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Laura

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I found my passion for teaching when I found my passion for learning. That moment of complete understanding, of the puzzle pieces fitting together, made me want others to share that feeling. In middle school I began teaching English to recent immigrants in my town and translating for international campers at my YMCA summer job. I began tutoring and editing papers and college essays for my peers in high school; I loved the opportunity to revise their work. I became a teaching assistant while at Franklin & Marshall College in both the Neuroscience and Chemistry Departments working to run labs and teach lecture. I served as a teaching assistant for a freshman writing seminar and in that program I received training as an essay tutor. I also volunteered at the International Center on campus as an English language tutor. I am fluent in Spanish and Russian having studied Russian at Middlebury College's intensive summer immersion program. I have used my Bachelors in neuroscience in hospital and laboratory settings since graduation in 2012 and love following the latest research.

My goals in tutoring are to help students break down overwhelming material into manageable pieces, to see the big picture value of their school subjects, and to find tangible success in their every effort. I focus on helping the student talk through the their concerns and ideas. I encourage students to share their own strategies to determine what will work best with individual learning styles. I have many ideas for students to strengthen test taking and time management. I look forward to helping students succeed in their coursework and test taking.

Laura’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Franklin and Marshall College - Bachelor in Arts, Neuroscience

Hobbies

foreign languages, hiking, nail polish, NHL/KHL

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

11th Grade Reading

12th Grade Reading

Adult Literacy

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

Languages

Other

Russian

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

Writing


Q & A

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

With a first session, I would typically ask the student why they think they need a tutor and what they are hoping to gain in the long term. I want to hear about their goals for the subject we are working on but also their goals in life: knowing what a student's passionate about makes all the difference. I like to talk about what they are doing right now for the subject and look through their syllabus or any current notes/tests/papers they have. It's important for me to see the day-to-day work, because it lays the foundation for the big picture success.