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Patience, dedication and an open mind are essential to the learning process, this is the attitude that I hold in each and every session. If a new approach is what you seek than I am the tutor for you. I truly enjoy learning, I believe that every student is different and because of that I tailor my lesson plans to each individual for added success and absorption of the material. I believe laughter is key and that we must find enjoyable ways of learning.

I am a native of San Diego, I graduated with two degrees from the University of California, San Diego (with honors) in Public Law and Political Science. I am grateful and fortunate to have had excellent professors and tutors that contributed to my personal success in academia. Energizing and vibrant would be a few words I would use to describe my self and I find that working with people allows me be just that. I enjoy reading and music, singing and dancing, and being outdoors. Working with students brings me a great deal of personal satisfaction, it is something that I value greatly and has proven to be highly rewarding.

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Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Political Science/Public Law

Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Current Grad Student, Legal Studies

Hobbies

I love taking my dog hiking, I am an avid Yoga practitioner and enjoy music and great food.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

Conversational French

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

Geography

Government

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

History

Homework Support

Languages

Other

Political Science

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

Reading

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students learn differently; it is key to develop a versatile and open-minded method to ensuring each and every student feels valued and is truly absorbing the material they are required to learn.

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

I would begin by asking the student what it is that they find most challenging about the material, and from there formulate a workable strategy to learn the material.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way to inspire independence in learning is by engaging the student in a way that they feel ownership of the material. Without an inspiration of ownership of the material through genuine understanding and absorption of the material, the student will always feel "left behind," or simply becomes bored and uninterested.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation relies on interest; I find that if we can approach the material in a way that creates interest, then a motivation to commitment to the material will soon follow.

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

Practice, practice, practice.... Determining the student's interest is helpful in terms of improving reading comprehension; students have a tendency to be inspired to practice reading comprehension when it is related to subject matter they find interesting.

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

Open mindedness, active and engaged listening and flexibility are essentials to working with any student. The ability to laugh and have fun is key to their success.

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

Find a new approach-- whether it be through mixed media, a piece of music or artwork, think outside the box. Any student can get excited about any subject; it all relies on the approach and delivery of the material.

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

Ownership of the material builds confidence. If the student can explain a topic or concept as if it was their own, then they will naturally build confidence in that subject.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Ask questions, review past work and assignments and actively observe and listen to your student as if he or she is the only student you will ever tutor. This focused commitment will reveal each student's needs individually based on their own pace and level of comprehension.

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

A sense of curiosity and genuine interest in each student is essential; each has their own unique perspective and attitude towards learning-- therefore my strategy must also be open-minded and willing to adjust to these individual perspectives and attitudes.

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

I use the material that is provided by the teacher and the student. From these, I branch out into various different platforms to expand the options in terms of assistance to absorb the material. Some of these platforms include: the good old dictionary, the internet, the library, as well as the traditional Socratic method of oral learning.

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

I would employ several different approaches, such as asking the student what they find to be the most challenging about the subject or concept, using mixed media, or alternate resources to explain the concept. But most importantly, flexibility and patience with the student.

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

Simply asking a student to explain to me the material and evaluating their explanation seems to provide quite an in-depth marker as to how deeply the student understands what it is they are explaining.


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