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Jana P.

Minneapolis, MN

$135/hour

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Background check passed as of 4/30/14
4.9 average from 301 ratings
Superb organization, thorough planning
— Lorraine, Minnetonka, MN on 9/24/12

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University of MN - Twin Cities
Physiology
St. Catherine University - Library & Information Science, 3.94 GPA
Master's
Project Management Institute - PMP certification
Other

Education

University of MN - Twin Cities (Physiology)

St. Catherine University - Library & Information Science, 3.94 GPA (Master's)

Project Management Institute - PMP certification (Other)

About Jana

Looking for an experienced, results-oriented Test Prep Tutor? You've come to the right place! Recognized by Wyzant as a * TOP TUTOR nationwide * and master's degree holder with a 3.94 GPA, I am able, ready, and eager to help you with your learning needs.

TEST PREP:
You want to feel well-prepared and confident come test day. To help you get there, we will develop an individualized plan based on your previous test results, personal strengths, unique challenges, and academic goals.

During our sessions, we'll work on content knowledge, subject-specific strategies, and error analysis to maximize your test score. My test prep students have earned point increases that have paved the way to top choice schools, college scholarships, and a major boost in self-confidence.

* Test Prep News!! *
ACT -- Practice essay-writing strategies using your own essay evaluation tool!
PMP -- Jumpstart your prep with a streamlined agenda, recommended resources, valuable study tips, and suggestions for reducing test-day jitters!
All Tests -- Take free proctored test at local sites to help you avoid test day jitters!

* Recommended FREE Online Test Prep Resources!! *
PrepScholar - Target your weak areas and ace your ACT/SAT test!
Edward Designer - Free PMP practice tests!
Sohail Akhtar - PMP quick reference guide
Spreeder - Speed-read and pick up the pace in Reading tests!
What's Your Advantage - Calculator math formula programs!
English Test Prep Review - TOEFL practice in all areas!

HOMEWORK/SPECIAL TOPICS:
Perhaps you struggle in a class, need to improve your study skills, or want to plan your educational strategy. In addition to test prep, I've helped hundreds of students with college app prep, admissions essays, career development, computer orientation, nursing studies, resume' writing, study skills, and homework needs. I'm always up for a new challenge!

K-8 TUTORING:
- As requested, a skills and proficiency assessment will help me design a custom tutoring program for your student.
- Through observation and discussion, we'll get to the root of study skills/time management challenges.

* Recommended FREE Online K-8 Resources!! *
Hoodamath: Math games!
Mr Nussbaum's Reading Comprehension
Mrs Warner's Reading Fluency
Curriculum Corner: Fry Word Progress Lists
The Lexile Framework: Find the right book for your reading level!

SCHEDULING & DISCOUNTS:
Tutoring sessions are typically 2 hours for test prep, 1-2 hours for preK-12 and other subjects, and customizable to fit your needs. We meet in a Bloomington coffee shop (or online for non-metro/out-of-state students). For preK-5 or elder students, we can meet in the student's home within 5 minutes of Richfield. Ask about non-test prep tutoring discounts!

Tutoring hours --
Sat/Sun 6am-10pm
• Weekdays 6pm-10pm
• Other times by request

TESTIMONIALS:
July 2016 --
"... [my daughter's] two previous scores she received a 29 [composite] ... Initially, [her] goal score was a 31. Well, [on the June 2016 test] she received a composite score of 32! ... Reading - a perfect 36! Of course [she] was elated with her scores and has proven to herself that test anxiety is a real thing! She is now feeling confident about applying to the colleges on her list and we are both so grateful for the help and support you provided for her. Thank you again!"
Beth, parent of 11th grader (ACT)

June 2016 --
"Last Friday, I received notice that I passed the MTLE Writing Test!!! ... Once again, thank you for your hard work in lesson planning and researching objectives needed to succeed on the test. You are certainly an exceptional educator! Future students will be lucky to have you."
Laura, adult student (MTLE, now NES)

May 2016 --
"[Our daughter] absolutely blew the ACT out ... Your tutoring was outstanding in helping her achieve these awesome numbers. We would be more than happy to be a reference for you."
Michel, parent of 11th grader (ACT)

"[Our son] is very pleased with this score and he credits your guidance and coaching as the primary reason for his 'success' ... Overall, the 95th percentile cumulatively is something to smile about ... As parents, we also thank you. We only wish we had met you sooner. If he needs help down the road, you'll be the first person we call."
Paula, parent of 11th grader (SAT)

STYLE:
Since 1997, I have enjoyed tutoring students of all ages and skill levels in a wide range of subjects, specializing in standardized test prep. I am very patient and can help you develop the skills necessary to reach your goals.

Students will benefit from my extensive tutoring experience, diverse subject knowledge, and ability to customize tutoring sessions to meet their specific needs. To help make the tutoring experience inspiring as well as productive, I employ a variety of strategies and resources. My students report they find my approach to be friendly, motivating, and non-judgmental.

HIGHLIGHTS:
- Individualized sessions
- Significant prep/research/analysis outside sessions give you maximum value for your dollar
- Flexible scheduling, short notice
- Prompt email replies
- Detailed session summaries
- A tutor who loves teaching others what they want to know!

EXPERTISE:
- Standardized tests, college-/career-entrance exams
- Admissions essays, personal statements, resumes
- K-12, college coursework, term papers, corporate training, study skills

EXPERIENCE w/ LEARNING CHALLENGES:
- ADHD
- Anxiety
- Asperger's
- Cognitive processing
- OCD
- Selective mutism

CREDENTIALS:
- Professional tutor since 1997
- Licensed short-call teacher, all grades/subjects
- Certified Test Administrator: Evaluation of Basic Skills
- Scorer, SAT Essay & Middle School Math: Pearson Education
- Manuscript evaluator: Barron's ACT, GMAT, GRE, GED manuals
- MLIS degree: 3.94 GPA
Looking for an experienced, results-oriented Test Prep Tutor? You've come to the right place! Recognized by Wyzant as a * TOP TUTOR nationwide * and master's degree holder with a 3.94 GPA, I am able, ready, and eager to help you with your learning needs.

TEST PREP:
You want to feel well-prepared and confident come test day. To help
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Cancellation
2 hours notice required

Ask about K-5 student discount! Plus, Group rate = Standard rate for the first student, half rate for each additional student.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55423
Background Check: Passed

"Superb organization, thorough planning"

- Lorraine, Minnetonka, MN on 9/24/12

"Professional organized tutor"

- Valerie, Minneapolis, MN on 11/20/16

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Gia, Studio City, CA on 11/12/16

"Very knowledgable tutor!"

- Tong, Minneapolis, MN on 9/26/16

"Knowledgeable and well prepared tutor!"

- Laura, Minneapolis, MN on 4/3/16

"Very helpful, very patient."

- Quinn, Minneapolis, MN on 1/18/16

"Very satisfied!"

- Sidney, Hopkins, MN on 1/15/16

"Excellent feedback!"

- Maggie, Hopkins, MN on 8/16/15

"Worth the extra money"

- Marc, Minneapolis, MN on 4/17/15

"Great tutor for ACT test prep."

- Deb, Minnetonka, MN on 10/7/13

"Very Organized!"

- Amy, Chanhassen, MN on 7/20/12

"Jana P. created an environment of encouragement, concise learning and respectfulness"

- Linda, Osseo, MN on 9/14/11

"Professional tutor"

- Ed, River Falls, WI on 7/17/11
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science,
Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Dentistry, Nursing,
Physical Science, Physiology, Psychology
Music:
Violin
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
AFOQT, ASVAB,
Career Development,
COOP/HSPT, GED,
GMAT, GRE, ISEE, Praxis,
PSAT,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TEAS,
TOEFL
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
German, TOEFL
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

For over 15 years, I have been helping students excel in ACT English and have earned exceptional testimonials from satisfied students and parents. We'll get to the root of your challenges, boost your content knowledge, and practice test-taking strategies to improve your efficiency and pacing. Whether you've scored below or above the average ACT English score of 21 or will be taking the ACT for the first time, I can help you reach your personal goal.

ACT Math

I have been helping students excel in ACT Math for over 15 years. We'll get to the root of your challenges, boost your content knowledge, and practice test-taking strategies to improve your efficiency and pacing. Whether you've scored below or above the average ACT Math score of 21 or will be taking the ACT for the first time, I can help you reach your personal goal.

ACT Reading

Using various resources and targeted strategies, I help maximize the ACT Reading score by identifying and applying the approach that works best for each student. Whether you have scored below or above the average ACT Reading score of 21 or will be taking the ACT for the first time, I can help you reach your personal goal.

ACT Science

Using passage-specific strategies, I work with each student to identify and apply the most efficient method for maximizing the ACT Science score. Whether you have scored below or above the average ACT Science score of 21 or will be taking the ACT for the first time, I can help you reach your personal goal.

ADD/ADHD

I have been tutoring students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD for several years and have developed strategies that seem to help them do their best work. I am calm, patient, and flexible and can customize our sessions to meet your child's unique needs.

Algebra 1

I have been tutoring students in Algebra for many years as part of ACT and SAT prep and as a stand-alone high school and college subject.

Along with teaching content in this subject, I teach the student problem-solving strategies that can help increase efficiency and reduce frustration.

I would welcome the opportunity to help you, too, better understand Algebra!

ASVAB

As an experienced standardized exam prep tutor, I can help you pass your ASVAB exam with flying colors! Whether your weak areas are math, science, English or electronics, we'll devise a study plan and tackle those tough problems so that you will achieve your highest potential on this important exam.

We can customize a program for you if you have a week or a few months to prepare, so contact me today to begin your ASVAB exam prep!

"Just wanted to let you know [my daughter's] ASVAB score increased by 12 points as a result from the tutoring sessions with you. You not only helped her on the basic skills but it also gave her a boost in her confidence to take the test and do better. As you can see from the picture, she enlisted and just swore into the Air Force today."

Business

As a certified Project Management Professional, I can help you prepare for your upcoming PMP certification exam. I can suggest materials for you to use considering your timeline, and we can focus on just what you need to pass the exam.

Start gearing up now to make the best use of your time. That test day will come up fast!

Career Development

Having tutored many students in writing personal statements, essays, resumes, and cover letters, I am well prepared to provide you with the career development assistance you need to get your dream job. I can also help you create a career portfolio, a must have in today's competitive job market!

Elementary (K-6th)

Do you find your child needing a boost in subject content, study skills, or self-confidence? I have enjoyed 15 years of experience tutoring K-6 students in all subjects, including math, language arts, remedial reading and ESL, beginning violin, and beginning German and would like to help your child reveal personal strengths.

Please contact me to discuss your child's unique needs. If you're ready to begin tutoring, so am I!

Elementary Math

Are fractions giving you a headache? Is factoring your worst nightmare? Let me relieve your pain! With patience, guidance, and easy-to-follow examples, I can help you to learn and remember the fundamentals of math.

My experience tutoring in elementary, middle, and high school levels has taught me that the biggest concern among students is not geometry or trig, it is basic math! I can get you started on the right foot, so you are ready for even greater challenges.

English

I have provided English tutoring in a variety of ways to address the unique needs of each student. For the highschooler needing guidance with the college admissions essay, personal statement, and resume, I have performed editorial services. For the highschooler taking the ACT or SAT exam, I have provided English instruction at high, average, and remedial levels. For the ESL student, I have helped refine the American-English accent and enhance speaking, reading, and writing skills. And for the doctoral student, I have helped organize and streamline the dissertation. I welcome new challenges and the chance to help you achieve your individual goals.

ESL/ESOL

I've enjoyed teaching reading, writing and speaking English to both older and younger students. I use unique and engaging methods to keep students motivated to learn and use their developing skills. In corporate settings, I've also directed accent reduction classes for non-native English speakers. Just let me know your needs and I'll be glad to assist you!

GED

I have helped students and employees prepare for the GED exam in all subject areas and would welcome the chance to help you, too! After a brief assessment of your skills, we will begin at your current skill level at a pace that is comfortable for you. Get ready to achieve your goals, beginning with passing your GED!

General Computer

I am an experienced tutor since 1997. I am well-versed in the Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher. I can also perform basic setup and troubleshooting with your hardware and software.

If you have specific questions about your system, I would be glad to answer them!

Microsoft PowerPoint

I have created PowerPoint presentations (about 4 per year for 5 years) for work, academics, small business marketing, and personal use and can help you design an engaging presentation with your audience and purpose in mind.

Microsoft Word

I have been using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint at work and home for several decades and enjoy helping others learn to apply these skills in various settings.

Nursing

I have provided tutoring for nursing students in various classes and have also helped students prepare for standardized exams, including the NLN on which I scored 99% in all three content areas. I can help you create an effective study plan, keep you on task with a weekly homework checklist, and help you recall course content. Just let me know your specific needs and we'll get started!

Praxis

Over the past 15 years, I have tutored students in a number of standardized exams. I can help with time management, content study, materials recommendations, and test-taking skills. I welcome the chance to help you reach your goals!

Prealgebra

Since math is my favorite subject to learn and to tutor, I welcome any opportunity to help a student enjoy and do well in this subject. Along the way, we'll work on study habits and confidence-building, which will serve the student well in any subject, in any situation. Let's get started!

Proofreading

I help high school students prepare for the ACT and SAT exams, both of which include sections on English grammar. I also review dissertations for doctoral students and am familiar with APA and MLA citation styles. In addition, I have worked in the IT field as a project manager, creating analysis and recommendation reports for customers and stakeholders. Feel free to read the review I received from a satisfied parent for my evaluation of her son's business school personal statement. I will be glad to help you, too, with your proofreading needs and will provide you with a quote and an expected completion date prior to beginning work.

PSAT

For over five years, I have helped students prepare for and excel on the PSAT test in all subject areas.

Along with content knowledge, students learn to incorporate test-taking strategies and improve their pacing in order to maximize their scores and achieve their educational goals.

I enjoy test prep tutoring very much and would appreciate the opportunity to help you make the most of your test prep experience.

Psychology

In college, I took several psychology and research methods courses. I can advise you on writing, organizing, and formatting a psychology research paper as well as edit and proofread your final draft.

Reading

As an experienced tutor, I've enjoyed helping students of all ages and skill levels improve their reading skills. I aim to provide reading material that is both engaging and challenging so that the student will not only want to keep practicing these skills but also realize regular improvement and meaningful application of the language.

Study Skills

Since you are interested in getting help with your study skills, you recognize that these skills are at the root of your academic success. Together we'll create a study plan that works for you -- a plan that includes designating a distraction-free study zone, using your planner effectively, getting the most from your textbooks, taking meaningful notes, and maximizing your study time.

I've been enjoying tutoring students of all ages and abilities since 1997. Testimonials and referrals from satisfied clients and their parents can attest to my success with enhancing the study strategies and academic performance of struggling students. Be sure to take a look at my study skills article; the link can be found on my profile page.

Are you ready to cut your study time and start earning those grades you've been dreaming about? Well, let's get started!

TEAS

To do well on the TEAS exam, you must be proficient in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English. I can help you boost your skills and apply test-taking strategies in each of these areas. On a similar exam (NLN), I scored 99% in Math, Verbal/Reading Comprehension, and Science. I would welcome the chance to help you score high, too!

Violin

I've enjoyed playing the violin since the third grade and would welcome the opportunity to teach beginning violinists of any age to play this wonderfully versatile instrument.

Writing

Writing is one of the most important skills we use - in school, in work, in life. As a tutor specializing in standardized exams, I am well-versed in correct punctuation usage, effective essay-writing, and logical organization of ideas. I also contract with Pearson Education as a grade 6-12 essay scorer and with Barron's as a manual evaluator. I help students enhance their skills and strive for clear, concise writing in all that they do.

University of MN - Twin Cities
Physiology
St. Catherine University - Library & Information Science, 3.94 GPA
Master's
Project Management Institute - PMP certification
Other

Education

University of MN - Twin Cities (Physiology)

St. Catherine University - Library & Information Science, 3.94 GPA (Master's)

Project Management Institute - PMP certification (Other)

Superb organization, thorough planning — Jana is one of the most thoroughly organized and completely prepared 'teachers' I've ever encountered. She is so well prepared for lessons that not a single minute is wasted on "busy work". At their first meeting, Jana quickly identified what our son needed to work on to raise his score. Every assignment was geared to our student's specific needs. Homework assignments were laid out thoughtfully, w ...

— Lorraine, Minnetonka, MN on 9/24/12

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $135.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Ask about K-5 student discount! Plus, Group rate = Standard rate for the first student, half rate for each additional student.

Travel policy

Jana will travel within 40 miles of Minneapolis, MN 55423.