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Phoebe

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As a student of life, education, both formal and informal, energizes me. On the formal front, I have my AA in Psychology, my BA in Criminology, and my MS in E-Commerce, and I have an equally diverse post-studies career history. My love of education has taken me to Southern California where I fed my love of law and learned about film. Next, I visited rural Florida with a stint at a Community Theatre. I've even spent a fair amount of time in the Hospitality Industry in Las Vegas, which, unexpectedly, introduced me to the construction industry.

Through all of this, I have been a professional tutor for profit and pro bono. I believe education should be available to everyone regardless of age, sex, or socio-economic status, and I utilize learning identification to impart wisdom in the most effective way possible for each student's needs. I love that magical moment when the student "gets it." With experience in a broad range of subjects, mathematics is the most enjoyable for me, as well as LSAT Logic Games — I'm the weirdo doing LSAT games at the tea house.

My spare time finds me in nature for hikes and trail runs, and I can regularly be found on an obstacle course (Spartan, Tough Mudder, SISU, etc.) or doing an extreme endurance events — either racing or supporting friends. Life is to be learned and lived!

Phoebe’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelor in Arts, Ecology

Graduate Degree: National University - Master of Science, Ecommerce

Hobbies

Obstacle Course Racing, Endurance Events, Nutrition and Health

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACT Prep

ACT Aspire Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

Anatomy & Physiology

Arithmetic

ASPIRE Prep

ASPIRE English

ASPIRE Math

ASPIRE Reading

ASPIRE Science

ASVAB Prep

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

FCAT 2.0 Prep

GED Prep

GED Math

Geometry

GMAT

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

Government

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Quantitative

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

High School English

Homework Support

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HTML

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics

IB Mathematics HL

IB Mathematics SL

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

ISEE Prep

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Math

Other

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PRAXIS Prep

Pre-Algebra

Project Management/PMP

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Statistics

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Different strokes for different folks. Not everyone has the same learning style. A good tutor adjusts to the needs of the tutee and optimizes performance.

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

Every first session includes a discussion of the student's expectations, goals, and previous tutoring experiences. I want to get to know the student: Do they like to play hockey, watch hockey, don't care about hockey? BTW, I don't follow any sports, but I'm always entertained by people who are passionate about a particular team. I like to tell the student about my background and set some of my expectations. Then, we put a game plan together. It's important that the student participate in creating the rules of engagement.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By providing the skills necessary to identify and communicate information effectively, a student can become an independent learner. Identify strengths and weaknesses, and create a game plan for the student to leverage his/her strengths and improve on the weaknesses.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

During a session, I keep students engaged by having them actively participate. I don't preach math or grammar; I engage the learner.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I try different approaches of explaining the concept, relating it to something they are familiar with. Then it's practice, practice, practice. We start applying the concept in simple situations and progressively increase the difficulty level.

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

In the beginning, I ask for a lot of feedback from the student to ensure my methods are productive. I make adjustments as necessary.

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

Positive reinforcement and communication. Many times, students are just told what they've done wrong. I also look for and acknowledge what they've done correctly. I have them explain the process they followed step by step, and have the student verbalize his/her thought process and gently correct them with directed questions.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Review of score/homework reports and trial and error. A student might be assigned to me with a specific intent, but upon observation, I find there is actually an underlying concern. I correct the trajectory and address everything that needs to be addressed.

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

Flexible scheduling, varying teaching styles, and reinforcement. Figure out what drives a student and you can do anything.

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

During sessions, I primarily utilize online content and .pdfs. If I've recommended a specific book for the student to purchase, we'll work out of that, but 95% of the materials I use are available online for free.

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

Reading comprehension improvement can exist for multiple reasons. We have to identify the source of the difficulty and work on that. A lot of times, a student just needs a little guidance and open conversation about the process. Eliminate the anxiety and fear of being wrong, and that's 75% of the battle.

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

Tutoring a student in a subject they don't like can be challenging. I like to ask the students why they don't like a certain subject, and have a discussion about the utility of a particular class. I've honestly rarely had a student I couldn't engage in the process.

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

Confirmation of understanding is critical to progress. Lots of questions are asked, and repetitive practice is completed. I often have student verbalize their thought process while evaluating information.