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I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Psychology and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. During my undergraduate studies, I spent a year abroad in Peru, which cemented my love and understanding of the Spanish language as well as Latin American history and culture. I really love to travel and explore new places, which prompted my recent move to Denver. I am also passionate about learning and I enjoy inspiring that passion in others. I appreciate the experience of working with students in one-on-one tutoring sessions so I can gain a better understanding of each student's learning style and to build a great relationship so I can make each tutoring session more fun as well as productive.

In my free time, I enjoy spending as much time as possible outdoors, hiking, biking, rock climbing, or just laying in the grass and reading a good book.

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Laura’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Psychology; Latin American, Caribbean, Iberian Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

ACT English: 33

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 33



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I guide students toward understanding by involving them in the learning process. Each student learns in different ways, so I need to tailor my teaching to each individual student. The greatest way to demonstrate understanding is to have them teach it back to me.

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

I like to spend a few minutes getting to know each other so I can relate tutoring back to real life experiences. I would also spend some time assessing how and why they were struggling and their goals for our time together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student needs to be involved in the learning process to become an independent learner. So, I would have them do as much as they can without my help and then step in to explain concepts as needed. Then, practice, practice, practice!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would set goals at the beginning of each session in collaboration with the student so we can agree on expectations for each session. I would take fun little breaks throughout a session to refresh the brain and the body. I would also talk about why learning is important and why they should want to succeed.

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

I would try my best to explain it in as many different ways until they did understand it. I would have them practice it in different ways. Once I thought that they did understand it, I would come back to it in future tutoring sessions to make sure it stuck.

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

I ask them comprehension questions as they read, and if they can't answer them, I ask them to return to the text and look for the answer again. If they still can't answer, I would go back and read the text with them, stopping often to talk about what we just read. If they struggle with reading specific words, I give them strategies to decode the words.

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

I would have them work through several example problems and then explain to me how they did them.

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

I start them out with problems that they are more comfortable doing, and then gradually increase difficulty. I praise their work when I can tell that they are working hard, and I encourage them if it takes a long time for them to understand something.

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