Stephanie Ochoa
Chicago, IL
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Stephanie Ochoa

Stephanie O.

Chicago, IL
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15+ years' experience -- math and science specialist!

If you've been muddling along with precalculus or chemistry has you hitting your head against the wall, I've got your back! Focused but encouraging, enthusiastic but personable, I've patiently helped my students reach that "light-bulb moment" countless times.

Guiding someone to understanding a concept they struggle with is of course a major part of tutoring, but I'm also really big on coaching students to be methodical and have a system. Content knowledge is only part of the puzzle; problem-solving skills are crucial. Check out my testimonials to hear from my students themselves on that!

About Stephanie O.

I went to Princeton University and majored in molecular biology. I was high school salutatorian (2nd in a class of 500+) and completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

I've been tutoring continuously since high school, as both a private tutor and a volunteer, in subjects all across the board. I simply really love education -- both learning and teaching.

And I always excelled at standardized testing, so I enjoy helping students succeed by taking the stress and mystery out of the verbal, math, and grammar/syntax questions on the SAT, ACT, and other common tests.

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***MY BACKGROUND***

Volunteer tutoring in high school and college, private tutoring since 2008. Primarily with students in middle school, high school, or college / graduate school, but also late elementary school.

Extensive SAT tutoring experience: one high school junior raised her math score by 180 points, and another student raised her total score by 140 points.

Here's a highlight of my scores: 800 on the SAT Verbal section and the SAT Subject Test for Math Level 2; 740 or higher on my other SAT sections and Subject Tests; on the GRE, 164 Verbal, 169 Math; and 5 on AP Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AB, U.S. History, English Literature & Composition, and Spanish Language.

I was an English co-instructor for three months in a private university in rural China and obtained certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

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Experience

Specialist in math and science
Oct 2009 - Present

Private tutor

✦ Tutor subjects ranging from middle school to post-undergraduate studies: algebra, geometry, trigonometry, precalculus, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, English, Spanish, French, SSAT, SAT, SAT II, ACT, and GRE. ✦ Helped one SAT Math student to raise her score by 180 points, and guided another SAT student to raise her score by 140 points.

SAT Guru
Oct 2011 - May 2012

Catalyst Prep LLC

Taught SAT Bootcamp to high school students.

TEFL-certified English instructor
Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Princeton in Asia

✦ Certified in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). ✦ Taught an English immersion program for over 30 local students training to become teachers in rural China. ✦ Collaborated with co-instructors to design and write the curriculum, textbook, and other instructional materials. ✦ Extended learning time and opportunities and generated rapport by holding optional "office hours" to further engage with students. ✦ Co-led a public speaking club and organized and judged a culminating speech contest.

Peer tutor
Oct 2008 - May 2011

McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning

Tutored Princeton students in chemistry, physics, calculus, Spanish, and French.

Education

Molecular Biology
Sep 2007 - May 2013

Princeton University

International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
Aug 2003 - May 2007

Atlantic High School

Languages

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Mathematics teaching certification exams
Feb 2013

ETS

✦ Praxis II: Mathematics Pedagogy - 0065 (January 2013; problem-solving, communication, reasoning, and mathematical connections for pedagogy of secondary school math): 185 ✦ Praxis II: Mathematics Content Knowledge - 5061 (February 2013; competencies necessary for a beginning teacher of secondary school math): 181; earned ETS Recognition of Excellence for exceeding the target score determined by the top 15% from previous years.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Apr 2011

Princeton in Asia

Awards

National Merit Scholar
Apr 2006

National Merit

Semi-Finalist
Feb 2003

Scripps National Spelling Bee

Affiliations

Mu Alpha Theta
Sep 2004
Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with over 103,000 student members in June 2014 in more than 2100 schools. We are dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.
National Honors Society
Sep 2004
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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