Hello there! My name is Lauren. I tutor all sections of both the ACT and SAT. I also tutor students in English, literature and writing, including college admissions essays. I specialize in working with students who may be struggling with special needs related to mental health, physical disability or chronic illness. I teach in the Chicago-land area and offer remote services via Zoom.
Standardized testing can be a source of considerable stress. The questions don't look like anything you've seen in school. You're being tested on math that you haven't thought about since freshman year. Even if you do understand the test, how are you supposed to finish so many questions in so little time? Or maybe three hours and thirty minutes feels like an eternity that you'd rather spend doing anything else. To top it all off, you're being told that this single test will determine your future success or failure. That is a lot of pressure to deal with on your own! I aim to demystify the test and support students by helping them to:
- Understand the test format
- Address gaps in comprehending content
- Create a clear structure for studying
- Identify goals and measure progress
For test-prep, I recommend six to eight, two-hour sessions. I tell students and families that they can typically expect a 3-5 point increase in ACT scores and a 100-150 point increase in SAT scores. Students starting with lower scores tend to experience the most significant improvements.
I believe that tutoring is most effective when viewed as a team effort. I often tell students that they can think of a tutor as a personal trainer of sorts. During sessions, I help students to better understand their strengths and to improve upon their weaknesses. I then ask that students "work out" by completing assigned homework between sessions. Although standardized testing can feel overwhelming, a bit of guidance and support makes a world of difference.
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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