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Marilyn S.

Clifton Park, NY


Statistics, SAT/GRE Prep, Algebra, Research Methods, SAS, SPSS

Background check passed as of 3/30/15
4.6 average from 62 ratings
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University at Albany
University at Albany


University at Albany

University at Albany (Master's)

About Marilyn

I'm a sociologist and online college professor. My special talent is explaining statistics to mathematically challenged students. I also teach test-taking skills (including SAT, GRE and ACT prep), study skills, algebra, English, reading, writing, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), SAS and SPSS programming, SQL, research methods, photography and yoga. I am available throughout Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga counties seven afternoons a week and many early evenings. Please e-mail with any questions. I look forward to working with you in the weeks to come. I'm a sociologist and online college professor. My special talent is explaining statistics to mathematically challenged students. I also teach test-taking skills (including SAT, GRE and Read more

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Group lessons for two or more students are available for $30/hour per person. Purchasing a package generates a discount from the individual or the group rate.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Clifton Park, NY 12065
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"Hire Marilyn!"

- Kiernan, Clifton Park, NY on 11/9/15

"Excellent knowledge"

- Lauren, Delmar, NY on 10/25/15

"Great tutor!"

- Melissa, Albany, NY on 12/7/14

"Couldn't ask for a better tutor, thank you."

- Patty, Albany, NY on 5/2/13

"Great tutor"

- Kathy, East Greenbush, NY on 10/3/12

"Uses good analogies that help me understand the material better"

- Roz, Schenectady, NY on 4/2/11
ACT Math, Actuarial Science, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Linear Algebra, Prealgebra, Probability, SAT Math, SPSS, Statistics
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Biology, Biostatistics, Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Nutrition, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology
General Computer, MATLAB, Microsoft Access,
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Photography,
Criminal Justice, Government & Politics, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading,
Spelling, Study Skills,
Special Needs:
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Economics, Finance, GMAT, GRE, Marketing, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Tax Preparation
Accounting, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Biology, Economics, Elementary (K-6th),
English, ESL/ESOL,
Physics, Prealgebra, Reading,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, Regents,
SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SOL, TEAS,
Cooking, Yoga
Corporate Training:
Accounting, Business, Career Development, Criminal Justice, Economics, ESL/ESOL,
Finance, General Computer, GMAT, Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Proofreading, SPSS, SQL, Statistics

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In tutoring ADD/ADHD students, I assess their abilities, difficulties and attention spans and tailor the lessons to their baseline mastery levels. I utilize patience, innovative teaching methods, hands-on practice and (where necessary) repetition to allow them to succeed at tasks at all levels of complexity. ADD/ADHD students are often very intelligent. I have had success tutoring ADD/ADHD students in technically complex subjects such as statistics, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access.

Elementary (K-6th)

When working with students at the K-6th level, most of all I am sharing my own joy of learning and teaching them how to learn. I am certified to tutor reading, writing, English, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, study skills, elementary math and elementary science. I enjoy working with children of all ages and tend to make the lessons seem more like play than school "work." My students like my real-life examples, funny drawings, and tips on how to remember different facts (mnemonics).


I have had success tutoring speakers of English as a second language, particularly native Spanish speakers. I understand the difficulties of learning English and can help my students with speaking, reading, and writing, including subcultural idioms and slang. We also discuss differences in sentence structure and organization. Particularly with Romance languages, we work on recognizing words with common roots in order to build vocabulary mastery.

In travels throughout the U.S. and eight other countries, I have personally surmounted language barriers with native speakers of Spanish, French, Flemish, German, Czech, Bulgarian, Chinese and Hindi. These experiences help me communicate with students at all levels of English use.

Microsoft Access

I am an Access database developer and manager with experience building forms, tables, queries and reports. I can teach students the use of Access menu features and how to import and export data between Access and other software packages.


In prior employment as a commercial property inspector, I was responsible for photographing street scenes, building exteriors and interiors, and any deferred maintenance items. I can introduce students to the basics of digital photography, including scene composition, saving and printing the photographs, and managing computer files. I can also teach them to insert picture files into Microsoft Office documents, attach them to e-mail messages or upload them to Web sites.


I love books and reading! I'm able to share the joy of reading with almost anyone by keying on his or her personal interests and building from there. My habit of daily reading for pleasure has helped me academically, professionally and in my personal life. Reading expands my vocabulary, makes me an "automatic" speller, allows grammar and sentence structure to come naturally to me, enhances my test-taking ability, and helps me with both written and verbal communication. I enjoy sharing the powerful life tool of reading with all my students.


As a New York State high school student I took Regents courses, passed Regents exams in English, social studies, math and science, won a Regents Scholarship, and received Advanced Placement credits in English composition. I am able to help students with study skills, test-taking tips and test anxiety as well as subject-related material.


I have worked as a SAS programmer for more than 20 years on PC and mainframe platforms. My experience includes base SAS, frequently used procedures, database management, and data analysis through multivariate analysis.


I have Bachelor's and Master's degrees in sociology and many years of experience in applied social research and statistics. My research areas of interest include higher education finance/student financial aid, social welfare and public health. I have worked in government, academic, and business settings and served as a subject matter expert on the U.S. government's student loan database. I also teach sociology at the college level.

Study Skills

Studying and test-taking have always come relatively easily to me. More importantly, I have the ability to help students from all academic backgrounds improve their study skills at the college, secondary and primary levels. I tutored at the South End Community Center in Albany when I was in high school, acted as the graduate assistant for statistics while in graduate school, and now teach college and tutor statistics online for Strayer University as well as offering one-on-one tutoring for Wyzant. My approach is tailored to the student's individual needs and includes help with time management, note-taking, test preparation, use of Microsoft Office software, Web searching, and research skills.

Tax Preparation

I am an experienced user of the Intuit tax preparation package TurboTax. I can guide new users in preparing their federal and State taxes for situations ranging from Form 1040-EZ to Form 1040 itemizing deductions and with Schedules A, B, C, D, and/or E. I am also able to help with either paper or electronic submission of returns.

I understand the rules for reporting self-employment income (Schedule C) and rental income (Schedule E). I can explain how to set up depreciation calculations and claim depreciation for real estate, vehicles and other property. I can provide guidance in claiming college expense credits, child care credits, the earned income credit, and other credits. I also help students set up filing systems to simplify future years' tax preparation.

My role is not to provide tax advice but to help new TurboTax users organize their tax information, enter it into the software package, and evaluate whether or not the resulting return is ready for filing. The package itself compares the return to national averages and assesses audit risk. Professional tax advice is available through Intuit.


With my background in statistics and algebra and experience in public health research, I’m able to help aspiring nursing students prepare for the multiple-choice Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). The test components include Reading, Mathematics, Science and English and Language Usage. In math, I teach students to distinguish among and solve problems that focus on whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratios/proportions. For science, I conduct informal subject matter assessments and guide students in selecting resources that will help expand their competencies. In English and language usage, we utilize practice tests and work on strategies such as process of elimination to select identify correct answers. I am able to help students with study skills, test-taking tips, time management and test anxiety as well as with subject-related material.


I learned a gentle basic yoga routine at Hot Yoga in Washington, D.C., and have been using it successfully for seven years. This 20-minute routine is unique in that it is done fully on the mat so it is non-impact for feet and ankles. The routine is ideal for older or overweight people to obtain the stretching, oxygenating and meditative benefits of yoga without over-exerting themselves. One must be able to get down to floor level and pull oneself back up (with the aid of furniture if necessary!). As with any physical activity, it's advisable to check with a doctor before starting yoga lessons.

University at Albany
University at Albany


University at Albany

University at Albany (Master's)

Hire Marilyn! — I found Marilyn's tutoring style to be unconventional with the use of silly examples BUT VERY HELPFUL and it definitely makes it stick!! ...

— Kiernan, Clifton Park, NY on 11/9/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Group lessons for two or more students are available for $30/hour per person. Purchasing a package generates a discount from the individual or the group rate.

Travel policy

Marilyn will travel within 40 miles of Clifton Park, NY 12065.

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