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SUNY Farmingdale State College (Applied Psychology)
Stony Brook University - Ph.D. Integrative Neuroscience (Enrolled)
My name is Meagan V. and. I graduated from Farmingdale State College this spring of 2015 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. I am looking to pursue a career in Psychological research. I am currently a first year PhD student at Stony Brook University in the Integrative Neuroscience area of the Psychology program.
I started tutoring on my own approximately four years ago and I decided to join the WyzAnt community in order to reach out to more students. I have tutored over 400 hours through WyzAnt to date and I hold a 4.9/5.0 star rating. Feel free to read through feedback from my previous students to get a better idea of my tutoring qualifications.
Currently, I am accepting students look for help in the following areas:
SAT Preparation for the current SAT (January test): My total score was 2170 - M770 CR700 W700
ACT Preparation: My composite score was 34 - M35 E34 R34 S31
GRE Preparation: Verbal 158 (78th percentile) Quantitative 167 (94th percentile) Analytical Writing 5.5 (98th percentile)
High School or College Algebra 1 and Geometry
College Psychology students (i.e. Intro to Psychology, Research Methods, Statistics for Psychology, SPSS, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Functional Neuroanatomy, Biopsychology, etc.)
Writing: College Admission/Scholarship essay assistance with writing process and/or editing; APA research paper writing (including literature reviews and empirical papers)
I specialize in SAT and ACT preparation for high school students. I am also interested in tutoring college students preparing for the GRE general test. For test preparation, I assign a decent amount of homework each week and I spend the majority of my sessions going over the questions my students answer incorrectly.
I would like all potential students to understand that the SAT and ACT are not exactly the same, and therefore require different types of preparation. If you have any questions about this, feel free to send me a message. I also put together my own review packets for the SAT and ACT, covering all the main concepts for the math sections and the grammatical concepts for the SAT writing section/ACT English section. I have a class on Quizlet with vocabulary quizzes that my SAT students can access when we start lessons (these will help students prepare for the critical reading section of the SAT).
I am also focusing on helping high school and college students write and edit their college admission essays and scholarship essays (for undergraduate or graduate school). I offer face-to-face sessions with students to assist in all phases of the writing process - coming up with a catchy/meaningful idea, planning out the content and structure, and editing the drafts. The rate for these sessions will be my standard rate of $50 per hour.
However, I am also willing to offer assistance via email for students who wish to have their essays edited without meeting face-to-face. The rate for this type of session will vary depending on factors such as the length of the essay, how many rounds of editing are needed, and the overall amount of time that I spend editing the essay. I am willing to discuss a rate that is reasonable for both me and the student/parent.
As far as my cancellation policy goes, I require notice at least 24 hours in advance for a lesson cancellation. If I do not receive adequate notice, I will charge a $25 cancellation fee. This is primarily due to the fact that if I schedule someone for a particular day and time, I am filling that time slot and not allowing other students the chance to take that slot. Therefore, I am losing business by allowing students to cancel at the last minute. However, I offer all of my students 1 last minute cancellation free of charge; subsequent late cancellations will be subject to the $25 fee. The only major exception to this policy is a cancellation due to severe weather conditions, in which case I will not charge a cancellation fee if the lesson is cancelled at the last minute.
While all of my "professional" and "academic" qualities are certainly important, I think it's also necessary for you to understand more about me as a person. I consider myself a "nerd" and I am no longer self-conscious about it - it's who I am. I love school, but aside from that I enjoy reading and writing. To me, the smell of a bookstore is like that of a decadent chocolate cake to many others. Although throughout the school year I typically only engage in academic writing, in my down-time I write poetry and I'm working on a young adult novel. I'm an athlete. When I was younger I did karate for about 6.5 years and got my black belt. Now, running is one of my passions. I ran my first half-marathon this past March with my Mom in RI. I don't consider myself fast, but the mental reprieve that I experience during a long run is something I could never give up. Finally, during the winter I take pleasure in crocheting. I make hats, blankets, stuffed animals, and anything else I can come up with. Yes, my interests are eclectic. Yes, I'm eccentric. I think that these parts of me make me a better tutor because I'm well-rounded and I'm always trying to come up with new ways to help my students. Also, I think it's important for my potential students and their parents to know more about me than simply my academic abilities.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I hope to hear from you soon! My name is Meagan V. and. I graduated from Farmingdale State College this spring of 2015 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. I am looking to pursue a career in Psychological research. I am currently a first year PhD student at Stony Brook University in the Integrative Neuroscience area
I typically tutor students individually, but I am willing to tutor 2 students together (family, friends, classmates, etc.) for a group rate of $80 per hour. Last-minute cancellation fee: $25
Works well with my daughter and has taught her some great strategies in just a few lessons. She is always prompt and prepared to take the lesson to the next level. My daughter really likes her and feels the sessions are very beneficial.
Meagan is great in all the ways you want a tutor to be great in. She is always on time, always prepared for the lesson, very knowledgeable and gives her students 110%. We highly recommend Meagan!
Angie had a very productive session with Meagan. She definitely knows her subject and explains everything in sufficient detail to guide the student. I highly recommend her.
Meagan was a tutor for my son for the SAT and ACT. She was very knowledgeable and competent. It was very easy to schedule sessions with her and she worked around our busy schedule.
Thank you, Meagan, for helping my son prepare for his SAT. Right after his 1st session with you, he told me you showed him a way to do math that finally made sense to him. He was so impressed by your intelligence and patience. A true teacher!! I am thankful for your help and your reasonable fee. I will highly recommend you to anyone needing tutoring. Thank you!!
Meagan answered our request for a SAT tutor right away. She was also able to meet at our requested place and time with no problem. My daughter feels comfortable with Meagan. We will be meeting with her next week as well.
My son Joseph was happy with Meagan. He thinks she can help. He liked the one on one explanation. I even caught him doing the work in the car after we left, which I thought was wonderful. It's always hard the first time meeting someone, but he said he felt comfortable working with her! All in all, I think for the first session went very well. Thanks, Meagan.
One session with Meagan's personal tips got my son up in English from 31 to 34, Reading 26 to a 31!
Thank you soooo much Meagan!
Update: After such great success with the ACT we hired Meagan to help edit college essays. Our son got into Stanford, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Princeton, and Columbia! She taught him how to use '-' and ':', making essays interesting to read.
Meagan you're the best! Thank you.
Meagan cancelled twice 15 minutes before tutoring time saying she was sick. Does she think that's the right way to deal with a child in need of some help? Good luck if you use her.
I did apologize for that. And just to clarify, I did call earlier but no one answered. Also, I was in the hospital.
My son is a "reluctant" student who was not particularly looking forward to his lesson. After Meagan left, he asked me, "she's coming again next week, right?" He admitted how much she had helped him to understand his lengthy homework. They also did sample tests from a workbook.
Update on 11/14/13 My son just got 100 on an English quiz. That hasn't happened in years! I was very proud of him and know that Meagan's lessons are helping him with his reading comprehension and test taking skills.
My daughter was on the shy side and a little unsure how this was going to work, but after the first lesson she was very excited to work with her. She has done wonderful things to make her understand things easily. A reading teacher working with my daughter for a few months discovered a reading comprehension problem that Meagan found by the second lesson which truly amazed me. I feel she is extremely gifted. I highly recommend Meagan. She has increased my daughters sat scores by about 250 points. I will now be starting to have my son tutored by Megan as well. Thank you so much Meagan.
When my mother told me she found a tutor to help me study for the SAT's, I was not happy. I thought, "It was not going to make any difference..." but I was wrong!!! Meagan quickly figured out what my strengths and weaknesses were. She gave me tips that helped me to remember things. She is very smart, but I never felt uncomfortable with asking her questions or having her repeat something. My scores increased almost 200 points. I never could have done this on my own. Thanks for everything Meagan!!!
I highly recommend Meagan as an SAT tutor. Her youth is on her side and enables her to communicate with her students well. She has excellent knowledge of the Sat exam and was able to increase my son's score over 200 points in less than one month!!
Would highly recommend Meagan, as she was both insightful and on point. She immediately recognized our son's strengths and weaknesses in certain subjects and zeroed in on exactly what he required. Meagan's suggestions and advice proved helpful. We also appreciated that Meagan contacted us after the SAT to ascertain our son's SAT score. Additional, Meagan worked with us concerning scheduling and availability. Good tutor.
Meagan was very helpful and flexible. we used her for SAT prep and my daughters' score went up tremendously. We will use her for regents review in the future.
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I took the ACT during my senior year in high school. My composite score was 34 (max. score is 36). My math score was 35. I have been tutoring students for the ACT for about two years now. Math has always been my strongest subject and I enjoy going over all the basic concepts in a way that my students can understand, even if math is their worst subject.
I took the ACT during my senior year in high school. My composite score was 34 (max. score is 36). My reading score was 34. I have been tutoring students for the ACT for about two years now. Typically, when I help students in this area I focus on techniques for reading quickly while still understanding as much of the passages as possible. I emphasize the importance of understanding the main idea (thesis) because all answers should relate back to that main idea.
I took the ACT during my senior year in high school. My composite score was 34 (max. score is 36). My science score was 31. I have been tutoring students for the ACT for about two years now. Typically, when I help students in this area I focus on understanding the passages, while reading them as quickly as possible because I find that this section is quite difficult to finish in the time allotted. I usually spend a lot of time going over how to interpret the data presented in graphs and tables.
Math has always been my strongest subject. I find that I really excel at explaining difficult concepts in a way that all my students can understand. I've tutored both high school and college students for Algebra 1 with a great deal of success.
I took AP Biology an received a 5 on the AP exam.
I took Microeconomics in college and received an A in the class.
Math has always been my strongest subject. Throughout middle school and high school I earned straight A's in all honors and AP math courses. I started tutoring high school students for the geometry regents about a year ago and found that it was easy for me to explain all the concepts and help the students apply them to the more difficult problems that teachers provide for regents review as well as general test review throughout the school year.
I scored a 700 on the SAT writing section, which is based on all of the major grammatical concepts. I can show students how to identify sentence errors, correct sentence errors, and apply grammatical concepts in the context of both their own writing and passages on the SAT and ACT. These concepts carry over to the English portion of the ACT which I scored a 34 on. I created SAT and ACT review packets including all the key grammatical concepts explained for my students as well as examples of correct and incorrect applications of these concepts.
I am currently a second semester senior at SUNY Farmingdale State College. I took the GRE general test in November of 2014. My scores were as follows: Verbal 158 (78th percentile); Quantitative 167 (94th percentile); Analytical Writing 5.5 (98th percentile).
I earned straight A's in all honors and AP English courses throughout high school. Specifically, I took AP English Literature and received a 5 on the AP exam. In addition, the majority of my spare time is spent reading. I love discussing both classic literature and more modern works of fiction and nonfiction. I find that I am quite adept at helping my students explore the major themes in the novels that they are required to read for school. I also enjoy assisting them in applying these concepts to their own composition. I can easily break down complex works of prose for students that struggle with reading comprehension.
Math has always been my strongest subject. I was in all honors and AP math courses throughout middle school and high school. I earned straight A's in all of my math courses and I scored a 5 on the AP Calculus exam. I specifically enjoy working with students struggling with Algebra and Prealgebra because I find that often times teacher just encourage their students to memorize equations. On the contrary, I like to fully explain the concepts to my students so that I know they really understand what they are doing and at the same time this allows them to feel more confident and equipped for cumulative exams.
I am graduating from Farmingdale State College in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology. I earned straight A's in all my Psychology courses, both introductory and upper-level. Some of the major courses that I am familiar with are: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Child Development, Cognitive Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Psychological Statistics, Organizational Behavior, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Applied Personnel Psychology.
I scored a 770 on the SAT Math section.
I took the SAT in 2009, during my senior year in high school. My total score was 2170. Specifically, my Critical Reading score was 700. I have been tutoring students for the SAT extensively over the past two and a half years. I have only received positive feedback from my SAT tutoring services.
I created a class on Quizlet for my SAT students where I posted vocabulary quizzes by level - easy, medium, and hard - in order to prepare for the vocabulary questions. For the passage-based questions, I emphasize the need to understand first and foremost the main idea. All answers to the questions should lead back to the main idea and I also explain to my students that there should always be evidence in the passage to back up correct answers.
Through my tutoring sessions, I help students become more comfortable reading more complex passages and truly understanding the main ideas, rhetorical devices used, tone, point of view, and differences between two passages covering similar subject matter. All of these techniques come together to not only allow my students to succeed on the SAT, but also increase their reading comprehension which is crucial for success throughout college and beyond.
I recently graduated from Farmingdale State College with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. I earned an A in my Psychological Statistics course that I took at St. Joseph's College. Throughout the course, I utilized SPSS for homework assignments and group projects. For exams, we were given SPSS output to analyze. I worked as a Research Assistant and my major role was analyzing data in SPSS.
The study I was involved in is related to the effects of two classroom interventions in the reduction of test anxiety in college students. I ran descriptive statistics, independent samples t-tests, paired samples t-tests, and ANOVAs on the data in order to find out if the interventions had a significant effect on the participants.
Currently I am working in a lab at Stony Brook University. I am a first year PhD student. I just finished my first semester and I received an A in my Analysis of Variance course which included computing statistics on paper as well as conducting analyses in SPSS.
I feel extremely confident in my ability to explain the basics of SPSS regarding any subject, but I can certainly be more helpful with more advanced undergraduate work for psychology students in particular.