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Accomplished Chicago tutors meet our exacting qualification requirements, pass a multi-step interview process, and undergo background screening. One of Varsity Tutors’ expert directors helps to pair you with a qualified tutor to ensure the best possible match – it’s even backed up with a money-back guarantee.

Each tutor skillfully differentiates instruction to meet his or her students' needs. Tutors provide one-on-one sessions when and where you feel most comfortable.

What is the price of meeting with a private tutor in Chicago?

The price of meeting with an experienced Chicago tutor varies according to you or your student's specific needs. Some of the factors that can affect your hourly rate include what you want to study, how many study sessions you are interested in, your location, and more.

For example, tutoring for a student studying the parts of speech at a local elementary school such as Union Ridge Elementary School may cost less than tutoring for an English Literature major at DePaul University. Likewise, a student who commits to studying every Friday evening may pay a different rate than a student who only contacts their tutor for emergencies.

Who you study alongside can also influence what you pay. Private study sessions ensure that students receive their instructor's undivided attention as they pursue their goals, but group study sessions allow students to bounce ideas off one another. Both options are great ways to get the academic support you're looking for. Varsity Tutors also provides small group classes if you're looking for a cost-effective supplement to either option.

Independent research suggests that students of all abilities can benefit from private instruction, including those who usually perform well in school. For example, a high-achiever could study advanced concepts that their peers aren't ready to tackle yet, or brush up on study skills that they haven't needed too often. Please contact one of our Educational Directors today for more information on how a tutor in Chicago could help you and what it might cost.

Where can I find a private tutor in Chicago?

If you tried to find your own private teacher in Chicago, you would have to make sure that your instructor combines a strong academic knowledge base with excellent communication skills. You would also need to ensure that your schedules mesh.

Why go through all of that hassle when Varsity Tutors can take care of all of the heavy lifting for you? Our network of private instructors includes over 40,000 tutors, allowing us to connect you with a certified Chicago tutor who suits your needs in as little as 24 hours. If your child hesitates to raise their hand for extra help, we'll find you a tutor who is great at encouraging students to ask questions. If you study best through repetition, we'll refer you to a tutor who can provide all of the learning resources and practice questions you want. Just tell us what you're looking for and leave the rest to us.

We can even match you with an academic coach who you can work with without leaving the comfort of home. Our Live Learning Platform allows you to select any comfortable learning environment with a reliable internet connection. It also records study sessions automatically for future reference.

What are the types of tutoring offered in Chicago?

Varsity Tutors is capable of matching students with experts in over 3,000 subjects, so we'll find you a great instructor for any topic that you are studying. If you are taking Spanish at a local high school such as Whitney M.

Young Magnet High School, we'll find you an instructor who can help you conjugate irregular verbs. Alternatively, we can find you a tutor in Chicago who can help you with your Pre-Algebra homework or show you how to outline an essay. You are always in full control over what you study during your tutoring sessions, so don't be afraid to make the most of it.

Private tutoring can also be a great way to prepare for standardized exams. If you are finishing up your career at a local secondary school like Walter Payton College Prep, a tutor can help you decide between the SAT and ACT and then administer practice tests to improve your self-confidence heading into your exam. We'll also find you support for the GRE, MCAT, Praxis, and hundreds of professional certification tests you may be interested in taking. In short, we will find you an expert tutor for nearly any subject you can think of.

A private teacher in Chicago can even provide valuable support if you are homeschooling your children. For example, a tutor can review your lesson plan and help you identify any errors before you introduce them to your student. If you don't fully understand a subject your child must know, an experienced tutor can step in and teach it for you. The Learning Lab also provides a plethora of valuable self-study resources, including assessments designed to pinpoint your student's unique areas of opportunities and instructional videos providing additional clarification on a broad range of topics.

What is the selection process for tutors in Chicago and how does it work?

While anybody can call themselves a tutor in Chicago, Varsity Tutors uses a robust selection process to ensure that we only match students with well-qualified tutors. We begin by verifying that each candidate is up-to-date on every topic they teach so students can trust all of the info presented to them.

We also double-check every prospective instructor's communication skills because a great tutor has to know how to present ideas in ways that students relate to.

We also look for a myriad of intangibles during our vetting process. For instance, instructors who have a passion for learning can instill a similar passion in their pupils, while patient tutors are better equipped to try multiple teaching techniques if their student doesn't respond to their first approach. These may seem like little things, but they often differentiate good teachers from the truly great ones.

We are confident that you or your student could benefit immensely from working with a certified tutor in Chicago, but what that looks like varies from student to student. Some students pick up active reading techniques that improve their information retention, while others study test-taking strategies that help them do their best on exams. If you're ready to find out what a private tutor could do for you, contact us online or by phone for more information today!

The Chicago School System

Did you know that Chicago is home to about 700 public schools, in addition to the numerous private schools in the city? As with most larger cities, there are some schools that offer stronger academic programs, and earning admission to these schools can be strenuous. With about 400,000 students in public schools alone, navigating the Chicago educational system can be nerve-wracking for parents and students.

Working with a professional tutor online or in-home can help you or your student excel. Private tutors in the Chicago area can create individualized tutoring sessions to address challenging coursework for students from elementary school to the college level and beyond. Tutors can even help with test preparation for common exams such as the ACT, SAT, ISEE, PARCC, or the ISA.

Here's a breakdown of ACT test scores in the city. How does your student measure up?

Chicago Test Scores

The PARCC, or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is taken by 3rd through 8th grade Illinois public school students. The focus of the test is on English and Mathematics.

The ISA, or Illinois Science Assessment, is administered to public school students in grades 5, 8, and 11. The high school assessment is aligned with Biology I and is given to students in an online format.

An expert Chicago tutor can help students master exam content while also providing new test-taking strategies and helping to build the student’s academic confidence. In many cases, the test scores at lower grade levels can be a determining factor in a student’s ability to gain acceptance to some of the best high schools in the city. Curious about which high schools are at the top of the list? Consider the following table:

Chicago High School Rankings

High School Chicago Ranking State Ranking AP Pass Rate
Walter Payton College Prep 1 1 94%
Northside College Preparatory High School 2 2 91%
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School 3 5 88%
Jones College Prep High School 4 9 86%
Lane Tech College Prep High School 5 10 73%
Lindblom Math & Science Academy High School 6 37 50%
Maine West High School 7 50 76%
Lincoln Park High School 8 57 68%
Westinghouse College Prep 9 75 50%
DeVry University Advantage Academy High School 10 91 27%

Private tutoring isn’t just limited to students in grades K-12. Varsity Tutors can also help college students find the perfect tutor to help them achieve their academic potential. Perhaps you or your high school student are interested in attending one of these Chicago colleges:

Chicago University Rankings

College National Rank Acceptance Rate
University of Chicago 17 8%
Northwestern University 21 11%
Wheaton College - Illinois 117 79%
Illinois Institute of Technology 160 56%
DePaul University 214 70%
Loyola University Chicago 279 73%
University of Illinois at Chicago 281 74%

A professional tutor can work with a student to improve his or her SAT or ACT scores. A tutor can also help a student improve his or her writing skills. Students will need a compelling admissions essay to improve chances of admission to the university or college of their dreams. This kind of individualized attention provides a benefit students can't get in busy classrooms. Consider the student-teacher ratios of these Chicago schools:

Chicago Student-to-Teacher Ratios

Chicago International Charter School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.

Waukegan High School has a 16 1 student-teacher ratio.

Warren Township High School has a 17 1 student-teacher ratio.

New Trier Township High School has a 11 1 student-teacher ratio.

Lane Tech College Prep High School has a 20 1 student-teacher ratio.

Illinois State Average has a 15 1 student-teacher ratio.

How Varsity Tutors Can Help

No matter your academic needs, Varsity Tutors can help you find a qualified Chicago tutor to work alongside as you reach for your goals. Whether you are looking to change professions and need to upgrade your resume with new skills, want to polish your foreign language skills, or you are a college student who needs personalized tutoring with an expert in a specific subject, personalized tutoring is both convenient and effective. You get to choose when and where your private tutoring sessions will take place, and your professional tutor can create an individualized learning plan tailored to address your unique learning style, strengths, and weaknesses. To begin, contact Varsity Tutors today.

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Session Summaries by Tutors

Tutoring review by Elliot in Chicago, IL
The student still doesn't enjoy doing the problems but we went over a bunch of limiting reaction problems and as long as she takes her time on the test and makes sure she doesn't mix up the numbers.  I think that she will do better on this exam than the last, as she understands how to do the problems much better!
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Tutoring review by Nihir in Chicago, IL
The student is progressing in Math and seems to be getting more confident, which is very important. However, I would like her to revisit the fundamentals as she some times forgets the basics.
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Tutoring review by Kalie in Chicago, IL
The two students have finished the math section in their own practice book and each skipped some questions. The one needs more help in the math section than the other, but the other struggles more with the reading comprehension. We focused on correcting and going over the incorrect or skipped math questions in the first half to today's session. The second half we focused on synonyms. They both need some review of vocabulary words and I will send them a list of vocabulary that they should know. Their homework is to look up the words that they didn't know on the synonyms page and to do the verbal section in practice test 1. I also gave them some analogy practice and an "analogy tips" page. We will go over reading comprehension at our next meeting.
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Tutoring review by Brandy in Chicago, IL
During this session, the student and I focused on her homework assignment. The assignment was focusing on special parallelograms. Some of these special parallelograms included rhombi, squares, and rectangles. All of the questions we covered were based on finding the distance between two points when given other distances and angles, finding the perimeter, or finding the area. She understands the material that was taught in class but occasionally just needs to look at the given information in a different way, or add any other information that can be gleaned, in order to see the steps needed to solve the problem.
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Tutoring review by Amber in Chicago, IL
We covered how to say what are you wearing and some basic clothing vocabulary. We had conversations between stuffed animals about what their names are, how they are doing, what they are wearing, and what color their clothes are. We also started learning to sing the French alphabet.
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Tutoring review by Gresa in Chicago, IL
The student did some practice sections of writing skills and mathematics in preparation for her PSAT test. She is doing very well in the mathematics sections- she understands almost all of the concepts tested and knows how to approach most of the questions.
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