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Jesse C.

Experienced SAT, ACT, and High School Tutor

Experienced SAT, ACT, and High School Tutor

$50/hour

About Jesse


Bio

Before we start working together, I'd like to tell you a few things about myself and my history as a tutor. I grew up in New York but fled to sunny California where I attended Pomona College. This is where I really started working with students, teaching them and helping them develop whatever skills they were trying to improve.

I graduated with a degree in Philosophy and an English minor, studied everything from calculus to geology, but I really found my love for teaching while serving as...

Before we start working together, I'd like to tell you a few things about myself and my history as a tutor. I grew up in New York but fled to sunny California where I attended Pomona College. This is where I really started working with students, teaching them and helping them develop whatever skills they were trying to improve.

I graduated with a degree in Philosophy and an English minor, studied everything from calculus to geology, but I really found my love for teaching while serving as an editor at my college newspaper, eventually becoming the editor-in-chief in my senior year. I worked with students one-on-one to improve their writing and research abilities, but I was also able to teach skills ranging from graphic deign to time management (a very important quality at a newspaper).

I ran lessons for large groups of students that covered journalistic ethics and writing, as there were no other journalism classes offered at our college. While I did participate in various tutoring programs in high school, my experience as an editor is where I discovered my love for teaching.

I knew I wanted to keep working with students, so I became a tutor immediately upon graduation and have continued to tutor in the years that have passed since then. I have a great deal of experience, having tutored dozens of students for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and ISEE, and I have also worked with many kids struggling with middle-school and high-school math and English. I have had a great deal of success with all of my students, seeing consistent and dramatic gains in test scores and grades. Some students are failing and are hoping to simply achieve a passing grade while others are already good students who are looking to push themselves even further. Every student has their own story, their own strengths and weaknesses, and I pride myself on really tailoring my lessons to each individual student. I know one size does not fit all, and I don't tutor as if it does.

While seeing the individuality of students is a truly fundamental part of my philosophy, I think even more important is the overarching approach I take to all students (while of course adapting it to each student's specific learning style and struggles). I am never satisfied for my students to simply know how to follow a blind process that produces results without any regard for real understanding. I will never teach a mathematical formula or what sorts of words to look for in texts without explaining exactly why that approach works. I will start out with the simpler things a student already knows and then build up from there so that they find the answers on their own.

If a student does not know how to find the length of a line segment for example, I will appeal to what they already know from geometry about the Pythagorean Theorem and how it directly gives the distance formula that looks so complicated and intimidating. And if they do not know the Pythagorean Theorem, I will keep going back until we reach a level on which they are comfortable and build from there.

Once students understand how lines work and how right triangles can be found on a coordinate plane, they are able to derive the formula on their own without me forcing rote memorization upon them. Memorization is not even required because the student truly understands how to find the distance of a line segment, so even if they forget the exact formula they have the capability and the confidence to proceed anyway. There is nothing that makes me a happier as a tutor than the day a student realizes they do not need me anymore, when the student develops the confidence and proper logical thinking to deal with problems they encounter on their own. I am of course still happy to work with those students, but now they will know that all of the knowledge and abilities they are working to build will inevitably come from within themselves.


Education

Pomona College
Philosophy

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: My base rate is 100/hr, but I am willing to work with you. I usually require sessions to be at least 1.5 hours but prefer 2 hours or more. I am flexible, however.
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
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  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

Grammar

Elementary Education

Grammar

English

ACT English,

ACT English

My history as an editor and an English major has given me a great breadth of experience in this subject. Not only am I extremely knowledgeable on proper English usage and grammar, but I truly love teaching it. I have a few approaches to the section that have proved very effective over the years, as I have been able to help students see big gains in their scores on this section. Additionally, I served as a consultant for the ACT when they were developing their tutor certification program, so I know exactly the skills needed to tutor this section.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

As an English and Philosophy major, I have extensive experience reading and know how to parse meaning out of a text. I have also taken many classes in fields like cognitive science and geology, so I am comfortable with the more technical passages as well. I also have served as a consultant for the ACT as they were developing their program to certify tutors, so I know exactly what the test is looking for. But most importantly, I believe, I truly love reading and have an ability to get students truly engaged in a text, which helps avoid careless errors and wasted time.
English,

English

I have a real passion for English, whether I am working on the more technical aspects of the language such as grammar or if I am reading a novel or poem to find its themes and meaning. I am able to instill some of that passion in my students as well, which is crucial for students to do well in this subject.
Grammar, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored multiple students in Algebra 1. I am very good at explaining the concepts in this field, and more importantly how all the concepts work together and build off of each other. I will be able to make this subject make sense even for students who have typically struggled in math.
English,

English

I have a real passion for English, whether I am working on the more technical aspects of the language such as grammar or if I am reading a novel or poem to find its themes and meaning. I am able to instill some of that passion in my students as well, which is crucial for students to do well in this subject.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored dozens of students in the SAT math section, and they have largely seen real improvements in their scores. While it is very important to review concepts, the really tricky part of the SAT is reading the question correctly in the first place so you know what concepts to use. I am very good at helping students identify the key words and numbers that tell them how to approach the questions.
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Reading

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have tutored numerous students in the ACT math section. I have taken math classes more advanced than anything tested on the exam, so I am also more than sufficiently knowledgeable to tutor the subject. I find that a lot of students struggle to remember concepts, like those in geometry, that they learned many years ago, and these are often some of the most basic concepts, so generally a good deal of review is required.
Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored multiple students in Algebra 1. I am very good at explaining the concepts in this field, and more importantly how all the concepts work together and build off of each other. I will be able to make this subject make sense even for students who have typically struggled in math.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored dozens of students in the SAT math section, and they have largely seen real improvements in their scores. While it is very important to review concepts, the really tricky part of the SAT is reading the question correctly in the first place so you know what concepts to use. I am very good at helping students identify the key words and numbers that tell them how to approach the questions.
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored multiple students in Algebra 1. I am very good at explaining the concepts in this field, and more importantly how all the concepts work together and build off of each other. I will be able to make this subject make sense even for students who have typically struggled in math.
English,

English

I have a real passion for English, whether I am working on the more technical aspects of the language such as grammar or if I am reading a novel or poem to find its themes and meaning. I am able to instill some of that passion in my students as well, which is crucial for students to do well in this subject.
Algebra 2, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Science

ACT Science

ACT Science

The ACT science section requires an interesting mix of skills from the math and reading sections, so I teach the section accordingly. I have developed a really simple approach to the questions that students have found very helpful. Once students start thinking about the questions the right way, they become much simpler than they first appear.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I have tutored multiple students in Algebra 1. I am very good at explaining the concepts in this field, and more importantly how all the concepts work together and build off of each other. I will be able to make this subject make sense even for students who have typically struggled in math.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored dozens of students in the SAT math section, and they have largely seen real improvements in their scores. While it is very important to review concepts, the really tricky part of the SAT is reading the question correctly in the first place so you know what concepts to use. I am very good at helping students identify the key words and numbers that tell them how to approach the questions.
Algebra 2, GED, Geometry

Test Preparation

ACT English,

ACT English

My history as an editor and an English major has given me a great breadth of experience in this subject. Not only am I extremely knowledgeable on proper English usage and grammar, but I truly love teaching it. I have a few approaches to the section that have proved very effective over the years, as I have been able to help students see big gains in their scores on this section. Additionally, I served as a consultant for the ACT when they were developing their tutor certification program, so I know exactly the skills needed to tutor this section.
ACT Math,

ACT Math

I have tutored numerous students in the ACT math section. I have taken math classes more advanced than anything tested on the exam, so I am also more than sufficiently knowledgeable to tutor the subject. I find that a lot of students struggle to remember concepts, like those in geometry, that they learned many years ago, and these are often some of the most basic concepts, so generally a good deal of review is required.
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

As an English and Philosophy major, I have extensive experience reading and know how to parse meaning out of a text. I have also taken many classes in fields like cognitive science and geology, so I am comfortable with the more technical passages as well. I also have served as a consultant for the ACT as they were developing their program to certify tutors, so I know exactly what the test is looking for. But most importantly, I believe, I truly love reading and have an ability to get students truly engaged in a text, which helps avoid careless errors and wasted time.
ACT Science,

ACT Science

The ACT science section requires an interesting mix of skills from the math and reading sections, so I teach the section accordingly. I have developed a really simple approach to the questions that students have found very helpful. Once students start thinking about the questions the right way, they become much simpler than they first appear.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored dozens of students in the SAT math section, and they have largely seen real improvements in their scores. While it is very important to review concepts, the really tricky part of the SAT is reading the question correctly in the first place so you know what concepts to use. I am very good at helping students identify the key words and numbers that tell them how to approach the questions.
GED, SAT Reading, SAT Writing

Examples of Expertise


Jesse has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 4 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

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Very knowledgeable

I was glad to have learned some helpful strategies for the ACT in just the first lesson. Jesse was clear and easy to follow. Overall, I have decided to continue working with Jesse.

Jennifer, 4 lessons with Jesse

$50/hour

Jesse C.

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