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I am a student at Stanford University working on a joint major in English and Computer Science with a minor in Spanish. My favorite subjects are English, Spanish, and math. I love everything related to reading, writing, and grammar! During high school, I've edited dozens of essays per year for my peers and helped them to tune their writing abilities through informal writing workshops.

I've studied Spanish for 7 years and love everything about the language. I've received recognition for my skills through awards and publications, scored highly on the IB Spanish B HL exam, and used my skills in consistent work and communication with Spanish speakers through various activities, including as a translator for medical students. I served as an official tutor through my school for 4 years, working with students both high school age and middle school age with successful results. I also have helped my peers and students from age eleven with their math skills, particularly middle-school level math, pre-algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Pre-Calculus. I have taken and aced math up to Calculus/Statistics through the IB program, and I scored highly on the IB Mathematics SL exam. I also teach piano, an activity I find to be a lot of fun and a great way for me to tune my teaching abilities.

What makes me most effective as a tutor is my ability to adapt to a student's needs and wants. I am innovative and creative, and I am very good at "reading "students and tailoring the lesson towards the individual. I love working with people, and I view tutoring as a symbiotic relationship: Every student offers a unique insight to me as much as I benefit them. I am very committed to my students, and I do not move on to new concepts until I am sure the student understands old ones.

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Olivia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelors, CS+English

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1500

SAT Math: 700

SAT Verbal: 730

SAT Writing: 730


Piano, Reading, Writing, English, Music, Baking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy


Algebra 2


AP English Language and Composition

AP Spanish Language & Culture



College Algebra

College English

Comparative Literature

Computer Programming

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

FCAT 2.0 Prep

High School English

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

IB Language A: Literature

IB Language A: Literature HL

IB Language A: Literature SL

IB Language B

IB Language B HL

IB Language B SL

IB Literature and Performance

IB Literature and Performance SL

IB Mathematics

IB Mathematics SL

IB Theory of Knowledge

Intermediate Algebra






Microsoft Office

Middle School Math



Persuasive Writing




PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking



Ruby on Rails

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Short Novel

Social Networking

Social Sciences

Software Engineering


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to focus on the student's wants/needs.

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

I would explore their areas of strength, areas of weakness, interests, and goals.

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

I help them learn to "chunk" up passages and decipher the "big picture," guiding them through understanding how authors use sequences of small ideas to execute their main idea.

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

I would help pinpoint the exact area of the concept wherein the problem lies, and I would explain the solution through various broken-down, memorable methods. I would pay attention to exactly what they are confused about and help them find their own way to remember the solution. I would practice the concept with them repeatedly until both of us feel confident that they know the concept.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would break areas of study into small, manageable bits, and then reward and encourage the student for accomplishing each bit.

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

Breaking up the material into small bits, focusing on mastering one area at a time, and consistent practice.

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

I would help them identify their own goals, both short-term and long-term, and help them in breaking the subject down so they can see feasible ways to achieve them. I would also try to tie the subject in with both real-world application and connections to any subjects of their interest.

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

I would have them demonstrate going through the concept, with guidance and without. I would ask them, before moving on to a further related section, to explain the previous concept to me (ex: as I begin to teach factorization, I would ask them if they remember the FOIL process and whether they could explain it to me).

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

I break the subject up into manageable chunks and offer rewards and encouragement for surpassing each chunk. I pay attention to any improvements they make in any skill or area and offer abundant praise when appropriate.

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