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Originally from Manassas, I graduated from the University of Mary Washington, first with my bachelor's degree in English, and then with my master's in education. I have been teaching elementary school here in Richmond for three years now, and I hope to use my experience to help new students with Varsity Tutors. I have always been a voracious reader, but I am also interested in science, math, and especially history. I'm very comfortable with all elementary subjects, from phonics to algebraic reasoning. My English degree came with a fair bit of writing, so I am also very comfortable tutoring both literature and composition.

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Tally’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Mary Washington - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: University of Mary Washington - Masters, Elementary Education


Reading, Editing, and Working with Students

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support

HSPT Language Skills

HSPT Reading

HSPT Verbal


ISEE- Lower Level






SSAT- Elementary Level

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy has always been a "breadcrumbs" approach--lead students in the right direction, but don't tell them what to find.

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

During a first session with a student, we will have to get to know each other! I will ask students to reflect on their abilities, and I might also work on some informal pre-assessments to see where we are versus where we need to be.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student becomes an independent learner when he or she is inspired to search for answers. I can try to make learning fun by creating lessons that are relevant to a student's interests, so that they actually WANT to learn some things.

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