Sister Maria D. - MIT Graduate for Math Tutoring and Standardized Test Prep

Cal Tech Sister Maria D. Tutors California Institute of Technology Students in Pasadena, CA
$100 / hr
Danville, PA
2 miles Travel Radius

My name is Sr. Maria and I am a Catholic hermit sister. My previous name was Diana, so most of my reviews use that name.

I have 15 years experience teaching and tutoring middle and high school mathematics and science - in public, private, classical and homeschools - and held certification to teach mathematics in Virginia from 2007 to 2012. I currently tutor middle school to high school math (pre-algebra to pre-calculus) and
standardized test prep (PSAT/SAT Math, ACT Math and Science...
Sister Maria explained geometry in a way that really made sense to my daughter. She was smiling with pride at the end of the lesson and was visibly relieved that she could understand the material.
- Grace S. from Washington, DC
Diana has worked four sessions with my 8th grader utilizing the Life of Fred textbook series. He has been super pleased with the quality of instruction, clarity of explanations, and pace. He asked to give her 5 stars. He liked her so much he was bragging to his 6th grade brother about how great his tutor is and now his little brother has requested her. HIGHLY recommend.
- G B. from Salt Lake City, UT
1st online tutoring session was a success, thank you Diana. Amazing that this can be down on-line! We will try for another one soon. I was a slightly concerned that something would go right but it was flawless!
- Jerry M. from Wyckoff, NJ
Diana has tutored my kids in pre-algebra and honors geometry for nearly a year. She is a great tutor, very patient and exceptionally knowledgeable. She really cares about her students success. Diana is an exceptional tutor, she is always prepared and on time. She is very accommodating when it comes to rescheduling. She has no problem bringing extra worksheets and preparing lessons for the material that has not yet been taught in school. The girls? grades improved tremendously and as a result, they gained confidence. They have both progressed to the next level of their respective advanced math courses. I highly recommend Diana as a tutor.
- Masha S. from Oakland, NJ
Diane is an excellent teacher, who is able to take complex material and break it down for an easy understanding. She is extremely reliable, gets back to you right away, and has gone out of her way in being flexible to accommodate schedules and last minute help that was needed. I highly endorse Diana. She is a phenomenal teacher.
- Carol Z. from Wyckoff, NJ
Diana has helped my Granddaughter Kristen thru some very difficult times with her schooling and she is an example of kindness and professionalism in her approach to teaching. We are going to miss her terribly but wish her all the best !
- Linda G. from Parsippany, NJ
Diana helped my daughter prepare for the new SAT math section. She was very good at breaking everything down so my daughter had a better understanding of how to approach these problems. This resulted in higher scoring after 44 lessons (1 1/2 hours each). She was very professional, always on time, patient and always well prepared. She also provided analysis of which problems my daughter faired better on as opposed to those which she needed more help on, and subsequently tailored the lessons toward what she needed to work on. Excellent tutor.
- Kim D. from Cedar Grove, NJ
Diana is excellent! She requests my son's material prior to our session so she is fully prepared to explain it and work with him. We are very pleased and would recommend her!
- Liam W. from Ridgewood, NJ
After only one lesson with my daughter Diana was able to identify where she needed extra attention. She took the time out after the lesson to send links for more problems on the topic she would be testing in. Very helpful-very personable.
- Vivian S. from Butler, NJ
Diana is very professional and honest. She is really helping my daughter and her comprehension is improving significantly in math and science.
- Dominique H. from Ridgewood, NJ
Diana is helping my daughter to ease the pressure before the SAT by giving her a clear understanding about what to expect.
- Elaine S. from Caldwell, NJ
Diana is not only very knowledgeable but she is also excellent in explaining the material to my son. He actually enjoys the lessons with Diana. I can highly recommend her and will certainly use her for my daughter when the time comes in a couple years.
- Till H. from Ridgewood, NJ
Diana reviewed Algebra 2 quadratic equations and solving quadratic equations with graphing. The session went very well with homework completed and topic understood!
- Marianne B. from Glen Rock, NJ
Diana worked with my daughter in Algebra last year and Geometry this year. She is knowledgeable, prompt and very personable. I highly recommend her.
- Alona M. from Short Hills, NJ
We just had a first lesson with Diana for geometry. She was patient and clear, taking the time to make sure my daughter was comfortable with a lesson before moving on. We will definitely schedule more time with Diana.
- Patricia P. from Wyckoff, NJ
Diana helped our daughter a lot. Diana was easy and very accommodating in scheduling the sessions. She was very honest in her approach and well prepared. Our daughter had only few sessions with her and got perfect score both in PSAT and SAT math section.
- Pradeep V. from Parsippany, NJ
We hired Diana to help our 6th grade son with math about one-third of the way through the school year. He seemed to be falling behind a little bit and Diana helped him to understand some of the concepts he was struggling with. Before she started with him was a B average, but had him up to a B+ by the end of the school year. If I had Diana come earlier in the year he probably would have been an A student. Diana was great with emailing a summary of what they did after each tutoring session. What they focused on, what he was good at, what he struggled with, etc... Would definitely hire Diana again.
- Joseph M. from New York, NY
Diana was extremely helpful to my daughter. She broke down the problems and helped Gia understand the math in ways I couldn't. Gia was doing C level work which got better during tutoring, and then was pleasantly surprised that she got a 91 on her in class year end final! We are going back for more ACT and SAT math help.
- Michelle P. from Greenwood Lake, NY
My Daughter Kayla was struggling in her first year of high school math. She was always a straight A student in all her subjects including math. We never needed or considered a tutor until half way through her first semester of 9th grade Geometry, she had a C-. She was panicked so we asked Diana to work with her for an hour per week. They ended up working together throughout the year and the results were a B+ first marking period then A-, A and A for the others. Diana was knowledgeable, patient and best of all, proactive in working with Kayla. She would follow up on lessons and really cared about Kayla's results. I really appreciated the way she would call or e-mail after the lesson with more information or a tip she may have forgotten. It was clear to me that it wasn't just about getting her hour in. On top of all of this, she is a very pleasant person and nice to be around. Thank you Diana for all your help!
- David K. from Ridgewood, NJ
Diana was instrumental in helping me catch up in both Geometry and Chemistry. As I fell behind in both subjects, I felt I needed to hear a different voice other than that of my teachers to better grasp the material. Diana was the perfect choice. She was prepared, patient and reassuring, which gave me the confidence to move forward. I am very happy I took the chance on getting tutoring help from Diana because she gave me the foundation which allowed me to catch up and feel confident I can excel in both courses. Thank you very much Diana for all of your help!!
- Erica R. from Montclair, NJ
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