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I am a graduate of James Madison University. I double majored in English Literature and Arabic. In college, I started tutoring students of all ages. I assisted them in various areas of study, including essay and Arabic grammar. After college, I worked at a refugee center with children of immigrants. I helped them to adjust to a new environment, while simultaneously adapting to the public school curriculum. I am also a certified ESL/TESOL teacher and have experience teaching groups of students as well as providing individual lessons.
Working in different environments, with a diverse range of students, encouraged me to explore more creative tutoring methods in order to understand and communicate ideas. Through my experience as a tutor, I developed a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning; a style that is adaptable and uniquely catered to each individual personality. I have found that humor and games are particularly effective in motivating students to achieve in subjects they may otherwise find dull or abstract.

While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about languages and literature. I have spent much of my life traveling abroad and have a deep affinity for culture. Some of my hobbies are painting and drawing and playing music; I also love dancing and hiking.

Andrea’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University - Bachelors, Arabic and English Literature

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 710

Hobbies

Painting, SCUBA diving, camping and hiking, , traveling, playing music, astronomy, photography

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

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 Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

History

American Literature

Anthropology

AP

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Arabic

Art

Art History

Astronomy

Audition Prep

British Literature

Business

Civics

Classics

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Introductory Psychology

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College World History

Comparative Literature

Composition

Computational Problem Solving

Creative Writing

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills

Drawing

Earth Science

Economics

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

Environmental Science

ESL/ELL

Ethics

European History

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

French 1

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Social Studies

Geometry

Government

Graduate Test Prep

Graphic Design

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Subject Test in Literature in English

GRE Subject Tests

GRE Verbal

Handwriting

High School

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Honors

IB Dance

IB Dance HL

IB Extended Essay

IB Music

IB Music HL

IB Visual Arts

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Journalism

Languages

Linguistics

Literature

LSAT Essay Section

Math

Medieval Literature

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Painting

Persuasive Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Photography

Poetry

Poetry Writing

PRAXIS Prep

Pre-Algebra

Printmaking

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Latin

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Social Sciences

Social studies

Social Work

Sociology

Spanish 1

Spelling Bee

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

US History

Vocabulary

World Civilization

World History

World Literature


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that there are many ways to learn and understand a subject, and that every student learns differently. As a tutor, my goal is to help each of my students to understand their learning style and feel confident in their approach to any subject they encounter, and to achieve academically.

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

In a first session with a student, I would like to briefly go over some of the material they have been learning recently. Then, I would talk to them about some of the methods they have been using to try and learn so we can start to figure out how they learn best.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students to discover things that are interesting to them in the material they are already learning. The key to becoming an independent learner is to actually enjoy learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help them find an interest in the subject they are studying. Staying motivated comes naturally when you can find an interest in what you are studying. I always encourage students to think outside the box, too. There is such a huge difference between looking at something as an assignment, and looking at something as a simple summary of a chapter in a history book you just read.

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

I would try to find a way to link the skill or concept to something that the student already understands or enjoys.

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

I like to get the students to read their assignments by themselves and then summarize what they got out of the reading. I also encourage them to circle any areas that they had problems understanding. I will then go over their summary with them so I can see exactly what parts they are struggling with. I then go through the parts that they didn't understand.

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

The most successful strategy is to learn how the student understands material the best so you can help them in a way that they can learn efficiently.

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

I would help them to connect that subject to something that they are already excited about or interested in.

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

I would definitely use the techniques that the student responds to the best. Whether that be memorization techniques, note taking techniques, visual learning, or just a different way of explaining the material.

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

Working on that subject hard, being sure to point out how much they have progressed every session.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Based on their classroom performance, their interest in the class, their individual performance, and their motivation.

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

I am always willing to adapt and improve my methods and will do whatever I can to meet my student's needs.

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

Notebooks, textbooks, other texts, diagrams, and some online resources.