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Alyssa

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I am currently a sophomore at Stanford University studying bio-engineering along with pre-med. I have tutored in the past and love seeing the students I tutor progress. I also coach gymnastics, so I greatly enjoy working with people and teaching them skills in general. I specialize in ACT and high school math tutoring because I remember the importance of the subjects and would like to help other students be as successful as possible.

Alyssa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stanford - Bachelor of Science, Bioengineering

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 30

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 33

Hobbies

Biology, reading, cheerleading and coaching gymnastics

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Psychology

Cell Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

College Essays

Elementary School

Essay Editing

General Biology

General Chemistry

High School

High School Chemistry

Human Development

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Science

Social Sciences


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that the most important part of teaching students is teaching them how to learn and the importance of the learning. So, in math, I will focus on effective problem solving. In reading, I'll focus on passages. And in all subjects, I'll concentrate on how important it is to put in as much effort as possible. In other words, I will try to highlight not only how important it is to try but also how enjoyable it is to learn challenging material.

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

In a first session with a student, I will jump right in with material right after introductions in order to maximize our time together, but I will also make sure that they feel comfortable asking questions by explaining how I learned the material or perhaps even struggles I had when learning it.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Becoming an independent learner is an invaluable skill, and I will continually encourage this by allowing time for students to attempt the problem and commending them for their efforts and improvement, whether their answer is right or wrong.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Staying motivated throughout a long session can understandably be difficult, so I will help students to stay motivated by making sure that I am energized throughout the session and never stop encouraging them. Also, sometimes switching topics allows you to stay more interested rather than focusing on only a few problems.

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

I understand that each and every person learns differently and learns different subjects with varying amounts of ease. So, when one area proves difficult, I will try to relate it to something the student understands well and simply remind them how it is okay and even good for you to struggle through concepts. You may end up knowing it even better than something that came easily.

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

Reading is an important skill, so when a student is struggling with this, I will work through passages sentence by sentence and ask them questions that focus on the content of the passage. I will also encourage them to spend time reading every day.

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

I think the best way to engage a student is to show them how much I am excited by the material. If this does not work, I will try to show how similar it is to something that they do enjoy.

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

I think testing is one way to see how well a student knows material. I also believe that it is extremely important for students to feel comfortable with what they have learned. So, even once they have done well in testing, we can continue to review until they believe that they know the material well.