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Natasha

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I am an educator because I believe all students are intelligent and capable; I love helping students find success in areas they previously thought too challenging or impossible.

I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and Anthropology from Westmont College. I spent the last two years teaching high school math through Teach for America in San Jose. I have experience teaching students at a variety of skill levels. I have worked with students who are behind in their course work, who have struggled with the subject area, and who have low confidence in their skills. I have also worked with students who have experienced success in school and are looking for further challenges. I have experience setting up routines, procedures, and daily practices to help students develop organizational skills and strong study habits.

My favorite subjects are science and math. I find both subjects fascinating and I enjoy discovering new aspects of the world around me through studying these subjects. I love reading, spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors and being active. I am currently studying for the medical school admissions test (MCAT) and learning Spanish.

I would love to work with you as a partner in your educational journey!

Natasha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Westmont College - Bachelors, Biology and Anthropology

Hobbies

Books, Yoga, Dance Classes, Hiking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

11th Grade Math

12th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACT Math

ACT Writing

Algebra

Algebra 2

Anthropology

AP Environmental Science

Arithmetic

MCAT Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems

Biology

CLEP Biology

College Biology

Ecology

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Environmental Science

GED Prep

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Quantitative

High School

High School Biology

College Math

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Physical Science

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Mathematics

Quantitative Reasoning

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 1

Science

Sociology

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Upper Level

Summer

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe every student is intelligent and extremely capable when given the appropriate support and tools for learning. Thus, my work as a tutor is to meet each unique learner where they are and use a variety of methods to help them master the subject at hand. I am constantly finding new ways of explaining concepts to students and looking for connections that make the subject matter feel relevant. Additionally, as a tutor, I want to help each student discover how he or she learns best so that the student will become a more empowered and confident learner.

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

In a first session with a student, I would ask the student what their goals were for our time together. I would try to get a sense of the student's level of understanding of the subject matter and his or her learning style. Also, I would want to get to know the student as a person, asking questions like "what motivates you to do well in school?" and "where do you want to be in four years?" This information will enable me to be a better tutor for the student and personalize the learning experience to meet the student's needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe as a tutor it is important to help students not only learn material but also learn about learning. When working with a student, I emphasize the methods we use to solve a problem instead of focusing solely on the content itself. Teaching students about problem solving methods and ways to approach different types of questions empowers students to use those methods on their own. As the student practices these methods, he or she will become more confident as an independent learner.

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

I love helping students find connections between their daily lives and the subject matter they are working with. I think that being able to see concepts like rate of change, blood pressure, or geometric properties in the world around makes the subject more interesting and comprehensible.

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

When a student is struggling with something we are working on, I try to approach the topic from a different angle. For example, I may explain a concept like linear equations using a written equation, or an image, or perhaps a story. I want to build a bridge that allows the student to connect with the concept.