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Laura S.

Experienced Math and Science Tutor

Experienced Math and Science Tutor

$40/hour

  • 4,298 hours tutoring

About Laura


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I am an enthusiastic math and science teacher with 20 years of experience teaching all age levels including college. I am especially good at making difficult concepts understandable by helping students to build a step-by step understanding of the information.

I currently tutor a wide-range of math and science related subjects: all k-12 math subjects, biology, and chemistry as well as help students prepare for special entrance exams, like the SAT, Math Level 1 and 2 Subject Tests, Chemistry...

I am an enthusiastic math and science teacher with 20 years of experience teaching all age levels including college. I am especially good at making difficult concepts understandable by helping students to build a step-by step understanding of the information.

I currently tutor a wide-range of math and science related subjects: all k-12 math subjects, biology, and chemistry as well as help students prepare for special entrance exams, like the SAT, Math Level 1 and 2 Subject Tests, Chemistry and Science Subject tests, and NET. I have a personal library of test exam books, video and other materials to aid student learning.

Building effective study skills is a key to success in any class, no matter what age. I will show students a number of techniques to help them understand and retain more information, greatly contributing to their success.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Education

Washington and Jefferson College
Biology
University of Pittsburgh
Masters
University of Pittsburgh
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Corporate Training

ESL/ESOL

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am an enthusiastic math and science teacher with 18 years of experience teaching all age levels including college. When tutoring elementary students, I incorporate diagnostic testing, workbooks, and school studies into the students' sessions. There are many diagnostic tests available that can help me to assess an elementary student's areas of weaknesses in a range of subjects, including; reading comprehension in a variety of subjects, vocabulary (word recognition and definition), and math skills. Based on the results of the tests, I can then incorporate practice in these areas using workbooks. I also work closely with elementary students in regards to their school studies. My three-part program has been successful in raising students' grades and confidence in their subject matter.
Elementary Math, Reading, Vocabulary

English

ESL/ESOL, Reading, Vocabulary

Homeschool

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help my algebra students achieve their academic goals by using creative techniques that I have developed over the past 20 years. These techniques include visual as well as auditory cues, enabling students who were struggling with this course to greatly surpass their expectations. Algebra is a key foundational math course, and my students then go on to succeed in higher level math classes, such as algebra 2.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 students often struggle with the array of new functions that they encounter, such as quadratic, exponential and log functions, to name a few. I help my students to build a strong foundation in understanding this library of functions, through a variety of visual and auditory mnemonics and other techniques that I have developed over decades of teaching this course. By the end of this course, my students are well prepared to move on to precalculus, where they will dig deeper into this library of functions!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable classes that I tutor, and my students benefit from my enthusiasm and knowledge. In addition to working with their course material, I have an array of textbooks and workbooks to supplement their sessions.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am an enthusiastic math and science teacher with 18 years of experience teaching all age levels including college. When tutoring elementary students, I incorporate diagnostic testing, workbooks, and school studies into the students' sessions. There are many diagnostic tests available that can help me to assess an elementary student's areas of weaknesses in a range of subjects, including; reading comprehension in a variety of subjects, vocabulary (word recognition and definition), and math skills. Based on the results of the tests, I can then incorporate practice in these areas using workbooks. I also work closely with elementary students in regards to their school studies. My three-part program has been successful in raising students' grades and confidence in their subject matter.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math, reading, and writing for the past eight years. I currently recommend that my students purchase the College Board Complete SAT book, which includes 10 practice tests. After reviewing actual SAT tests that were previously taken by students, I have found that the College Board book is most similar to the actual SAT tests. I also utilize workbooks and worksheets to supplement math sessions. My SAT program is very successful, and students find that their scores increase by hundreds of points after completing their sessions. I look forward to helping your student achieve their SAT goals!
Biology, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading

Language

ESL/ESOL

Math

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help my algebra students achieve their academic goals by using creative techniques that I have developed over the past 20 years. These techniques include visual as well as auditory cues, enabling students who were struggling with this course to greatly surpass their expectations. Algebra is a key foundational math course, and my students then go on to succeed in higher level math classes, such as algebra 2.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 students often struggle with the array of new functions that they encounter, such as quadratic, exponential and log functions, to name a few. I help my students to build a strong foundation in understanding this library of functions, through a variety of visual and auditory mnemonics and other techniques that I have developed over decades of teaching this course. By the end of this course, my students are well prepared to move on to precalculus, where they will dig deeper into this library of functions!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable classes that I tutor, and my students benefit from my enthusiasm and knowledge. In addition to working with their course material, I have an array of textbooks and workbooks to supplement their sessions.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math, reading, and writing for the past eight years. I currently recommend that my students purchase the College Board Complete SAT book, which includes 10 practice tests. After reviewing actual SAT tests that were previously taken by students, I have found that the College Board book is most similar to the actual SAT tests. I also utilize workbooks and worksheets to supplement math sessions. My SAT program is very successful, and students find that their scores increase by hundreds of points after completing their sessions. I look forward to helping your student achieve their SAT goals!
ACT Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus

Most Popular

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help my algebra students achieve their academic goals by using creative techniques that I have developed over the past 20 years. These techniques include visual as well as auditory cues, enabling students who were struggling with this course to greatly surpass their expectations. Algebra is a key foundational math course, and my students then go on to succeed in higher level math classes, such as algebra 2.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 students often struggle with the array of new functions that they encounter, such as quadratic, exponential and log functions, to name a few. I help my students to build a strong foundation in understanding this library of functions, through a variety of visual and auditory mnemonics and other techniques that I have developed over decades of teaching this course. By the end of this course, my students are well prepared to move on to precalculus, where they will dig deeper into this library of functions!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable classes that I tutor, and my students benefit from my enthusiasm and knowledge. In addition to working with their course material, I have an array of textbooks and workbooks to supplement their sessions.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am an enthusiastic math and science teacher with 18 years of experience teaching all age levels including college. When tutoring elementary students, I incorporate diagnostic testing, workbooks, and school studies into the students' sessions. There are many diagnostic tests available that can help me to assess an elementary student's areas of weaknesses in a range of subjects, including; reading comprehension in a variety of subjects, vocabulary (word recognition and definition), and math skills. Based on the results of the tests, I can then incorporate practice in these areas using workbooks. I also work closely with elementary students in regards to their school studies. My three-part program has been successful in raising students' grades and confidence in their subject matter.
Biology, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Reading

Other

ESL/ESOL

Science

Ecology,

Ecology

While, I do not encounter as many students needing help with ecology as many other math and science courses that I tutor, I am always ready and able to provide assistance with this course. While earning my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I studied and taught a variety of ecology related courses, including aquatic and terrestrial botany, entomology, and stream ecology. Whether students are working on the ecology portion of a freshman biology class, or taking a full ecology course, I have the background, study techniques, and resources to help attain their academic goals.
Genetics,

Genetics

While in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, I was a teaching assistant for a college genetics class for several semesters, and wrote many exam problems, graded exams, and taught recitations for the students. I also taught genetics while homeschooling high school students, and also while attaining my teaching certificate at Taylor Allderdice. Finally, I currently tutor genetics within the realm of biology for high school students.
Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry

Special Needs

Dyslexia

Dyslexia

Last summer, I worked one-on-one with a dyslexic girl. Her mother had been concerned because she had only learned to read that past December and was old enough to be in second grade. After I worked with her all summer, she returned to her regular school and was tested. She had advanced two grade levels over the summer and was able to be placed in her correct age group. I have also worked with dyslexic children previous to private tutoring, while working at a local learning center.

Summer

Algebra 1,

Algebra 1

I help my algebra students achieve their academic goals by using creative techniques that I have developed over the past 20 years. These techniques include visual as well as auditory cues, enabling students who were struggling with this course to greatly surpass their expectations. Algebra is a key foundational math course, and my students then go on to succeed in higher level math classes, such as algebra 2.
Algebra 2,

Algebra 2

Algebra 2 students often struggle with the array of new functions that they encounter, such as quadratic, exponential and log functions, to name a few. I help my students to build a strong foundation in understanding this library of functions, through a variety of visual and auditory mnemonics and other techniques that I have developed over decades of teaching this course. By the end of this course, my students are well prepared to move on to precalculus, where they will dig deeper into this library of functions!
Calculus,

Calculus

Calculus is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable classes that I tutor, and my students benefit from my enthusiasm and knowledge. In addition to working with their course material, I have an array of textbooks and workbooks to supplement their sessions.
Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I am an enthusiastic math and science teacher with 18 years of experience teaching all age levels including college. When tutoring elementary students, I incorporate diagnostic testing, workbooks, and school studies into the students' sessions. There are many diagnostic tests available that can help me to assess an elementary student's areas of weaknesses in a range of subjects, including; reading comprehension in a variety of subjects, vocabulary (word recognition and definition), and math skills. Based on the results of the tests, I can then incorporate practice in these areas using workbooks. I also work closely with elementary students in regards to their school studies. My three-part program has been successful in raising students' grades and confidence in their subject matter.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math, reading, and writing for the past eight years. I currently recommend that my students purchase the College Board Complete SAT book, which includes 10 practice tests. After reviewing actual SAT tests that were previously taken by students, I have found that the College Board book is most similar to the actual SAT tests. I also utilize workbooks and worksheets to supplement math sessions. My SAT program is very successful, and students find that their scores increase by hundreds of points after completing their sessions. I look forward to helping your student achieve their SAT goals!
Biology, Chemistry, ESL/ESOL, Geometry, Reading

Test Preparation

Praxis,

Praxis

I have a secondary certificate in biology and currently teach a wide range of math and science skills to students K-12 through adult. The Praxis exam's math component includes the following math skills: basic operations and numbers, fractions, percents, ratios, exponents, and geometry. I currently teach all of these math skills to my students in courses including: pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, SAT math, and GED math. For Praxis students, I will incorporate a Praxis study book into my library of materials for student practice and review.
SAT Math,

SAT Math

I have tutored SAT math, reading, and writing for the past eight years. I currently recommend that my students purchase the College Board Complete SAT book, which includes 10 practice tests. After reviewing actual SAT tests that were previously taken by students, I have found that the College Board book is most similar to the actual SAT tests. I also utilize workbooks and worksheets to supplement math sessions. My SAT program is very successful, and students find that their scores increase by hundreds of points after completing their sessions. I look forward to helping your student achieve their SAT goals!
ACT Math, ASVAB

Ratings and Reviews


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Wonderful!

This is my first time ever hiring a tutor! I’m so glad I reached out to Laura! My daughter is finally starting to understand math! She absolutely loves Laura!! I couldn’t be happier! I highly recommend her!

Julie, 4 lessons with Laura

Knowledgeable and personable math tutor

Laura is helping me study for the math CSET and I couldn't be happier with our lessons. We work through things together and she always keeps a positive attitude, no matter how "esoteric" the material. ;)

Hayley, 6 lessons with Laura

Very patient and helpful

Laura has patiently worked with my daughter to help her through SAT math prep. She shares their notes and assignments and keeps open communication with me on progress.

Michele, 2 lessons with Laura

Knowledgeable and learned alot in 1 lesson

My son completed the lesson saying " she's awesome .. I get.it ! " my son is very visual and by watching Laura complete the problem, he immediately understood!! Looking forward to the additional lessons

Rosemary, 4 lessons with Laura

Extremely knowledgeable and VERY patient tutor

Laura has been such a great tutor. She has helped me immensely with math, she is always there when I need last-minute help, even despite our one-hour time zone difference. Because of her, I am passing this college math class. I've had many tutors through Wyzant she is by far my favorite. She is so patient while tutoring you and doesn't make you feel stupid when you don't get the problem right away. She makes sure she takes her time with you until you understand and you can feel she actually cares within her heart, which I so appreciate. I wish all tutors could be more like Laura.

Jessica, 10 lessons with Laura

Amazing!

The project that I was working on was very hard for me to do, so I went on Google to try to find a tutor, someone that could help me, and wow, Laura was so nice and knew everything she was doing. She asked me if I had understood the problem before we moved on. What a great teacher!!

Fernando, 1 lesson with Laura

Knowledgeable and Patient

Tonight was my daughter’s first session with Laura, and she absolutely loved her. The smile on my daughter’s face because she understood the math concept for the first time this year is priceless. Thank you Laura for your sweet spirit. We will definitely be booking again.

Gianna, 9 lessons with Laura

Knowledgeable and Patient

Tonight was my daughter’s first session with Laura, and she absolutely loved her. The smile on my daughter’s face because she understood the math concept for the first time this year is priceless. Thank you Laura for your sweet spirit. We will definitely be booking again.

Gianna, 9 lessons with Laura

Great last minute help

Laura helped my daughter with last minute test prep for Algebra 2 and was very patient and great at explaining concepts.

Marcy, 4 lessons with Laura
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$40/hour

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