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I received my B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from UC Irvine and my J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.

I have been tutoring off and on for about 13 years. I started tutoring in high school when I was 16. During high school, I worked one-on-one with a student (as well a groups of students) ranging from K-11. During college, I was a Life Coach (supervised by our Counseling Center at my college) where I helped students time manage as well as tutoring them in Math and Psychology. I also worked with at-risk elementary students in a program aimed at helping students in Algebra. After college, I worked part-time for a tutoring company. I am passionate about education, and I very much enjoy working with children in the tutoring context.

I really enjoy tutoring a variety of subjects including: Math, Test Prep, and Law. My philosophy is that all students, regardless of their age or restrains, have the potential to achieve their goals with time, preparation, practice, and motivation. I really like discovering what works for students and molding my teaching style to their needs.

My goal is to make a student feel confident in their ability to learn and achieve what may seem impossible.

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Allison’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Cognitive Sciences

Graduate Degree: Thomas Jefferson School of Law - Masters, Law

Hobbies

Spending time with my family and friends, working out, watching movies, and playing with my dog

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

Arithmetic

College Algebra

College English

College Essays

Criminal Law

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

High School

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Legal Research

Legal Writing

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Persuasive Writing

Pre-Algebra

Property Law

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

Social Sciences

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Tort Law

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students have the ability to learn. It's locking in to the way that works best for each student, that can make even the most difficult tasks possible (and hopefully fun).

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

I believe it's best to get to know the student's strengths and weaknesses. This can be looking at how they learn, what subjects they like and dislike, and so forth.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By having benchmarks and goals that both the student (and if they are under 18, with parents' permission) and I agree upon. It could be something as simple as bringing ice cream to the next session on a full letter grade improvement.

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

I would try to see why they are having such a difficult time: is it the way the questions are being explained? Is the teacher teaching in a way that is not helpful to the student? Brainstorming together, I believe we could find a way to accomplish this task. If this happened during a session, I believe the best course of action can be taking a break from a difficult subject and coming back to it at a later time.

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

Making the concept applicable to students. If it's math, talking about it using examples from their favorite tv show or book. If it's reading comprehension, I also can use the examples from above by analogizing the characters or topics.

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

Again, I think the best course is to set benchmarks, goals, and make the topic fun! That could be something as simple as relating it to their every day life, or using their favorite singer to help tackle a difficult math problem.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use what's best for the student. I am a big fan of post-its, markers, highlighters, personal whiteboards-- you name it. I find that color (at least for me personally) helped me get a little more excited about doing homework and/or studying.

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

It depends on the student, but at times some of the best tricks I've used include: 1) switching out the characters or topics with their favorite star/game/etc., 2) attempting to change the language to slang, and 3) my favorite: reading out loud.

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

I try to have a student do a problem with me without me helping them. Additionally, I think some of the best ways to make a sure a student understands a topic is have them teach it to me.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Depending on their age: I may talk with the parents or the student to get a sense of their struggles.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I really just try to work with the student in a matter they feel comfortable in. Some students like to write on a whiteboard, so I'll bring a portable one if I have access. Others like notebooks and color. Additionally, I think the best thing is to listen to the needs of the students. Some days are going to be great days and others are going to be a struggle. Learning to flow with the student and allowing them an opportunity to talk to me about this is something that I think really helps.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by helping them develop a plan that works for them. For some students, they liked to chart the "study times" for each day or week. Others studied whenever they could but enjoyed music while they worked. Additionally, I believe in the importance of having the student teach me the topic when I feel they have fully grasped it. This helps them feel confident and creates positive study habits for the future.

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

Depending on the needs of the student, it could be verbal praise, stickers, or bringing a treat like smoothies or candy (upon approval of parents if under 18). I also think setting goals and/or benchmarks together, and coming back to those, helps us both look at our progress. Especially on those tough days, being able to look at how far a student has come together really does create a world of a difference.


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