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Hola! I joined Varsity Tutors primarily because I was looking for a way to use Spanish more often. I have spoken Spanish for nearly 10 years, learning the language by traveling abroad and through high school and college courses, and I love it! I also have many other academic interests and I am excited to tutor in any of the areas listed on my profile. I have tutored a wide age-range; from pre-k to college and everything between.

I was a tutor in several capacities throughout my years at school, and have continued to tutor and teach since then. I really enjoy helping students grow their own sense of self-confidence and watching them grasp the material. Sometimes all it takes is a little extra explanation that is hard to get in the classroom when the teacher is focusing on so many students at once. My style is pretty laid-back. I'm friendly and patient, and I will do what I can to help you as long as you are willing to help yourself. I love using nemonic devices that help keep vocab or other concepts in our brains.

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Philip’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pacific Lutheran University - Bachelors, Spanish (Hispanic Studies), Global Studies

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 700


Learning, languages, traveling, trees, food and growing things, anything to do with outside, surfing and climbing, holistic health and wellness. Trying new things is a must as change is constant.

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

African History

College English

College Essays

College World History

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing



Essay Editing

High School English

High School World History

High School Writing


Homework Support


Latin America History

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing



PSAT Critical Reading


SAT Reading


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I can't do your work for you, but if you're willing to work, I can help.

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

In a first session I would talk with you about the subject you're seeking tutoring in (how you feel about it, what you do and don't like about it, what struggles you are finding, etc.) and probably ask some other questions about what works for you in school, what your learning style is like, and try to get a better understanding of who you are as a student. Then I'd ask what it is you feel like you'd like to accomplish with our tutoring sessions, and we'd come up with a plan from there on how to proceed to meet those goals.

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