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Jennifer

Hello. My name is Jenny Gebert and I am very excited about the opportunity to work with you or your child to help achieve better writing or reading skills. I am very passionate about education and believe that everyone can improve with a little bit of extra help. I have helped many students write college essays and love hearing the words, "I got accepted!" Additionally, I score standardized test essays, have taught ESL and tutor and edit for college students. I look forward to being your tutor.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Wichita State University - BA, General Studies

Graduate Degree:

 Texas State University-San Marcos - M.Ed, Counseling, Higher Education

GRE: 150

I love to read, travel and cook. My passion in life though is animals. My dogs and cats are my family and I look forward to the day when I can add a pig to our brood!

ACT Aspire Prep

College English

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

High School English

PARCC Prep

STAAR EOC Prep

What is your teaching philosophy?

To work with that student in whatever works best for them. Being patient, compassionate and caring.

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

I will get to know that student and get a feel for how I can best help them. I try to make them laugh and feel confident.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

We all struggle and have different ways of learning, but with a little guidance we can improve. I will give step by step plans, guidelines and goals that are within reason to achieve.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reassurance, reassurance! I will try to make the subject fun and interesting, remind the student that we all get frustrated, but it can happen.

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

I would break it down, simplify it, and use context around difficult words. I show patience and praise when they demonstrate a learned concept.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would go slowly and try to make it understandable by explaining and using wording they can grasp. I would be very patient.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Getting to know that student's individual needs, and lots of laughter and reassurance. Humor is key.

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

I would do everything in my power to make it interesting and try to make it fun.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I will try anything once! I think explaining at a level they can grasp with demonstration and understanding helps.

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

Laughter, reassurance, and a reminder that we all struggle and have frustrations. I praise all that the student does right!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By talking with them, looking for cues such as anxiety, frustration, or impatience. I would encourage that student to trust me and let me guide them.

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

Every student is different and I understand that each person needs their own individual approach. I have to be the flexible one to meet their needs.

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

I will bring whatever works best for that individual student. Whether a book, printed materials, the Internet or just verbal skills, I will use what best works for that student.