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Sara L.

Empathetic and Effective Math and Science Assistance

Empathetic and Effective Math and Science Assistance

$40/hour

About Sara


Bio

Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile!

My name is Sara, and I am currently a statistical analyst at a major insurance company in the area. I have undergraduate degrees in math, physics and finance and have spent time in the engineering world as well.

I have a natural love of teaching, and have been working as a tutor for over 7 years, specializing in math, science and test prep tutoring. I work with a wide range of students, from 6th grade to college level, adolescents to...

Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile!

My name is Sara, and I am currently a statistical analyst at a major insurance company in the area. I have undergraduate degrees in math, physics and finance and have spent time in the engineering world as well.

I have a natural love of teaching, and have been working as a tutor for over 7 years, specializing in math, science and test prep tutoring. I work with a wide range of students, from 6th grade to college level, adolescents to non-traditional students, helping people become more comfortable and confident with the more challenging subjects. My overall goal is to get my students to become strong, independent, critical thinkers, so that they eventually do not need me to help them pass the class, but excel and get the highest grades possible.

Every student is unique and needs his own unique approach to help him achieve his goals. I strive to provide this unique experience, finding the best way for an individual student to learn and grow. This is especially important for test prep -- students need an individualized plan if they hope to succeed; the same thing does NOT work for every student.

As a visual learner myself, I completely understand how students can get lost once they hit algebra and have to deal with abstract concepts. My goal is always to find a way to make the abstract concepts visual, and create a higher level of understanding within the student's mind. I try to get my students to find ways to relate the problems that they're doing to real life situations, or easier math situations that they've already mastered, to help them become not only better at math, but better at general problem solving.

Thank you again for checking out my profile and learning a little bit more about me. I'd love the opportunity to learn more about you and your student, and am happy to set up a free interview prior to scheduling any lessons, to ensure I'm the right fit for you and/or your child.


Education

Cleveland State University
Math, Physics
Cleveland State University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $40
  • Rate details: I offer a discounted rate for students who are flexible with meeting location and time. Please contact me for details!
  • Lesson cancellation: 2 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 5/4/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Need help with public speaking? You've come to the right place! I am Competent Communicator certified by Toastmasters, an international public speaking organization. I am involved in two clubs at work: a regular club and an advanced speaking club. With Toastmasters, I've gained a wealth of experience presenting as well as evaluating other presenters, giving feedback and pointers which help them to become better public speakers. I'd be happy to help you achieve your public speaking goals! Please contact me to find out more!
Microsoft Excel

Computer

Microsoft Excel

Corporate Training

Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Need help with public speaking? You've come to the right place! I am Competent Communicator certified by Toastmasters, an international public speaking organization. I am involved in two clubs at work: a regular club and an advanced speaking club. With Toastmasters, I've gained a wealth of experience presenting as well as evaluating other presenters, giving feedback and pointers which help them to become better public speakers. I'd be happy to help you achieve your public speaking goals! Please contact me to find out more!
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Statistics

Elementary Education

Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading

English

ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I continue to see success with students who use me for ACT prep (all subjects). My effective, customized approach to the reading section allows me to identify students individual strengths and weaknesses so I can give the best advice on how he/she should approach this section. Some students have been able to see as much as a 6 point increase for this section alone -- contact me to see how I can help you or your child see the same success!
Public Speaking,

Public Speaking

Need help with public speaking? You've come to the right place! I am Competent Communicator certified by Toastmasters, an international public speaking organization. I am involved in two clubs at work: a regular club and an advanced speaking club. With Toastmasters, I've gained a wealth of experience presenting as well as evaluating other presenters, giving feedback and pointers which help them to become better public speakers. I'd be happy to help you achieve your public speaking goals! Please contact me to find out more!
English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Writing, Writing

Homeschool

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing

Math

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The September 2014 ACT results are in and things are good! I worked with 11 students this summer. On average, I spent 9 hours of tutoring time with these students, and they saw, on average, a 2 point score increase! My star performer this summer increased her ACT math score 8 points -- a huge success. Another of my students increased her math score 7 points. These results speak for themselves -- feel free to contact me to see how I can help you see this level of success!
Differential Equations,

Differential Equations

To enable understanding of my qualifications to teach an advanced subject like differential equations, it is necessary to digress into my educational background. As an undergraduate in college, I changed majors and schools several times. My first choices were in the areas of astronomy and physics. At Ohio State I began taking the math courses required for these majors, which included differential equations. I subsequently transferred to Cleveland State for personal reasons, and found that a lot of my credits did not transfer from quarters to semesters. It was necessary for me to retake classes to achieve the correct number of credit hours to graduate in my new areas of math and physics. Therefore, as an undergraduate I took a differential equations class again, this time at Cleveland State. When I decided to go back to school to achieve a higher level of education in another field, mechanical engineering, I found that one of the requirements of the program was to take a more advanced level differential equations class. In short, I have taken the same class 3 times. Each class was slightly different, but covered the same overall material. Each time I received the highest grade in the class. Further, I have recently been very focused on this subject while tutoring other engineers in my office who are studying for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination. The FE is a test that is mandatory for engineers who are wishing to become professionally certified. It is designed to test students who have just completed a four year engineering curriculum and consists of topics such as differential equations. My math and physics background was complete enough to allow me to pass this test on the first attempt; something that some of my co-workers were not able to do. They are older, more experienced professionals who have not been in school for many years. I have been able to help them successfully remember and understand these topics, and this one in particular because my own knowledge of it is so complete. I have seen first hand the successful understanding of this subject that I have been able to impart with them, and feel that I am more than qualified to help others in a professional capacity.
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry

Most Popular

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, Statistics, Writing

Science

ACT Science,

ACT Science

I take a very customized approach to helping students do well on the science section of the ACT. I believe that every student is an individual, and all individuals need to harness their unique skill set to do the best they can do on this section of the test. Some of the students I've helped have been able to raise their science subscores as much as 7 points -- absolutely amazing results that come from the ability to customize the tutoring for each student.
Astronomy, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics

Summer

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physics, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing

Test Preparation

ACT Math,

ACT Math

The September 2014 ACT results are in and things are good! I worked with 11 students this summer. On average, I spent 9 hours of tutoring time with these students, and they saw, on average, a 2 point score increase! My star performer this summer increased her ACT math score 8 points -- a huge success. Another of my students increased her math score 7 points. These results speak for themselves -- feel free to contact me to see how I can help you see this level of success!
ACT Reading,

ACT Reading

I continue to see success with students who use me for ACT prep (all subjects). My effective, customized approach to the reading section allows me to identify students individual strengths and weaknesses so I can give the best advice on how he/she should approach this section. Some students have been able to see as much as a 6 point increase for this section alone -- contact me to see how I can help you or your child see the same success!
ACT Science,

ACT Science

I take a very customized approach to helping students do well on the science section of the ACT. I believe that every student is an individual, and all individuals need to harness their unique skill set to do the best they can do on this section of the test. Some of the students I've helped have been able to raise their science subscores as much as 7 points -- absolutely amazing results that come from the ability to customize the tutoring for each student.
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Writing

Examples of Expertise


Sara has provided examples of their subject expertise by answering 3 questions submitted by students on Wyzant’s Ask an Expert.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (335 ratings)
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Reviews


Great job and personable

Sara did a great job with my daughter’s first session. Sara explained the questions that my daughter missed on her previous tests so she could learn. If my daughter needs more Statistics help we will use Sara again!

Adam, 1 lesson with Sara
Tutor responded:

Thanks so much for taking the time to give feedback! I hope that she does fantastic on the retake Ellie's gearing up for!!

Very Knowledgeable Tutor

My son loved Sara. He is at Case Western Reserve University and taking precalculus and was struggling with the concepts after not having taken math in a while. He said that Sara was very knowledgeable about all the material and explained everything in a way that he really understood. He is a visual learner and Sara really helped his learning style. She is awesome and I appreciate how much she helped my son and I would definitely recommend her!

Nicole, 4 lessons with Sara
Tutor responded:

Thanks so much for the feedback! Jayvaughn is a very hard worker and he is really trying to make sure he understands what he is doing - he's a pleasure to work with! I'm glad that he is feeling more confident!

Highly Recommend

Really great! She was willing to help me test prep for a physics exam for the next day! We sat down and did practice problems and I feel a lot more confident going into my test.

Giulia, 1 lesson with Sara
Tutor responded:

Thanks so much for the feedback - I'm happy to have been able to help and hope to hear some great news when you get your exam grade back!

Wonderful

I could not be happier with selecting Sara. She is patient, diligent, and intuitive. She understands the need of the student and I am really impressed how she goes out of her way to work with you. I can’t thank you enough Sara.

KRISTEN , 6 lessons with Sara

Very flexible and helpful

Sara is very helpful and wants to ensure success of the child. She was very flexible in scheduling, planning, and working with our child. She was critical in getting our son caught up in school because of illness. Would recommend for Statistics!

Brian, 1 lesson with Sara

Very knowledgeable and helpful

My son had an excellent first meeting with Sara. She is very knowledgeable and she explained concepts he was struggling to understand. She gave him some homework to reinforce what he learned. We look forward to having additional sessions.

Heidi, 7 lessons with Sara

Great job

Sara does a great job updating me on my daughters progress each session. We are making steady progress and she is feeling good about the lessons!

Jacquie, 14 lessons with Sara

Sara taught me how to study for Math test.

Sara taught how to study for Math test by taking notes and writing down step by step how to do the problems. She also taught me more in-depth on equations and graphing and coordinates. What I like about Sara is how she writes down notes when she's teaching a new lesson instead of just explaining it.

Lauren, 38 lessons with Sara

Sara is extremely knowledgeable and helpful!

Sara is prepared each week with extremely helpful lessons. She is organized and very helpful on tips on improving my daughter's ACT score.

Gina, 8 lessons with Sara
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Sara L.

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