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My love for working in education began when I started volunteering as a tutor and mentor in high school. Throughout my life, I have fueled my passion for helping students succeed through a variety of careers, including serving as an AmeriCorps member for City Year, supervising elementary tutors and mentors, and am currently working as a high school guidance counselor. I have a BA degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University and a MA degree in School Counseling from Northern Kentucky University. I hope that as your tutor, I can show you ways to make learning relevant, fun, and interesting!

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Ali’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ohio State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Northern Kentucky University - Masters, School Counseling


I love to volunteer, take my dog Lily on long walks, watch professional and college sports, and drink coffee. I also enjoy drawing and reading!

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

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

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills


ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy


CLEP Introductory Psychology

College English

College Essays

COMPASS Mathematics


COMPASS Writing Skills

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

GRE Subject Tests

High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support


MAP Prep


Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing





PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills


Public Speaking


SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Spanish 1


SSAT- Elementary Level



STAAR Grades 3-8 Prep

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that learning can be fun for anyone as long as the material is relevant and interesting. I believe that it is my job as a teacher and tutor is to get to know my student's personal interests and learning preferences to help him or her succeed.

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

In the first session, I would hope to spend time getting to know one another before jumping into academics. I would plan activities to learn about one another's interests and passions, the student's preferred learning styles, and to set goals for our future tutoring sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that success starts with the individual. You do not have to be the smartest student in your class to succeed, but you do need to possess skills that contribute to achievement, including: organization, confidence, perseverance, and the ability to think critically. In addition to helping you learn academic content, I can help you develop the skills to be a more independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think motivation is something that needs to be learned and practiced. Sometimes motivation is extrinsic, and other times it's intrinsic. Motivation is driven by the goal setting process-- without expectations or goals, there would be no need for motivation. It is my job as a high school guidance counselor to help students realize their potential and to support them in the step by step process of developing and accomplishing their goals. I help students stay motivated by celebrating small victories, reminding them to believe in themselves, and challenging them to step outside of their comfort zones.

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

Everyone learns differently. I believe it is the tutor's job to help the student discover how he or she learns best, and to try as many different learning modalities as necessary until one clicks for the student. I also believe that we learn best when we feel connected or interested in the content, so as the tutor, I would try to make the information as relevant to the student's life as possible.

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

When I work with a student who is struggling with reading comprehension, I first like to assess their fluency. If the student is struggling to read a passage quickly and correctly, it is almost certain that they will not comprehend what they've just read. If fluency is not the issue, I try the following: chunking the text, close reading/annotating, identifying known and unknown vocabulary, etc. If the student is a visual learner, I would utilize a graphic organizer. If the student is an auditory learner, I would read the text out loud first and have them read it out after me. I would also try to select passages that are relevant to the student's life in order to increase interest in the reading.

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

I think it is incredibly important to have a personal connection between the student and the tutor. I have found that I am most successful with students when we are invested and interested in one another's lives. I believe that once you get to know a student, you begin to understand their learning styles and preferences, which helps immensely in supporting them academically.

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