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Sara L.

Chardon, OH


Math and Physics Tutor

In-person lessons
4.9 average from 264 ratings
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— Constance, Cleveland, OH on 7/30/14

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Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University


Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University (Enrolled)

About Sara

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 3 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.
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
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2 hours notice required

I offer a discounted rate for students who are flexible with meeting location and time. Please contact me for details!

Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Chardon, OH 44024
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Great Tutor!"

- Constance, Cleveland, OH on 7/30/14

"Great job"

- Jacquie, Painesville, OH on 11/23/15

"Sara taught me how to study for Math test."

- Lauren, Painesville, OH on 9/23/15

"Sara is extremely knowledgeable and helpful!"

- Gina, Mentor, OH on 8/6/15

"Friendly, helpful, patient, thorough tutor."

- Tracy, Mentor, OH on 7/27/15

"Knowledgeable and honest"

- Kristine, Madison, OH on 7/17/15

"Awesome tutor"

- Reva, Cleveland, OH on 2/23/15

"Very accommodating and goes an extra mile!"

- Nicole, Eastlake, OH on 4/7/14

"Great tutor!"

- Amy, Chagrin Falls, OH on 1/31/14

"Excellent teacher and great communication skills"

- Janine, Painesville, OH on 12/1/13

"Thorough preparation and follow-up."

- Allen, Mentor, OH on 11/11/13

"Excellent job teaching tough subject"

- Paul, Willoughby, OH on 3/8/13
ACT Math,
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations,
Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Reading,
English, Grammar, Literature, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
ACT Science,
Astronomy, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Science, Physics
Microsoft Excel
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Reading
Microsoft Excel, Public Speaking
Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Geometry, Physics, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, Statistics, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
ACT Science,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Writing
Corporate Training:
Grammar, Microsoft Excel, Public Speaking,

Approved subjects are in bold.

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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

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

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.

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.

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!

Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University


Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University (Enrolled)

Great Tutor! — My daughter's confidence and skills improved during the first lesson! Not only does Sara have solid math skills, but she also knows the ACT and how to take the test. ...

— Constance, Cleveland, OH on 7/30/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

I offer a discounted rate for students who are flexible with meeting location and time. Please contact me for details!

Travel policy

Sara will travel within 20 miles of Chardon, OH 44024.

Background Check Status for Sara L.

Sara L. passed a background check on 5/4/15. The check was ordered by another user through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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