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Illini Tutoring
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    Mark M.
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    Elizabeth has taken my son from a D to a B in math. He would be struggling with it on a weekly basis. He has come back every time and is very thankful that he has used her, as he now understands the concepts that he was being taught in school. She works well with his teachers and makes sure that the tutoring lesson matches what goes on in the classroom. We could not be more pleased with her and her husbands efforts in my son's academic success.

    • 13 years in business

    A child introduced to the Sweet Sounds of Reading program at age 4, by the end of kindergarten, will have a 1,979 word reading vocabulary, which consist exclusively of words that he or she can decode, sound-out and comprehend; at a solid 2nd grade skill level!” … and struggling readers will have gained equally measurable literacy skills. Teaching reading correctly takes time, patience, skills and tools. It’s a slow step-by-step process that in order to achieve success, and do it right the first time, there can be no shortcuts. Sweet Sounds of Reading welcomes the opportunity to partner with you in this learning to read journey. In addition to private and small group tutoring services, the program offers parents homework, study guide and step-by-step training assistance in the reading primer series, “Letter Sounds Save Their Soul,” available on Amazon. If you would like to receive a copy of preschool student Mike’s report card, detailing his final 2nd grade reading skills, please type “Like Mike” on the subject line of your email.


    I tutor geometry, trigonometry, algebra, calculus, physics and chemistry. I am currently gold tutor in Study Pool.


    Are you looking for a tutor for your son or daughter over the summer? Ricky is your guy. Any subject and any age, he specializes in higher level math. Ricky is the perfect blend of intelligence and fun. He is great with kids too. Our friends joke that we should rent him out to birthday parties! Ricky works as a tutor at Peoria High with a focus on higher level math (and sometimes science). Let me tell you that those students love him! They know he expects a lot out of them and cares about them as individuals too. He also tutors at the Kumon Learning Center. Ricky has done private tutoring for years with the students ranging from grade school to college aged. The families of these students will tell you they could always count on him. Ricky is modest, so his wife is writing this for him! Obviously, I think the world of him. I'm very proud of him and love watching him teach. Even the way he interacts with our 17-month-old son impresses me. References are available upon request. We look forward to hearing from you!


    I tutor students of all ages in reading, writing, grammar, spelling, elementary math, and ACT test preparation. I love helping students learn in their own style and find their gifts and potential.


    I am a current undergraduate at University of Illinois, studying material science and engineering. I achieved very high scores on standardized tests (SAT, SAT II, ACT) and am willing to teach my strategies and tips to future students.


    I offer individualized writing, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and math tutoring for students ages 7 through adults. I currently teach ESL to adult learners at a community college and have over 10 years of tutoring experience. I received a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in TESOL from Ashford University in 2011.

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    How do you study for the SAT?

    Your SAT prep strategy can mean the difference between a great score and a mediocre score, as well as the difference between being accepted to or rejected by your school of choice. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is a college entrance exam that measures a student’s knowledge and understanding of what they have learned up to this point in school and what they need to succeed in college. In addition to arming students with the knowledge they need to excel in the math, reading and writing components of the test, SAT prep can help improve scores by teaching students crucial strategies for taking the test itself. Professional SAT prep tutors can work with students one-on-one or in group sessions. Typically, tutors recommend that students who are comfortable and caught up with their regular schooling begin SAT prep at least three months before the test. If you’re targeting an elite school, six months before the test is a good time to begin. Students who are behind in school are advised to start early to ensure they’re caught up and feeling confident in all the relevant subjects. Suggestions for long-term SAT prep include taking challenging high school courses, completing all homework assignments, preparing for class tests and quizzes, and participating in class by asking and answering questions. There are free SAT prep training tools online; for those who’d like a one-on-one tutor to take them to the next level, the national average rate is $70 per hour.

    When should you start preparing for the SAT?

    It’s never too early to start preparing for college entrance exams, but professional tutors recommend a baseline of at least three months before the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is the gold standard for college admissions, and SAT prep is important for doing well. Your child’s SAT scores will have a major effect on which colleges send acceptance letters. Professional tutors can work with your kids to coach them on how to take the SAT, as well as studying the actual academic content. Doing well on the SAT is as much about knowing the right test-taking strategies as about having a firm grasp of the subject matter.

    To understand your student’s readiness for the SAT, they can take the pre-SAT (PSAT) starting in their sophomore year. SAT prep can be structured around the student’s PSAT scores, so tutors can address any challenges and weak subject areas. If your child has their sights set on an Ivy League or elite school, SAT prep with a tutor or study program should start at least six months before the test. Vocabulary is a key element of the student’s SAT preparation and success. The national average rate for SAT prep tutoring is $70 per hour.

    What is in the SAT test?

    As your child is preparing for the SAT, it’s helpful to know the specifics of the test. The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) is made up of three main categories and one optional essay. Students have a total of three hours to take the test, with an additional 50 minutes for the optional essay. In total, there are 154 questions. During SAT prep, it’s helpful to take timed practice exams to understand how you’ll do during the actual test. Here is a brief overview of each of the four categories:

    • Reading: 65 minutes with 52 questions. The Reading test measures command of evidence, words in context, analysis in history and social studies, and analysis in science.
    • Writing and Language: 35 minutes with 44 questions. The Writing and Language test covers the same topics as Reading, as well as expression of ideas and standard English conventions.
    • Math: 80 minutes with 58 questions. The Math test looks at the student’s understanding of algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, and advanced math in the context of fluency, conceptual understanding, and applications.
    • Essay (optional): 50 minutes with 1 essay. The essay will demonstrate the student’s competency with writing, analysis and reading.
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