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I have loved learning ever since I was a little kid. When others joined sports teams, I joined the debate and science teams. Some children enjoyed watching action movies; I enjoyed reading about the actions of emperors and kings. This passion for understanding made school, as well as testing, enjoyable for me. It is also contagious: when I explain why history, literature, or even grammar are so interesting, others tend to agree. It is a joy to get to share my love of learning with others. In addition, it is wonderful to see their self-confidence and abilities grow hand-in-hand. These are just some of the reasons why I enjoy teaching and tutoring.

I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison this past May with a BA in International Studies and Certificates in African, Middle Eastern, and Medieval Studies. Since then, I have been volunteer tutoring refugees with a non-profit, gardening, and working full-time.

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Jennifer’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelor in Arts, International Studies

Test Scores

ACT English: 32

ACT Reading: 32

ACT Science: 32

AP English Literature: 4

AP English Language: 5

AP European History: 5

AP Human Geography: 5

AP U.S. Government & Politics: 5


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Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

African History

American Literature

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP Art History

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP European History

AP French

AP Human Geography

AP US Government

AP World History


Art History


College Business

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Creative Writing

Elementary School Math



Essay Editing

European History

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing


French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4



High School Business

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Human Geography




Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Persuasive Writing

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

US History

World Civilization

World History

World Literature

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Students that get discouraged are more likely to give up. I note the small successes and things they do right -- the confidence boost usually catches their interest. In addition, I usually find ways to relate concepts to their interests, like video games or sports.

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

In a typical first session, I am trying to get to know the student. I will be assessing their weaknesses and strengths with the material, their learning style, and whether there is anything else hindering their achievement, like test anxiety. I will start targeting their specific needs, and we will also work on any issues or materials the parents were able to get to me before the session. I then end the session by asking the student what they thought was or was not helpful and give them something to work on before our next meeting.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The single best way to get students to enjoy learning a subject is to increase their confidence. Students like to succeed and often choose the paths that they excel in; when learning is hard, they tend to avoid it. When I meet with students, I show them how easy, fun, and interesting it can be, including grammar.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It is easy to help a student stay motivated when you can interest them in the subject, which I am usually able to do. In addition, it helps to keep the student focused on easily achievable goals as well as what they have already accomplished.

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

I often phrase things in multiple ways using analogies and metaphors. Throughout sessions, I frequently ask the student to restate a concept in their own words or repeat the skill to confirm they have absorbed the information.

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

The best way to help with reading comprehension is to start with simple strategies that make reading easier. Students get discouraged when reading takes time, either from not understanding concepts or having to look words up. By helping readers recognized patterns, you can improve their focus and abilities.

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