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Chelsea

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I am a 30-year-old mother, writer, digital marketer, and tutor. I consider tutoring to be my career, as I have over 15 years' experience with one-on-one educating I began tutoring my peers in high school, and have since worked with students from 5 to 50 years old in all subjects. My favorite subjects are math and Spanish, but I also love to write, and am a voracious reader in my (currently nonexistent!) spare time. I studied International Relations at Rollins College, which required that I be well-versed in many subject areas, and I believe in the value of a well-rounded education. I love getting to know my tutoring clients and becoming truly invested in their success.

Chelsea’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rollins College - Bachelors, International Relations

Hobbies

Lifting weights, playing piano, listening to podcasts on culture and nutrition

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT with Writing Prep

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Algebra 2

History

AP Spanish Language & Culture

Arithmetic

Business

Civics

CLEP College Mathematics

CLEP Spanish

College Algebra

College Application Essays

College Business

College Economics

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Political Science

Conversational Italian

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Economics

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Florida EOC Assessment Prep

Geometry

Gifted

Graduate Test Prep

GRE

GRE Quantitative

GRE Verbal

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Political Science

High School Writing

Homework Support

College Math

Italian

Languages

Macroeconomics

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Persuasive Writing

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Prep

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Quantitative Reasoning

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Italian

SAT Subject Test in Italian with Listening

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am relaxed and believe in making school and studying less stressful in any way possible. I focus on creating positive habits: small things that students can do to make large tasks more manageable.

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

I would let the student speak more than I do; rather than telling him what we will be doing, I will let him guide us by asking a few questions and letting him explain what he knows first. Most of the time, this approach results in the student being surprised at how much he already knows. Then, future sessions are less intimidating.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can provide the student with lifelong study skills, which go above and beyond traditional things like creating flashcards. I like to show students how to get more out of class time, reading, and homework so that studying for big tests is simpler.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Allow the student to take a break! Resting our minds is just as important as working diligently. Sometimes, answers and creative ideas pop into our heads most easily when we are not forcing it to happen.

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

Take a break from the frustrating concept and work on related skills that will draw us back to the difficult one without putting too much pressure on it. Then, give some easy tips for the student to try the next time the hard concept comes up in class or at home.

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

Encourage them to stop frequently while reading long passages. Pausing to assess how well you're understanding a topic allows you to either move forward confidently or go back and re-read short portions of the text before it gets too overwhelming.

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

I would explain my go-to learning strategy: Always do what you know first. Look at the things you are sure about, especially when studying for tests. Do not spend all your time on the difficult or frustrating parts since they will likely only make up a small part of the exam.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I gauge a student's emotional reaction to a topic or subject. Angst or apprehension tells me a student needs patience; apathy tells me he needs to be shown how the skill he learns will help him in all other subjects, or in life!

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

If I see a student becoming bored or confused by my explanation, I slow down and try not to talk as much. I respect the natural pauses as the student picks up on the topic and wait for him to ask questions. Similarly, if a student looks actively frustrated, I will get his mind off the problem with a completely different approach, i.e. watching a video of someone else explaining the subject matter. I won't always use pencil and paper, though it's my habit to do so; sometimes, I adapt by simply having a conversation about the work.

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

Less is more. The necessities are pencil, paper, and the student's book or assignment. Occasionally, I'll use a smart phone or tablet if we need to look up something together.