5.0Exceptional(14 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


Empowerment Tutoring was founded by Jake Van Loon in 2017. Jake holds a B.Sc. in Biomedical Science from Oakland University, as well as nearly 10 years experience tutoring all K-12 subjects and ACT/SAT. He also teaches biology, anatomy & physiology, organic and inorganic chemistry, and math up to first-year calculus and statistics. He has been tutoring these subjects full time for 7 years- tutoring is his passion.

Illeana Barragan joined Empowerment in September of 2023. She holds a B.A. in Sound Design from MTU as well as 5+ years experience mentoring young folks and tutoring K-12 math and science. Illeana's passion for education and creative problem solving make her an invaluable mentor for any student who could use a little help.

At Empowerment, our mission statement is "Learning how to learn is the goal of every session". We don't only want to help our students pass tests- we want to set them up for long term success in academia. We collaborate with students to turn learning into an enjoyable, individualized, repeatable process. If you, or someone you know is excited to learn how to learn with us, don't hesitate- contact us for a quote today.


Hired 17 times
2 employees
7 years in business
Serves Birmingham , MI
Offers online services

Payment methods

Credit Card, Cash, Check, Venmo, Paypal, Apple Pay, Stripe, Zelle

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Grade level

Pre-kindergarten, Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College / graduate school, Adult learner

Type of math

General arithmetic, Pre-algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Statistics

Photos and videos

  • Jake climbing Long's Peak!

  • Reviews

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    jacob S.

    It was really great that Illeana was able to patiently break down complicated math into little bite sized, digestible chunks. I passed final! Thanks again!
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    November 02, 2023


    nisha F.

    Professional, enthusiastic people. I highly recommend them for any age group. Heard about this service from a friend and will definitely be passing on the word!
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    November 02, 2023


    tim A.

    Skilled and knowledgeable in his chosen fields, and incredibly patient when it comes to explaining difficult concepts.
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    November 01, 2023


    michelle S.

    I worked with both Jake and Illeana while completing a pre-calculus requirement for my chemistry degree. Illeana and Jake were knowledgeable, caring, punctual, and helped me raise my grade from a D+ to an A! I cant recommend them enough. Empowerment Tutoring rocks!
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    October 31, 2023


    brian C.

    Empowerment Tutoring is an exceptional way for students of all ages to learn and grow. Their business model is impecable, and you can tell that the tutors really care about what they do.
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    October 31, 2023


    chandler S.

    Jake and Illeana are incredibly helpful when it came to tutoring, both patient, kind and knowledgeable. I recommend them highly to anyone in need of services like theirs!
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    October 31, 2023

    Frequently asked questions

    I find that getting to know what a student is passionate about is an important first step. Knowing what future application(s) the information being presented might be used for is helpful in creating relevant lesson plans and practice problem sets.

    Secondly, I like to assess prior knowledge by working through sample problems in a step by step fashion, ensuring the student understands that mistakes are necessary for improvement.

    Once a student's knowledge base is established, I like to work on any remediation of skills that is necessary for progress. A strong foundation is the key to success.

    After these three objectives are met, we approach new subjects in an appropriately paced, deliberate, and stepwise manner. Through frequent auditing of shown work problem solving skills are made habitual, and a deep understanding of the material forms.

    B.Sc. of Biomedical Sciences from Oakland University 2019

    ~1 year of subject tutoring and ACT/SAT prep at Huntington Learning Center

    Between 1-2 years of analytical laboratory and applied science workforce experience

    $40/hour flat rate.

    Bulk scheduling discount pricing and weekend pricing negotiation is available upon request.

    I started teaching in my sophomore year of college to earn extra money and found that I really enjoyed helping people understand complex topics in math, science, literature, and language. I was working overnight shifts at a community non-profit hospital, but this schedule became unsustainable when coupled with the demands of the biomedical science coursework. I found a listing for a part time job at Huntington Learning Center near my apartment and began teaching there in my early senior year at Oakland University. I worked there until finding a listing for my current full time job at Absolute Laboratories.

    I have one-on-one and classroom experience with special education students.

    I recently made a short text-based adventure game using Python!

    While it is important that your tutor is skilled in the subject matter you're hoping to master together, ensure they are also encouraging and kind. It is so much harder to learn when you feel that someone who is supposed to be teaching you makes you feel bad while you're trying your best.

    I personally have an open door policy regarding student questions. If you're asking questions, you're on the right track!

    Services offered

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