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Laura S.

Experienced Math and Science Tutor

Experienced Math and Science Tutor

$35/hour

  • 3,491 hours tutoring

  • Greensburg, PA 15601

About Laura


Bio

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
Other

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $35
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Greensburg, PA 15601
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 4/22/2014

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

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

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Great Teacher!

Laura has been a great help with our daughter's AP Calculus class. We highly recommend her to anyone who needs help with Calculus.

Shelby, 4 lessons with Laura

Wonderful tutor

Assisting my son with Algebra 2. She is very patient, understanding, and really knows her math and how to explain it so that my son understands. Highly recommend!

Stephanie , 8 lessons with Laura

Math genius

You will definitely want to study with her, she has a very good knowledge of mathematics, if you can not understand the subject as in my case, she explains it to you again, and again, as many times as necessary with a lot of patience. . I can not measure how much she helped me with my university test, but I know that without her I would not have done it

Deise, 3 lessons with Laura

Best math tutor on Wyzant

Laura has taught both my children. She has encouraged them to do well in a subject that does not come easy to them. Since studying with Laura both of their grades has improved greatly. We feel lucky to have found her. Always prepared, reliable and a great teacher.

Lyle, 58 lessons with Laura

AWE-SOME

I had Ms. Laura for the first time today for math help. She was GREAT!!!!!! She was funny, kind, knowledgable and congratulated me when I got a problem correct! She even gave me a cool fact at the end!

Lopa, 12 lessons with Laura

Thorough and knowledgeable,patient.

Geometry packet and SAT prep in future, advisement. Refresher in math. Very flexible hours on weekend. Continuous checking with understanding of concepts before moving on.

Tammy, 5 lessons with Laura

awesome notes

Laura write down everything important that she said and send me everything we went over in class which is very helpful. she is enthuisatic and nice to work with.

Nicole, 1 lesson with Laura

Excellent Tutor!

Although this was my son's first session with her, my son felt Ms. Laura was a great tutor. She was very prepared and could explain the concepts. We will use her services again.

Wanda, 6 lessons with Laura

Laura is great teacher

My son started first SAT I Math lesson with Laura, he likes the way Laura teach. My son said she is much better than the previous teacher. I am glad we found Laura. We will continuously use Laura for his other Math related class.

Jin, 7 lessons with Laura
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