Carolyn O. - Tutor

Test Prep Master with 20 Yrs Experience in Many Subjects

Carolyn O. -  Tutor
Hourly Fee: $85
Location: Oak Park, IL
Travel Radius: 20 miles
In-person + Online
Your first hour with any tutor is always 100% refundable!

Personal Statement

I completed my M.A. in Comparative Literature on full fellowship at the University of Southern California (USC). I have over twenty years of experience as a teacher, tutor, and academic mentor. My extensive experience teaching at universities and tutoring privately -- to students of many ages, in diverse circumstances and in a variety of subjects -- enables me to effectively tailor my approach to a student's strengths.

I consistently rank in the 99th percentile on many standardized tests. I...


I am a full-time college student and only had a few weeks to practice GMAT before the test. Carolyn was able to help me in a very short period of time and helped me achieve 96% ranking. Great GMAT Tips!
- Jessica L. from Evanston, IL
After taking the GMAT once before with a different tutor, I sought the help of Carolyn, specifically for help in the Quantitative section of the GMAT. What I didn't know was how proficient Carolyn was in giving me additional and successful strategies for the Verbal section of the test. My score went up 60 points on my first try after switching to her as my tutor and is sure to go up again in my following attempts. If you want a tutor to give you the test prep strategies to improve your GMAT score, go to Carolyn. Once you learn the techniques she teaches, you will be confident in your ability to improve your score. Combining individual test prep with Carolyn's expertise is a sure-fire way to improve your score. By how much is dependent on the work you're willing to put in.
- Kevin R. from Deerfield, IL
Carolyn helped my son raise his ACT score by three points and is now working with him as he prepares for the SAT II Math Subject test. She provided him with the necessary study guides and has been very flexible with working around his schedule.
- Noah R. from Northbrook, IL
Carolyn was very direct and helpful in guiding my daughter's approach to the SSAT. She is obviously very experienced in test taking and engaging to my 13 year old daughter! Highly recommend!
- Jill S. from Park Ridge, IL
Very knowledgeable and great communication. Will recommend her to friends. We will keep working with her for some time to come. My daughter loved her and felt she'll really help her to increase her score. Knows ACT like back of her hand. Thankfully, we found her!
- Lori T. from Chicago, IL
Carolyn brings a great attitude to every session we spend together. She takes the time to understand and answer all my questions. She's helped me in both my GMAT understanding of simple principles as well as spotting common trends and short cuts within problems. Would recommend Carolyn to anyone who wants a tutor who is invested in you and wants to have a laugh or two along the way!
- Pat R. from Chicago, IL
Really made an effort to understand my strengths and weaknesses and goals before beginning so that we could only focus on the important things. She is very smart and made the most of our time together
- Celeste D. from Park Ridge, IL
I have a 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son working on prep for different standardized tests. They are not thrilled to be doing this over the summer, but Carolyn is incredibly patient and pushes them to master the art of test taking.
- Joann C. from Elmhurst, IL
Carolyn did SAT test prep with my son. She is amazingly efficient. If the kid knows the skill, they move on - the time is incredibly well spent. When the kid does not know, she gives lots of tools to help him decipher the problems. She is a great tutor.
- Laura N. from Evanston, IL
I tried studying for the GMAT on my own but was unable to grasp all of the information that was being thrown at me. Worried about the quantitative section, I reached out to Carolyn for help. Since working with her, my understanding of the different GMAT test taking strategies has increased tenfold. She not only has helped me with the math, but has also helped me improve my overall test taking skills. She also takes the time to understand how I learn and goes through problems with me to make sure I am understanding the concepts. I am already confident that working with her will give me the score I need!
- Lena S. from Milwaukee, WI
Carolyn helped me to prep for the quant section of the GMAT. She was prepared and very knowledgeable about the test and what to study for. She was also very encouraging, which helped to build my confidence.
- Robyn P. from Schaumburg, IL
Carolyn has a comprehensive knowledge of the GMAT exam and is excellent at determining how you can improve on each and every type of problem. She's friendly and responds quickly to questions and other concerns, all around a great tutor!
- William S. from Evanston, IL
It's not just about the content of the tutoring session but that a relationship must be formed especially when working with a teenager! Once you have the buy in the dissemination of information is so much easier. Thank you Carolyn
- Hadeil A. from Chicago, IL
Carolyn is the most outgoing and educated tutor I have ever had! In the past I have hired two tutors for the preparation of my ACT test, and no one compares to her dedication and knowledge. She was able to help me create a long term plan and set me up so that I knew exactly what I had to look forward to on the big day. I have been tutoring with her for almost six months and had no problems at all! She was very understanding when it came to my last minute cancellations and was always flexible with my availability. Even after I stopped tutoring with her, I couldn't help but to hire her again to help me develop the most amazing college essays! (She was that good) We spent less than two months writing seven amazing college essays and with that, I am pleased to say that I have been accepted to 6 out of 7 of my colleges. Carolyn is very knowledgeable and passionate about helping kids succeed. I highly recommend tutoring with her!!
- Angeli O. from Chicago, IL
Carolyn is extremely knowledgeable as a tutor with ample experience. However, she lacks professionalism. She had canceled multiple times, on a last-minute basis, and seemed distracted during our sessions. As understanding as I tried to be with her personal conflicts, unfortunately it was at the detriment of my progression on studying for the GMAT. Unfortunately, I did not have a pleasant experience with her. I wish Carolyn O. the best, and hope that she takes professionalism seriously with future students, from this point on.
- Ali R. from Gurnee, IL
Carolyn helped me with the Quantitative sections today. We reviewed the Kaplan method for GMAT problem solving. We went over backsolving and picking numbers and problem solving questions. Linear equations, factors, remainders and prime numbers also were reviewed.
- Andre P. from Skokie, IL
Carolyn has done an excellent job in helping me prepare for my SATs (of course, the proof will be when I take the exam). She met with my parents and me to work out goals and establish a program to get me ready. We also shared my PSAT results to help plan a course of action. And we are working the plan, which I am finding valuable. Basically, I have the skills, but need help learning to take the test. And Carolyn is working with me teaching the "tricks of the trade." I am learning what to look for in certain questions, and how to approach them. I feel that by the time I actually sit for my SATs (April), I should be well prepared.
- Brian G. from Evanston, IL
Carolyn has helped us with ACT tutoring and been great. This time, she helped my son with his college essay. It was mostly complete, but the little assist was just what the essay needed. We both feel so much better now hitting the submit button! Thanks Carolyn!
- Sue D. from Western Springs, IL
I have been to Manhattan prep for classes and let me say, Carolyn is more knowledgeable then anyone teaching there. She corrects your mistakes and gets your thinking very well to help you in the best way possible. That's the benefit of a one on one with a brilliant teacher!
- Sarah H. from Chicago, IL
After meeting with Carolyn for the very first time, I was actually excited to take the GMAT. I had been studying on my own for a couple weeks and her knowledge of the test, GMAT strategies and time-saving tips were a game changer. She is easy to be around and can meet at a variety of times and days of the week. It was really nice that she would drive to a location convenient for me. I would recommend Carolyn to anyone prepping for the GMAT, or any other test.
- Kit M. from Chicago, IL

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