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Rebecca

I am a graduate of Northwestern University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies. I am currently pursuing a masters degree in social work at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. I am passionate about tutoring because I want everyone to be able to perform academically at their highest possible level. I also think it is important that learning is not just for one assignment or one test, but rather that it sticks with you to build a solid foundation of knowledge and confidence that you can carry forward. My favorite subjects to tutor include SAT test preparation, math, English, and psychology. My approach to tutoring is to meet the student where they're at and go from there. I find that this way we can build a productive tutoring relationship where I can help individualize learning to each person's particular learning style. Outside of academic interests, I enjoy cooking, being with friends and family, traveling the world, and looking as ridiculous as possible doing Zumba.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Northwestern University - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree:

 University of Chicago SSA - Masters, Social Work

SAT Composite: 2340

SAT Math: 740

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

My hobbies include Zumba, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and reading.

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

I would find different ways of explaining the skill or concept to them. I would continually assess what they have understood, and build from there with both practice and varied explanations.

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

I try to build a good working relationship with them. I work to find out what they are interested in, what their strengths and learning style are, and what they are looking for. I also make sure to tell them that if the way I'm explaining something or working with them isn't clicking, that's okay - tell me and we'll work together to find the best method possible for them.

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

I would relate the subject to something that the student likes. If I'm using examples, my examples would relate to a topic or hobby that they enjoy. I also work to engage with students on a more relational level, so that even if the topic is boring, we can make it dynamic together.

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

I would give them more problems of a similar type and make sure that they can solve them independently. I would then have them explain to me how they answered the question. If they can teach it back to me in their own words, then I am fairly confident that they understand it.