Allen E.


Allen E.

Tutor

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Will travel 40 miles

$115 per hour.

4.95 558 ratings

Now Enrolling: PSAT, SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT

A Smith College grad with 10+ years of experience, I have helped hundreds of students achieve some of the highest score increases nationwide. *Expert at guiding students through their exams and into top colleges, such as Harvard and Stanford *Received extensive training while working full-time for an elite private Test Prep company for 3 years *Highly-qualified and up-to-date on all recent changes to the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT *I empower students with the content knowledge, tips,... [more]


Algebra 1

If math has never been your favorite subject, look no further. I can meet you where you are and use your own Algebra I textbook to guide you step-by-step through the concepts you need to master in order to succeed in Algebra I and beyond. If you have concept gaps from previous math classes, I can help supply the missing knowledge in order to boost your understanding of how Algebra works, and help you get even the tougher problems correct!


Algebra 2

I have tutored Algebra II students with great success for over ten years. Often the leap from Algebra I and/or Geometry into Algebra II can present a challenge to students. I use the students' own textbooks and a wide array of materials, which I have collected over the years, for practice to reinforce key concept areas.


Vocabulary

Using proven techniques, I empower students to be active learners of vocabulary, especially in preparation for the PSAT, SAT/ACT, GRE/GMAT, or TOEFL. Most students in either English or foreign language classes are required to assimilate a large amount of vocabulary which must be remembered for a long period of time. I show students how to access long-term memory rather than short-term memory to learn new words more efficiently and remember words longer.


Grammar

I have always had a natural talent for grammar. I use my unflagging enthusiasm for grammar to help motivate students who are otherwise not interested in the subject. I work with students who need to improve their English grades, and ESL/ESOL students who are seeking mastery of Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced concepts in English grammar.


Geometry

I have helped Geometry students optimize their academic performance for over ten years. Although it builds on concepts from Pre-Algebra and Algebra, Geometry can be somewhat of a change for students because of the spatial concepts it presents, or due to the focus on logic and reasoning. I help students navigate the skills they need to learn in order to excel in Geometry.


Prealgebra

I have taught elementary math both one-on-one and in a classroom setting. It is extremely rewarding to me to help give younger students a firm grounding in the basic principles of arithmetic and basic number concepts that will carry them through subsequent years of math classes. I readily adapt my teaching style and curriculum to suit the needs and individual learning styles of each child.


Reading

Reading has been my favorite pastime for as long as I can remember. When it comes to reading, I have tutored students found at every point on the spectrum: reluctant readers, avid reading enthusiasts like myself, and everyone in-between. I work closely with students to diagnose specific reading challenges and suggest methods of improving both reading speed and comprehension.


Spanish

I am a native speaker of English with acquired fluency in Spanish. I completed five years of Spanish coursework, followed by a three-year immersion experience in the language. Using proven techniques, I show students how to make the best of their foreign language education and guide students through AP Spanish. I have also helped adult learners master Spanish through a communicative approach. As an avid language learner myself, I am intimately familiar with the most effective ways to boost fluency.


Writing

I have more than ten years of experience as a writing tutor. I have helped both native speakers of English and foreign students who are learning English as a second language. I can help students who need to polish an essay to improve their grades, and I also know how to help students who need help organizing their ideas into complete, grammatical sentences and paragraphs.


English

Whether a student is struggling in English literature or composition, I am able to work with the student to maximize their potential and improve academic performance. I have also worked with adult learners of English as a Second Language with great results for over ten years. A native speaker of English with an acquired proficiency in various other languages, I am familiar with the needs and challenges of language learners of all ages. I strive to make the learning process engaging, effective, and efficient. Whatever the student's goal, I am here to help him/her meet and exceed expectations.


Japanese

After completing my bachelor's degree in Chinese (Mandarin), I became interested in studying Japanese as well. Since then, I have studied Japanese through college coursework and independently for many years with the goal of becoming a professor of Japanese Language and Literature. As a learner of Japanese as a Second Language, I bring to my tutoring an intimate understanding of the learning process. I share with my students the methods of assimilating vocabulary and grammar concepts that I have found to be most useful and effective. Best of all, I convey a passion for the language that is contagious!


SAT Math

With the recent revisions to the test, SAT Math just got harder. Never fear! Whether you are close to your score goal or starting from scratch, I can share with you tips to make studying for this section less painful, leading you step-by-step through all of the math concepts and strategies you need to know in order to master SAT Math. I have helped students achieve some of the highest score improvements nationwide. Content knowledge and practice are the keys to cracking the SAT Math section.


Literature

Whether a student is struggling in English literature or composition, I am able to work with the student to maximize their potential and improve academic performance. I earned a Chinese Language and Literature degree from Smith College that grounded me in the principles of literary analysis and critique across languages and cultures. The intensive writing involved in earning my degree prepared me to better assist students who need to polish their English essays, or who have to cope with written exams. I have also worked with adult learners of English as a Second Language with great results for over ten years. A native speaker of English with an acquired proficiency in various other languages, I am familiar with the needs and challenges of language learners of all ages. I strive to make the learning process engaging, effective, and efficient. Whatever their goals, I am here to help my students meet and exceed expectations.


GRE

If you are feeling overwhelmed by the daunting task of studying for the GRE, I can help. From breaking your plan of study into manageable pieces to practicing the concepts you need to improve on, I can guide you through the process of achieving your personal best GRE score. I tutor all sections of the GRE, including the essay, quant, and verbal.


Proofreading

I am an expert proofreader who has proofread professionally for a marketing company. I have an excellent grasp of the conventions of English grammar and usage that are essential when proofreading copy for publication. I am a college graduate of Smith College of Massachusetts who has always had a knack for polishing prose. As evidenced by my perfect verbal and writing test scores, my proofreading style is characterized by a meticulous attention to detail.


SAT Reading

The SAT Reading section is not as straight-forward as it used to be. Among other changes, the SAT Reading section now includes primary source documents, literature from the 1700s and 1800s, and charts, tables, and graphs along with science-based passages. The good news is there are still just 10-12 question types that repeat throughout the test, and it is more about analyzing the questions and answers than it is about deeply comprehending the material. I can help you better navigate this section and teach you the strategies you need to improve your Reading score.


SAT Writing

The SAT Writing section now closely resemble the ACT English section, testing knowledge of specific grammar rules and rhetorical skills. I can teach you the 15-20 specific grammar and punctuation rules you need to know in order to maximize your score on this section. I teach tips and strategies, provide detailed notes with examples, and use authentic test materials for practice.


TOEFL

I am familiar with the TOEFL and the best methods in order to raise scores on this test. I use authentic, official test materials for diagnosis, practice, and gauging student progress. I have worked with TOEFL students from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries such as Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. I help students improve their performance on all sections of the TOEFL.


ASVAB

I tutor several sections of the ASVAB, including Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Mathematics Knowledge. I have worked with many ASVAB students to help improve their scores on these sections. I can share with you the specific tips and strategies you need to get your scores where you need them to be.


PSAT

I am a trained PSAT test prep professional with over 10 years of experience and a track-record of success helping students increase confidence and improve scores. As the lead tutor at a private test preparation tutoring company, I helped my students achieve some of the highest score increases nationwide. Using methods proven to optimize students' potential on all three sections of the PSAT, I teach students the specific concepts and strategies they need in order to do well on the test.


Elementary Math

I have taught elementary math both one-on-one and in a classroom setting. It is extremely rewarding to me to help give younger students a firm grounding in the basic principles of arithmetic and basic number concepts that will carry them through subsequent years of math classes. I readily adapt my teaching style and curriculum to suit the needs and individual learning styles of each child.


Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked with elementary students in an after-care after-school setting, helping students 12 and under with a wide range of academics and homework. I have always possessed a natural talent for phonics, and I strive to find ways to make the learning process fun for kids depending on their developmental stage and on each child's unique set of needs and challenges.


Phonics

Phonics has been a life-long interest for me ever since I was introduced to phonics through elementary school workbooks. I quickly mastered the many rules of vowel and consonant combinations, and I went on to become a spelling bee champion in the fourth grade. My fascination with words, spelling, and phonics has helped me become a patient teacher of phonics to students of all ages who struggle in this area. I enjoy working with students to improve their knowledge of the spoken and printed word. It gives me great pleasure to help learners learn the phonics skills they need in order to succeed.


Piano

I was classically trained in piano for 14 years, through private piano instruction for 12 years, and two additional years at the college level. My piano teacher had a degree in Organ Pedagogy, so I also studied organ briefly under her tutelage. I bring to my tutoring my knowledge and an appreciation of classical music, as well as a patient and encouraging attitude to help instill music appreciation in my students. It is very rewarding to watch students develop a life-long passion for music.


Study Skills

I have over ten years of experience helping students get organized in order to optimize their academic potential. Since each student is unique, organizational tools that work well for one student do not necessarily do the job for another. That is why I work collaboratively with each student to figure out how to incorporate the student's personality and learning styles into a total organizational solution that will meet his/her individual needs.


Chinese

I have a bachelor's degree from Smith College of Northampton, Massachusetts, in Chinese Language and Literature. I took four consecutive years of Chinese language (Mandarin) at the college level, and studied Chinese literature in translation. I am a passionate teacher of beginning and intermediate Chinese language, helping students to improve their communication level in all four areas of Chinese: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. From my experience of learning Chinese, I know how important it is to have a tutor helping you along the way with issues including but not limited to correct pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and speaking practice. I am a capable, enthusiastic guide for students on their journey to mastering Mandarin Chinese.


ESL/ESOL

I am a native speaker of English with excellent grammar and communication skills. I have more than five years of experience tutoring students in ESL/ESOL. I have taught students individually and in groups of eight or more in a classroom setting, specializing in English for Latinos. I am sensitive to the needs of ESL/ESOL learners of various nationalities, having worked with students from many different countries, including adults from Korea, Japan, China, Peru, and Mexico. Depending on where you are on your journey to learn English, I can teach you the basics or take you to the next level in gaining English fluency. I speak English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, so I am familiar with the unique needs of language learners.


Spelling

I was a fourth grade spelling champion who advanced to the district/regional level. I have coached spelling students who have made it to state. I customize my instruction to match the goals of the student and use a variety of approaches to the study of words so that the student remains motivated and excited without burning out. I know how daunting the many long lists of words can seem to students, so I break the task into manageable portions so that students have clear goals and a feeling of accomplishment. Spelling has always been a natural strength and a passion for me, and I transmit my enthusiasm for the subject to my students.


ACT Reading

The ACT Reading section is much more fast-paced than the SAT Reading. It measures your ability to quickly read 4 medium-length passages and answer 10 questions per passage. I can share tips and strategies for recognizing correct and incorrect answers, and proven methods for tackling every question type. Your score on ACT Reading depends not only on mastery of question types, but also on reading speed and vocabulary knowledge.


ACT English

The ACT English section tests knowledge of specific grammar rules and rhetorical skills. I can teach you the 15-20 specific grammar and punctuation rules you need to know in order to maximize your score on this section. I provide detailed notes with examples and use authentic test materials for practice. Mastering the ACT English section is a great way to boost your overall ACT score, since this section requires the least amount of specialized knowledge of the four sections of the ACT.


ACT Math

The ACT Math section is a comprehensive review of math concepts you may have learned from early elementary school through junior high and high school, so the earlier you begin to review the better! Short on time? I can guide you through the most important methods and strategies to master, and provide timing and pacing strategies to help you make the most out of the time you have left before your official test.


ACT Science

The ACT Science section may, at first, seem overwhelming. I know from experience that you do not have to be a "science person" in order to get a great ACT Science score. I can teach you how to decipher the science passages, charts, and graphs more quickly and easily. Improving your score on ACT Science is less about deeply comprehending science topics and more about finding the data the questions ask for and analyzing the answer choices.