After successfully helping my kids navigate ACT preparation and college applications, I began working with several of my neighbors' kids to help them achieve higher ACT scores and craft successful college application essays. In the process, I discovered the joy of connecting with students of all abilities to help them achieve their college dreams. Eight years later, my business is still growing through referrals from neighbors, friends, and former students. It has been my absolute pleasure to work with each of my students and their families!
I hope to help all of my students feel confident and prepared for a successful college journey!
Working with students on an individual basis taught me that a "one size fits all" plan is not the best way to approach the ACT and SAT. My experience and research have allowed me to develop my own methods to teach English, Reading, Science, and Writing for the ACT and Reading, Writing/Grammar for the SAT, and to help students complete college admissions essays and applications. Over the last 8 years, I have developed multiple approaches to help students of all learning styles. Additionally, I take each of the 3 tests that are released by the ACT yearly, so I stay current on the latest changes and trends and am able to adjust my content accordingly.
I am fortunate to have a wonderful Math tutor, Cali Amato, working with me. A former student of mine, Cali is a graduate of University of Akron and has an amazing ability to connect with students and explain math concepts in addition to tutoring for the English, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT and Math for the SAT and PSAT.
We tutor one-on-one so that we can tailor our approach to our student's individual needs. Cali and I tutor students in not only test taking strategies, but we also do a thorough review of concepts. Forget how to use a semicolon versus a comma to separate two clauses or how to solve logarithms? We've got you covered! We also work with students to alleviate test day anxiety. Need help with college applications and essays? Lara has 12 years of experience in helping students craft the very best essays for their needs. University of Chicago, Cornell, Harvard, Yale, UCLA, Case Western Reserve, MIT, Columbia, and of course OSU are just some of the schools to which our students have gained acceptance.
Where do we meet for tutoring?
Cali and I tutor from my home in Cuyahoga Falls - 7 minutes from RHS and 12 minutes from CVCA and Walsh. I'll send you my address once we confirm your first session.
How much do you charge?
My rate as of 11/1/2022 is $60 per hour for test preparation, and $75 per hour for college essay and application preparation. The majority of students attend for 1 hour at a time, but you are also welcome to request a block of 1.5 or 2 hours. The charge for the first test taking session is currently $90 which includes The Official ACT Prep Guide with 6 official ACT tests.
What forms of payment do you take?
Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, cash, or checks. Please plan to pay for each month in advance. If you need to cancel, you are welcome to reschedule. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to refund money for sessions that aren't rescheduled.
How do I book tutoring times ?
Please click on the "Get in Touch" button near the top of the website, or the Send a Message button near the bottom of the page. The information on the form will help me understand your (or your student's) needs. Next, I will contact you to schedule times.
Do you charge for missed or cancelled appointments?
I like to be flexible and understand when there is an emergency or a student gets sick during the school day, but sports and work schedules are generally available 48 hours in advance. My policy is as follows:
All missed appointments can be rescheduled for a later date, but sadly, due to recent experiences, I cannot not refund previous payments.
I graduated from Miami University in 1989, with a BA in History. When not working, my husband and I enjoy swimming, traveling, cooking, and hiking
If you have questions about the tutoring programs available to you, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Akron, Ohio 44313, United States
Lara Wilson 330.212.3668
Monday - Thursday
11 AM - 5 PM
Monday - Thursday
11 AM - 7 PM
11 AM - 5 PM
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