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Tamara

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I am a Columbia University alumna, having received my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering.

I had the opportunity to tutor students of all ages in New York City while working towards my undergraduate degree. I have experience helping students of all ages with homework, developing foundational skills, preparing for school exams and standardized tests, and enhancing reading & writing skills. During that time, I also ran an English as a Second Language education program for adults looking to improve their language skills.

Currently, I am a middle school teacher specializing in work with English language learners, and am working towards my teacher certification with a concentration in TESOL.

Stemming from my education and experience, I am deeply interested in environmental science and teaching English. Additionally, I am passionate about test preparation and developing successful writing skills for tests and college applications. Through a variety of strategies and motivational techniques, any academic challenge can be turned into a fun and meaningful learning experience!

I am a firm believer in creating a comfortable learning environment that encourages a student to achieve his or her highest potential. Students of all ages deserve quality education opportunities, and I believe that tutoring is a key stepping-stone to success.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, Bikram Yoga, sightseeing around New York, and spending time with my dog. I have a very extroverted personality and love meeting new people, particularly those who share common interests!

Tamara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering

Hobbies

My Dog, Reading, Hiking, Yoga, Biking, Basketball, Football

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

College English

College Essays

Elementary School Math

English

Environmental Science

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

Science

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that all learners are able to succeed; it's just a matter of how. Everyone is different, therefore, we don't always learn and understand the same way. My goal as a teacher is to make sure that each individual learns in a way that is understandable to the individual, making it a unique and meaningful experience.

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

When I meet a student for the first time, I think it's important to get to know the student and their expectations. This lets me better understand how I am able to help them in achieving their goals. We talk about school interests, personal interests, strengths, weaknesses, and what they're looking to get out of the tutoring experience. Then, I can explain how I envision the tutoring relationship to be so that the student is always comfortable and is always learning.