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Michelle

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As an educator and childcare provider, my greatest joy in working with kids is the sense of real accomplishment we share when tackling a difficult challenge and overcoming it together. I feel that I am making a positive impact on the world and helping to shape a better future though providing education and care to young people. Because of this, I care passionately about the success of the students, and I am dedicated to their needs. I am a great tutor because I meet each child where they are with a genuine caring and enthusiasm to see that child grow in some way through our interaction.

Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Bachelors, Psychology

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 720

SAT Writing: 780

Hobbies

Hiking, camping, archery, swimming, cooking, baking, singing, arts&crafts, violin, music, theater, performing arts, LARPing

Tutoring Subjects

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: 3-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Art

CAHSEE ELA

CAHSEE English

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

Essay Editing

French

High School English

Homework Support

Literature

Other

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Special Education

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Work smarter, not harder! Find the right way of thinking about a problem, and the answer follows logically.

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

Get to know their learning style and what makes them passionate about learning.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Give them time and stress management skills, and find ways to apply academic skills to something they are passionate about in life.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Keep the focus on what we have achieved so far, and how it will directly benefit the student's life. Tying in learned skills with real-life situations is also great for motivation.

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

First, I would seek to understand what is the basis of the student's difficulty. From there, we can find out what skills they are confident in and build on that. By starting with what we already know and adding on slowly, even complex concepts can be broken down into manageable bites.

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

I would ask them to explain it to me as if I was the student and they were the teacher. I would also go over any area we had trouble with and reinforce what we learned there.

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

I would find ways that skills from the subject can be applied to something they are interested in. For example, math skills (logic and memorization) can be applied to puzzle-type video games.

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

I build students' confidence by starting with what they already know and adding basic skills as building blocks. I keep it positive and focus on our progress so far, rather than worrying about the end goal.