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Laura S.

Experienced Math and Science Tutor

Experienced Math and Science Tutor

$45/hour

  • 4,778 hours tutoring

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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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knowledgeable and patient tutor

Laura is amazing, she was able to show me math in a way I could understand. She worked with the way I learned and showed me different strategies to different math problems.

Ileana, 4 lessons with Laura

Knowledgeable and patient tutor

Laura is amazing, and I loved my first lesson with her so much. I tried other tutors before and I didn’t want to book again online tutor until my mom told me I found Laura and asked me to give her a chance. I said okay I will, and I loved how she is very knowledgeable and a real tutor.

Hanan, 3 lessons with Laura

Amazing tutor

My son came out of the Algebra 1 class asking when can he have the next class. Laura made Math fun and enjoyable. We look forward to many more sessions with her

Kiran, 4 lessons with Laura

Great introductory lesson!

Laura made a very good initial impression on my daughter. She discussed my daughter's areas of concerns and got right to work. She sent a review message and the work that was done. My daughter is looking forward to the next lesson.

Olga, 5 lessons with Laura

Excellent!

Laura is an amazing tutor. She is very patient and knowledgeable. Laura does a great job helping my son understand and learn. I highly recommend her!

Serryn, 23 lessons with Laura

So helpful and accommodating (asvab)

Laura was great when tutoring my son for his asvab test! She went above and beyond to help him achieve a better score. He is enlisting in the airforce his first test score M=37 A=49 G=38 E=39 his final scores 1 month later M=60 A=63 G=47 E=71 which is amazing progress! He was able to qualify for every job he was interested in. I couldnt be happier with the results! If you are on the fence about hiring someone is the right choice to help your child achieve their academic goals just do it. It was for me a great investment for his future and worth the money! Thank you laura for helping him to reach his full potential and showing him he could do it with hard work qnd dedication!

Nicole k, 28 lessons with Laura

Wonderful Tutor!

When I hired Laura, my son was failing algebra, and after just a few weeks of tutoring, he’s now at the top of his class! He’s doing so well that he actually asked if he could stop the tutoring for while. I agreed, but I told him as soon as his average falls, we’re calling Laura back!

Brigette, 18 lessons with Laura

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, 12 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, 42 lessons with Laura
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$45/hour

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Laura S.

$45/hour

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Response time: 2 hours