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About Acumen Tutoring

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Hello, and welcome!

I can tutor you or your child in preparation for the following exams:
- TJ

I offer subject tutoring in the following areas:
- mathematics (all levels)
- science (chemistry, physics, oceanography, general science, and biology)
- statistics
- writing/English Language Arts
- history/social studies

My rates are as follows:
- If we meet in the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church, at or near my home: $50/hr.
- Areas outside of Pimmit Hills: start at $60/hr., depending on location.
- Examples:
-- the heart of Tyson's Corner, Falls Church City, and McLean (close-in): $60/hr;
-- North Arlington, Vienna, Annandale, and 7 Corners: $65/hr for the first hour, and $60 for each additional hour
-- Fairfax City, Alexandria City, Great Falls: $75/hr. for the first hour, and $60 for each additional hour

Lessons are structured to fit the needs of my students and take into account their prior learning and test scores, as well as their goals. I most recently taught full time at a Maryland community college, and now write and edit curriculum and assessment materials. As much of the work I have done has been writing, editing, and analyzing both official and practice test items for state and national exams, I am very familiar with the format, content, strategies, and objectives of exams such as the Virginia SOLs, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, TJ, etc.

Many students have been accepted to top-rated schools and programs (with scholarship support), and I have helped students move up several letter grades in school - several have even improved from a D or F to an A!

I hold a master's degree in mathematics and bachelor's degrees in mathematics and education.

I truly enjoy teaching and helping others reach their potential. I have a solid knowledge of local academic programs, and when school-age students are involved, I work with parents and teachers to set up the best plan for my students.

I have professional writing and editing experience and have taught mathematics and science at various private and public schools and colleges. My successes include students with differing abilities, including accelerated students and those with learning disabilities.

I tutor in Northern Virginia, and Washington, DC, with particular focus on Falls Church, Arlington, McLean, and Alexandria, and can also tutor in Prince George's County and Montgomery County, MD, when it fits into my commute schedule.

Students can choose one-on-one or group tutoring and test prep options (if there is a group forming.)

I look forward to working with you.



Falls Church, VA 22043

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  • 5/5 stars

    Kendra is extremely reliable and responsive. She has tutored my two sons - one in Trig (he got an A, thanks to her help) and one in Hon. Algebra II/Trig (he is getting an A, thanks to her help). My boys say she makes things very clear and understandable. She has really come through for me in a few binds - even once coming at 615am in the morning to tutor! Can't say enough good things about her. She really does work miracles in the math department. Plus, she is just a super nice and hardworking person.

  • 5/5 stars

    My daughter was struggling with some math concepts in her high school Algebra course, and Kendra (Acumen Tutoring) was instrumental in helping my daughter gain a better grasp of the concepts. My daughter stated to Kendra, "You make math so easy to understand."

    In addition, Kendra helped me put together some resumes and cover letters, giving advice or editing as needed. She worked with me every step of the way to make sure that I was effectively stating what I wanted to say about my experience and skills. Her assistance was invaluable in landing me a couple of positions.

    Thanks for all of your help!

Question and answer

Q. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

A. I generally ask the student (and/or his or her parents, if applicable) questions up front to get an idea of current performance, study habits, any learning disabilities or differences,

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

A. Master's degree in Mathematics
Bachelor's degree in Mathematics
Bachelor's degree in Mathematics Education
additional recent coursework (after my degrees) in mathematics, chemistry, biology, economics, and international relations

Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

A. $50/hr in the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church, VA
$60+/hr. outside of the area; to figure out the fee, I generally add on $5 for every 15 minutes of travel time, round trip, for each tutoring session.

Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?

A. I first tutored students when I was in middle school and some of the students were in high school. I wanted to help out others who were struggling. That was unpaid, of course (and a little bit awkward...) I have been tutoring and teaching professionally in various classroom settings since I was in college.

Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

A. Ask the provider how he/she conducts lessons and whether there is a certain number of hours required. If the provider does not already have testimonials or successes, ask for information about his or her experience.

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