Acumen Tutoring

Falls Church, VA

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How does your service stand out?

I tutor many students whose needs fall within the typical range of academic and test prep needs. I also specialize in working with students with specific needs such as those who are far behind in school and need to catch up due to illness or trauma, those with learning disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, those with ADD or ADHD, and those who are gifted. I have taught and tutored for over 18 years, and currently engage in curriculum development, editing academic materials, tutoring, and occasional adjunct teaching in the Washington, DC metro area. I work with students to help them develop: - a greater understanding of (and, often, a greater appreciation for) the subject matter at hand - a successful approach to learning in and out of the classroom, including organizational and study skills - mathematical and scientific reasoning and problem-solving skills; both technical and holistic approaches to language My background includes a master's degree in mathematics; extensive and successful teaching experience at elementary, middle school, high school, and college levels; recent math/science coursework that underscores my appreciation of lifelong learning; and a background in information technology and professional writing. I have scored in the 96th-99th percentile on standardized tests (usually the 98th or 99th percentile). Current and past references are available. Many clients with whom I have built a relationship ask me to return to tutor their child's siblings, and/or refer me to friends and colleagues. I tutor the following subjects: - pre-calculus (including IB math) - calculus (including IB and AP levels) - statistics I and II (college and high school, including IB levels) - SAT I and II, GRE, GMAT, PSAT, ISEE, SSAT, PRAXIS, TJ, and SOL Exams - linear algebra (undergraduate) - discrete math - differential equations (undergraduate) - math and science CLEP exams - elementary and middle school math - English at all levels (grammar, writing composition, editing, etc.) - Reading comprehension - pre-algebra - algebra I and II - geometry - general chemistry (including IB and AP levels) and organic chemistry I - physics (general college-prep, honors, and introductory college levels) - oceanography (high school and introductory college levels) - biology - high school history, economics, civics My rate is $50/hr at my home in the Pimmit Hills area of Falls Church. For other areas, I charge $60-$85 for the first hour per session, depending on distance and commute time/traffic, and $60 for each additional hour per session, prorated for partial hours. Aside from tutoring and instruction, I write curriculum materials for various publishing companies and organizations, including textbook chapters and test/assessment items for state and national examinations. I am therefore very knowledgeable about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs), the Maryland state standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). I have written/edited materials for the PARC and SBAC exams, as well as for several state tests, and have experience writing and editing material for major publishers of practice content for the PRAXIS, SAT, GRE, and GMAT exams. I work with school-age students, college students, home-schooled students, and working adults. I can meet in Falls Church/Pimmit Hills or within a 20-35 minute drive of my home

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love when a student who was frustrated with a subject or topic leaves with a smile on his or her face and indicates that he/she has learned something. Even better is when someone goes from disliking a topic (such as math) to wanting to study more of it in the future!
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Falls Church, VA 22043

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6 Reviews
  • Lindsey P. Feb 23, 2017
    GRE Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Great Tutor!
    Kendra was fantastic. Her entire process was thoughtful and she helped me to achieve my goals. I suffer from test anxiety and she was able to help me build my confidence and develop a great study strategy to excel on my GRE. I would highly recommend her to anyone who would like to increase their GRE/GMAT/SAT test score or needs their work peer reviewed. I also loved that her schedule was flexible and that she was able to meet me at multiple locations.
  • Mary J. Oct 4, 2016
    SAT Tutoring
    Verified Review
    SAT Tutoring
    My daughter did some SAT review with Acumen Tutoring and found it Kendra very helpful.
  • Michelle Z. Sep 28, 2016
    SAT Tutoring
    Verified Review
    Great SAT/ACT tutor
    Kendra was great. My daughter's SAT score increased by about 200 points.
  • Jason B. Jul 6, 2016
    Kendra was my personal tutor to help me prepare for the GMAT exam. She is brilliant at simplifying concepts, particularly math, and making them accessible for anyone to understand and recreate. She bridges gaps between, what I find, esoteric and abstract math concepts that are difficult to conceptualize into simple, real-world problems that can be easily solved. Could not recommend her enough!
  • Tory K. Oct 16, 2015
    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.
  • Alyssa G. Oct 14, 2015
    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!


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
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,
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
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
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
$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.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I specialize in working with students with specific needs such as those who are far behind in school and need to catch up due to illness, etc., those with learning disabilities, those on the autism spectrum, those with ADD and ADHD, and those who are gifted. I of course also tutor many students whose needs fall within the more typical range.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.