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What makes me an amazing tutor is my genuine dedication to those that I tutor, my love for the job and my patience. I understand that every child is special and learns in their own individual way and at their own pace. It is my goal as a tutor to find the best way that each individual child is comfortable learning in and teaching them the subjects at hand through that channel with positive reinforcement and understanding. I have found that by doing so I have consistently encouraged my students to enjoy subjects they previously cringed at and assist them in finding more self confidence in the process. I have prevented many failing students from being held back a grade and assisted them to the point of becoming above average students in all of their areas of studies. Everyone is capable of greatness and I am blessed to have the opportunity to help others realize their potential and assist them in achieving that goal!

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Vanessa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: San Diego State University - Bachelor in Arts, Sociology

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 1950


Swimming, gymnastics, snowboarding, biking, hiking, dancing and reading.

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What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student is CAPABLE of achieving greatness in any subject. It is up to us as tutors to assist you in believing in yourself and getting you there!

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

I'll start with a brief introduction and ask the student what are some of their interests and difficulties. Then I'll incorporate some games into our learning session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would help the student by guiding them through problems and gradually giving them more independence and positive reinforcement as they progress. In the end, all of my students have become completely independent, raised their grades in school in the tutored subjects, and no longer required a tutor within a matter of months.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Continuous positive reinforcement, make the lessons fun by incorporating some relevant games into my lesson, and tailoring my teaching style to fit each individual student's learning needs (since everyone learns very differently, we adjust my tutoring to their individual learning style).

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

I would take the time to ask and clarify what area(s) they are having trouble with. Then, I would demonstrate to them how to complete the task at hand and take it step by step to make sure they understand and are actually learning/retaining the material at hand.

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

Being patient, understanding, and hearing them out. Finding out what THEY feel their weakness is (and obtaining their parents'/teachers opinions), then taking it from there. Everyone wants to be respected and understood, including children.

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

I would work to isolate the issue(s) they are having, then start off with an easy problem explaining to them how to solve it. As they continue, we will graduate to increasingly harder problems, all while consistently giving my students encouragement and positive reinforcement.

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