Brigham Young University (English)
Brigham Young University (Master's)
My goal is to help students feel successful and confident in their school assignments, test preparation, and college applications. As a tutor and a mother, I have seen a great deal of anxiety over these pressures, which often hinders success. I want to help students enjoy learning and be proud of what they have produced, whether it’s a college essay, a research paper, or a literary analysis. My greatest satisfaction is to see students more relaxed and self-assured when they walk out my door, because they are better prepared for the world.
I graduated with a Masters Degree in English from BYU. I taught Freshman English during grad school and tutored in the BYU Writing Center during my undergraduate studies. I have tutored ever since, for over twenty years, while raising my own children. I have watched the SAT change its format a few times over the years, and I am familiar with the New SAT, launching in the Spring of 2016. For both the SAT and ACT I specialize in the English and Reading sections, as well as the essays. I can’t guarantee miracles, but I can assure you that all students improve with practice and knowledge of basic strategies. In fact, almost every student improves just by taking the tests a second time! That should tell us that we can all improve. I don’t believe in the fixed mind-set of “I am a bad test taker.” I encourage students to adopt the mind-set of constant improvement through dedication and practice.
I have helped many students prepare for college entrance tests and draft their admissions essays, but I am also interested in tutoring younger children. I ran Battle of the Books and Book Club at my children’s elementary school for many years and have some experience tutoring middle school age students, as well. I am also proficient at research writing, textual analysis, personal narrative, and other types of writing. I can also help students with reading comprehension and developing general study strategies for any topic.
Students often feel nervous about meeting with a tutor, so I recommend signing on for only one session at first. When they see that it’s more empowering than stressful, they will be ready for more if needed.
I am located in the Cooper Mountain area of Beaverton. I am happy to consult with you to see if we would be a good fit, and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals. My goal is to help students feel successful and confident in their school assignments, test preparation, and college applications. As a tutor and a mother, I have seen a great deal of anxiety over these pressures, which often hinders success. I want to help students enjoy learning and be proud of what they have produced, whether it’s a college