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Stephanie

I just recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a major in Theatre and a Minor in Statistics. I have always been drawn to both the creativity of acting and the straightforwardness of academics, and I feel that both paths will make me a unique and interesting tutor. I have what some people would call an "overactive imagination," and it has always served me well in my own academic habits, allowing me to visualize each problem in a more captivating and easy to understand way. I feel confident that I can help my students discover their own ways of interesting visualization as well.

One of the most rewarding jobs I have had was the couple summers I worked as a camp counselor at an overnight camp in Texas. Being responsible for other people's children for three weeks is both terrifying and thrilling. There is something supremely satisfying about connecting with people who could potentially look up to you, assuming you earn it. I aim to bring that mentality into tutoring. I promise to be someone worth looking up to, and I hope to inspire something in each of my students that allows them to not only understand difficult concepts but also to excite in them. It is all about speaking their language, and I look forward to becoming multilingual as my student-base grows!

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Southern California - BA, Theatre (Minor in Statistics)

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 33

SAT Composite: 2220

SAT Math: 790

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 730

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 760

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 710

SCUBA, Reading, Joss Whedon, Harry Potter, SciFi/Fantasy

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

First, I would try to get to know them personally a little bit, find something we can connect on before figuring out their typical study and learning habits. I would want to understand them socially and academically, because that would help me figure out how to tailor lessons to them specifically.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Keep them positive about overcoming it while also digging deeper into the specifics of the issue. I would find new ways to approach a problem until something clicked for the student

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I've found that making a game out of it/incorporating some kind of visual learning tends to help. I've always had an overactive imagination, so I would try to bring out theirs as well. Some students are more aural than visual (or vice versa) when it comes to learning, so I would hone in on that as well.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student's mind works differently, and once I successfully figure out how they think, I'm confident I can utilize that to help them work through the problems by approaching them from different angles. They all have the capability to succeed; it's all a matter of finding the right path. My own path is one of Acting and Statistics, so I understand that any combination of skills and passions is not only possible but also extraordinary. Even if a student isn't yet passionate about school, I can help them transform whatever it is that they are passionate about into a learning tool. Hopefully, they'll then end up passionate about school too.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

One of the first steps, after talking to the student, is parent communication. Parents usually have additional insights into the student's learning habits that the students themselves might be unwilling to share for one reason or another. Once I have a good idea of how the student thinks and where they might struggle, I can find new ways around the problem, personalizing it for each student. Unless they have a connection to the problem, they are usually not too eager to focus on it. I just need to find the avenue that fits them the best. This can be done with anything from props to real-world examples to making songs out of problems (so they are easier to remember--trust me, it works).

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

When tutoring anything in the mathematics field, I always bring scratch paper, pencils, and the TI-84 Silver Edition Plus calculator I have had since 6th grade. I firmly believe that you have to show your work thoroughly when doing math, so the scratch paper is a must. As far as Spanish goes, I've found flashcards to be useful in the past. Flashcards can also help with grammar rules and test prep vocabulary. Beyond all of that though, I always bring a smile and a positive attitude. :)

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I like to make sure the student reaches the answers on their own. I would never want to give them answers when they get discouraged; that doesn't help them. I ask them appropriate questions to guide them in the right direction, but I have found that when they reach the answers without explicitly being given them, their confidence builds greatly. Once they solve one problem with minimal help, each one gets progressively easier (and they get progressively happier).