Laura S.


Laura S.

Tutor

Plano, TX 75023

Will travel 12 miles

$65 per hour.

4.97 264 ratings

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic from Kindergarten to SAT/ACT Prep

As Valedictorian of my high school class and a Cum Laude graduate of Texas A&M University, I have a record of excellence in education. With a BA degree in English and a minor in accounting, I have a flair for all things English and all things math. For several years, I have honed my tutoring skills in 2 arenas: English and test prep. I am an expert in English (grammar, reading comprehension, and writing), and I love math. For several years, I have taught an ACT test prep class, and I have ... [more]


Algebra 1


American History


Vocabulary


Grammar


European History


Prealgebra


Reading


Writing


Geography


English

With a degree in English from Texas A&M University and nearly 1000 hours of tutoring experience, plus 4 years of teaching English at a private school in Plano, Texas, I am uniquely equipped to help students master the English language. I have taught children how to read; I have helped students improve their understanding of grammar; I have honed students? writing skills. I am a big believer in the power of words; in order to succeed, people need to be able to communicate effectively. I am here to help students improve their command of the English language.


ESL/ESOL


SAT Math


Literature


World History


GRE


Proofreading


GED


SAT Reading

I am in my 6th semester of teaching a college entrance exam prep class at a private school in the Dallas area. I have also tutored numerous students who are wanting to improve their test scores. I enjoy showing my students how to tackle reading passages. Timing is important. Knowing the mindset of your test writer is important. Paying attention to details and understanding that there truly is only one correct answer is crucial to gaining more points.


SAT Writing


TOEFL


GMAT


PSAT


Spelling


ACT Reading

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University. For the last 20 years, I have tutored students in English grammar, reading, writing, and literature. For several semesters, I have taught an ACT Prep Class at a private school in Plano. For the reading section of the ACT test, I emphasize finding the evidence for the answers. I discuss strategies such as timing and recognizing trends in test answers.


ACT English

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University. For the last 20 years, I have tutored students in English grammar, reading, writing, and literature. The reason I was voted "Most Intelligent" of my high school class was, in part, due to my relentless fulfillment of academic duties. I did my homework! Thoroughly! I cannot wait to make you do yours! Thoroughly! I love taking tests. I can help you prepare so completely for the ACT that you will look forward to taking your test!


ACT Math

My minor from Texas A&M University (1991, Cum Laude) is in Accounting. I love working with numbers! As Valedictorian of my high school class, I excelled in math, receiving A's in every math class through Calculus. I have tutored in ACT Math, as well as arithmetic through Algebra 1, and I have helped students with strategies to score more points. You might point out to me that the ACT has lots of Geometry, but that's OK, because, though I detest proofs, I love working with angles and triangles and other shapes to solve problems. Since the ACT Math section requires solving 60 problems in 60 minutes, we are safe from being threatened with proofs! I treat each problem as a mini-puzzle that many times should be solved creatively in order to be solved more quickly. Finally, though my overall ACT score was a 32, my ACT math score was a 33!


ACT Science

Having finished five semesters of teaching an ACT prep class at a private school in Plano, I have had plenty of experience in showing students how to tackle the science section of the ACT test. The science section is not so much a science test as a reading comprehension/do you know how to interpret charts and graphs kind of test. Allow me to help you to be bold, to be thoroughly unintimidated, and to conquer the ACT science section!


Elementary Math


Elementary Science


Elementary (K-6th)

I have tutored elementary school children for thirteen years in a wide variety of subjects. I have taught children how to read using an extensive phonics curriculum. Additionally, I have tutored in grammar, writing (including book reports), and literature. I have taught math from simple counting to pre-algebra. I have tutored in social science, American history, and world geography.


Phonics

I have personally taught 3 children how to read by the age of 3 by starting out with the Dr. Seuss ABC book. Then, after the child can identify and pronounce letters, I move on to a comprehensive phonics program that utilizes flash cards, letter blends, colorful pictures, and short books for every level of beginning reader. Do you remember or have you heard of the old "Dick and Jane" readers that we grew up with decades ago? Well, those books are not phonics based! Notice that the title itself includes a more complicated "ck" blend and a long vowel. I do not subscribe to a whole-language approach that produces weak readers; I am a firm believer in a phonics-based approach to learning how to read!


Study Skills

I have spent the last 15 years helping students with their study skills. Studying for tests and completing homework occurs most successfully when several factors are in place. First, the study space needs to be visually and orally clutter free. In other words, television, your favorite DJ, five texting/face booking friends, and trash on the table are not conducive to a positive study environment. Secondly, the mind needs to be clutter free. Anxiety about yesterday's argument with a friend can truly hinder anyone's ability to accomplish tasks. Consequently, I encourage the student to identify the source of worrying and either eliminate it quickly, if possible, or assign a concrete time in the future to address the issue. Then, I encourage the student to focus on the academic task at hand. Finally, because procrastination is often a problem due to a sense of being overwhelmed with a big project or research paper, I help students break big assignments into manageable pieces. Calendars are crucial to helping students set mini-deadlines in order to meet the final due-date.


ISEE

Having a degree in English (B.A. Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University, I enjoy helping students prepare for reading and math standardized tests. I have tutored students to help them prepare for the upper level ISEE test in order to get into the private school they have chosen. I help students in verbal reasoning, reading comprehension, and essay writing. Additionally, I explain the unique testing format of the math sections of the ISEE test as a part of the math prep. Focusing on general test-taking strategies helps my students as well.


Social Studies

I have tutored students for the last 15 years in social studies, from Kindergarten through 8th grade. I have taught and reviewed with children a wide variety of topics regarding countries, cultures, and current events. From every U. S. state and capital to Canadian provinces to European bodies of water, I have engaged students in the wonders of the globe! I love maps, I love geography, and I love current events; and I have imparted that love of social studies knowledge to my students. I may not be able to draw free-handed the map of the U. S. with all of its states like my Dad can, but I can label every state and capital and more besides! I believe that children should possess a certain body of knowledge as a foundation; I have contributed a portion of that store of knowledge to children by helping them learn and retain social studies facts.


STAAR

Having a degree in English (B.A. Cum Laude) from Texas A&M University, I enjoy helping students prepare for reading and writing standardized tests. I have tutored students in preparing for the STAAR tests in elementary and middle school grades. I have helped students in reading comprehension, identification of writing errors, and essay writing. Utilizing past STAAR writing prompts, I give students writing assignments, and then I help them edit their papers. I help them find evidence in passages to support their answers to reading comprehension questions. Focusing on grammar rules and general test-taking strategies helps my students as well.


Homeschool

I spent 20 years homeschooling my two sons and one daughter. I taught each of them how to read by age 3 using the ABeka phonics program. I taught each of them every subject from kindergarten through 6th grade, and I then managed their courses from 7th grade through 12th grade (at home, ABeka DVDs, dual credit, and co-op classes). My three children have achieved a graduate degree in cyber security, Texas Army National Guard, and National Merit Finalist status. I have extensive experience in using ABeka curriculum, using Saxon math curriculum, creating high school transcripts, enrolling students in dual credit classes, enrolling students in homeschooling co-op classes, and helping my children apply to and be accepted by major universities such as Texas A&M University, UTD, and OU.