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I have been tutoring and teaching private classes, primarily to high school students, for over 15 years. I became a private teacher and tutor because I love working with students. I love to give them positive support and reinforcement, in addition to helping them learn. I work hard so that each student feels welcome and important, and I regularly get great feedback from students and parents.
I teach and tutor junior high and high school students in Math, English, Science, Study Skills, and Test Prep, including the ACT, PSAT, SAT, CLT, Accuplacer, and Compass.
For Test Prep, I have developed my own program, which has been extremely successful. I give specific practice methods, talk about realistic goals, test anxiety, pre-test nutrition, and recommend individualized test strategies, based on where they are. I have worked with students starting with ACT scores from 13 30, and I am excited to work with every student, no matter where they are beginning. After working with several hundred test prep students, they have an average ACT increase of 3 points, individual composite score increases of up to 5, and section score increases of up to 10 points, which obviously is less common, but still possible. I live in the Midwest, where the ACT is much more popular than the SAT, and although about 25 % of my students do prepare for the SAT, I don't have similar statistics, as many of them are taking the test for the first time. My own ACT score in 2019 was a 36.
I have researched neuropsychology and created a study skills class based on my research and personal experience with over 500 students. I incorporate many techniques from my study skills class into all tutoring, such as making associated word pictures/location diagrams to help students remember formulas and steps to solving problems, reading comprehension techniques, interleaving, and more.
I am dedicated to providing a safe space for all of my students, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or any other protected category.
I would love to meet with you to discuss how I can help your student reach their educational goals!

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Barbara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Clinton Community College - Associates, Science

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 36

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 36


I LOVE dogs - I have two Labradors and 4 grand-puppies, all of whom are labs/lab mixes and pit/pit mixes. I've become that crazy dog lady! I also crochet and love to travel!

Tutoring Subjects





ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning



ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing


Algebra 2

College Algebra

College English


COMPASS Mathematics


COMPASS Writing Skills


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


High School English

Homework Support


Middle School Math

Physical Science




SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Writing and Language


Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep



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