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Janelle

Over the past several years, I have enjoyed working with students in every age group and at every level. From helping to develop a reading lab curriculum to working one-on-one with students in math, my goal is always to impart my lifelong love of learning. I love tutoring because it is a way to be a part of the educational process and to empower others to think critically and gain the ability to search out answers for themselves. My approach is simple - I see tutoring as a co-learning activity and am always working right alongside each student to fill in any gaps in the learning process and make any subject more enjoyable.

My personal educational pursuits have been varied. I studied International Affairs at Gordon College and also played volleyball and studied abroad in Costa Rica during my time there. Since then, I have studied creative writing, literature, and entrepreneurship simply out of my own desire to keep learning, growing, and exploring new interests. I look forward to meeting you!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Gordon College - Bachelors, International Affairs

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 710

SAT Mathematics Level 2: 700

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 740

volleyball, creative writing, playing the piano, reading

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

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

CAHSEE ELA

CAHSEE Mathematics

College English

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

French 1

High School

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Spanish 1

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that students need to learn how to learn. They need to be empowered to search out answers for themselves and find the information they need. My goal as a tutor is to help each student become more resourceful and confident in figuring out what they need to know in order to learn what they need to learn.

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

I would go over the materials that the student already has and try to get an overall picture of what the student is trying to achieve. I think it's important to set goals and figure out exactly where we're heading before jumping in.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help students become more resourceful and learn how to better work with the materials that they already have so they can work independently and find what they need to know. This comes through sharing my own process of how I would sort through something that I didn't understand at first and where I might go to get the information I need.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would be careful not to let the student get stuck in a particularly frustrating situation. I would either find a new way to present the material or move on to something else for the time being in order to give the student a break. It's important to be challenged, but also important to stay motivated and not get too frustrated.

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

I would try to break down the concept as much as possible and explain the process my own brain is going through when I learn a new skill or concept. I would make sure that the student grasped each piece of the concept before moving on.

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

I use several online resources that provide reading comprehension practice and I discuss the passages and questions with each student in order to figure out where there might be breakdown in the comprehension process. This makes it easier to shore up any particular difficulties. I also try to help students find things to read that they actually enjoy so they're more engaged and are better able to remember the material. This gives them the practice they need to feel more confident in all reading contexts.

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

I find myself asking a lot of questions when I first start working with a student because I want to truly understand where they are coming from and where I can be of the most help. I don't assume that I know more than the student. I see it as a co-learning process where the student is in the middle of it every day and I get to come alongside and help fill in any gaps that may have been missed.