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College Admissions Counseling
When I first started using paramount tutoring, I was skeptical because I had never had a tutor before. As soon as I met up with my tutor, it was the best decision I have ever made. She helped me with everything but also pushed me to do it myself. She knew exactly what she was doing and always had a smile and great attitude. She is so smart and could handle any task that I needed help with.Oct 15, 2019Verified
Fantastic tutor. My daughter and I both think she has helped immensely.Jun 3, 2017Verified
Nicole was a very good tutor and worked very well. She was always wanting to help and get the best results.Jun 18, 2017Verified
Connected me to a really great tutor Nicole who gave me tons of material to work with and helped walk me through each test with tips and mini lessons at whatever pace I needed!Apr 19, 2017Verified
Test Prep Services
Our tutor, Nicole, responded very quickly to all my communications. We had an appointment in the same week. She came to our house. My daughter felt that her 2 1/2 hours (was supposed to be 2, but Nicole wanted to cover everything and answer all questions. We only had to pay for 2) was extremely helpful. She learned so many tips on how to improve her SAT score which really helped to lessen her stress level. Nicole was so thorough, knowledgeable, and experienced. My daughter is looking forward to working with Nicole for the next few weeks. We highly recommend her!Sep 17, 2017Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Prices vary based on type and length of tutoring program. Generally, prices range from $60 an hour for basic academic tutoring -$125 per hour for college counseling and essay writing. I invoice through PayPal. The entire cost of the program is usually divided into 2-3 monthly installments. The first installment is due in advance (at the time of booking) in order to secure the spot in my schedule and ensure commitment on student's/family's part; remaining installments are due approximately every 30 days following the first payment. Cancellation of the program is allowed anytime before the 2nd tutoring lesson; I will refund the entire amount of the first installment minus the hours worked and the 3% PayPal fee. I work very hard to accommodate any reasonable changes in schedules, and I allow some room in my schedule for flexibility. However, any late cancellations not due to illness and/or emergency will result in half-charge (1st offense) or full-charge (2nd+ offense) for that session.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?When working with test prep students, I start by looking at prior scores (if any) and gathering information about academic course work. Based on the student's history and score goal, I order books and plan out the course program. I use several different books to customize the program for each of my students. The books that I use most frequently for ACT prep are: Wiley's "The Official ACT Prep Guide", Barron's "ACT, 2nd Edition", and The College Panda Series. For the SAT, I use College Board's "The Official SAT Study Guide,” Kaplan's "SAT Premier," and The College Panda Series. I use these books for timed drills, practice tests and homework. I have worksheets that I use during the lessons and assign homework that reinforces what was covered. My students and I exchange homework and practice tests in a shared Google Drive folder which I set up. Homework can either be printed out or completed on an iPad using an app called "Notability"... I let my students choose the method with which they are most comfortable. In a 30-hr program, I assign a minimum of three full-length practice tests. These are official ACT/SAT exams that have been used in the past. I try to keep them as relevant and up-to-date as possible.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a Bachelors in Biology from CU-Boulder. I have been tutoring off-and-on for more than 20 years and full-time for the past 5 years. Although I do not have a teaching certificate, I constantly endeavor to be a better tutor and remain current with all of the changes in curriculum. I have also started classes for working with students with special needs.