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Gwen

I am a recent graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia, having majored in Psychology and Spanish, minoring in Portuguese, and dabbling in Brazilian jazz. I have loved being an assistant teacher through UR's intensive Spanish program, and I am looking forward to exploring a new pedagogical horizon by teaching English in Argentina next year as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow. I look forward to meeting you and coaching you towards your academic goals!

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Richmond - BA, Spanish, Psychology

ACT Composite: 33

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 35

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 30

SAT Composite: 2270

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 750

languages, singing, cooking, traveling, running

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Spanish

College English

High School English

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

Spanish 1

Summer

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

In a first session, we will walk through your course overview together and pinpoint specific obstacles towards subject mastery. Whether we're doing exercises side-by-side or you're taking on the teacher's role and showing off what you know, this is how we prepare for exponential growth!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

When a muscle is weak, it needs support. If you are building up the muscles in a sprained ankle, you use crutches. If you're building strength and confidence in an academic area, learn to love your crutches! We will build these together - a mental picture, a song, an amusing metaphor - to give you something to depend on before your independence is full-grown. Soon enough, you'll be running with the best of them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

You must be your biggest motivator. Let's find out how the academic work in front of you plays into the bigger picture of your life, and you'll see how each course is a building block towards more than just a diploma.

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

Grit > Brains. Let's conquer this together.

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

As a tutor I am a coach, not a lecturer. Each student has different strengths to be capitalized on and different academic "muscles" that may be a little stiff. My tutoring approach will always be tailored to the individual.