Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.




Standardized testing can be a source of considerable stress.  The questions don't look like anything you've seen in school.  You're being tested on math that you haven't thought about since freshman year.  Even if you do understand the test, how are you supposed to finish so many questions in so little time?  Or maybe three hours and thirty minutes feels like an eternity that you'd rather spend doing anything else.  To top it all off, you're being told that this single test will determine your future success or failure.  That is a lot  of pressure to deal with on your own!  

I aim to demystify the test and support students by helping them to:

- Understand the test format

- Address gaps in comprehending content

- Create a clear structure for studying 

- Identify goals and measure progress

For test-prep, I recommend six to eight, two-hour sessions. I tell students and families that they can typically expect a 3-5 point increase in ACT scores and a 100-150 point increase in SAT scores.  Students starting with lower scores tend to experience the most significant improvements.  


I believe that tutoring is most effective when viewed as a team effort. I often tell students that they can think of a tutor as a personal trainer of sorts.  During sessions, I help students to better understand their strengths and to improve upon their weaknesses.  I then ask that students "work out" by completing assigned homework between sessions.  

Although standardized testing can feel overwhelming, a bit of guidance and support makes a world of difference.  



Hello there!  My name is Lauren.  I offer tutoring services in all sections of both the ACT and SAT in the Chicago-land area.  I offer remote services via Zoom and also tutor students in English, literature and writing.  I specialize in working with students who may be struggling with special needs related to mental health, physical disability or chronic illness.

Throughout my life, test-taking and school work have come naturally and easily to me.  Four years ago, I decided that I wanted to use these gifts to help others.  At that time, I began working for a company called Nurturing Wisdom where I was trained to tutor standardized tests. Two years ago, I branched out to offer my own test-prep services. Currently, I also work as an executive functioning coach through a company called Beyond Booksmart. In this position I help students "learn how to learn," by addressing issues related to motivation, organization and developing productive study skills.

Besides tutoring, I have over seven years of experience working with youth in academic and social services settings.  I have worked as an intern clinical therapist at Hinsdale Community House Counseling Center, an after-school teacher at Urban Prairie Waldorf, a co-leader in outdoor adventure programs at Chicago Voyagers and a respite worker at Pillars Community Health.

I have published original articles through Newcity Chicago and have worked extensively in  editing and revising both academic and legal documents. I hold a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Beloit College and a master's degree in social work from Dominican University.



TEL: 253.228.5365  |  LaurenElizabethTutoring@gmail.com