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Elissa H.

Portland, OR

$39/hour

Friendly, compassionate tutoring: Math, English, Test Prep

In-person lessons
Background check pending as of 4/22/16
4.1 average from 9 ratings

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University of Toronto
English
University of Oxford, England
Master's
Princeton University
PhD

Education

University of Toronto (English)

University of Oxford, England (Master's)

Princeton University (PhD)

About Elissa

I am a former lawyer and tax preparer; I am a current tutor and teacher. I grew up in the United Kingdom and Canada, and moved to the U.S. in 1980. Along the way, I got a B.A. at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford in the U.K., and a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1985. Teaching is my passion because learning was and is my passion first!

I teach math and English for schoolwork and for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. My teaching experience includes the last ten years as a private tutor here in Portland and previously during eight years as an assistant professor at Oregon State University, and two and a half years as a graduate student. I have helped students with widely differing abilities, and can produce enthusiastic testimonials from grateful parents. Part of the reason for my success is that I care about my students' psychological health: I am all too aware from personal experience of the need to reduce stress in the learning situation, and it's a very serious focus of my teaching.

I have been teaching math continuously for over ten years: prealgebra, algebra, geometry, and precalculus. I teach both in a small private school and in one on one tutoring. In that time I have seen the whole range of challenges that students have with math. When I was very young I had to work at it, so I know first hand what tends to be difficult. If you had told me in my teens that I would be a math teacher as an adult I would have laughed: I am living proof that you can improve your math skills!

I will always listen to your concerns and create a sympathetic, supportive environment for learning. I pay careful attention to each individual student, and am able to tell when students are “not getting” the problem/subject in question. The decision to get tutoring maximizes your ability to use your inborn skills and your awesome potential. Although I have a 24 hour cancellation policy I am more than happy to reschedule as needed. I tutor out of my home near the Lloyd Center, or at your home. I look forward to hearing from you in your quest for learning!
I am a former lawyer and tax preparer; I am a current tutor and teacher. I grew up in the United Kingdom and Canada, and moved to the U.S. in 1980. Along the way, I got a B.A. at the University of Toronto, and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford in the U.K., and a Ph.D. from Princeton Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 0 miles of Portland, OR 97232
Background Check: Pending
In-person lessons
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2,
Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, Grammar, Literature, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, GRE, LSAT, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
French
History:
European History
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE

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Algebra 2

I have taught algebra 1 and 2 and precalculus for many years both as a tutor to students of many different levels and as a schoolteacher. My reviews are excellent because I provide clear and friendly explanations!

University of Toronto
English
University of Oxford, England
Master's
Princeton University
PhD

Education

University of Toronto (English)

University of Oxford, England (Master's)

Princeton University (PhD)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $39.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Elissa will travel within 0 miles of Portland, OR 97232.