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Amanda

I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and completed some graduate coursework at Loyola Marymount University in order to receive my teaching credential in Biological Sciences. I have experience both as a tutor, working with high school students in AP Chemistry, and a classroom teacher, working with middle school students in Life & Physical Sciences. I have a broad range of subjects that I am comfortable tutoring in, ranging from English and essay editing to Algebra and middle school math. But I am most passionate (and get most geeked out about) teaching science, especially topics in Biology and Life Science, because I love learning about how our living world works! My teaching philosophy revolves around students harnessing their strengths to become independent learners, and my job is to facilitate making those connections. Outside of education, I love spending time outdoors and doing yoga (a combination of both would be ideal!).

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Southern California - , Psychology, Pre-Med

Graduate Degree:

 Loyola Marymount University - , Single Subject Teaching Credential

MCAT Verbal Reasoning: 11

MCAT Biological Sciences: 11

I love practicing yoga and spending time outdoors, like hiking or going to the beach. I also really love music, and try my best to make it to as many concerts as possible.

College Biology

College English

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Elementary School Math

High School Biology

High School English

Homework Support

Life Sciences

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that all students have the answers to unlock their own success but sometimes need a little bit of guidance. My job as a teacher is to facilitate learning experiences for students to discover answers on their own.

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

I would spend some time getting to know the strengths and areas of growth for that student. I might ask them to talk me through the roadblocks in their learning - where they feel like they get stuck - before jumping into the content at hand.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by helping them to utilize their own strengths to solve their problems. I would also push them to access their prior knowledge to make connections to new situations so that they can grow to do that fully on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe that a big piece of staying motivated is having clear goals. I know that I feel successful when I meet my goals, and it is very tough to feel like progress is being made if my goal was not clearly outlined.