Areas of Specialty:
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One of the primary areas in which I tutor students is mathematics — starting with the later elementary grades and continuing through 9th and 10th grade Algebra I and Geometry. I have twelve years of classroom experience, including as the middle school math teacher at AESA Prep Academy in Austin, as the middle school math teacher at Progress School of Austin, as an Apollo 20 Math Fellow at Attucks Middle School in Houston, and as an upper elementary lead guide (all subjects) at Austin Montessori School.
I assist young writers-to-be in overcoming their resistance to writing and can help them generate drafts of essays and reports and turn those into finished manuscripts. I assist writers of all ages in overcoming ‘writer’s block.’ As a published creative writer, and with experience in the publishing industry and as a freelance copy editor, together with many years of undergraduate- and graduate-level work in Philosophy, academic and critical writing is a particular strength. Working with adult writers of books, blogs, memoirs, and scholarly articles is a growing part of my work.
Some students need extra support in overall study and organizational skills, note-taking, reviewing for tests, and completing homework and projects in a variety of subjects. And many families find that the otherwise peaceful relations between parent and child become strained and contentious when they try to collaborate on schoolwork. I can help your student stay on track and can serve as an intermediary between you, your child, and his or her teachers.
The best strategy for preparing for a standardized test is to spend the time and effort it takes to become fluent in the areas being tested — by working hard in one’s classes, completing homework, and reviewing for class tests. The makers of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and other standardized tests actually have done quite a good job of making it difficult to improve one’s scores simply by ‘cramming’ for their tests (this despite what some test-prep books and review courses would like you to believe). While I can help a student come up with a study plan for such a test, can recommend study materials, and can serve as an accountability coach, I do not offer (and don’t believe in) last-minute blitzes or ‘tricks’ for taking standardized tests. I do, however, offer the building-up of fluency in subjects (especially math, reading & writing, and critical thinking — the major components of most standardized tests), over time. Starting early, and working consistently over an adequate span of time, is the most effective path towards solid test scores.
Prior to beginning tutoring, our older son was struggling a bit in his 5th grade math course. His confidence was low and he seemed to have decided he wasn’t really all that good at math. After working with Audie weekly for a few months, he scored in the advanced range on his STAAR test, and his new middle school determined he is two grades ahead and recommended he take pre-AP classes in 6th grade. When we informed our son, we were heartened to see his excitement and pride in his accomplishments, which replaced the self-doubt he might have exhibited in the past. It was remarkable to observe Audie work diligently to build a strong rapport with our son while utilizing engaging methods to help the material come alive for him. During his sessions with Audie, our son grew in confidence and is now more self-assured and more aware of his true capabilities as he begins middle school.
Our 3rd grader also showed solid improvement in math following his sessions with Audie. His STAAR scores improved dramatically after receiving some rather low scores on initial practice exams. Audie was quick to observe our son’s drive to succeed in other areas of his life and helped him apply that same enthusiasm and grit to academics. Audie’s holistic approach helped identify inherent strengths in our son and Audie then utilized them to help our son improve in math.
Throughout his work with our children, Audie maintained excellent communication with us as parents, ensuring we were informed of strategies being utilized and progress being made. Audie is an adaptable and thoughtful tutor who is skilled at connecting with children as well as helping them to learn and master academic material. We recommend him heartily! G.L., 2018
What situations might call for a tutor?
A tutor can be useful in situations in which a student:
- needs support in one or more subject areas — either to catch up, to stay current, or to move ahead into advanced classes.
- scored below expectations on a recent benchmark test.
- struggles with general study or organizational skills, homework or project completion, or test preparation.
- is changing schools, is making the leap from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school, or is changing from one style of education (Montessori, Waldorf, homeschooling, small private, or large public) to another.
- does not ‘click’ with a particular teacher and needs to have the material presented in a different, more individualized way.
- finds that an otherwise pleasant relationship with a parent is strained when the two try to collaborate on schoolwork.
Where do you meet with students?
Note: During this situation of a pandemic, virtually all of my work is currently being done remotely via Zoom and other forms of communication, and I expect this arrangement to remain in place through the rest of 2020. Fortunately, my work has translated very well to such a forum, and I have been able to help my students remain on pace with their learning during this challenging time.
When not dealing with such a situation, I typically meet with students at a variety of locations, including:
- at their homes.
- at their schools, during study-hall periods or after school.
- at coffee shops.
- at public libraries.
- at other neutral locations such as country clubs, restaurants, or parents’ workplaces.
What are your rates?
My current standard rate for tutoring (through 2020) is $75/hour.
Reduced rates are available for students or families with whom I meet at least 3 or 4 hours per week.
In some cases, there are curriculum and materials expenses paid for by me, which are invoiced at cost for reimbursement. Note: I am currently waiving these costs during the pandemic, given that my other costs are lower at this time (due mainly to reduced commuting time and expense) and as a small gesture to help those who may be negatively impacted, economically, by the pandemic.
Rates for editing work are typically lower and depend on the type and size of the project.
After many years of tutoring students part-time, Audie Alcorn founded ATX Tutoring and began tutoring students full-time in June of 2017. Audie’s prior work experience includes 12 years of classroom experience, including as the middle school math teacher and a co-associate head of school at AESA Prep Academy in Austin, as the middle school math teacher at Progress School of Austin, as an upper elementary lead guide at Austin Montessori School, and as an Apollo 20 Math Fellow at Attucks Middle School in Houston. Audie also worked for a few years each in the publishing industry, including as a freelance editor, contributor, and ghostwriter; in the Department of Education and Interpretation at Zion National Park in Utah; and as an auditor for Price Waterhouse in Dallas.
Audie’s academic background includes 10 years of successful university experience, including earning 3 degrees — a Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from Southwestern University, a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from the University of Arizona (summa cum laude), and a Master of Arts (Philosophy) from Texas Tech University (the latter two earned with 4.0 GPAs) — as well as studying as a Presidential Fellow in Philosophy at Rice University. Audie’s standardized test results include scoring in the 98th percentile on the SAT math section, the 97th percentile on the GRE verbal section, and the 97th percentile on the GRE analytical section.