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Tutoring was my first job, and I remember how much I loved it. I tutored students from 8 years old to 18 years old, not to mention the 8 younger cousins and siblings I have. I love seeing understanding light up in a student's eyes when they understand a new concept or finally get something they've been struggling with. When they finally get something, a new path opens to them and a new possibility appears.

In my tutoring, the basics are emphasized. The basics are the foundation to understanding bigger and more complicated concepts. Without them, learning becomes a struggle. With them, it can be fun and easy. And when something is fun, students want to do more. It no longer is a fight to do assignments or practice.

Practice is also key in my tutoring. The more practice there is, the more comfortable a student will feel. No one wants to do something discomforting, so comfort and, once again, understanding, is of utmost importance.

Overall, my goal is to make sure you feel comfortable in your classes or for your tests and are clear in what you are learning, all while making it fun and enjoyable!

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Joanna’s Qualifications

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


Reading, watching tv, traveling, walking, eating, cooking, playing with my dog

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What is your teaching philosophy?

Try a different method. Use a Socratic or questioning technique to find out where they're steering wrong so we can correct.

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

Do a general go-over of topics to determine what needs to be focused on. Check homework and study for exams if necessary.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By allowing the student to work on his/her own and not checking every answer after they do it. Also, by asking the student questions about the topic instead of directly teaching, so that they can discover concepts for themselves and not simply memorize.

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