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Rebecca

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I believe that every student learns differently, and that an individualized learning plan can make all the difference for any type of student, from elementary to graduate school. I hold two bachelors degrees in political science and journalism. I also have a J.D. and I have passed the bar exam in two different jurisdictions. From the ACT to the LSAT to the bar, I have experience with a variety of exams. I am an experienced tutor and have worked with elementary school students as well as graduate school students. By day, I am an attorney for the government, but I truly enjoy the time I get to spend with students on evenings and weekends.

Rebecca’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Marquette University - Bachelors, Political Science and Journalism

Graduate Degree: Loyola University Chicago School of Law - Masters, Law

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 33

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 28

SAT Verbal: 720

Hobbies

In my spare time I like to try out new recipes and read new book. When I can, I love to travel to new places!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

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 Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Administrative Law

Adult Literacy

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP US Government

CLEP English Literature

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Contract Law

Creative Writing

Criminal Law

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Essay Editing

Ethics

Evidence

Expository Writing

Family Law

Fiction Writing

Government

Handwriting

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Introduction to Fiction

Journalism

Legal Research

Legal Writing

Literature

LSAT Essay Section

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Persuasive Writing

Political Science

Reading

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

Short Novel

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Tort Law

US History

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that every student learns differently, and that an individualized learning plan can make all the difference for any type of student, from elementary to graduate school.

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

In a first session, my focus is on learning as much as I can about the student and their current study habits - what has worked for them and what has not. From there, we can begin to create a plan that will allow the student to not only gain mastery of the subject, but also to learn study tools that will be applicable in every area of study.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Every student must find the right study tools to be successful in any subject. By introducing new and different ways to approach learning, I would help the student determine what study method is most effective for him or her.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help students stay motivated by setting goals and helping them be accountable to their goals. Also, by determining effective study methods and tools for each individual, I would help students study effectively and efficiently.

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

Practice problems are a great way to make sure that a student understands the material and feels comfortable working with the material.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Listening is a big part of successful tutoring. During the first few sessions, I try to do more listening than talking so that I can get to the root of where the student is having trouble. The better my understanding is, the more successful the tutoring sessions will be.

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

When first working with a student, I like to hear from them about the study strategies they have been using and why they have not been working. Then, I like to set goals for the student, and work with the student to develop a plan to achieve those goals. Having a plan written down is a great way to stay accountable to the goals. Then, I would encourage the student to try out some new study strategies and have them begin to talk through practice problems to ensure that the student understands the concepts.

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

I would start by talking through the skill or concept with them. By listening, I would hope to identify areas of weakness and strength, and begin to formulate a plan with the student to address the weaknesses and utilize the strengths to allow the student to master the skill or concept.

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

For a student struggling with reading comprehension, I would start by having the student read out loud a portion of the material and then ask the student to verbally paraphrase what they had just read. By doing this several times, I would hope to identify where the student is having the most trouble - whether it is vocabulary, grammatical structures, or something else. By identifying where the student is having the most trouble, I would then be able to put together a practice plan for the student that would address the difficulties and improve reading comprehension.

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

Every student learns differently, and when faced with a type of learning that works best for us, we tend to have the most success and fun while learning. By continually introducing new and exciting study methods and strategies, not only would the student stay engaged, but they would also be able to begin to identify study habits that will work for them in the future.

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

Practice! One of the most valuable roles a tutor can play is that of a coach. By formulating an individualized plan for each student, a tutor can develop practice that directly addresses the most relevant topics for a student, making practice much more effective and efficient. I like to think of tutoring as personal training for the brain. The one-on-one nature of tutoring allows the tutor to directly address the student's strengths and weaknesses, which will build the student's confidence quickly and effectively.

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

A great tutor approaches each new student as a blank slate. Study tools that work for one student may not for another and visa versa. My approach as a tutor is to come prepared with a whole tool box full of study tips and methods, and then listen to the student to identify which might fit best in their study system.