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Rachel W.

Federal Way, WA

$35/hour

M.A. + 1000s of hours experience for SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT & Mathematics

Background check passed as of 6/22/16
4.9 average from 27 ratings
Awesome
— 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, standardized test prep (primarily the SAT, but also ACT, GRE, and GMAT), and English grammar and composition.

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. I charge my base rate for online students or those willing to meet here in Federal Way; if you'd prefer to meet closer to your location I'm willing to travel at a higher rate depending on distance.

A little about my qualifications: I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Master's degree in Mathematics. 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.

My teaching philosophy is simple in principle: I focus on building foundational skills, deep conceptual understanding, and an intuition for how formal calculation or technical language matches up with simpler, everyday concepts. In practice, actually _doing_ this is quite complicated, and that's where my long experience comes into play - it helps me recognize where difficulties lie and patch up gaps in understanding until a student is on solid ground again.
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Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

I charge an additional fee for travel, depending on distance and length of session.

Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Federal Way, WA 98003
Background Check: Passed

"Awesome"

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

"Knowlegable and patient tutor."

- Ellie, Federal Way, WA on 4/4/16
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1,
Algebra 2, Calculus,
Differential Equations, Discrete Math,
Elementary Math, Finite Math,
Geometry, Linear Algebra, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
Science:
ACT Science, Physical Science
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, GED, GMAT, GRE, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Language:
ESL/ESOL
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math
Business:
GMAT, GRE

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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.

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.

Discrete Math

I have a Master's degree in Mathematics from the University of South Florida.

I have three years' math tutoring experience, including ESL students and varying levels of mastery from elementary addition to university Calculus III.

I have extensive experience with students with long-term struggles in math, including some with gaps as basic as arithmetic.

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.

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: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I charge an additional fee for travel, depending on distance and length of session.

Travel policy

Rachel will travel within 25 miles of Federal Way, WA 98003.