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Rachel W.

Federal Way, WA

$30/hour

M.A. + 1000s of hours exp. for SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT, English & STEM

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 6/22/16
4.7 average from 82 ratings
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— Megan, Tacoma, WA on 4/12/16

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University of South Florida
Mathematics
University of South Florida
Master's

Education

University of South Florida (Mathematics)

University of South Florida (Master's)

About Rachel

Hi there! If you're reading this profile, thanks for considering me as a tutor for yourself or your child. My name's Rachel; I'm a professional tutor specializing in Mathematics, science, standardized test prep (primarily the SAT, but also ACT, GRE, and GMAT), and English grammar and composition.

I'm not nearly as stiff as I sound in text! I'm generally friendly, informal, and laid-back as a person, I just take academics seriously because I think mastery is the only way to understand and appreciate the depths of most subjects. Very few things are boring when you dig into their mechanics - even highly technical grammar has a surprising amount of fascinating history behind it. I love to learn and explore - I have an ongoing web series where I travel 18,500 miles of Google Streetview! - and I work best with others who do, too.

I work with students throughout the south King County, Washington area (south or downtown Seattle; Des Moines, Auburn, Federal Way, Tacoma, and nearby locations) or online from the comfort of your home. Depending on the day, I meet students either at a coffee shop here in Federal Way (for students in south King County, Tacoma, Puyallup and the like) or in downtown Seattle (for students from Seattle, Bellevue, and the like) depending on the day. For details on scheduling, please message me directly.

A little about my qualifications: I have a Master's degree in mathematics and a large knowledge base of secondary subjects built over a long career where flexibility has proven valuable. My degree included coursework in developmental psychology and educational practices as well, since teaching has been a passion of mine since childhood and I knew it was what I wanted to do long-term. I also have 99th percentile scores on my own standardized tests, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal and 770 SAT math (the writing section was still experimental in my year).

My thousands of hours of teaching experience are a mix of freelance work, one-on-one tutoring, and traditional classroom teaching. I worked for three years with the University of South Florida's INTO program, teaching graduate test prep (GRE and GMAT; the SAT's harder grad-school cousins) to international students from 40 countries around the world. More recently, since moving to Washington state, I've worked on SAT prep for a national tutoring company.
Hi there! If you're reading this profile, thanks for considering me as a tutor for yourself or your child. My name's Rachel; I'm a professional tutor specializing in Mathematics, science, standardized test prep (primarily the SAT, but also ACT, GRE, and GMAT), and English grammar and composition.

I'm not nearly as stiff as I sound in
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Cancellation
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Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Federal Way, WA 98003
Background Check: Passed

"Awesome"

- Megan, Tacoma, WA on 4/12/16

"Fantastic GRE tutor"

- Aubrey, Tacoma, WA on 11/16/17

"I learned Calculus in a month"

- Edward, Los Altos, CA on 11/4/17

"AMAZING GRE tutor!!"

- Juita, Belvedere Tiburon, CA on 9/28/17

"Very knowledgeable tutor"

- Jonathon, Sumner, WA on 3/31/17

"very helpful"

- Summyr, Federal Way, WA on 3/13/17

"Extremely knowledgeable tutor"

- Annette, Tacoma, WA on 12/7/16

"Knowlegable and patient tutor."

- Ellie, Federal Way, WA on 4/4/16
Science:
ACT Science,
Biology, Physical Science, Physics
Language:
ESL/ESOL,
Reading, Writing
History:
Government & Politics, Writing
Special Needs:
Elementary Math, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math, Grammar, Homeschool, Reading, Writing
Business:
ESL/ESOL,
GMAT,
GRE,
Writing

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've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the ACT and new SAT specifically. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. Working with ESL students for my entire career has helped me develop a very precise and grammar-driven approach to the exam that most students find a lot more interesting than that sounds! (I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed)

ACT Math

I've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the ACT and new SAT specifically. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. (I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed)

ACT Reading

I've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the ACT and new SAT specifically. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. Working with ESL students for my entire career has helped me develop methodical approaches to reading comprehension, and my background in the sciences helps with the ACT's heavy empahsis on scientific and academic literacy. (I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed)

ACT Science

I've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the ACT and new SAT specifically. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. A strong multidisciplinary background in the sciences means I can help you or your child with some of the background knowledge that, while not required, is often very helpful on the ACT science section.

Algebra 1

- Master's degree in Mathematics

- Have taught Algebra at the college level both for test prep (GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT) and as a stand-alone subject, often to students who have historically struggled in math.

- Years of one-on-one tutoring experience, both privately and through the University of South Florida.

Algebra 2

I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have spent my whole adult life teaching it. I've taught math to students from 47 different countries on every continent and from elementary school to graduate school. If you're looking for a quick brush-up you may want to look elsewhere: I specialize in pushing for deep, solid mastery that sticks for years and helps with future classes.

Calculus

I have a Master's in Mathematics; coursework in Calc I, II, III, Vector Calc/Calc IV, and Real and Complex Analysis (the theoretical backing to many statements taken for granted in Calculus).

I have taught Calculus at the college level to both math-inclined (engineers, chemists) and not-so-inclined (business, English) students at the university level.

I have years of one-on-one tutoring experience, both privately and through the University of South Florida.

Differential Equations

I have a graduate degree in mathematics and a deep understanding of the structures "behind" diff eq, including some exposure to differential geometry. I've worked with several students through full diff eq courses, as well. My experience teaching is mostly with basic undergraduate differential equations, advanced PDEs and the like are not my field.

Discrete Math

I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have spent my whole adult life teaching it. I've taught math to students from 47 different countries on every continent and from elementary school to graduate school. If you're looking for a quick brush-up you may want to look elsewhere: I specialize in pushing for deep, solid mastery that sticks for years and helps with future classes. I can help with discrete math both as a proof-oriented course aimed at math majors and as a theoretical-background course aimed at computer science types. I have some experience with programming as well, so if you come from a CS background I can put some of the math in those terms.

English

I've spent my whole adult life teaching English to some extent, mostly in the context of standardized tests like the SAT and the GMAT. Almost all of that experience was with non-native speakers, so I've had to develop clear explanations for a lot of things that native speakers half-understand - which turn out to be really useful to native speakers, too. Expect a heavy emphasis on procedure and methods and how things like word choice and grammar structures allow you to express meaning precisely.

ESL/ESOL

I've spent my whole adult life teaching English to some extent. I've mostly worked with standardized tests like the SAT and the GMAT. Almost all of that experience was with non-native speakers, so I've had to develop clear explanations for a lot of things that native speakers half-understand. Expect me to put emphasis on procedure, methods, and how word choice and grammar structures allow you to express meaning precisely.

Finite Math

Finite Math is very basic college-level material. I have a graduate degree in mathematics and years of experience teaching college-level mathematics, and finite-math-tier material is probably the most common point for struggling students in my background.

As far as my specific qualifications go, my work has focused mostly on test prep, and exams like the SAT and GMAT draw between a third and half of their concepts from finite math material.

GED

I've taught test prep for five years and have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. Over that same period I've also taught all the core subjects in a high school level curriculum to a level well above what's required on the GED.

(I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed).

GMAT

I've taught test prep for five years, including three years both tutoring and teaching classroom courses on the GMAT and GRE. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile test scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math and a 169V/168Q GRE (my major didn't require it, but I have a 780 on an unofficial GMAT). I'm also in the process of authoring a set of GMAT practice tests of my own with full explanations.

GRE

I've taught test prep for five years, including three years both tutoring and teaching classroom courses on the GRE. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile test scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math and a 169V/168Q GRE. I've worked with hundreds of students all around the world, at all score levels and with backgrounds in every major language group on the planet.

Prealgebra

I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have spent my whole adult life teaching it. I've taught math to students from 47 different countries on every continent and from elementary school to graduate school. If you're looking for a quick brush-up you may want to look elsewhere: I specialize in pushing for deep, solid mastery that sticks for years and helps with future classes. That's especially important in early math classes, which lay foundational ideas that will need to be remembered years later.

Precalculus

I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have spent my whole adult life teaching it. I've taught math to students from 47 different countries on every continent and from elementary school to graduate school. If you're looking for a quick brush-up you may want to look elsewhere: I specialize in pushing for deep, solid mastery that sticks for years and helps with future classes. That's especially important in pre-calc classes, which lay foundational ideas that are essential in calculus (and are very hard to learn on the spot when they're needed).

Probability

I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have spent my whole adult life teaching it. I've taught math to students from 47 different countries on every continent and from elementary school to graduate school. Probability is a surprisingly deep field of math where facts are not always obvious or easily provable. My background in higher math means that I can at least sketch out why certain things are the case, and warn students when they're wandering into a "here be dragons!" area of math.

SAT Math

I've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the new SAT. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. (I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed)

SAT Reading

I've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the ACT and new SAT specifically. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. Working with ESL students for my entire career has helped me develop a very precise and grammar-driven approach to the exam that most students find a lot more interesting than that sounds! (I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed)

SAT Writing

I've taught test prep for five years, including two years with the ACT and new SAT specifically. I have a master's in Mathematics and 99th percentile scores of my own, including a perfect 800 SAT verbal/770 SAT math. Working with ESL students for my entire career has helped me develop a very precise and grammar-driven approach to the exam that most students find a lot more interesting than that sounds! (I'm also able to help with other sections of the exam if needed)

Trigonometry

I have a Master's degree in mathematics and have spent my whole adult life teaching it. I've taught math to students from 47 different countries on every continent and from elementary school to graduate school. Trig is rarely studied alone, and when we go through trig concepts you can expect some previews of how those concepts show up in precalc and calculus.

Writing

I've spent my whole adult life teaching English to some extent, mostly in the context of standardized tests like the SAT and the GMAT. Almost all of that experience was with non-native speakers, so I've had to develop clear explanations for a lot of things that native speakers half-understand - which turn out to be really useful to native speakers, too. Most English teachers show, but don't tell, which can leave students totally lost as to what their goal actually is when, say, they're writing an essay. Expect a heavy emphasis on procedure and methods and how things like word choice and grammar structures allow you to express meaning precisely.

University of South Florida
Mathematics
University of South Florida
Master's

Education

University of South Florida (Mathematics)

University of South Florida (Master's)

Awesome

Not only is Rachel fluent in math through Multivariate Calculus she is also good at breaking it down so that it is easy to see all the steps (something neither my textbook nor my faculty take the time to do). She also makes sure you understand the concepts you are working with and that you know how to justify your work (so that you can explain why your answer is correct) which is helping me a lot!

— Megan, Tacoma, WA on 4/12/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Inquire for discounted group rates!

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 40 miles of Federal Way, WA 98003.