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Wantagh, NY


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Background check passed as of 9/19/13
4.9 average from 623 ratings
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U. of Bridgeport
U. of Bridgeport


U. of Bridgeport

U. of Bridgeport (Master's)


About MONA

As an experienced educator at the middle / high school level, I have successful engagements with the emphasis placed on goal setting, prioritizing and event management. These are skills I use personally and professionally. I am equally comfortable teaching one-on-one as well as in the group setting. Tutoring location is flexible.

I have worked as a substitute teacher in the Wantagh School District for over five years teaching the following subjects: physical science, living environment, Italian, and pre-algebra. Privately, I have been tutoring SAT/ACT/GMAT students, middle and high school students in chemistry, algebra, living environment and elementary school students in math.

The parents of the students that I have worked with have been pleased with the one to one attention that I have given their children and with the results. I personalize my instruction to the students' interests to make the subject matter more relevant to their point of reference.

I am passionate about learning and enjoy when the individuals pick up on this enthusiasm and revisit the subject matter we are studying with a new perspective.
As an experienced educator at the middle / high school level, I have successful engagements with the emphasis placed on goal setting, prioritizing and event management. These are skills I use personally and professionally. I am equally comfortable teaching one-on-one as well as in the group setting. Tutoring location is flexible.

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36 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 7 miles of Wantagh, NY 11793
Background Check: Passed

"Clear and Precise Communication"

- Vashti, East Meadow, NY on 10/20/15

"Excellent "

- Moh, Cambridge, MA on 10/22/15

"Amazing Tutor "

- Vanessa, Uniondale, NY on 10/15/15

"Patient and creative tutor."

- Kenya, Bellmore, NY on 7/15/15

"Mona S"

- Asha, Merrick, NY on 6/1/15

"Things went great!"

- Lisa, Merrick, NY on 1/7/15


- Olympia, Seaford, NY on 11/11/14

"Good first lesson"

- Ira, Plainview, NY on 9/8/14

"Great tutor for the High School Entrance Exam "

- Debbie, Wantagh, NY on 1/24/14

"An excellent tutor."

- Karen, Wantagh, NY on 6/21/13

"Great First Lesson"

- Dianna, Merrick, NY on 1/29/13

"Very good, very patient."

- Maureen, Massapequa, NY on 1/14/13

"Very Patient!"

- Justin, West Hemstead, NY on 12/3/12

"2nd tutoring"

- Jean, Bellmore, NY on 10/16/12


- Wayne, Merrick, NY on 10/1/12

"Great Tutor"

- Gina, Levittown, NY on 6/26/12

"Highly recommended tutor"

- Debra, Levittown, NY on 3/16/12

"Wonderfully effective"

- Safeena, Valley Stream, NY on 11/30/11

"great Tutor, "

- Carolyn, Bellmore, NY on 11/10/11

"Really good tutor!"

- Jackie, Massapequa, NY on 10/15/11

"Keeps my daughter focused and prepared "

- Peter, Seaford, NY on 8/9/11

"Great Italian Lessons"

- John, Elmont, NY on 8/7/11
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, SAT Math,
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
ACT Science, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry,
Ecology, Nutrition,
Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Zoology
American History, European History, World History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading, Study Skills,
Career Development, GMAT, GRE
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry,
English, ESL/ESOL,
Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Reading, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, Study Skills,
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, Career Development, College Counseling, COOP/HSPT, GED, GMAT, GRE, MCAT,
PSAT, Regents, SAT Math,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Career Development, College Counseling, ESL/ESOL,
GMAT, Grammar, Italian

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Algebra 1

Algebra consists of many of the subject areas that will all have studied since Elementary School. Whether it be ratios, negative and positive numbers, solving for variables, plotting points or computing area or converting units, they all unify and are important to understand when studying Algebra. When working with a student in this discipline, I make sure that the building blocks of Math are strong and then build upon these concepts. I try to use real life examples when doing problems so that the student can see that Algebra plays a strong role in our everyday lives.


Having a strong background in the Biological Sciences, when I am tutoring Chemistry, I can use examples from Biology to help explain different relationships. Chemistry is built upon overlapping concepts starting with the structure of the atom, to the Periodic Table, to types of bonds, Nuclear and Organic Chemistry. I take the basic concepts, make sure that the student understands them and then I build upon these concepts. I use diagrams, charts,and examples from real life to help give the topics in Chemistry different perspectives and help in the learning process.


I have been tutoring the Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT for several years. This standardized test emphasizes sentence structure, mechanics and punctuation as well as reading comprehension. I also have been tutoring the ACT which has the same type of emphasis on mechanics and reading. Additionally, having lived in Europe and learned two languages, I also know the importance of speaking and auditory comprehension. I have personal experience in tutoring Italian and what methods work or don't work while trying to become fluent in another language. I feel that I have both the personal and professional experience in being able to help a student learn English as a second language.


I learned Italian while I was going to school in Italy. It was a total immersion course. Even though, there were those who spoke English, I tried to speak only Italian by going to the movies, watching television, sitting in the park and listening to the Italians speaking. I practiced doing crossword puzzles in Italian, reading children's books in Italian and later on more advanced literature as well as medical books in Italian. I did grammar exercises and took Italian lessons. I still read Italian newspapers, listen to Italian programs and still speak Italian.


Since the MCAT is made up of various sections ranging from the Physical and Biological Sciences to Verbal and Writing, it is very important to understand how the test is set up. I have a very strong background in the Biological Sciences and am very comfortable with the Verbal and Writing parts of standardized tests. I am familiar with the organization of the MCATs as well as the basic principles in Science, Verbal and Writing skills. I know how the test is set up and am comfortable with instructing the tactics and techniques in test taking, as I have taken the MCATs and have graduated from Medical School.


I received a Masters in Bio-Nutrition from the University Of Bridgeport where I studied Biochemistry, Nutrition and Disease, Vitamins and their Importance, Physiology, Maternal and Fetal Development and the importance of good Nutrition. I have work experience in nutritional counseling and have lectured on guidelines of moderation, food portions to many civic groups and health agencies.

SAT Math

My approach to the SAT Math is to review the basics of Math. These basics create the foundations for the more advanced problems in Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis and the other topics tested in the SAT Math section. I work with the student to show them the tactics and techniques for answering the different types of questions.

Study Skills

In the course of my academic studies, I have learned how to take a subject and break it down into its smaller components. I have found that it is easier to learn a more complex topic when the fundamentals are more secure. I am a firm believer in the use of a calendar to prioritize events which then helps in time management. I also work on goal setting and categorizing them according to short term, medium term and long term goals and then what has to be done to achieve these goals. Therefore, I use a calendar for mapping out academic work in order of due date, the work involved and goal settings to help the individual focus on what they want to do and how they can go about achieving their goals.

U. of Bridgeport
U. of Bridgeport


U. of Bridgeport

U. of Bridgeport (Master's)


Clear and Precise Communication — My son, a 10th grader, has had 2 lessons so far with Mona. He's thrilled with her because he feels the way she communicates is so clear and precise. We see a huge difference in his confidence level now. Mona is a keeper! ...

— Vashti, East Meadow, NY on 10/20/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $75.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Travel policy

MONA will travel within 7 miles of Wantagh, NY 11793.

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