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After graduating from high school I joined the United States Marine Corps. I spent 4.8 years in the corps, and was stationed overseas the entire time (Okinawa, Hungary, Kosovo). I have traveled to over 15 countries, and have developed a fascination for learning about different ethnic cultures. I enjoyed my time in the corps, and do my best to always try to incorporate my stories into my lesson plans. I am currently pursuing my TESOL certificate (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

For over 10 years I have tutored fellow students, coworkers, high school students, college students, ESL learners, and adults. During my undergrad program I was a writing tutor for not only fellow University Of Illinois at Chicago students, but also for students at Jones College Prep. During my graduate program I also tutored at Jones, and at Whitney M. Young Magnet School. I enjoy tutoring because I like helping students make sense of difficult topics. I also enjoy meeting new students, and forming a strong rapport.

In order to create a successful tutoring session I believe the session must be student centered. During my student teaching experience at Whitney M. Young Magnet School I learned the importance of establishing rapport with the students. A strong rapport helps to create a relaxed learning environment. I also keep my lessons interesting by intertwining current events, my own personal experiences, and technology together. By using multiple teaching strategies I can cater to all learning types, since every student learns in their own unique way.

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: Roosevelt University - Master of Arts, Secondary Education-Social Science

State Certified Teacher


Going to the movies, reading books-especially non-fiction, walking the dog, traveling, and using Groupon to discover new things to do in Chicago

Tutoring Subjects

AP US History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

European History


High School English

High School Level American History

High School World History






Social Studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

US History

World History


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