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Jennifer J.

Camas, WA

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Background check passed as of 2/17/13
4.8 average from 30 ratings
Very pleased with the tutoring.
— Kerry, Vancouver, WA on 1/14/14

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B.S. Chemistry
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University of Texas (B.S. Chemistry)

University of Texas (MEd)

University of Oregon (PhD)

About Jennifer

MY BACKGROUND AND TEACHING BELIEFS:

I am a certified teacher, with a B.S., M.Ed., PhD ABD in Education. I teach lessons that 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:

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

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, 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. I teach lessons that 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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"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, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science, Anthropology, Biology, Physical Science, Sociology
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, IELTS, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, College Counseling,
Common Core, IELTS, ISEE,
PSAT,
SAT Math,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing,
SSAT, TAKS, TEAS
Language:
ESL/ESOL, IELTS
History:
American History, Anthropology, Classics, European History, Geography, Political Science, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism, Dyslexia, Phonics, Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Common Core, Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Homeschool,
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary
Business:
Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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ADD/ADHD

I have a Masters and ABD PhD in Special Education. I have been taught how to teach students who have attention difficulties in both the verbal and mathematics areas. I have tutored many students who had ADD and/or ADHD. Most of these students were very intelligent. Together we found ways to help them stay more interested in their subjects. The student and I also worked together to create ways for their teacher to assist the student in staying on track and on topic during the class. I have also written IEPs and have advocated for, and implemented, accommodations for students with ADD/ADHD.

Algebra 1

Hi

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

Aspergers

I have a Masters in Special Education and an ABD PhD in Special Education. I very much enjoy helping students with Aspergers, and have tutored many such students in the lower grades through the college years. Invariably, these students are quite intelligent - but they learn in different ways from the how most other students learn. Many students with Aspergers have special abilities and/or talents. They often excel remarkably in these areas and sometimes we can find ways to emphasize their talents in these special areas through contests or projects. This enables their teachers and their peers to realize and appreciate their gifts. I work with Aspergers students on their academic subjects and their social skills. In this way, I help them better determine and understand what is happening at a particular time in the world around them. We also work on ways they can better learn to relate to others. We can do this by practicing various examples together. I believe that assistance in both academic and social skills will provide the greatest advantage for the student with Aspergers.

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 (K-6th)

I have been an educator for more than 25 years. I am certified, with a Master's in Education, to teach Elementary (K-6th) students. I am also certified to teach Special Education, and have taught many students who do learn differently. I am ESL certified and have taught more than 30 ESL students.

Over the past 25 years, I have taught and tutored more than 170 elementary students. I have tutored elementary students for a total of more than 1700 hours. I also teach Pre-School, Kindergarten Readiness, and Kindergarten.

I teach all elementary math, including pre-Algebra and geometry, when warranted. I like to emphasize the importance of a thorough grounding in the skills of using multiplication, fractions, decimals, and percent.

I also tutor elementary science, history, geography, English, researching, note taking, grammar, spelling and writing (both block and cursive.)

Along with learning the mechanics of writing, we learn how to create a four or five paragraph essay, as well as how to include those ever-so-important details in the essays.

I teach reading by incorporating both phonics and site words. The student combines several initial letters with different word endings. For example, the student puts a card with the initial letter "C" next to a card with the ending letters "AT." The student can then sound out the letters until hearing the word CAT come from their own mouths!

I speak and teach Spanish. I encourage my students, whenever possible, to try to speak only Spanish during our lesson.

Lastly, I available to prepare students to take standardized tests, such as the ISEE, the SSAT (and, for older students, the PSAT, SAT and ACT).

Homeschool

I have taught homeschooled students algebra, geometry, science, reading, English grammar, and writing, as well as test preparation for exams such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT. I am a certified teacher in English, Special Education, and Chemistry with a minor in mathematics. I have both a B.S. in Chemistry and English, a J.D. in law, and a PhD ABD in teaching Reading and mathematics. I have taught more than 200 students. Every one of my students has improved. As a matter of fact, several of my students were awarded the titles of National Merit Finalists and National Merit Scholars. They received college scholarships, some as high as $60,000, for their achievements. My students have gained admission and graduated from such colleges and universities as the University of Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, University of North Carolina, and UCLA.

ISEE

The ISEE is the Independent Schools Entrance Examination. As a student's performance on the ISEE will partially determine whether they are admitted to a particular school or not, it is crucial to make sure your student will perform well on this test.
I have a Masters in Education and an ABD PhD in Education. In my academic programs, I received training in administering and interpreting standardized tests. Moreover, I have taught and prepared many students for the ISEE. All of my students have increased their scores from their score on the first of the ISEE practice tests we use. I believe in teaching more than just "tips and tricks" for these exams, so I also teach students the substantive subject matter of the exams, such as mathematics, reading, grammar and/or writing. ISEE tutoring helps level the playing field. Students are more confident taking the ISEE, after having seen for themselves, through tutoring practice, what they are capable of achieving on the exam.

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.

Public Speaking

I practiced law for 13 years, and in doing so, made many presentations to the Federal Courts, and to U.S. agencies, such as the U.S. Patent Office. I represented the State Bar of Texas in presenting six years of Continuing Legal Education seminars to near capacity crowds of several hundred attorneys.

I taught law school at the University of Houston College of Law, as well as business law at several community colleges to more than 180 students total.

In my university studies, I took speech and debate. In my law school studies I participated in a rigorous year-long class, "Practice Court," in which we learned to speak and think quickly on our feet, as well as convincingly present our case to a jury of our peers. My partner and I won our case.

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.

Special Needs

I have a Master's in Special Education and a PhD ABD in Special Education. I have tutored and taught students with special needs for about eight years. I have worked with students with ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Learning Disabilities (both Verbal learning disabilities and Performance learning disabilities. I have worked with children on the autism scale, particularly those with Asperger's.

I seem to connect very well with students with special needs, and they like me because I am understanding, patient and fair. I think this is partly because I believe in differentiating a lesson for each child, according to his or her abilities and present skills. Also, my daughter had a learning disability and I tutored her, so I know what specials needs academic issues are like for both the parent and the child.

Study Skills

I have a B.S. in Chemistry and English and a Masters in Education. My PhD AND is in Special Education. I have tutored and taught over 200 students. I am also a state certified teacher. I am currently teaching study skills and algebra to a brother and sister in Battleground. I help them with backpack organization and homework, test studying.

University of Texas
B.S. Chemistry
University of Texas
MEd
University of Oregon
PhD

Education

University of Texas (B.S. Chemistry)

University of Texas (MEd)

University of Oregon (PhD)

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, Vancouver, WA on 1/14/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Jennifer will travel within 5 miles of Camas, WA 98607.