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Raleigh, NC

$65/hour

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

About Elizabeth Anne

My name is Elizabeth and I have been successfully helping elementary through college students in Raleigh excel in their most challenging subjects since 2010. Just as my students' ages have varied, so have their needs. I have worked with students struggling with particular subjects and assignments, those seeking to improve their SAT/ACT test scores and those with special needs. I have worked with students whose struggles with reading and writing were affecting all their academic endeavors, some because English is not their first language. In addition to working with individuals, I have also met with groups of students to introduce them to a particular standardized test and give them ways to study for it on their own.

I initially discovered my love of tutoring when I volunteered with a Homework Club for inner city children struggling to complete their assigned tasks. During my high school years and after, I regularly helped these children with their specific assignments and then moved on to flash cards or reading depending on what they needed most. Many of these children were not only appallingly far behind their grade level but lacked the discipline to complete an assignment without getting distracted. The challenge was not just to help them understand their work but also to hold their attention long enough to complete it. Tutoring at Homework Club taught me to adapt to each child's strengths and weaknesses while hopefully finding the teaching style that would enable them to complete assignments on their own—lessons that will apply to any student with whom I get the opportunity to work.

I graduated second in my class with a 4.3 GPA (weighted for advanced courses) from a private, Catholic girls school outside Philadelphia in 2005. I faced a choice—pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer or continue my studies at either the University of Chicago (where I was admitted with a $40,000 merit scholarship) or the University of Pennsylvania. Knowing that my time to dance was limited, I chose to defer from the University of Chicago. They kindly held my place and scholarship for two years while I trained intensively. When after four years I was ready to audition, the recession was beginning and even the largest and wealthiest ballet companies were laying off dancers. With professional ballet job prospects grim, I re-applied and was re-admitted to the University of Chicago. An offer from Carolina Ballet convinced me to once again turn down my acceptance and I have been with the company since 2009.

Working part-time on top of full days of rehearsals and performances with Carolina Ballet has precluded my college education. However, I have been able to take several online courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now have college credit in a variety of subjects. In addition to these courses, I have spent much of my spare time reading: British, American and art history, Dante's The Divine Comedy and the complete works of Shakespeare. When at home, my father (a Ph.D.) and I discussed Plato's Republic, Thomas More's Utopia and BF Skinner's Walden Two. Though I have no doubt I would have benefited from a teacher's instruction and insight, the knowledge I acquired is valuable in that I had the desire and necessary discipline to acquire it entirely on my own.

Some of my test results: I received a 1480 (out of 1600) on my SAT with a perfect 800 in Verbal. My SAT II Writing score was a 760 with a 770 in Literature and 780 in US History. I scored 5 out of 5 in AP French and AP US History and a 4 in AP English. My current GPA with University of North Carolina is 4.0.
My name is Elizabeth and I have been successfully helping elementary through college students in Raleigh excel in their most challenging subjects since 2010. Just as my students' ages have varied, so have their needs. I have worked with students struggling with particular subjects and assignments, those seeking to improve their SAT/ACT test scores Read more

Policies

I do group classes for the SSAT, SAT and ACT. I like to work with a maximum of 5 students at the rate of $100/hour.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Raleigh, NC 27605
Language:
Reading,
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Reading,
Vocabulary,
Writing
Business:
Writing
Sports/Recreation:
Ballet

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

I have helped many high school students with the ACT. I have both introduced students to the test and given them ways to effectively practice on their own and I have successfully helped those who have already taken it improve their scores. In the latter case, I carefully analyze each student's results to determine his/her individual challenges and we review these every session in addition to working through new practice tests. I have enjoyed seeing these students significantly improve their scores from our work together.

ACT Math

As with the other standardized tests I have tutored, I have both introduced students to ACT Math and given them ways to study on their own as well as successfully helped students who had already taken the test improve their scores. For those seeking to improve their scores, I spend time outside of our sessions identifying the student's particular weaknesses so that we can focus on them during our time together.

ACT Reading

I have helped many students struggling with ACT Reading. As with similar sections on the SAT, I work to ensure that students fully understand both the details of the passage and the big picture those details create. I have them try various methods for tackling this section to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible.
In addition to seeing my students improve their reading comprehension and understanding of grammar, I have been happy to see their scores rise after our work together.

ACT Science

I have worked with many students to successfully improve their ACT Science scores. In working through practice tests, I show students how to find the answers in the given passages and charts. As with ACT Reading, I have students try various methods for completing this section to find the one that best works for them. As a result, I have invariably seen my students scores reflect the successes we have achieved together.

Algebra 1

I have worked with numerous high school students struggling with algebra 2. As I do with algebra 1 and other math courses, I use what the students already know to help them to figure out the answers to homework and practice problems. While sometimes time consuming, this method forces students to review earlier material and ensures that students fully understand and will remember the concepts that challenge them.

Algebra 2

I have worked with numerous students struggling with algebra. As I do with other math courses, I use what the students already know to help them to figure out the answers to homework and practice problems. While sometimes time consuming, this method ensures that students fully understand and will remember the concepts that challenge them.

American History

I have helped many high school students successfully tackle the challenges of their American history courses. I give them techniques to help them memorize important facts and help them use these facts to answer questions asked in homework assignments or defend the thesis of an assigned essay. I modify the simple steps to writing well-organized essay that I use with my writing students to help my history students with their writing assignments.

Ballet

I have been a member of Carolina Ballet here in Raleigh since 2009 and also a member of the The Suzanne Farrell Ballet based at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC since 2014. I have worked with both serious ballet students to improve their technique and those experiencing ballet for the very first time.

Chemistry

I have helped both high school and college students with assignments and concepts from their chemistry courses that challenged them. Working methodically through assigned problems together, I help students build on what they have already learned to understand new concepts and arrive at correct answers.

Elementary Math

My very first students struggled primarily with elementary math. I was volunteering at a Homework Club for inner city students in Philadelphia at the time and in addition to helping students complete their homework assignments, I used flash cards, worksheets and even games to help each student with his/her individual struggles.

English

I have helped students from elementary through high school with their English courses. I vary my approach based on their individual struggles whether it be grammar, writing, vocabulary or reading comprehension. In each case my thorough knowledge of each concept--as evinced by my SAT and AP English scores--helps me cater to each students' specific needs.

Geometry

I have worked with both middle and high school students struggling to master geometry. As with other math subjects, I build on what students already know and present problems in ways that enable them to arrive at answers themselves. While more time consuming and more difficult for the student, this method ensures that they fully understand each concept and will remember it.

Grammar

I have helped students improve their grammar for variety of purposes: grammar assignments for English courses, improving SAT and ACT scores and improving writing. I have also worked with foreign exchange students who understandably struggle in this area. In each case, I identify the particular concepts that challenge the student and we review these weekly in addition to completing assignments and or practice tests.

Literature

I have helped many students develop an appreciation and understanding of assigned literature. This literature has ranged from novels and essays to poetry, plays and news articles, from works like those of Plato and Aristotle to those of Toni Morrison and Suzanne Collins. I use these works to improve students' reading comprehension, help them identify literary devices and to look beyond what is directly stated in each work.

Prealgebra

I have worked with both middle and high school students to master prealgebra concepts. I use what students already know to help them arrive at answers on their own. This helps them fully understand and remember difficult concepts and provides a firm foundation for future math courses.

Precalculus

As with other math subjects, I help my precalculus students master difficult concepts by helping them build on what they already know. By enabling them to arrive at answers on their own, I ensure that they fully understand the material that is difficult for them and will remember it.

Proofreading

I believe proofreading is such an important skill and it is one that I attempt to teach all of my writing students. My students' essays are never done after just one draft and, in addition to proofreading their work with them, I work with them to edit their own work.

Reading

I have worked with a variety of students, including those with learning disabilities and those for whom English was not their primary language, to master reading. Typically I use assigned texts to help students with their comprehension, but I have also supplemented students' reading with works that would help them master their individual struggles when necessary. In our sessions, we carefully analyze the details conveyed in every sentence and how those details create a broader message which is conveyed by the passage as a whole.

SAT Math

As with the other standardized tests I have tutored, I have both introduced students to SAT Math and successfully helped students who had already taken the test improve their scores. When introducing the test, I make students aware of all the math concepts they will be expected to know for the test and give them a plan for studying on their own. For those seeking to improve their scores, I spend time outside of our sessions identifying the student's particular weaknesses so that we can focus on them during our time together.

SAT Reading

I have helped many students, including those with learning disabilities, improve their reading comprehension and with it, their SAT reading scores. I use the vocabulary questions not only to add new words to students' vocabularies but also to help them recognize context clues. I help students break down long passages so that they can understand the full meaning of each sentence and then help them use this information to understand the passage as a whole.
I have been happy to see my students' scores significantly improve after working with me.

SAT Writing

I have helped many students greatly improve their SAT writing scores. I break the essay down into simple timed steps that enable them to write well-organized essays in the short time allotted. For the grammar, I review practice tests they have taken to identify which concepts they struggle with the most. We thoroughly review these concepts and then briefly revisit them every session to ensure that they do not simply repeat the same mistakes with each practice test.
My students' scores have markedly improved after our work together.

SSAT

I have worked with two types of SSAT students: those who had no experience with the test and needed an introduction and a plan to study on their own and those seeking to improve their scores. In the first instance, I worked with students to identify their weaknesses and came up with a study plan they could complete on their own. In the second case, I successfully helped students improve in the areas of the test that had caused them the most difficulty.

Vocabulary

I have worked with many middle and high school students to improve their vocabularies for both English courses and standardized tests. While I believe that lots of reading enabled me to do so well in both situations, there are certainly other ways to build vocabulary. Students keep a list of all the words they do not know and we use little tricks to make them easier to remember and then review them every week.

Writing

I have worked with both middle and high school students to improve their writing skills. I give the students a series of steps to follow--modified to fit their needs--that help them write well-organized essays. Once the essay is complete, the work is not over! I use questions and comments to help students rewrite their essays until they are as concise as possible.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Education

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

I do group classes for the SSAT, SAT and ACT. I like to work with a maximum of 5 students at the rate of $100/hour.

Travel policy

Elizabeth Anne will travel within 15 miles of Raleigh, NC 27605.