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Penelope

I am an experienced tutor with a strong background in the classroom setting, as well as in one-on-one teaching. My teaching expertise coupled with my passion for knowledge and constant learning is what I will bring to the table with all of my students. I have lived, studied, and worked in both the United States and abroad and have the ability to work with students of all types of backgrounds. Additionally, I customize my lesson plans with each and every student based on their existing knowledge, interests, and goals.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Northeastern University - Bachelors, Finance

Graduate Degree:

 Babson College - Masters, Finance

Traveling, Reading, Economics, and Music

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Greek

What is your teaching philosophy?

I enjoy using real world examples to communicate with my students based on their likes and interests.

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

I would find out about my student's background and the activities they enjoy. I would then proceed to find out more regarding the student's knowledge of the subject matter. From there, we would lay out a tentative program together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I try to help all of my students become independent learners by keeping them interested and engaged in the subject matter at hand. I attempt to show them real-life applications and how what we are doing can be used in their everyday lives.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe it is important to really get to know my students well and to set small, attainable goals that will hold them to a certain level of accountability.

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

I strongly attempt to show my students that there are many different approaches to learning a particular concept. I would first pinpoint where the lack of understanding is taking place and then determine whether the student simply needs a review or a fresh approach.

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

I ask key questions regarding what they are currently taking away from the reading and use a combination of different tactics based on where they stand. Identifying the problem and then asking the student to make connections between what they are reading and what they already know is key.

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

First, I work with the student to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and based off of that set small weekly goals as well as a long-term goal. I then devise my lesson plans according to the student's interests and keep them constantly engaged.

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

I have always found that drawing connections between the particular subject we are studying and its practical uses in everyday life is the key to getting and keeping students excited.

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

I focus on constantly asking and answering questions to ensure that the student is following my teaching.

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

I believe that positive reinforcement, constant feedback, and constructive criticism are three key components to building the student's confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Evaluating a student's needs is a multi-faceted process that includes pre and post assessments, constant practice questions, and open dialogue.

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

I can adapt via a variety of different vehicles which include my display methods and visuals, scheduling/timing and how assignments are spread out, and the way in which questions are posed.

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

I use practice problem sets, note cards, and a planner to set very specific goals.