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I am a recent graduate of Rice University who is passionate about learning in all forms, shapes and sizes. I believe education to be the gateway to a bright future, and it's my job as a tutor to help people from all walks of live achieve their utmost potential both in school and out of it.

My favorite subjects to tutor are math and writing, but it's a challenge to find a subject I don't love. Languages and literature, playing music, sports from volleyball to softball -- all these have been dear to my heart since I can remember.

I know what it is to be a busy student with sports, hobbies and extra-curriculars, not to mention a host of social demands. And, when you fall behind in school, pressure can build. My hope is that after working together things won't feel so out of reach anymore. I want all my students to know that they already have all the tools they need for success. They might just need a little guidance to see it.

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Ellen’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rice University - Bachelors, German Studies, Policy Studies

Test Scores

SAT Math: 800

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 760

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M: 740

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 720

SAT Subject Test in World History: 730


Sports - I love playing volleyball and watching all sports. I am also a big musician - I play harp, piano and guitar and love music of all forms. Finally, I'm into a lot of nerdier, girlier things -- baking, reading, etc.

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

AP English Literature and Composition

AP United States History

AP US History

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Conversational German


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing


German 1

German 2

German 3

German 4

High School English

High School Level American History


Homework Support


ISEE- Upper Level






PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to teach students to teach themselves. Most students who are struggling don't know that they already have all the tools needed to move ahead academically. My job is to show them that they do, and then show them how to use those tools.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

On the first session with a student, the most important thing is getting to know who the student is and how they learn. I usually spend the first few minutes talking with them about school, their interests, and what they view their strengths and weaknesses to be. Then, we go over previous coursework and do some practice work so I can assess the student's level. From there, I can create a customized plan for how to provide the student with the best possible tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

This is important -- the best thing to do for a student is to never, ever tell them the answer. Instead, I try to ask guiding questions so the students learn that they can figure out the answers themselves. Once students become confident that they can learn and grasp concepts themselves, they are one step closer to becoming true independent learners.

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