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Jessica

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The past 6 years of my life have been spent in dedication and professional training to become a teacher. I graduated Snow College with honors, achieving my Associate's Degree in Elementary Education. I volunteered and taught across the globe in Thailand to gain more experience. I just finished my final year at Utah Valley University in the Elementary Education program, in which I received my Bachelor's Degree and teaching license.
I tutor Elementary subjects and test preparation for ACT, ISEE, Geography and US History. I love to read and write and particularly enjoy preparing students for the ACT.
I am passionate about running, traveling, and being outdoors. I believe that learning should be fun and that the process needs to be personal and innovative. I am always prepared, patient, and observant. I care about each individual and know that everyone has the capacity to understand and learn. It is my belief that we are lifelong learners and I am anxious to know how I can help. Thank you!

Jessica’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Snow College - Associates, Elementary Education

Graduate Degree: Utah Valley University - Current Grad Student, Elementary Education

Test Scores

ACT Reading: 34

Hobbies

Reading, Running, Traveling

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

History

AP US History

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Geography

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Reading

SAT Reading

Social studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that we are students all our lives. I believe teaching must be personal, and lessons should have intentional meanings that answer essential questions.

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

In a first session, I would bring any materials I might need. I would talk to the student to get to know them and what they need help on. Then we would work on subject matter, and I could get to know how the student responds to different ways of teaching. From this, I would be prepared to go forward in the following sessions to come.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help students become more independent learners by teaching them strategies to use in solving a variety of problems, and to concentrate on teaching understanding and meaning of concepts, not just "what the answer is." I can also teach them about tools such as planners and charts to establish their own routines and practices that they must have ownership of.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

To help a student stay motivated I have found that the most important aspect is to keep it interesting and relevant. I also think that many students get unmotivated or discouraged with themselves and they just need to be made aware that the learning processes is a process. The most important things we learn are things that we may struggle with.

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

If a student has difficulty earning a skill or concept I would try to assess the most productive and personal way to connect that concept or skill with them. I would try a variety of approaches.

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

I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by playing many games. I think that there are so many fun literacy resources that are so fun and help a student's reading comprehension.