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Hannah

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Hello! I grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from Occidental College, where I studied psychology. I have three years of tutoring experience, as well as four years of experience teaching elementary, middle, and high-schoolers in and out of the classroom. As a tutor, I love connecting with new students and developing creative learning strategies to help them reach their goals. In addition, my experience working with kids and teenagers with special needs makes me an excellent candidate to tutor those with learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder. I look forward to working with you.

Hannah’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Occidental College - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT English: 33

ACT Reading: 34

SAT Writing: 750

Hobbies

art history, music, volleyball, basketball (go Warriors!)

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th 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

AP Art History

AP English Literature and Composition

AP Psychology

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Special Education

STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I strive to match my teaching style to the personality, needs, and goals of each student. My philosophy is similar to the saying "the customer knows best"--the student, I believe, often knows best how they learn. My goal is to help them build on their strengths using strategies that fit them best.

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

I always begin by introducing myself and getting to know the new student by asking them about their goals and previous exposure to the topic at hand. Whether it is computer skills, Spanish, or the SAT, I am always interested in a client's experience. I like to learn what strategies work best for them and get a sense of what they hope to gain from tutoring.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help every student link what we are working on with their future goals. For instance, a student working on SAT or ACT writing is learning skills that will not only help them improve their test scores, but will behoove them in college essays and beyond.

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

I first try to understand why they are having trouble--did I explain it too fast? Does the concept involve a lot of unnecessary jargon? Then, I approach the concept again from a different angle, or I use visuals to better describe what I'm discussing. I always check in with the student by asking them to practice the concept with an example--this helps me assess whether I have explained the skill or concept well.

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

I always aim to connect the subject with something the student is passionate about. For a student struggling with reading, this could mean suggesting reading material related to one of their hobbies. For a student learning Spanish, this could mean emphasizing vocabulary that is most relevant to their passions, be they travel or art.

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

I check in by asking the student to demonstrate how to use each new skill or concept. Then, I ask them questions in order to assess their comprehension of the concept.

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

Depending on the subject and the student's needs, I bring library books, worksheets, or vocabulary flashcards.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I teach students strategies that they can use on their own, and I help them practice these strategies using small homework assignments.

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

I help students increase their comprehension by building on their past experiences and prior knowledge of the subject we are reading about. For beginning students, I provide outlines of texts to help scaffold their learning and offer a kind of preview of what is to come in the next chapter.

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

I try to find out about the student's future goals, interests, and passions. Then, I aim to make each lesson relevant to those goals and dreams by connecting favorite subjects with more difficult ones.

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

I validate their experience. I try to show them how much they already know by presenting concepts that relate well to their prior knowledge. I help students break up large assignments into manageable daily or weekly tasks. I always emphasize how each subject or concept is related to a skill the student can use in the future.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

For students working on standardized testing, it helps me to know their prior scores. But this is only a piece of the puzzle. At the first session, I always ask questions like: what would you like to gain from tutoring? How can I support you best? I try to listen to each student and then tailor my teaching strategies to what they say.

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

I always ask students about their timeline for learning because my strategies for a student hoping to improve their SAT scores in 6 months might differ from those I'd use with a student hoping to improve in the next 2 weeks. I also pay close attention to the student's learning style--do they learn best with visuals, or by "doing"?