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Lauren A.

Spokane, WA

$40/hour

Engaging tutor - math, science, English, and test prep

Background check passed as of 3/18/16
4.9 average from 181 ratings
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— Nikki, Leawood, KS on 8/24/15

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Azusa Pacific University
English
International House of Prayer University
Other

Education

Azusa Pacific University (English)

International House of Prayer University (Other)

About Lauren

In my opinion, education is not something that you do for a relatively few years as a child, teenager or young adult. It's an adventure that will not be completed until that-day-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. As a tutor, I try to build a desire for lifelong learning in my students by encouraging them to engage in the world around them. This involves asking questions, thinking critically and "supposing" (thinking creatively). This doesn't look the same for everyone; I strongly feel that it is important to "learn" the student in order to adapt the methods appropriately. My goal is to help the student learn in the way that he/she learns best.

I have a long history in education. I was a private school teacher for a year, a tutor for 5 years and a public school librarian for three years. I've enjoyed working with students from age 8 through early 50s in subjects as varied as GED preparation, multiplication tables, essay proofing, chemistry, piano, and finding the zeroes of functions by determining all possible real zeroes (p/q), graphing the function in order to disqualify a portion of the possible zeroes, using synthetic division to isolate one true zero, and factoring to find the rest. It sounds complicated, but it's actually very fun! (At least, I think it is. Your student may not share that view... yet.) I've seen some students make incredible academic leaps, and I've seen others rejoice over a seemingly small achievement. Every success is worth celebrating.

Those are the highlights of my experience with education (specifically tutoring). If you would like clarification on any point or would like to hear more about me, my methods and/or how I can help you/your student, please email me! I would love to hear from you! Good luck on your academic pursuits and "may the odds be ever in your favor."
In my opinion, education is not something that you do for a relatively few years as a child, teenager or young adult. It's an adventure that will not be completed until that-day-that-shall-not-be-mentioned. As a tutor, I try to build a desire for lifelong learning in my students by encouraging them to engage in the world around them. This involves Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: $20/hr with 1-24 hours' notice, full price with 0-1 hours' notice.

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Spokane, WA 99217
Background Check: Passed

"Look no further"

- Nikki, Leawood, KS on 8/24/15

"Excellent"

- Cristina, Sunnyvale, CA on 9/20/16

"Making steady progress"

- Perla, Campbell, CA on 9/19/16

"Very Knowledgeable and Extremely Helpful"

- Jennifer, San Jose, CA on 6/1/16

"Inspiring teacher fills in the gaps"

- Beth, Sunnyvale, CA on 5/21/16

"The perfect tutor"

- Diane, Los Altos, CA on 5/10/16

"Perfect"

- Yusuf, San Jose, CA on 4/26/16

"Excelente tutor!"

- Aldeana, Sunnyvale, CA on 4/26/16

"Learning has become fun."

- Crystal, Palo Alto, CA on 2/22/16

"Excellent tutor!"

- Julie, San Jose, CA on 1/23/16

"highly professional and effective"

- Lois, San Jose, CA on 12/18/15

"Knowledgeable and very skilled"

- Elise, San Jose, CA on 11/13/15

"Excellent Tutor"

- Jennifer, Overland Park, KS on 6/16/15

"Wonderful"

- Nita, Lees Summit, MO on 8/17/14

"Great tutor!"

- Nuria, Lees Summit, MO on 12/6/13

"Wished I would have found her sooner."

- Bill, Independence, MO on 11/20/13

"Made math fun"

- Beth, Kansas City, MO on 11/5/13

"Very good progess thus far."

- Cassandra, Kansas City, MO on 2/17/13

"Very Thorough"

- Elizabeth, Kansas City, MO on 3/30/12

"A great Tutor!"

- Jenkins, Lees Summit, MO on 2/23/12
Math:
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Elementary Math, Geometry, Prealgebra, Precalculus, SAT Math
Science:
ACT Science
Music:
Music Theory, Piano
Art:
Ballroom Dancing
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, Bible Studies,
English, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Reading,
SAT Reading, SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, CBEST, GED, GRE, PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook,
Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher,
Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
History:
American History, Classics, Geography, Religion
Special Needs:
Phonics
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics,
Reading,
Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word
Sports/Recreation:
Ballroom Dancing, Cooking

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.

Bible Studies

I have been in the Christian church all my life and am very familiar with the Bible. I have taken several theology classes during both my undergrad, where I was only one class shy of a Biblical Studies minor, and graduate studies.

Cooking

I have been cooking and baking since I was a child. I was raised in an Italian home, where food is very important. My grandmother taught my mother and both of them taught me. I am excellent in following directions, but I also know when to improvise and how to learn techniques in the midst of a recipe. In an environment as variable as cooking, flexibility is essential.

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with children of varying ages for the last 14 years. I am familiar with general elementary curriculum, as well as how to keep children engaged and on task. Specifically with this age group, I think that knowing why the material is necessary is as important as knowing the material itself.

Microsoft Outlook

I have used Microsoft Outlook for several years and am very familiar with it. I am capable of managing folders and contacts, changing preferences, working with the calendar, and many other tasks. In addition, I am familiar with the Microsoft Help website, so if I do not already know the answer to a question, I know how to find it!

Microsoft Publisher

During the last four years, I have worked closely with Microsoft Publisher to create cards, fliers, posters, invitations and even pages in a school yearbook. I can navigate my way through this versatile program with ease.

Phonics

As a lover of language, I believe that the building blocks of that language are essential. Phonics open up invaluable doors of communication and I take them very seriously. As an English major, I took linguistic classes and learned not only how words are formed, but how the sounds themselves are made.

Piano

I have played the piano for over 20 years, during many of which I taught myself. I have taken professional lessons and am currently pursuing more training. I know the basics of music theory, including how to read sheet music and lead sheets.

Reading

I have a BA in English with a concentration in teaching. I took classes in college that focused on reading and I have worked with a large group of students (early elementary through high school) in that area, all with measurable amounts of success. I tend to focus on phonics with the less-skilled students and comprehension with those who are more skilled, always adapting methods and goals to fit each student's needs.

Azusa Pacific University
English
International House of Prayer University
Other

Education

Azusa Pacific University (English)

International House of Prayer University (Other)

Look no further — If you are looking for someone consistent yet flexible, able to motivate, able to learn your child's learning style, identify weaknesses, and still teach effectively then look no further. Lauren helped my son with ACT tutorial. While I didn't sit in on the sessions I didn't need to in order to see all of the above happen for my son. He said on more than one occasion that she taught him more Englis ...

— Nikki, Leawood, KS on 8/24/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Cancellation fee: $20/hr with 1-24 hours' notice, full price with 0-1 hours' notice.

Travel policy

Lauren will travel within 15 miles of Spokane, WA 99217.