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Rachel

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Learning is a challenge. As a current student, I know and I want to help you to stay motivated and to reach your goals.
I make a great tutor because I am personable and approachable; people are always asking me for assistance in my lab classes and doing problems in class. Additionally, my friends and coworkers trust me to proofread their essays and articles for clients. I am also a student, so I can better relate to the current teaching methods. Finally, I am brilliant and an expert test taker. I was in the top 3% of high school scholars in California, and I have continually made the deans list while taking both science and arts and humanities classes in college. In high school, I tutored freshman in math and english as part of my Key Club requirements. Additionally, in my previous jobs, I have loved training and teaching new hires.

Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, History

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 710

SAT Writing: 720

Hobbies

Hiking, Public Health, Baking

Tutoring Subjects

7th Grade Science

Algebra

Algebra 2

History

AP European History

AP United States History

AP US History

Art History

CAHSEE Prep

CAHSEE ELA

CAHSEE English

CAHSEE Mathematics

Cell Biology

Chemistry

College Algebra

College Chemistry

College Level American History

General Chemistry

High School Chemistry

High School Level American History

HSPT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

Math

Middle School Science

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Critical Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Test Prep


Q & A

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

Flashcards, practice problems and testing.

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

Break problems down into step-by-step problems. Many small accomplishments add up to a large accomplishment.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Conduct a pre-assessment to identify the student's strengths and weaknesses, and create a study plan for moving further.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Problem based learning.

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

I would ask them what they would like the sessions to focus on in order to make a tutoring plan, as well as evaluate their strengths and weaknesses through a mini assessment.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will give the student formative feedback, and help them to set goals that they can work independently to achieve.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help the student set goals, cultivate discipline, use the power of positive thinking and learn not to give up. Learning is supposed to hurt a little.

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

As students read, I have them jot down a few words to the side of the paragraphs about what that paragraph was about. By the time they are done with the passage, they have notes to look back on about the theme of each paragraph.

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

I ask the student what they feel they are struggling with and/or would like to focus on, then I do an assessment to see what their strengths and weaknesses are. I will use their strengths as tools to help with where they are struggling.