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MAXimize Tutor LLC


Amanda Martinsen

Founder & President

College Student Tutors

Amanda oversees and helps plan tutoring sessions for all MAXimize Students. Our impressive college student tutors are here to implement the plans Amanda puts in place for students, or to help students directly with their homework, side stepping to fill conceptual gaps as needed.

If you are a current senior in high school, or a college student, and are interested in learning more about becoming a college student tutor, please complete the application linked below. Schedules are flexible, around what works for you, and you can pick up as few as one session a week if that is all your schedule will allow. On busy weeks, you can opt out of tutoring, and our on demand tutoring is all Zoom based, so you can tutor at a location that works best for you. Please apply today to learn more! 

Maya Burlak

Michigan State University, Sophomore

Subjects: Mathematics Algebra 1 through Calculus 

Maya is currently a sophomore at Michigan State University. She is majoring in Civil Engineering with a focus on environmental studies. She graduated from Glenbrook North High School where she was on the Dean’s List every semester. She was captain of the Swim and Waterpolo teams at GBN, a member of Spirit Squad, and a member of the National Honors Society. She also received the Seal of Biliteracy for Spanish. Currently, she is a member of Campus Band at Michigan State, a member of Sigma Delta Tau, and a mentor for Women In Engineering. She tutors in math from Algebra-Calc 1.


Valeria Ceron

Yale University, Junior

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Reading/Writing, Spanish, French, Mathematics through Calculus

Valeria is a prospective neuroscience major on the pre-med track at Yale University. She was born in El Salvador and moved to the U.S. at age 6 and then attended a CPS school in the Irving Park neighborhood and graduated from the Latin School of Chicago in 2021. 

Valeria loves learning about the structure and function of the mind and systems in our body! She's interested in studying brain pathologies and pursuing a career in pediatric psychiatry or neurosurgery since she has a passion for working with children and teens. During her free time, you can find Valeria drinking an iced chai tea latte at Starbucks or shopping at the mall!

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Arden Frantzen

University of Chicago, Junior

Subjects: Physics and Mathematics through Calculus

Arden is a junior at the University of Chicago, studying Physics and Art History. She graduated from the Episcopal School of Acadiana as valedictorian, national honor society member, and national merit winner. She has experience tutoring throughout high school and focuses on physics and calculus. Outside of school, she enjoys playing piano, practicing yoga, babysitting, and playing cards with UChicago Bridge Club. Above all, she prioritizes collaborative work that involves exchanging perspectives, ideas, and approaches with other people to solve difficult problems.

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Delaney Gallagher

Kenyon College, Graduate

Subjects: Physics, Economics, History, Mathematics through Calculus

Delaney is a recent graduate from Kenyon College where she earned a degree in economics and political science with a concentration in public policy. At Kenyon, she was on the Women’s Lacrosse Team, worked in the admissions office, and served in multiple capacities on the college’s two governance bodies. At Glenbrook South in Glenview, she graduated as a member of National Honor Society and served as a tutor in the Titan Learning Center for 2 years. Outside of her major she has a deep passion for physics and continues to pursue non major physics classes in college, along with english as she attends the writer’s college. She hopes to help foster students' deep fundamental understanding of these areas along with many others in her sessions.

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Bennett Korotko

Loyola University Chicago


Subjects: Mathematics through Calculus

Bennett is a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, majoring in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics this fall. He plans to eventually earn his Ph.D. and become a physics professor at a research university. Outside of school, he enjoys both making and listening to a wide variety of music, but his favorites are funk and jazz.


Charles Mitchell

Tufts University, Sophomore

Subjects: Mathematics through Algebra 1

Charles, one of Amanda Martinsen’s former students, is currently a sophomore at Tufts University majoring in Computer Science and possibly a minor in Mathematics. At Tufts, Charles is on the e-board of the National Society of Black Engineers where he manages fundraising and money being allocated towards the club. During the college process, Charles was selected as a Questbridge National College Match Scholarship recipient to Tufts, earning a full four-year ride. He was also chosen as a Cubs Scholarship recipient and a Chicago Scholar. At Latin School of Chicago, Charles received AP Scholar with Honors, was inducted into the Erasmus Society, received the Daniel Murphy Scholarship, co-headed two clubs, tutored Mathematics at Asian Youth Services with over 100 hours of service, and took eight mathematics-based courses. He also caddied at Sunset Ridge Country Club for 3 summers, receiving the Chick Evans Scholarship. Charles’ various academic passions are mathematics, history, computer science, and a few science subjects. He also tutors in these subjects as well. Charles’ passion for education, natural leadership, patience, and love for educating his peers makes him a valuable asset to the MAXimize Tutoring Team.


Jillian Paulson

Loyola University Chicago, Sophomore

Subjects:  Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Reading/Writing, Mathematics through Calculus

Jillian is a sophomore at Loyola University in Chicago where she is studying Physics. She graduated from Seven Lakes High School where she was a part of National Honors Society and National Science Honors Society, as well as a leader in the band program. She loves more than anything to work with kids and peers - she spent high school working as a swim instructor and babysitter and won a leadership award from the color guard program at Seven Lakes. She spent her summer before college working at a school in Dallas and is so excited to continue teaching all subjects through MAXimize tutoring!

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Matt Penne

Vanderbilt, Freshman 

Subjects: Physics, Mathematics through Calculus

Matt is a freshman at Vanderbilt in the School of Engineering. He is a graduate of Glenbrook South High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and a Glenbrook Scholar. He was also a member of the Science and Engineering Learning Community throughout high school and has experience tutoring and working as a math instructor. He enjoys sharing interesting insights while teaching math and science, and encourages students to find their own interests in these topics. Aside from his academic pursuits, Matt is the drummer for multiple bands and loves music—especially rock music.


Jessica Schmidt

St. Olaf College, Freshman

Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics through Calculus 

Jessica is a freshman at St. Olaf College majoring in Biology with a concentration in Mathematical Biology. She graduated from Glenbrook South as a National Merit Finalist, member of the National Honors Society, and recipient of the John W. McConnell Math Award. She has experience tutoring in the Titan Learning Center for 2 years and spent much of her time in high school on the Science Olympiad and Math Teams. Jessica enjoys sharing her joy for math with others and helping students understand the math they learn in the classroom and use it to experience the world around them. At MAXimize, she is excited to help students develop both their skills and interests in STEM.


Ellie Smeallie

University of Michigan, Graduate 2021

Subjects: Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Reading/Writing

Ellie recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in Biology, Health, and Society. At Michigan, Ellie continuously tutored throughout her 3 years, in addition to working in a pediatric oncology laboratory. Ellie specializes in both high school and college level English, Biology, History, and French, and loves aiding in essay writing. Using her bubbly personality and innovative teaching methods, Ellie loves helping all types of students achieve their fullest academic potential.


Courtney Schumacher

Colby College, Freshman

Subjects: Forensics, Psychology, Mathematics through Algebra 2

Courtney is an incoming freshman at Colby College where she will be playing ice hockey and is planning on studying psychology. She graduated from New Trier High School where she made honor roll every semester and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society. During her junior year she was selected by her golf coach to be a part of a Student Athlete Leadership Training (SALT) program. At New Trier, she played ice hockey, softball, basketball, and golf. Courtney has a lot of experience working with younger kids as she has coached in all the sports listed above, babysat, and ran a summer camp for her sister and her friends. She loves helping her friends and siblings with their school work, especially math, and can’t wait to work with MAXimize students.


College Student Tutor Rates

  • $15 base fee plus $60/hour

  • Session lengths are flexible, with a 30 minute minimum. Sessions are billed in 5 minute increments. Additional fees may apply for in person tutoring with our on-demand college student staff. 

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Cancellation Policy

Professional & Custom Tutoring: If you cancel your session less than 48 hours before your session, you will be charged a $40 planning fee. If you cancel your session less than 24 hours before your session, you will be billed for the full session. Frequent cancellations can result in loss of your tutoring slot to be filled by someone from the waitlist. 

On Demand Virtual Tutoring: If you cancel an on demand virtual tutoring session less than 24 hours ahead of time, you will be billed for a 30 minute session.

Thank you for understanding! Tutors spend time preparing for tutoring sessions ahead of time, arranging childcare around tutoring sessions, and tutoring slots cannot always be filled at the last minute by a different student. Please keep this in mind when scheduling. 

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