Leah S.

Alexandria, VA


Part-Time Math and Science Tutor

In-person lessons
500+ Hours
Background check passed as of 10/21/13
5.0 average from 139 ratings
Excellent Tutor
— Kenneth, Cream Ridge, NJ on 2/8/14


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Concordia University
Secondary Education


Concordia University (Secondary Education)

About Leah

I have been helping answer Math and Science questions since high school. While in college I spent a lot of time tutoring high school students in Math and college students in Physics. I was awarded the Outstanding Lab Assistant and Tutor Award for Physics two years in a row. When I graduated I was the outstanding Graduate in Secondary Education (2005-06 graduating class) and the Outstanding Graduate in Physics (also for the 2005-06 graduating class). Since returning to New Jersey, I have received my NJ State Teaching License and have been enjoying tutoring in both Math and Physics as well as finding a permanent teaching position. I love the one-on-one interactions and experiences from tutoring to improve my teaching skills and abilities.

Since every student has different needs, my examples and methods are based on what works for your student. If the abstract concepts do not make sense, I try to create concrete examples that will. My job is help build confidence and reinforce content that was covered too quickly in school so that your student can demonstrate mastery of the subject in school for in class projects and tests.

The responsibility for learning does fall on the student. If they are not motivated to learn, my methods won't matter. The high school students I have tutored typically raise their grade a full letter grade by the time the class is complete, but they were intrinsically motivated to do better and I equipped them with the skills to do so.

I have a passion for learning and my goal is to help students develop a greater like for subjects typically disliked (or even hated) by clearing up confusion that creates frustration.
I have been helping answer Math and Science questions since high school. While in college I spent a lot of time tutoring high school students in Math and college students in Physics. I was awarded the Outstanding Lab Assistant and Tutor Award for Physics two years in a row. When I graduated I was the outstanding Graduate in Secondary Education Read more

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Travels within 5 miles of Alexandria, VA 22305
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In-person lessons

"Excellent Tutor"

- Kenneth, Cream Ridge, NJ on 2/8/14

"Great Experience!"

- Sydney, Fort Belvoir, VA on 6/5/17

"Tailors lessons to students needs"

- Kayleigh, Howell, NJ on 1/18/15

"Not advanced knowledge in Physics"

- Padma, Princeton Junction, NJ on 3/2/14
Leah replied on 3/4/2014

I'm sorry your daughter did not feel our lesson went well. I did not have a lot of time to prepare for the lesson on circuits since I had spent time earlier in the week preparing for a lesson on charges, the topic from the previous week and none of the emails from earlier in the week indicated there would be a topic change. Your email informing me of the new topic was sent 22 hours before our lesson and I did not have time to review and go over all of the problems in the new topic. Plus, as we discussed at the first lesson, your daughter is a full topic ahead of all my other students so I was not reviewing the topic for anyone else to be able to switch gears on such short notice.

While I agree I was not able to solve every problem (in the areas your daughter was not studying), I was able to answer the questions in the area your daughter was currently studying.


- Liz, Morganville, NJ on 1/9/14

"An A in Algebra!!!"

- Maurina, Freehold, NJ on 5/29/13
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Algebra 2,
Calculus, Geometry, Logic,
Prealgebra, Precalculus,
Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Geology, Physical Science,
Test Preparation:
ACT Math,
SAT Math

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ACT Math

The ACT tests your ability to answer questions ranging from arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of real and complex numbers), to algebra (arithmetic with letters), geometry (using math to describe shapes and figures), and trigonometry.

The other aspect to ACT math is your ability to answer the questions in less than a minute. I'll teach you skills to answering multiple choice questions, so you can confidently answer questions you know and spend more time on questions you do not know.

Algebra 1

Algebra I introduces you to algebraic concepts of adding variables (letters) with numerals (numbers) and eventually solving for the variables. Algebra I also introduces you to relationships between two variables (that is straight lines). You will learn how to calculate, graph and solve equations for straight lines.

Algebra I also introduces you to more difficult word problems. It is difficult to interpret what the paragraph says to algebraic expressions. I will teach you what to look for and different wordings so you can confidently answer word problems.

Algebra 2

Algebra II moves from straight lines to curved lines (x^2 and higher). Using synthetic division, long division, and the quadratic equation, you will learn to solve for x no matter how many x's there are in the initial problem. You learn to solve for the vertex and the roots so you can graph the equation.

You will also learn about absolute value graphs, and inequalities involving x^2 (and higher orders).

You are introduced to complex numbers and the mathematical rules that govern them.


Chemistry primarily consists of reactions at the atomic level.

Key topics covered in chemistry are the periodic table (you'll be expected to memorize at least the first 20 elements), basic compounds (such as NaCl), balance equations, calculate molar mass, etc.

There is some math associated with Chemistry, but it is primarily conversions and basic formulas. You will need to be comfortable with scientific notation (x 10^power) and using the metric system.


My goal is not to necessarily teach English, but rather to help students who do not speak English as their first language through their Math and Science courses. I went to middle school and high school in a foreign country and have been helping classmates since high school. While in college I took ESL/ELL endorsement classes to help me in that goal.


Logic is a subset of mathematics that is covered in a survey to mathematics course (typically at the collegiate level). I took a class on logic while in college called "Math Structures" where the primary focus of the class was on the lesser taught subject areas within mathematics and was geared towards math majors and math education majors. Logic typically covers Venn Diagrams and Truth Tables and what information you can derive based on the relationship between the areas of comparison. Tutoring this subject includes teaching the symbols with their meanings and creating ways to remember the relationships between them.

Physical Science

Science is made up of a few fields: life science, earth science and physical science. Physical Science typically includes a combination of Chemistry and Physics and the relationship between the two subjects.

There are some variations in the exact curriculum taught in schools, but the common topics are the overall structure of an atom (the overlap between physics and chemistry), basic chemical reactions (periodic table, basic compounds and bonds between atoms) and basic physics (Newton's laws, wave properties).


Physics is the field of science that describes how the physical world operates.

The first thing you learn in Physics is scalars and vectors (scalars with direction). You learn how to add and subtract using vectors.

The main focus is on Newton's Laws of Motion. From the Laws you move into tension (things that are not moving). Finally you move into Energy and how it relates to Force and Momentum.

The less focused on areas are waves and atomic physics. All waves have certain properties (sound, light, and any other wave). Atomic physics covers the interactions within an atom and between different atoms.


I have a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education for Mathematics and Physics and tutored Pre-Calculus since 2002-03 school year.

Concordia University
Secondary Education


Concordia University (Secondary Education)

Excellent Tutor

Leah is helping my daughter in Algebra 2. She is patient, takes the time to explain and knows the material well.

— Kenneth, Cream Ridge, NJ on 2/8/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 6 hours notice required

Travel policy

Leah will travel within 5 miles of Alexandria, VA 22305.