Finley S.


Finley S.

Tutor

Newton Center, MA 02459

Will travel 11 miles

$60 per hour.

4.87 212 ratings

Enthusiastic, experienced test prep and humanities expert

I am a certified, experienced English/humanities teacher who has taught in some of the top school districts in the metrowest area. I also have experience coaching students on standardized tests including SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, GRE, and LSAT exams. I have worked with a broad range of learners, including everything from struggling readers to gifted students. While one of my biggest success stories during my teaching internship involved a senior who read at the third grade level, I have had comp... [more]


Algebra 1


American History

I have state certification in middle school humanities, and I am working on full certification for social studies for grades 5-8 and 8-12. American history is my strongest area in the social studies curriculum and my undergraduate degree included coursework in U.S History to 1865, urban history, American pop culture, American studies (combined literature/history coursework) and political science.


Biology

I have my state certification in Biology. I have also completed course work in college level Biology and chemistry. In high school, I earned a 5 on the AP Biology exam.


Vocabulary

I love helping students build their word knowledge! I use a variety of strategies to help students consistently internalize and implement new vocabulary. I also make sure that I personalize my instruction to help meet each students needs and learning style.


Grammar


Geometry


Microsoft Word

I have been using Microsoft Word since I was 10 years old. I am very comfortable using this program for business or personal projects, and I enjoy helping students become more comfortable with this program. I even helped my mentor teacher a self-described "Luddite" learn to successfully use this program for his classroom lessons.


Microsoft PowerPoint

I have composed PowerPoint presentations for several years now for high school and college courses. I have also taught my high school students how to use PowerPoint, with a focus on how to compose visually appealing, functional slides.


Prealgebra


Reading

I am a certified secondary English teacher (grades 5-12) and I have a master of arts in teaching degree. My masters degree included course work in reading and literacy instruction. Additionally, I completed my internship in a high-needs urban setting where I learned a wide range of strategies to support reading comprehension and fluency, because the majority of my students were struggling readers. By the end of the year I helped the majority of my students improve their reading test scores on common grade level reading assessments.


Writing

I am a state certified English teacher, and I have previously taught English in two top metrowest districts. Additionally, I have previously helped tutor students writing essays for college level courses, and all of my students improved their writing skills. Over the years I have worked with a wide range of students from grades 3-college, so I am familiar with the standards and expectations for the various grade levels. I also have a wide range of strategies to help everyone from struggling writers to college students.


English

I am a state certified English teacher, and I have a master of arts in teaching degree from Union Graduate College. I have previously taught English in two top metrowest districts, so I am familiar with the expectations/curriculum for middle school and high school English in the greater Boston area.


Psychology

I earned As in all of my undergraduate psychology courses, and I have previously tutored college students for Intro to Psychology. All of my previous clients raised their grades 1 full grade level (C...B, B...A, etc.). Additionally, I have a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree and certification in English and middle school humanities. So, I am also qualified to help with papers and writing assignments.


SAT Math

I have a history of high test scores on standardized math exams, including the SAT: 790 math score. I successfully help students use test taking strategies to strategically break down the math section, and improve their score. I also provide targeted skills instruction to help students improve their math skills in all of the areas tested in the math section. One of my greatest strengths as a tutor is my ability to identify each student's individual needs!


Literature

I am a state certified English teacher, and I have previously taught English in two top Metrowest school districts. My undergraduate major in English included a broad range of courses including southern literature, 20th century literature, Shakespeare, renaissance literature, literary theory, American Literature, and world literature (Palestinian/Israeli literature, and African literature). My graduate coursework also included four graduate level English courses including coursework in poetry, theory, and short stories.


LSAT

I have previously taken the LSAT test and I scored in the top 2%. I have also helped friends study for the LSAT, and I have been commended for my strategic approach and informative explanations.


GRE

I performed very well on my own GRE, especially the verbal section. I have previously tutored one student for the GRE and she improved her baseline scores by 100 points in each section.


Proofreading

I am a certified English teacher, so I have proofread hundreds of student papers. I also know how to teach grammar skills. I can help you with editing, revising, and styling your papers.


SAT Reading

I scored well on my own PSAT and SAT exams: 720 critical reading, 790 math, 730 writing. Recently, I have worked with students to study for the SAT, and all of my students improved their scores. My students commend my strategic approach and informative explanations. I am comfortable tutoring all sections of the SAT, but reading comprehension is my strongest area because I have experience teaching reading strategies.


SAT Writing

I scored well on my own PSAT and SAT exams. Recently, I have worked with students to study for the SAT and all of my students improved their scores. My students commend my strategic approach and informative explanations. Since I am an experienced English teacher I am particularly well prepared to help students tackle the essay and writing section.


TOEFL


PSAT

I scored well on my own PSAT and SAT exams. I also have a history of helping students consistently improve their scores on standardized tests. My students commend my strategic approach and informative explanations. I am comfortable tutoring all 3 sections of the PSAT.


SSAT


ACT Reading

I am an experienced high school English teacher and I love working with students to improve their reading comprehension. I successfully help students develop strategies to tackle tough reading passages and manage their time on the ACT. I love helping students increase their confidence and improve their scores.


ACT English

I am an experienced High School English teacher, so I am very comfortable with the English section of the ACT. I consistently help students learn to recognize common grammatical errors and rhetorical patterns! I also offer unique concrete example and humorous sentences to help improve student engagement and keep students motivated.


ACT Math

I have been tutoring for the past three years, and I have helped a number of students with all 5 sections of the ACT (English, Reading, Math, Science, and Writing). I have strong standardized test scores in math, so I am able to help students review basic skills and develop test-taking strategies. I enjoy helping students learn to tackle challenging problems and refine their math skills. I am particularly good at explaining problems in different ways to help students better understand abstract concepts.


ACT Science

I have been tutoring the ACT for the past 3 years (all sections.) I have had strong success helping students improve their pacing and strategies for the science section. My students have averaged roughly a 5 point gain in this section!


Elementary Science


Political Science


Study Skills

I have a master of arts in teaching degree, and I have worked with a wide range of learners in my classroom. For my internship, I worked for a year in Schenectady, NY which has a 70% poverty rate and a 52% high school graduation rate. I frequently incorporated study skills into my classroom instruction to help my students pass English and the NY Regents. I have also independently tutored 3 different students with special needs.


Theater

I took several theater courses in college including work in acting, stage speech, voice, and movement. In the past few years I have been involved with dozens of community theater productions, and I love theater! I can help students with reading plays, performance skills, and audition/monologue preparation.


Special Needs

Over the past four years, I have worked with several students who have mild to moderate special education needs (ADHD, Aspergers/Autism spectrum, anxiety, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and language based learning disabilities), and I have had great success with these clients. My work includes helping with study skills/organization, writing skills, and test prep. I take a personalized approach for every client that focuses on maximizing each student's strengths and finding effective strategies to complete assignments, improve grades, and increase confidence.


ADHD

I have a master of arts in teaching degree that includes coursework for working with students who have special needs, and I have worked with a wide range of students in my classroom career (ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Dyslexia, Anxiety, OCD, etc.). Additionally, I have previously tutored several students with ADHD, and all of them improved their grades and study skills. I make sure to prioritize relationship building and skill building for students with special needs, so that my tutoring clients feel that they have warm, consistent support. I strive to help empower my students, so that they can move on to become successful college students and working adults!


Dyslexia

I have previously tutored dyslexic students in writing and study skills, and I have also worked with dyslexic students in my college prep and honors English courses. I am a certified English teacher so I mainly help dyslexic students with writing skills and test prep. I also assist with proof reading, study skills, and adaptive technology.


ISEE

I have a strong background in test prep/reading skills, as well as Math (790 SAT Math score). Over the past few years I have been teaching middle school and High School English, and tutoring students for standardized tests. I have worked with students as young as 9 up through college age students.


Praxis

I have passed the Praxis pedagogy test as well as the English content exam. I am also a certified teacher in 3 different states.


Regents

I have taught in NY an Massachusetts, so I am familiar with both the English Language Arts Regents test and the MCAS. In NY I taught an advanced 11th grade English course that included Regents prep as part of the curriculum, so I am comfortable teaching both content and strategy for these exams. Furthermore, I have a thorough grounding in the Common Core state standards because have been teaching English for the past three years, so I am well-prepared for many of the changes that states are making on these exams.


Social Studies

I am certified in middle school humanities and I am finishing up a full endorsement in Social Studies. my strongest area is US History.


Fitness

I have taught gymnastics for two years. My current coaching position has trained us in biomechanics, skill analysis, and fitness. Additionally, I have coached soccer and sailing.


Common Core

I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching degree after Common core had been approved so all of my training involved these standards. During my internship all of my lesson plans were aligned with the CCSS ELA standards , and I worked on a team of teachers to design units and assessments that were aligned with CCSS. Thus, I am familiar with the instructional shifts and I know how to help students master these standards.