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Shayla

I am an Angeleno (South Bay to be specific) born and raised. I am currently a student at the University of Southern California, where I am studying Business, Political Science, and Real Estate. I still work with high school students on a daily basis, as I am an assistant to my high school's Speech and Debate team. I can tutor in all sorts of subjects ranging from the ACT test, most AP tests, and Spanish! I have studied Spanish for 5 years and I have traveled to Latin America to practice my language. I keep my tutoring student centered, and work to make you confident in your own talents and capabilities. I have followed and developed top-notch strategies and techniques for studying and learning subjects effectively. I self-studied for all classes and AP tests, so I know exactly what will make you grow in your subject areas. I am a lifelong learner and it brings me true joy to guide others in their learning, as well. I am a very bright personality and my friendly demeanor will make the process of learning as enjoyable as it can be for you! In addition to my academic life, I also love reading, music, art (including fashion), and getting to meet new people. I look forward to meeting you!

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Southern California - Current Undergrad, Political Science

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 34

Reading, Music, Fashion, Dancing, Writing poetry, meeting new people!

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to place the knowledge in the hands of the student. I want to make it all about you. What do you know? How do you do this problem? It is my privilege as your tutor to guide you from your starting point, not to just repeat the lecture of chapter 1. I work with you, not at you.

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

I want to spend a little time getting to know you on a person-to-person level. Then, I want you to explain to me where you are in the subject. What have you been learning? What makes sense? What are the gaps in your learning? How have you performed in the subject? And then we get right to it! We start making you a master at your subject!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Incentives can go a long way in helping with motivation. I am a genuinely enthusiastic person by default, and I naturally give lots of praise for students as they persist in their studies. But external motivation can only go so far. I work hard to connect the subject we are working on to the student's own desires and dreams to help them see their own internal motivation they have had all along.

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

I'll start with what I will not do. I will not give you the answer. I will not just repeat the explanation for you. I will, however, hear your perspective on what makes sense and what is your understanding. We will start again with what you know and go from there!

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

I stress the student's own understanding. I have them read aloud, and I ask lots of questions. I create personalized and innovative strategies for the student.

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

It all comes down to motivation. Once I help you see the motivation in doing well in that subject, then all it takes is a little nudge in the right direction!

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

The student is at the center of my tutoring strategy. They are confident because they learn the strategies and discover the answers, I merely guide you in the right direction!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I listen actively and closely and evaluate the student's performance.

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

Pen, paper, highlighter, computer, flashcards, practice problems.

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

I listen actively to the students' needs and create personalized strategies for each student.

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

It is all about the student. I have my students explain to me their reasoning and teach me before accomplishing any lesson so that we are both sure they understand and they are confident.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Since I give the students a toolbox of personalized strategies, they are empowered to become independent learners and do quite well.

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

I like to start working with a student by using a diagnostic, so that we are all on the same page in terms of where they are at and the growth they expect to have. Then, I create personalized strategies to help the student reach their goals, and then exceed them!