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I am a student at Rio Salado College who is working towards an associates in Astrophysics. I have experience tutoring students at both high school and college levels, mostly through volunteering to help students who were experiencing difficulty in their classes. The subjects I tutor include Algebra I, Algebra II, and basic French. I tutored algebra in high school and I learned how to speak French from the people I interacted with during a ten month student exchange in Belgium. My favorite of these subjects is math and I enjoy tutoring it the most because it is one of the subjects that I find the most easy to explain to other students. I'm passionate about math because I believe it is a subject that anyone can understand, given time and the right information.

My teaching style/philosophy is best described as a process of identifying the issues that an individual has with a subject by finding where exactly he/she may have been left behind. After I have found where the student is, I can work towards explaining the material to the point where the student needs to be. I do this by clarifying the simple side of the concepts the student needs to learn and then working on increasing the difficulty. Every student is unique and will require that I explain these concepts differently; if a student learns by working through examples, verbal explanations, or learns through pictures, I can do that. At this phase, I believe patience is a crucial in order to ensure that students understand the material they need to know and at the same time not be overwhelmed by it.

Outside of tutoring and college, I enjoy a collection of hobbies. I love playing violin and guitar, gardening, hiking, programming, stargazing, reading, and traveling. Through the last year, I have been outside the U.S. while I was traveling – I visited Belgium, France, Spain, England, and Holland. I also enjoy Japanese art, LARP (live action role-play), strategy games, and rock collecting.

Crystal’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rio Salado College - Associates, Astrophysics


Reading, programming, music (violin) She might add computer science and programming down the road! She wants to be more confident in her own material first.