# Phoebe

Certified Tutor

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 Aspire Prep

Anatomy & Physiology

ASPIRE Math

ASPIRE Science

ASVAB Prep

CLEP Prep

CLEP College Algebra

CLEP College Mathematics

College English

COMPASS Mathematics Prep

Elementary School Math

FCAT 2.0 Prep

GED Math

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Quantitative

GMAT Verbal

GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

High School English

Homework Support

HSPT Math Prep

HSPT Quantitative Prep

HTML

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematics

Intermediate Algebra

College Math

ISEE-Middle Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Middle Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Mathematics Achievement

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Other

PCAT Quantitative Ability

PRAXIS Prep

Project Management/PMP

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Tests Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

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.