Over 400 tutoring hours

Ruth S.

Falls Church, VA

$60/hr

Experienced Tutor for SAT and GRE Prep, Writing, and Study Skills

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Background check passed as of 7/17/13
4.9 Avg. Rating
 
 
193 Ratings
 
 
3hrs Response Time
Outstanding!
— Duke, Culpeper, VA on 6/24/14

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American University
Economics and International Relations
American University School of International Service
Master's
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification (100 hours)
Graduate Coursework

Education

American University (Economics and International Relations)

American University School of International Service (Master's)

Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification (100 hours) (Graduate Coursework)

About Ruth

I am a National Merit Scholar with a BA in Economics and an MA in International Development. I have many hours experience tutoring students who are preparing for standardized tests, including the SAT, GRE, ACT, SSAT and PSAT/NMSQT. During one-on-one tutoring sessions, my focus is on integrating the subject matter with the current interests of the student, thereby making the learning process interesting so that the material will be easy to remember. I also coach students on effective time management and study planning. I earned my TOEFL teaching certification in October 2014, and will begin a Global MBA Program at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in August 2015. I am a long-time freelance writer, with experience working for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Russia and throughout Eastern Europe. I am a National Merit Scholar with a BA in Economics and an MA in International Development. I have many hours experience tutoring students who are preparing for standardized tests, including the SAT, Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Falls Church, VA 22046
Background Check: Passed

"Outstanding!"

- Duke, Culpeper, VA on 6/24/14

"Outstanding communications and very positive "can do" attitude. "

- Steve, Arlington, VA on 8/3/15

"Very patient and enthusiastic!"

- Hana, Herndon, VA on 5/30/15

"Very informative!"

- Catie, Mc Lean, VA on 5/27/15

"Very well organized, energetic, and thoughtful."

- Jerry, Charlottesville, VA on 2/23/14

"Excellent job"

- Brenda, Ruckersville, VA on 10/8/13
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 2, Calculus, Differential Equations, Geometry, Logic, Precalculus, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL,
Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Science:
ACT Science, Anatomy, Chemistry, Ecology, Geology, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Psychology
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
French, Russian,
TOEFL
History:
American History, European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Social Studies,
World History
Art:
Art History
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Economics,
GMAT, GRE,
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Algebra 2, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics,
English, ESL/ESOL,
French, Geometry, Physics, Precalculus, Reading, SAT Math, SAT Reading, Statistics, Study Skills,
Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, GMAT, GRE,
Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, SSAT, TOEFL
Corporate Training:
Economics,
ESL/ESOL,
French, GMAT, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Russian,
Statistics

Approved subjects are in bold.

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Economics

I studied Economics and International Development at American University in Washington, DC, writing my Masters thesis on the need for improved Environmental Impact Assessments conducted by the World Bank and International Development Banks. I went on to work for the United States Agency for International Development in the Office of Environment and Urban Development and later in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.

ESL/ESOL

I have been working with both K-12 and adult English language learners from around the world, and have many hours of experience assisting students in improving their writing, speaking, and understanding of English. I earned my TESOL in October 2014 so that I am now certified to teach classes, but find that working with students one-on-one yields the most rapid progress.

GRE

I took the GRE in September 2014, and achieved a perfect score of 170 (99th percentile) on the GRE Verbal, the 71st percentile in GRE Quantitative and 80th percentile in GRE Writing. I am very familiar with the current format of the ever-evolving questions, and can help each student to focus on overcoming specific challenges and achieving an effective combination of accuracy and speed.

Praxis

I have experience taking Praxis tests, and can work with other aspiring teachers to improve their test preparation skills. I scored a 183 on the Social Studies: Content Knowledge exam in July 2013 (out of a possible range of 100-200). Average scores are in the 158-177 range.

Public Speaking

As a high school student, I participated in Debate Club and Model United Nations. After completing my Masters degree, I joined the Toastmasters International Club to improve my public speaking skills. I was a member of the U.S. Delegation to Habitat II, the Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, held in Istanbul in 1996. Not only can I help students to prepare and be comfortable when preparing for a public speaking engagement, I can help coach them on connecting with the audience, maintaining a good cadence and eye contact, and employing humor when appropriate to regain composure.

Russian

I studied Russian language and culture as an undergraduate student at American University in Washington, DC. I experienced life in the then Soviet Union through an immersion program traveling to Moscow and St. Petersburg during my semester abroad. After earning my M.A. in International Development, I had an opportunity to return to Russia as a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Social Studies

I have been a substitute teacher for Social Studies classes in grades 6-8, and have successfully passed the Praxis II in Social Studies.

Study Skills

I tutor students from grade school to graduate school, and I have found that each and every person benefits from coaching on planning and time management. Although each individual learns differently and faces a wide variety of challenges when tackling a new subject, basic time management and study skills help the student to overcome those challenges one step at a time. Many students are struggling because they are overwhelmed by increasing amounts of homework as they grow older. While some teachers DO assign too much homework, each student can learn to approach every task more efficiently and productively. I help students to look ahead in their schedules and strategically organize their time, so that they can complete their homework assignments, and approach each test feeling fully prepared, well-rested and confident.

American University
Economics and International Relations
American University School of International Service
Master's
Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification (100 hours)
Graduate Coursework

Education

American University (Economics and International Relations)

American University School of International Service (Master's)

Oxford Seminars TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification (100 hours) (Graduate Coursework)

Outstanding! — Ruth is an outstanding tutor. Extremely well organized, very enthusiastic, and has an excellent study plan for the SAT. We are very pleased with her! ...

— Duke, Culpeper, VA on 6/24/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Ruth will travel within 40 miles of Falls Church, VA 22046.

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