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I have two years experience of teaching and tutoring. I have worked with both youth and adults. With youth I have tutored Reading and Math for grades 1st - 6th. I have also taught media classes to children ages 7-16. Currently I teach ESL to teenagers and adults. No matter the age or the subject I always incorporate a sense of fun and creativity. Students learn better when they are not stressed! I do my best to adhere to the individual needs of my students. Not one method works for everyone!

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, American Studies


My interests include hiking, jogging, yoga, reading, going to museums/concerts, DJing, collecting records and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English




Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to keep all lessons student-centered, meaning the needs of each student individually are taken into consideration first and foremost.

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

In a typical first session, I would take some time in the beginning to get to know my student beyond academics, such as their hobbies, interests and goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will help a student become an independent learner by providing them with models of questions they can ask themselves when they need to review their work.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated by reminding them of their progress thus far and providing them with needed encouragement.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would find an appropriate methodology for their learning style.

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

I help students who are struggling with reading questions by using Wh- question prompting about the main ideas of the passage.

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

I find that students respond to patience and kindness first and foremost. If a student feels confident and not rushed or stressed, they will respond positively to material.

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

I would relate the subject to their interests or find communicative activities/games to get them involved.

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

I would ask them follow-up questions about their rationale for answer choices.

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

I would highlight their progress and use verbal praise on a regular basis.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs by giving them an initial assessment in their respective topic.

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

As I get to know my students, I am extremely flexible in my approach. I will adjust my approach to the student based on what they respond or do not respond to.

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

I will use books, props, online resources, worksheets and appropriate games.

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