Hello there! My name is Lauren. I offer assistance with:
- ACT, SAT and high school admissions test prep - Writing (admissions essays, academic papers)
- Editing (dissertations, thesis papers)
I average a 3-5 point increase on the ACT and a 100-200 point increase on the SAT.
As a social worker, I specialize in working with students who may be struggling with issues related to mental health, chronic illness or physical disability. I have extensive experience working with writers who speak English as a second language.
EXPERIENCE: EDUCATION I offer over five years of experience working as a tutor. I was initially trained through Nurturing Wisdom in Hinsdale. Aside from tutoring, I offer over seven years of experience working with youth in academic and social service settings. I have held the following positions:
- Intern clinical therapist at Hinsdale Community House Counseling Center
- After-school teacher at Urban Prairie Waldorf
- Leader in outdoor adventure programs at Chicago Voyagers
- Respite worker and case manager at Pillars Community Health
- Case manager and intern therapist at Thresholds
EXPERIENCE: WRITING I have worked as a freelance editor for the past two years, focusing on dissertations and thesis papers. I am familiar with APA, MLA and Chicago formatting styles. Previously, I held a position composing and editing documents used in medical litigation cases. I have also worked as a contributing writer for Newcity Chicago.
I hold a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Beloit College and a master's degree in social work from Dominican University.
LOCATION I meet students in person in the Chicago-land area and also offer remote services via Zoom.
Lauren combines effective, rigorous, results oriented tutoring with an ability to deeply connect with her students. She is is immensely insightful and will work hard to find a way to encourage and motivate each student according to their individual needs and personality. It makes all the difference in the world when the student looks forward to tutoring and has someone coming along side who makes the most of the student's strengths. I cannot recommend Lauren highly enough!
Lauren tutored my son in preparation for the ACTs after we had some concerns regarding his scores on the practice test. I was immediately impressed with her professionalism and good work ethic. Our son tends rest on his laurels on academic subjects that do not interest him, however Lauren was able to role model and push him a bit to do his best. In the end, he scored very well. Initially the ACTs had us concerned about what college choices would be open to our son, however his progress during the sessions made me and my wife breath a little easier. Thanks, Lauren!
Lauren helped our son, Sam, to increase his ACT score from a 21 to a 26. Sam tends to struggle with reading and English. Lauren was able to explain the materials in an accessible way. She held Sam accountable in completing his homework but was also very warm and inviting. I was impressed with the fact that Lauren demonstrated knowledge and mastery of all of the sections of the test. She also helped to ease some of the pressures that Sam had been feeling. I was very pleased with Lauren's work and with Sam's success!
Lauren was so helpful in helping my daughter prepare for the ACT. She was initially very overwhelmed. Lauren was able to help her to not only better understand the materials but also to manage her test anxiety. She was punctual, reliable and thorough. I would hire Lauren again in a heartbeat!
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