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Laura L.

Austin, TX

$40/hour

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Background check passed as of 3/24/14
5.0 average from 26 ratings
Very Professional
— Lindsey, Austin, TX on 2/26/14

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University of Texas at Austin
English, Psychology
King's College London
Master's

Education

University of Texas at Austin (English, Psychology)

King's College London (Master's)

About Laura

I have worked with students of all ages, from elementary school students to UT's student athletes. I currently work as an 8th grade English and Language Arts teacher in San Marcos CISD. I received my MA in English in January, and I love working with students to help them reach their potential. I can help any student with reading, all aspects of literature, and writing (including revision and proofreading). I have worked with students of all ages, from elementary school students to UT's student athletes. I currently work as an 8th grade English and Language Arts teacher in San Marcos CISD. I received my MA in English in January, and I Read more

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Cancellation
36 hours notice required

Discounts are available for groups of up to 3 students in the same subject and level. My rate includes normal travel to and from tutorials, but an extra fee may be assessed for extraordinary commutes.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Austin, TX 78704
Background Check: Passed

"Very Professional"

- Lindsey, Austin, TX on 2/26/14

"Excellent tutor!!"

- Jamie, Austin, TX on 9/27/16
Test Preparation:
GRE,
SAT Reading
Elementary Education:
Reading,
Study Skills
Business:
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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English

I have always excelled in English, and have therefore been the one to assist friends and siblings with the subject, so that I am very comfortable teaching it. I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English from King's College, London. I am eligible for probationary certification in ELA for grades 8-12, and tutored two students in preparation for their Language and Literature GCSE's (high school exit exams) this past year.

GRE

I am most qualified to help with the READING and WRITING sections of the GRE. I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English Literature from King's College, London. I also did a year of literature studies at Oxford during my undergraduate degree. As such, I have completed far more literature coursework than my degree required. In order to complete my own studies, I took the GRE, and the GRE Literature exams, both of which were after 2011. Thus, I am very familiar with the GRE's testing format and content. I am also familiar with test-taking "tricks" and strategies that help students quickly narrow down answer choices and know when guessing is likely to be beneficial or detrimental to them, which is of particular importance for the computer adaptive format. I focus on word roots rather than just memorizing a large vocabulary, so that students can figure out words they are unfamiliar with. I got perfect scores (170) on the Reading and Writing sections of my own GRE. I would love to help other students succeed.

Literature

I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English Literature from King's College, London. I also did a year of literature studies at Oxford during my undergraduate degree. As such, I have completed far more literature coursework than my degree required. I am eligible for probationary certification in ELA for grades 8-12, and tutored two students in preparation for their Language and Literature GCSE's (high school exit exams) this past year. I believe that literature is a reflection of a society, a philosophy, and more, and is therefore relevant to our lives. Understanding it requires mindful reading, so I help my students to identify tones, literary themes and devices, and other clues within the literature in order to analyze it. Though my focus during my studies was on 19th-century British literature, I am a huge fan of contemporary young adult novels such as those by John Green, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Veronica Roth. I work with my students to help them understand literature through books - or even movies - with which they are already familiar before examining anything towards which they have negative responses.

Proofreading

I have always excelled in English, and I have an eye for detail. Thus, I make a superior proofreader. I have worked as a proofreader for The Daily Texan and done work experience proofreading for Yale University Press in London. I am also comfortable sharing my knowledge and training others, and have practiced this while helping UT's student athletes to revise their papers. I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English from King's College, London. I am eligible for probationary certification in ELA for grades 8-12.

Reading

I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English Literature from King's College, London. I also did a year of literature studies at Oxford during my undergraduate degree. As such, I have completed far more literature coursework than my degree required. I am eligible for probationary certification in ELA for grades 8-12, and tutored two students in preparation for their Language and Literature GCSE's (high school exit exams) this past year. I believe that literature is a reflection of a society, a philosophy, and more, and is therefore relevant to our lives. Understanding it requires mindful reading, so I help my students to identify tones, literary themes and devices, and other clues within the literature in order to analyze it. Though my focus during my studies was on 19th-century British literature, I am a huge fan of contemporary young adult novels such as those by John Green, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Veronica Roth. I work with my students to help them understand literature through books - or even movies - with which they are already familiar before examining anything towards which they have negative responses.

SAT Reading

I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English Literature from King's College, London. I also did a year of literature studies at Oxford during my undergraduate degree. As such, I have completed far more literature coursework than my degree required. I am eligible for probationary certification in ELA for grades 8-12, and tutored two students in preparation for their Language and Literature GCSE's (high school exit exams) this past year. In order to complete my own studies, I took the SAT, the ACT, the GRE, and the GRE Literature exams. Thus, I am very familiar with standardized testing formats and content. I am also familiar with test-taking "tricks" and strategies that help students quickly narrow down answer choices and know when guessing is likely to be beneficial or detrimental to them. I focus on word roots rather than just memorizing a large vocabulary, so that students can figure out words they are unfamiliar with. I got a 2220 (out of 2400) on my own SATs, including a 740 (out of 800) on the Reading section. Since then, I have only improved. I would love to help other students do the same.

Study Skills

I have helped student athletes from the University of Texas at Austin improve their study skills in the past. I drew on my own experience preparing for the SAT, the GRE, and various in-class tests. I have experience preparing students for multiple-choice, essay, short-answer, and computer-adaptive tests. I can also help them with note-taking, organizational, and revision skills. I rely on skills and strategies I learned during my teaching certification program, my own experience, and the tactics I see succeeding in the classroom in my role as a substitute teacher.

Writing

I have a B.A. in English from UT Austin, and an M.A. in English from King's College, London (which required an original 15,000-word dissertation). I also did a year of literature studies at Oxford during my undergraduate degree, which required 2,500-word essays on different topics each week. My experience has made me comfortable writing in a variety of formats on myriad topics, and I can help students to become equally comfortable with the process. In addition to my own personal experience, I have trained UT's student athletes to plan and revise papers for their classes. While at King's College, I tutored two students in preparation for their Language and Literature GCSE's (high school exit exams) this past year, which required them to write persuasive essays as well as essays comparing and contrasting literary works. I am also eligible for probationary certification in ELA for grades 8-12.

University of Texas at Austin
English, Psychology
King's College London
Master's

Education

University of Texas at Austin (English, Psychology)

King's College London (Master's)

Very Professional — I find Laura to be very patient, personable, and professional. She is prompt, prepared, creative, and easygoing - all at once! Her schedule is tight so it might be wise to get as many appointments made in advance as you can. ...

— Lindsey, Austin, TX on 2/26/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 36 hours notice required

Discounts are available for groups of up to 3 students in the same subject and level. My rate includes normal travel to and from tutorials, but an extra fee may be assessed for extraordinary commutes.

Travel policy

Laura will travel within 15 miles of Austin, TX 78704.