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Meagan V.

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Tutor Specializing in Test Prep, Data Analysis, and Editing

500+ Hours
4.8 average from 234 ratings
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SUNY Farmingdale State College
Applied Psychology
Stony Brook University - Ph.D. Integrative Neuroscience
Enrolled
Stony Brook University - Master's in Psychology
Master's

Education

SUNY Farmingdale State College (Applied Psychology)

Stony Brook University - Ph.D. Integrative Neuroscience (Enrolled)

Stony Brook University - Master's in Psychology (Master's)

About Meagan

My name is Meagan V. and I graduated from Farmingdale State College in 2015 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. I am looking to pursue a career in Psychological research. I just finished my second year in my PhD program at Stony Brook University in the Integrative Neuroscience area of the Psychology department. As of this spring, I also have my Master's in Psychology.

Currently, I am accepting students looking for help in the following areas: GRE, SAT, ACT, SPSS, writing/editing/proofreading, Algebra (both in-person and online), Psychology, and Research Methods.

I started tutoring on my own approximately five years ago and I decided to join the Wyzant community in order to reach out to more students. I have tutored over 500 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.

My total SAT score was 2170 - M770 CR700 W700. My composite ACT score was 34 - M35 E34 R34 S31. My GRE score was Verbal 158 (78th percentile), Quantitative 167 (94th percentile), and Analytical Writing 5.5 (98th percentile). 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 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 $40 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 finished writing my first young adult novel during NaNoWriMo 2016. 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 in 2015 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. I am looking to pursue a career in Psychological research. I just finished my second year in my PhD program at Stony Brook University in the Integrative Neuroscience area of the Psychology department. As of this spring, I also have my Read more

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Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I am willing to tutor 2 students together (family, friends, classmates, etc.) for a group rate of $65 per hour. Last-minute cancellation fee: $25

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Nesconset, NY 11767

"Great Tutor!!"

- Sherry, Sayville, NY on 2/24/15

"Very nice and helpful"

- Jackie, Saint James, NY on 6/2/17

"Creative approach to forming research questions, quite knowledgeable"

- Carlos, El Dorado Hills, CA on 2/8/17

"SPSS tutoring"

- Emory, Williamsburg, VA on 1/15/17

"Knowledgeable and efficient"

- Diana, Modesto, CA on 1/15/17

"Knowledgeable and very helpful"

- Rosa, Sayville, NY on 1/8/17

"Helpful and Reasonable"

- David, Cupertino, CA on 12/24/16

"Knowledgable and concerned tutor"

- Theodore, Richmond, VA on 12/11/16

"Great GRE Tutor"

- Bill, Islip Terrace, NY on 12/8/16

"Smart and patient tutor"

- Patty, Sayville, NY on 10/22/16

"Wonderful Tutor!"

- Julie, Smithtown, NY on 7/17/15

"Excellent tutor"

- Patricia, Northport, NY on 6/14/15

"Great tutor"

- Karen, Smithtown, NY on 6/12/15

"Great tutor!"

- Elicia, Centerport, NY on 10/22/14

"Easy to reach"

- Kathy, East Setauket, NY on 9/15/14

"First Session Went Very Well"

- Joseph, Commack, NY on 5/13/14

"AMAZING"

- Helena, Northport, NY on 4/17/14

"Make sure you have a backup tutor"

- Kathleen, Holbrook, NY on 2/4/14
Meagan replied on 2/13/2014

I did apologize for that. And just to clarify, I did call earlier but no one answered. Also, I was in the hospital.

"Patient, very bright, easy to schedule appointments."

- Elaine, Smithtown, NY on 11/15/13

"AMAZING!!!!"

- Barbara, Nesconset, NY on 11/13/13

"Excellent tutor. I would highly recommend Megan."

- Kimberly, Kings Park, NY on 10/29/13

"Youth makes her an excellent tutor!!"

- Elizabeth, Northport, NY on 7/9/13

"Helpful and Thorough"

- Norma, East Setauket, NY on 5/28/13

"Great results."

- Anne, Greenlawn, NY on 4/12/13
Science:
ACT Science,
Biology,
Physical Science, PSAT, Psychology
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Computer:
SPSS
Language:
Reading, Writing
History:
Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math,
Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar,
Reading, Vocabulary, Writing
Business:
GMAT, GRE,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT English

I took the ACT during my senior year in high school. My composite score was 34 (max. score is 36). My English score was 34. I have been tutoring students for the ACT for about two years now.

ACT Math

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.

ACT Reading

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.

ACT Science

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.

Algebra 1

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.

Biology

I took AP Biology an received a 5 on the AP exam.

College Counseling

I graduated from Farmingdale State College in 2015 with a BS in Applied Psychology. This major focused on Industrial Organizational Psychology which included extensive practice with interviews, presentations, and job analyses. I am currently in my second year of an Integrative Neuroscience PhD program at Stony Brook University. I have gone through the college application and interview process myself for both my undergraduate and graduate education successfully. In addition, for the past 2 years, I have helped high school students craft and edit their college application essays and scholarship essays. My students were accepted to their schools of choice. In addition, I helped parents determine which schools to have their kids apply to based on SAT/ACT scores and GPA. I have helped them navigate the college application process successfully.

Elementary Math

Math is my best subject, including elementary math. I have always excelled in this area through my schooling and I enjoy helping others who struggle with this subject because it makes me feel good to use my natural abilities to help others.

English

I took AP English Language and received a 4 on the AP exam. I also took AP English Literature and received a 5 on the AP exam.

Geometry

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.

Grammar

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.

GRE

I just finished my second year in the Integrative Neuroscience PhD program at Stony Brook University. 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).

Literature

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.

Prealgebra

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.

Proofreading

I have been helping high school and college students revise and edit papers for the past several years. I enjoy reading over other students' work and using my English skills to revise without losing the students' overall message and essence of the essays.

Psychology

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.

SAT Math

I scored a 770 on the SAT Math section.

SAT Reading

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.

SAT Writing

I scored a 700 on the SAT Writing section.

SPSS

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.

SUNY Farmingdale State College
Applied Psychology
Stony Brook University - Ph.D. Integrative Neuroscience
Enrolled
Stony Brook University - Master's in Psychology
Master's

Education

SUNY Farmingdale State College (Applied Psychology)

Stony Brook University - Ph.D. Integrative Neuroscience (Enrolled)

Stony Brook University - Master's in Psychology (Master's)

Great Tutor!!

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.

— Sherry, Sayville, NY on 2/24/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I am willing to tutor 2 students together (family, friends, classmates, etc.) for a group rate of $65 per hour. Last-minute cancellation fee: $25

Travel policy

Meagan will travel within 10 miles of Nesconset, NY 11767.