEST reading, and CBEST writing sections. Students who worked with me have been incredibly successful in raising their scores, by as high as 20 points after 10 lessons. Others finally passed sections they had retaken 3 or 4 times on average. If students are committed to their test prep, I simplify the steps they need to take and show them how to use prep and practice materials effectively to maximize their scores. For CBEST math and CBEST reading, I not only make sure students understand any past mistakes but also how to fix those mistakes and avoid making them again in similar problems or questions. I teach the best strategies and techniques as well as any necessary concept review. For CBEST writing, I assess students’ practice essays according to CBEST standards and provide feedback and support on how they can improve and strengthen their writing.
College Counseling,

College Counseling

Since I started working as a professional writer and editor back in 2009, I've helped many high school students polish their college application essays. Additionally, I've coached them through college application questions that require short but powerful responses. I work with your child within the guidelines of every application process so he/she can craft a personal, meaningful presentation of their skills and accomplishments to the college or university of their choice - and be accepted!
Common Core,

Common Core

Since its establishment in schools nationwide back in 2010, I have worked with Common Core standards and curriculum for mathematics and ELA (language arts) across all elementary school, middle school and high school grades. I also use Common Core-aligned resources and materials to help my students meet school standards and achieve academic success. I help them "connect the dots" between Common Core lessons and real life application. I offer test prep as well for all Common Core-based standardized tests.
COOP/HSPT,

COOP/HSPT

For over 12 years, I have helped students prepare for all sections of the HSPT, TACHS, and SHSAT. I always start by assessing their concept knowledge, their approach to answering questions, and their testing skills. We then work only on relevant practice material to help them achieve high scores in all test sections. My students score in the top percentiles and get accepted to the schools of their choice.
GRE,

GRE

The GRE is a complex, demanding test. For over 12 years, I've helped many undergraduate students prepare for all five sections: GRE Analytical Writing, GRE Verbal, and GRE math. Concept review and strategic problem solving are part of my approach for Quantitative Reasoning, especially quantitative comparison questions. For reading comprehension, text completion, and sentence equivalence questions, I coach students through them using effective techniques and intensive vocabulary practice. The GRE writing section requires strong critical thinking skills and logical reasoning to achieve a scaled score of 5 or higher. As a professional writer and editor who has tutored test prep for many different timed essays, I clarify the GRE writing standards for students so they can expand their brainstorming and outline process, draft strong responses in minimal time, and strengthen their writing with constructive editing. It is challenging to score high on the GRE, but with organized test prep and a commitment to regular practice, it can be done!
ISEE,

ISEE

For over 12 years, I have helped hundreds of elementary school, middle school, and high school students with test prep for all sections of the Lower Level ISEE, Middle Level ISEE, and Upper Level ISEE. Whether students see me for several lessons to target specific struggle areas or for months to fully prepare for each section, they make progress and increase their scores; even short-term students doubled their scores after a few lessons. During their test prep for the Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections, they focus on extensive vocabulary review, sentence completion exercises, and reading homework. Students only succeed in the Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematics Achievement sections after we have completed full concept review and worked through practice material together. Strategy, time management, and test taking skills are also part of our preparation for ISEE math. I especially coach quantitative comparison problem-solving, a question type unique to the ISEE and other tests created by ETS. Additionally, I have helped students strengthen and improve their writing for the unscored ISEE essay section so their submissions highlight their individual voices, talents, and achievements. My students score consistently in the top percentiles.
Praxis,

Praxis

With over 12 years of experience in successfully tutoring basic to advanced math, I help students prepare for the Praxis Math Core Exam 5733, Praxis Algebra 5162, and Praxis Middle School Mathematics 5164. We review key concepts and related problems together, along with step-by-step explanations and time-saving strategies. In addition to official online practice material, I use Common Core-based math exercises and homework. With my support, students pass each of these tests and move closer toward their future goals.
PSAT,

PSAT

The PSAT is basically a SAT practice test, an assessment of related skill and concept areas. The only different between them is test duration times. I’ve tutored middle school and high school students for all sections of the PSAT as a strong foundation for eventual SAT prep. For PSAT Reading, I teach students how to break down each passage, “translate” the questions into simple directions, and apply the best strategies to find the right answers. As well as tips and tricks, we study grammar rules and writing mechanics thoroughly so they can score high in the PSAT Writing section. PSAT Math is the most challenging section because success depends on individual math knowledge and analytical thinking skills. I first walk students through concept review before we approach the different question types they can expect to see in both the no-calculator and calculator sections. We “think outside the box” and use the quickest solving techniques so they are prepared to answer similar questions and finish well within the time limit.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

Given my background and experience in tutoring algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and precalculus, I have helped countless high school students with test prep for the SAT math sections. SAT math requires a different way of looking at math problems and applying concept skills to solve them. Students work with me on practice sets and practice tests so they can learn how to dissect problems in a quick, practical way and find the right answers. Their time management and test taking skills improve through regular test prep as they master how to navigate both the calculator and no-calculator sections. I then drill students through practice material so they are prepared for the test format and can aim for that perfect score of 800. One of my SAT students raised his SAT Math score by 100 points after just 5 lessons!
SAT Reading,

SAT Reading

During all the years I’ve tutored high school students for the SAT Reading section, I show them exactly how to break down the material in each passage into plain English, interpret the questions as simple directions, and use the best strategies to find the right answers. We also go over the passage categories and key question types for each category. Throughout our lessons, students work constantly on practice material to exercise their analytical thinking skills and improve their reading comprehension. As challenging as this section is, they can learn how to beat the time limit and still score high.
SAT Writing,

SAT Writing

I have tutored many high school students for the SAT Writing/Language section. This section expects students to understand basic grammar rules and writing mechanics. Prep includes a review of correct sentence structure, organization, word and grammar usage, and paragraph development. I help students find repeating mistakes, understand those mistakes, and avoid future mistakes through regular drills and practice. I believe anyone can reach a perfect score in this section, so we work to achieve that.
SSAT,

SSAT

For over 12 years, I’ve helped elementary school, middle school, and high school students prepare for all sections of the Middle Level SSAT and Upper Level SSAT. In addition to reviewing SSAT verbal and SSAT math concepts, students master analogies, build their vocabulary knowledge, sharpen their reading skills, and learn the art of solving word problems. I also guide them through the SSAT essay/short story section so their writing really shines and sets them apart from other applicants. Whether students invest months of time in their test prep or spend a few lessons with me to improve their test performance, they raise their scores and become better test takers. One of my most successful students raised his overall score by 86 points after only 6 lessons, and 2 other students scored in the 98th percentile for highly competitive schools!
STAAR,

STAAR

I have been tutoring elementary school, middle school, and high school students in math and language arts for over 12 years. During that time, I've also had the opportunity to help them target the skill areas they need to strengthen and improve in order to score high on the STAAR, PARCC, and SBAC tests. I offer test prep for all grade levels and test sections. I also provide tutoring for gifted child testing, including the SCAT, CogAT, and CTP (ERB). Elementary school and middle school students have worked with me on related practice material and practice questions for math, logic, grammar, spelling, analogies, and reading. One of my CogAT students saw me for half a year for CogAT practice and review (5th grade level); he mastered the question types in each section and scored in the 99th percentile on the actual test. I've helped other CogAT students (different grade levels) score in the top percentiles as well. I also offer customized tutoring for the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced SCAT tests. I understand the format, content and structure of the test, as well as the question types. I've helped so many elementary and middle school students reach their score goals and qualify for the advanced programs they want. Last but not least, the ERB CTP is by the makers of the ISEE and is a rigorous exam with multiple question types and concept areas. I get my students prepared for it all through complete concept review, practice and study recommendations.
TEAS

TEAS

I have helped students with test prep for the math and language arts sections in the TEAS and HESI. I also offer TABE prep (all levels and sections). Grammar, vocabulary, reading, spelling, basic math, algebra, and word problems are all subject areas I've tutored for over 12 years. Students review concepts, test strategies, and solving techniques to increase their scores. My most recent TEAS student passed the test "with flying colors." When I helped another student with TABE prep (level A), specifically for the math sections, we reviewed math concepts, did additional practice work outside of her practice tests, and went through practice problems step by step. As a result, she successfully passed the TABE with high scores.

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Fantastic SSAT prep tutor!

Natalie is an amazing SSAT tutor! She expertly helped my son last year with his SSAT prep, and this year she helped my daughter with her SSAT prep! Each had such a different learning style, and she was able to adapt and help each one of them achieve their dream scores! We are so grateful, and we will definitely want to work with Natalie again when they are preparing for their SAT and ACT tests down the road!

Ryan, 56 lessons with Natalie

Very Knowledgeable! Great Tutor!

My son is 10years old, he is studying for the SCAT test for John Hopkins CTY. Natalie has provided great insight on the test and what materials we needed and what work needs to be accomplished. We have had 3 lessons and so far and I have seen improvements that’s to Natalie’s skills. Although, it may seem like a long lesson for some kids he’s really enjoying his lessons and learning from Natalie! She’s very patient and intelligent. Highly recommend if you need test prep :)

kristiana, 7 lessons with Natalie

Helped me pass the CBEST

My previous CBEST math score had been a 21. I knew I needed extra help and reached out to Natalie. After a few sessions I re-took the test and scored a 43. She was so patient and broke everything down into ways to understand math and its language. Thank you Natalie!

Jessica , 3 lessons with Natalie

Knowledgeable and always prepared with additional materials and resources

Natalie is helping my son to prepare for the SSAT. She comes very prepared for each lesson and follows up with detailed information on what was covered and what homework needs to be completed. My son looks forward to his lessons each week.

Patricia, 10 lessons with Natalie

VERY VERY knowledgeable and experienced

Natalie G is an excellent tutor, with a lot of experience in dealing with different levels of writing requirements. Although I am not preparing for a test and want to get advice in a general sense, which I know is not an easy task, she can still make a lot of useful suggestions. Nice working with her!

Yang, 1 lesson with Natalie

Very Knowledgeable

I am going back to school and had a big research paper that I was struggling with in terms of organizing my content. It's been a long time since I've had to write something like that so I'm a little rusty. Natalie helped me with my organization and other things such as language to avoid in a formal research paper, etc. Thanks again!

Courtney, 1 lesson with Natalie

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Natalie was great, knowledgeable, and encouraging to my son, who can be a nervous test taker. Looking forward to our next lesson.

Chong-Anna, 1 lesson with Natalie

Great prep for CLEP

Natalie provided excellent insight and coaching for the College Composition CLEP. In addition, her essay coaching was spot on. She shared exactly what I needed to hear especially with regard to the timed essays and content. My essay submissions were stronger, clearer, and better structured. She is an excellent coach for the Essay section. I only wish I had sought out her help sooner. I came out of the CLEP testing with 3 thoughts. 1. I did much better because of Natalie’s coaching. 2. I left testing with the sense that some sections were easier than I anticipated. 3. My essays were so much better. I believed I passed!!

Christie, 3 lessons with Natalie

Great tutor for CoGat

Natalie did a fabulous job helping my son not only achieve, but far exceed his goals on the CoGat test. He learned appropriate strategies, including time management. Most importantly, she focused with him on improving weaknesses and maximizing strengths. His score increased significantly.

Sheila, 14 lessons with Natalie
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