Erin Watkins

Erin W.

Los Angeles, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
A recent student's SAT success story:
During a Summer intercession, the parents of a soon-to-be HS Senior hired me for SAT tutoring. He had stellar grades, shining recommendations, an elite prep school resumé... the real deal! Even so, despite SAT classes and rigorous studying, his exam scores were lackluster at best. I got to work and helped him to raise his composite score by **8 points** in a period of just 6 weeks of tutoring sessions. His previous scores were below the implied minimum for his first choice school. With my help, he brought the score up in time to use it for his application a few weeks later and ... he got in! He now attends that very school, a renowned Midwestern top-25 university.

The PSAT is the first step in the standardized exam cycle for high school students. It precedes the SAT and is used as an indicator for one's future SAT scores. What many don't know is that exemplary PSAT results mean automatic National Merit Scholarship nomination. I've had several students who were nominated for their high scores, 3 have won, including a female HS senior who won this award May 2017. The NMS award means winning scholarship money for college and adding a very noble accolade to one's college admissions packet; even if one does not win, the nomination itself is a great addition to college applications,

The SAT is a pivotal element of the college application process and the best way to ensure strong SAT scores is to start early and build a foundation with the PSAT. Preparing for the PSAT will ensure strong scores for this exam, setting an elevated benchmark, thus allowing a higher "ceiling" for one's SAT scores down the road.

As a high school student applying to universities, I scored in the 99th percentile on both the ACT and SAT exams, which undoubtedly aided in my acceptance to my first choice school, USC. (Fight on!)

I have nearly 10 years tutoring for college entrance exam (SAT, ACT) preparation. I have a vast amount of materials that aid in lessons and regularly review the exam, in order to stay current with any changes in the test format.

About Erin W.

I carry an enthusiasm for knowledge and "nerdy" subjects like mathematics and science! I believe in the power of positive reinforcement and aim to foster not only knowledge, but also confidence. Lessons are individualized for the student and tailored to their goals. I am passionate about education and the development of growing minds, and it shows in my sessions.

My assistance doesn't stop just because the lesson is over. I make myself available to students (via email) for as-needed homework and study-related questions.

I have nearly 10 years experience working as an educator.
I am honored to work with students throughout the year, for long-term results, but am also happy to assist with short-term needs such as midterm/final exam preparation.

Also available for:
College admissions consulting -- Let me help your family navigate this complex process. I can assist with choosing programs and schools, tailoring applications to each recipient school, and generally putting together the strongest possible application packet.


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17 Reviews
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Erin worked with my 9th grade daughter - very happy with her first lesson

Posted Nov 18, 2020
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My daughter was struggling with her virtual Physics 1 AP class, which is being taught in one semester rather than over a whole school year. Erin has really helped her get her head around the concepts and taken a lot of the frustration out of the class for her. Erin tailored my daughter's tutoring sessions so that she's getting the most out of the sessions. I highly recommend Erin!

Posted Nov 14, 2020
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Not sure what happened, but Erin did not show up for the first PSAT tutoring session that we had scheduled for my daughter. I was unable to get in contact with her and was charged for the lesson. I ended up having to contact TakeLessons to get a reimbursement.

Posted Jul 27, 2020
Manmeet Fox
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Erin's been a great tutor for my daughter. Her approach really helped strengthen my daughter's understanding, comfort and proficiency in pre-calculus.

Posted Apr 20, 2020
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Erin is wonderful teacher. She is very professional and takes her time.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
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Great tutor!

Posted Sep 12, 2019
Carmen reedscott
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Erin was very caring, articulate, thorough and responsive. She tested my daughter's knowledge by assigning her problems to do prior to their sessions. As a result, she was able to get 100% on all of her home/class work.

Posted Nov 1, 2018
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Erin is a great instructor and took the time to understand our requirements.

Posted Oct 5, 2018
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Great instructor!!! Looking forward to take more classes for my daughter. I will definitely recommend her to anyone.

Posted Jan 25, 2017
Angie R.
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We are very satisfied with Erin's services - our daughter improved her ACT score by 4 points with Erin's tutoring assistance! Erin knew how to use technology to make the online tutoring sessions as effective as though they were in person. Not only is she smart in the subject matter, she is also very personable. I would highly recommend Erin!

Posted Jun 25, 2016
Sam Dotson
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Great Instructor. Went over problems very clearly and was easy to follow along.

Posted Mar 2, 2016
Dallas C.
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Super helpful and patient! Very accommodating and productive lesson

Posted Feb 27, 2016
Paige M.
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Terrific and patient. My daughter is actually enjoying her tutoring!

Posted Jan 22, 2016
Jessica B.
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Amazing teacher and very kind. Best tutoring experience by far. Highly recommend!

Posted Dec 1, 2015
Alexandra C.
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Erin is an excellent tutor.

Posted Aug 20, 2015
Alexandra C.
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Erin is an excellent tutor.

Posted Aug 20, 2015
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We absolutely loved Erin. What a sweetheart! She was recommended to us by friends and we were so happy to have her work with our son, Joey. Erin helped him with his Calculus work and preparing for the ACT his senior year of high school. Joey's scores improved (ACT score went up 5 points) and there was a definite positive change in his self-confidence and attitude. Erin was dependable and went out of her way to be thorough in keeping my husband and I informed during the process. We've had quite a few tutors over the years, and sometimes it's hard to find a good one, so we were really glad we found Erin!

Posted Aug 4, 2015

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Private Tutor
Sep 2010 - Present


Private online and in-home tutor for students in secondary school, college, and university. Specializing in math (through calculus, multivariable calculus, linear Algebra and differential equations), ACT and SAT prep, physics, and chemistry instruction. Individualized lesson plans and goal-setting based upon desired course grade or test score. Achievements: -Helped two SAT students to increase their score by 270 points and 310 points, respectively. -Helped an ACT student increase her composite score by 5 points, giving her a competitive edge in her college admissions process. She was later granted admission to 3 out of 4 of her top choice colleges.

Private Tutor
Jun 2009 - Jul 2010


Private in-home tutor. I was contracted to provide individualized math, physics, chemistry, ACT, and SAT lessons. Key Achievement: -Helped a struggling physics student bring her grade from an F to a B+, enabling her to meet the requirements for her full-ride athletic scholarship to her first-choice NCAA D1 university.

Math/SAT Teacher
Mar 2008 - Oct 2009

Sylvan Learning Centers

-Lead Instructor for "Upper Level" math students in Geometry, Algebra II, and Calculus -After 3 months, I was promoted to teach SAT prep courses for classes of 10-15 students; Helped prepare students for the Math and Verbal sections of the SAT exam

Classroom Facilitator
Sep 2004 - May 2005


As a student employee of a USC-funded philanthropy program, I taught chemistry and math classes for 15-20 students, for 8 hours every Saturday. Our focus was helping gifted students in the inner-city public school system by supplementing their education, ultimately assisting in their journey to higher education beyond high school.


Graduate Studies - Civil Engineering
Aug 2018 - Present

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

B.S. Physical Sciences
Aug 2003 - Dec 2007

University of Southern California


Latin - Classical Latin

Professional Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


American Tutoring Association
Mar 2018

National Certification (July 2009 - Present)

ATA Tutor Certification Screening consists of the following checkpoints: Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university Reference verification Three Tier Criminal Background Check: Three-tier criminal background check, including Department of Corrections, Sex Offender Registry, and Social Security Verification.


National Tutoring Association
Jan 2015
The NTA was formed in 1992 for the purpose of establishing a membership organization for tutoring professionals. The NTA is dedicated exclusively to tutoring, and represents the interests of thousands of tutors in the U.S. and thirteen other countries, practicing in all phases of tutoring, program administration, and supplemental student services.
American Tutoring Association
Jul 2009
The ATA was founded in 2001 and has since certified over 6,000 tutors. In addition to creating standards for the industry, the ATA also provides a host of support services to professional tutors.
American Classical League
Aug 2001
The American Classical League was founded in 1919 for the purpose of fostering the study of classical languages in the United States and Canada. Membership is open to any person who is committed to the preservation and advancement of our classical inheritance from Greece and Rome.

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