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Jennifer J.

Camas, WA

$25/hour

Harvard Trained, Certified Teacher for SAT, ACT, GMAT, and GRE Prep

50+ Hours
Background check passed as of 2/17/13
4.9 average from 40 ratings
Extremely knowledgeable and helpful to my daughter.
— Thea, Vancouver, WA on 12/6/16

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University of Texas
B.S. Chemistry
University of Texas
MEd
Baylor Law School
J.D.

Education

University of Texas (B.S. Chemistry)

University of Texas (MEd)

Baylor Law School (J.D.)

About Jennifer

MY BACKGROUND AND TEACHING BELIEFS:

I am a certified teacher, with a B.S., M.Ed., PhD ABD in Education. My tutoring sessions are individualized for each student. All students can learn and improve. Often students just need to be taught in a different way. I also believe that each student has one or more special skills that, when identified and developed, will increase his or her confidence in learning.

SUBJECTS I TUTOR:

TEST PREPARATION
SAT and ACT Math, Reading, Writing and Essay Test Preparation

READING AND WRITING:
I teach reading and writing with a phonics-based approach. As a Harvard University-trained college admissions consultant, I can teach students how to write superb college admissions essays.

MATH:
Elementary, Pre-algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus

SCIENCE:
Science in grades 3 through 12, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Organic Chemistry

SOCIAL STUDIES:
American history, World history, U.S. Government, and Psychology

SPANISH:
I teach students to read and speak Spanish.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE:
I have taught speaking, reading, and writing English in both grade school and college. I have tutored both children and adults whose native languages were, among others, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Russian. I teach correct mouth, lips, teeth and tongue placements for accurate pronunciation of the more difficult letter sounds.

STANDARDIZED EXAM PREPARATION:
I have taught SAT, ACT, SAT II, AP, PSAT, and SSAT prep. to more than 200 students. Every one of my exam preparation. students has improved - and some by a great number of points. Several have become National Merit Finalists and National Merit Scholars as a result of their PSAT and SAT scores.

1. AP EXAM PREP --- AP Biology, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP United States History, AP European History, AP World History, AP U.S. Government and Politics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language and Culture, and AP Environmental Science.

2. SAT II TEST PREP --- SAT II Literature, SAT II U.S. History, SAT II World History, SAT II Math Level I, SAT II Biology, and SAT II Spanish.

HELPING STUDENTS WHO LEARN IN DIFFERENT WAYS:
I am also available to tutor students who learn in different ways and who may have learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, or Aspergers. I help these students with study skills, as well as with their specific subjects.

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND IEP's:
I am an education attorney. I can explain your child's IEP, and if you wish, accompany and/or represent you at school IEP conferences.

A STORY ABOUT ONE OF MY SPECIAL STUDENTS - JOSH:
I met Josh when he was in 4th grade, He needed help in reading, writing and social skills. He excelled in math, and I found and helped him compete in several math contests. He won two gold medals.
"I am a mathematician," he stated proudly. He had found his niche, and was held in higher esteem by the other students and teachers at his school. Josh graduated with a degree in Chemical Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
MY BACKGROUND AND TEACHING BELIEFS:

I am a certified teacher, with a B.S., M.Ed., PhD ABD in Education. My tutoring sessions are individualized for each student. All students can learn and improve. Often students just need to be taught in a different way. I also believe that each student has one or more special skills that, when
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Cancellation
3 hours notice required

I offer special rates for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT packages

Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Camas, WA 98607
Background Check: Passed

"Extremely knowledgeable and helpful to my daughter."

- Thea, Vancouver, WA on 12/6/16

"So helpful!"

- Ashley, Philadelphia, PA on 6/12/17

"Knowledgeable and Patient"

- Samantha, Camas, WA on 5/23/17

"Great GMAT Teacher"

- Heather, Camas, WA on 5/6/17

"Very pleased with the tutoring."

- Kerry, Vancouver, WA on 1/14/14

"Excited for our new tutor!"

- Shayna, Battle Ground, WA on 1/7/14
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Elementary Math,
Prealgebra,
Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science,
Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science,
College Counseling,
GMAT,
GRE,
Praxis,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
TEAS
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT,
GRE

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

I have taught ACT English, as well as other ACT subjects for a number of years to more than 200 students. All of my students have improved. I have a Masters in Education, a major in English, and an certified to teach English, as well.

ACT Science

I have tutored the Science section of the ACT many times. I am a certified teacher, with a B.S. in Chemistry. I have tutored students for many standardized entrance tests, such as the ACT and the SAT.

Algebra 1

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I am a certified teacher. I enjoy tutoring Algebra I because it is the foundation for other mathematics. If a student can succeed in Algebra I, he or she will feel confident when/if they take Algebra II.

Even though they may not plan or think that they want to take other math classes in high school, often they change their mind when they see they can "do" algebra I. Often students will say, "This isn't so bad, after all."

I work with home-school students and sometimes am able to offer a group rate.

I also tutor Pre-Algebra, which is a nice foundation for Algebra I, so consider a "tune-up" with a little Pre-Algebra tutoring first.

"Very pleased with the tutoring. — Jennifer is very great algebra tutor. We are very pleased with Jennifer and the results we are having with her tutoring our son. Jennifer is very positive, encouraging, and patient and communicates clearly. Our son has been coming home after tutoring with a smile on his face. His confidence is going by the day. Thanks, Jennifer, for helping!"


— Kerry from Vancouver, WA on 1/14/14

College Counseling

I have been trained at Harvard University in College Admissions Counseling. I have 11 years of experience helping students and parents prepare for, and complete, the admissions requirements for a number of different colleges and universities. I help them from the beginning of the search for several ideal colleges to which to apply, to ensuring that the student's college essay is appropriate, well-written and unique. I help students decide which advanced tests to take, such as AP Exams or SAT II tests, and I help them prepare for those tests, as well. Finally, I look at their "extracurriculars" to make sure we are using them in the best way to highlight the uniqueness of the student.

Elementary Math

I have a college minor in math and am a certified teacher. I have taught elementary students in grades K - 6 in both math and reading.

GMAT

I have tutored more than 230 students for the past 18 years in Test Preparation for the GMAT, SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests. My educational background with my Math through Calculus II and Statistics qualifies me to teach the Math portion of the GMAT. My English B.S. degree plus my having a Masters a Ph.D., ABD and a J.D. in Law, for which I had to take several types of graduate and professional degree admission tests that had the same categories of questions as the GMAT has. I did very well on all the standardized admission tests that I too, so I can teach the similar GMAT sections without any problem.
Thank you.

GRE

I tutor the GRE (now referred to as the GRE General Test) for entry into Graduate Schools. I tutor all three "Measures" that make up the GRE: (1) the Quantitative Measure, (2) the Analytical Writing Measure, and (3) the Verbal Reasoning Measure. The GRE has some particularly unique characteristics, with which you will want to be familiar. I prepare my student by working GRE practice tests with problems that are very similar to those on the actual GRE.

Organic Chemistry

I have a B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Texas. My coursework consisted of 42 hours in Chemistry, and of this, eight hours (two classes, plus labs) were in Organic Chemistry. I made the highest grade in Organic Chemistry I, and the second highest grade in Organic Chemistry II.

In that same degree program, I took 24 more hours in other sciences: physics, biology, meteorology and environmental science, bringing my Total Hours of science to 66 hours.

Additionally, I took 18 hours in mathematics, which included Advanced Algebra, Analytic Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus I, and Calculus II.

Finally, I took coursework in "teaching science and math," and became a Certified Chemistry teacher.

Praxis

I am qualified to tutor for the PRAXIS exam for several reasons. I am a Certified teacher, so I took the teacher Certification exam, myself. I also have an educational background of degrees and coursework that match the subject matter of the PRAXIS exam: a B.S. in Chemistry and English, with a minor in Math, a Masters in Education, a Ph.D. ABD in Reading Education, and a J.D. in Law. I have taught and tutored the Verbal, Writing, Reading, and Math sections in Standardized Tests over the past 18 years for the following tests and exams: CORE, Smarter Balanced, GED, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, AP exams, SAT Subject Tests, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. I have taught Math up to and including Pre Calculus. I have taught all of the subject matter of the PRAXIS to my students.

Prealgebra

I am qualified to teach Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and Algebra 2. I have a Masters in Education, and am a certified teacher, with double major in English (and Chemistry.) Moreover, I am professionally certified to teach English. I have 36 undergraduate hours and 12 graduate hours in English from the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas and Texas Women's University in Denton, Texas.

PSAT

I have tutored for the PSAT for several years. Of course, you probably know that it is the test that determines the National Merit Scholars, which translates to greater chances of admission to a very selective college or university and/or a great deal of scholarship money.

Other students are taking the PSAT to practice and gain familiarity with the SAT, which they usually will have to take in the upcoming year in order to submit their highest scores to the college of their choice.

When I tutor for the PSAT (and the SAT and ACT, as well), I help students see why they missed a certain problem. Then I teach the concept again and the student works a couple more very similar problems. I am available to actually teach the student the subject matter, such as the math/reading/vocabulary/writing.

I am proud to say that each one of my PSAT, SAT and ACT students improved. My SAT students increased their scores by an average of 150 points.

I have letters of thanks and praise from both parents and students. I am glad to share those with you.

SAT Math

I am a certified teacher. I have a double major BS in Chemistry and English. during my undergraduate graduation, I took more than 70 hours of math and science courses, including calculus, organic chemistry, trigonometry, statistics, etc. I also have a Masters and a PhD ABD in Special Education.

I first began teaching SAT prep with the Princeton Review. In 1999, I opened up my own test prep company, Pathfinders College Preparatory. I teach all three sections of the SAT - math, reading, and writing.

Over the years, I have collected many copies of ACTUAL SAT TESTS. We use these past tests, as well as other College Board materials, in our preparation.

I am proud to tell you that every one of my SAT students has improved his or her score. Some of my students have even gone on to become National Merit Semi-Finalists and Finalists because of their stellar PSAT and SAT scores. Many of them received substantial scholarships.

I teach the mathematics portion of the SAT by working with the student through problem after problem from actual SAT tests. When the student gets stuck, I ask him or her to show me where he or she became confused. Then we usually work backwards to find the error, or the place at which they veered off course.

Sure, there are a few tips and tricks that are of use for the mathematics section, but after 15 years of teaching the SAT, I strongly believe that the best way to prepare for the math portion of the SAT is to simply work problem after problem. This allows you to not only become amazingly familiar with the types of problems on the test, but to also learn the way the test writers think that you should think!

My SAT math students have been admitted to MIT, Stanford University, USC, The University of Texas, and many, many other universities and colleges.

How do I teach the SAT math section prep?
When I teach SAT prep, I do not emphasize "tips and tricks," like some tutors do. I believe that students need more substantive preparation for the SAT. Instead, I teach the actual subject matter on the test. For example, if you need a refresher in algebra or geometry, I will teach that to you.

I do, and have, actually taught a math class "from scratch" to several students who did poorly on the math section the first time they took the SAT (for example, under 475.) Somehow they had not picked up on math in their classes in school, or sometimes they were just too young then to absorb the intricacies of mathematics, and now, they can more easily.

If this type of student has some basic math knowledge; for example, he or she can multiply and divide, and has a basic understanding of what fractions represent, I will usually be able to teach him or her enough math "from scratch" to enable them to make a satisfactory SAT math score. I will be able to assess this quickly for you.

I am certified to work with students with Special Needs. I have tutored a number of students with Special Needs for the SAT, and they have all have improved.

One of my students with Special Needs, V.G. from Dallas, increased his SAT math score by 250+ points. He began with a score of only 410 and finished with a score of 660! He did this even without an extra time accommodation on the test. It took a lot of work, and let me tell you, that boy worked hard! But he made the score he wanted, and he gained admission to his first choice university - Wake Forest University. (He was extra thrilled because his two best friends were going there.)

Not everyone will be able to perform like V.G., above, but I can promise that you will be amazed at what you can accomplish with help of a patient tutor with a lot of SAT teaching experience.

Parents tell me that my SAT math preparation has helped their children improve in their remaining high school math classes, as well. When my students enter college, they are ready to do college mathematics.

SAT Reading

I am a certified teacher and educator. I taught SAT Test Prep for Princeton Review, and then in 1999, I began my own SAT test prep business, Pathfinders College Preparatory. Since then, I have tutored hundreds of SAT students in groups and privately.

I am proud to say that every one of my students has improved his or her score. Many increased their scores by 100-200 points and more. Some even became National Merit Scholars, a distinction that requires stellar PSAT and SAT scores.

I always teach SAT using actual College Board materials. Over the years, I have collected the actual SAT tests given, and we use these for practice, as well.

I teach the Reading Comprehension section in a way that helps the student see the "big picture" in the passages. At the same time, I teach a special underlining technique that works so well in answering the reading questions.

I also have a technique for teaching the Sentence Completions that is actually fun, because once you see how the Sentence Completions writers always use a certain type of punctuation to indicate the clue to the answer, you realize how easy they really are.

You can expect to substantially improve your Sentence Completion and Reading Comprehension scores if you work privately with me.

I am certified to work with students with Special Needs. I have tutored a number of students with Special Needs for the SAT, and they have all have improved. One student with Special Needs increased his total SAT score by 250+ points. He did this without even having extra time on the test. It took a lot of work, but he made the score he needed, and was admitted to the university that was his first choice.

SAT Writing

I am a certified teacher and educator. I taught SAT Test Prep for Princeton Review, and then in 1999, I began my own SAT test prep business, Pathfinders College Preparatory. Since then, I have tutored hundreds of SAT students in groups and privately.

I am proud to say that every one of my students has improved his or her score. Many increased their scores by 100-200 points and more. Some even became National Merit Scholars, a distinction that requires stellar PSAT and SAT scores.

I always teach SAT using actual College Board materials. Over the years, I have collected the actual SAT tests given, and we use these for practice, as well.

I teach the SAT Writing sections in two parts. First we learn what constitutes a great Essay on the SAT. I take my time working with you, reviewing and helping you decide upon the position you will take for the question the writers present you. Then we craft an outline of what your essay will contain. I help you begin with an eye-catching opening sentence. We make sure that you have topic sentences at the beginning of each paragraph. Most importantly, I will teach you how to come up with colorful examples of your experiences that make the reader want to be present. We will use transition words for some of your paragraphs, and finally wind up with a closing paragraph that refers back to the position you took. We will end with a pop!

The second part of the Writing score consists of sentences and articles in which you are asked to select the best way in which they can be corrected. I teach you the basic types of information they want you to know, and I show you how to spot those errors. I have a special reading aloud tip that I will also show you. If you want me to, I will teach the reasons behind why our grammar works the way it does.

I am certified for working with students with Special Needs. I have tutored a number of students with Special Needs for the SAT, and they have all have improved. One student with Special Needs increased his total SAT score by 250+ points. He did this without even having extra time on the test. It took a lot of work, but he made the score he needed, and was admitted to the university that was his first choice.

TEAS

I can tutor for the TEAS because it tests a student's acquisition of essential academic skills in Reading, Math, Science, and English, as do many other Pre- College and Pre-Professional entrance exams. I have a B.S. in Chemistry and English, with a minor in Math, a Masters in Education, a Ph.D. ABD in Education, and a J.D. in Law. I have tutored more than 230 students in standardized Test Preparation for tests such as the GED, SAT, ACT, AP exams, SAT Subject Tests, PRAXIS exams, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT over the past 18 years. The subject matter on the TEAS test is the same as on the above tests that I teach.

University of Texas
B.S. Chemistry
University of Texas
MEd
Baylor Law School
J.D.

Education

University of Texas (B.S. Chemistry)

University of Texas (MEd)

Baylor Law School (J.D.)

Extremely knowledgeable and helpful to my daughter.

Jennifer is helping Madison prepare for the SAT. She is patient and well versed in the exam. Jennifer comes to our home prepared and gently pushes Madison to excel. Jennifer also leaves homework for Madison to work on in preparation for her next tutoring session.

— Thea, Vancouver, WA on 12/6/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $25.00

Cancellation: 3 hours notice required

I offer special rates for SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, and LSAT packages

Travel policy

Jennifer will travel within 10 miles of Camas, WA 98607.