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Ana

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I have tutored students of all ages in reading and writing for over ten years. In addition to tutoring privately, I have worked for the Bard College Learning Commons, Diegueo Middle School, and the Children's Literacy Center. I have a B.A. from Colorado College, where I studied English literature, Spanish literature, and theatre.

I have an immense passion for the English language, and I truly love helping others discover its power and value. I join with my students to meet their goals at their pace. We work together to develop the skills, strategies, and confidence needed to become effective readers and writers. Furthermore, I believe that good study habits, organization, and communication are the foundation of academic success; I am practiced at helping students improve in these areas.

When Im not tutoring, I write and edit professionally. I also perform in theatre and dance productions around the city. I am creative, persistent, and flexibleand I have the experience and ability necessary to help you reach your academic goals. I look forward to working with you!

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Ana’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Colorado College - Bachelors, Comparative Literature: Concentration in Theatre

Hobbies

theatre, dance, art, politics

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition

AP European History

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

Art History

ASPIRE Reading

British Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP English Literature

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Creative Writing

DAT Reading Comprehension

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GMAT Verbal

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support

IB Literature and Performance

IB Literature and Performance SL

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Languages

Literature

LSAT Logical Reasoning

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

PCAT Writing

Persuasive Writing

Poetry Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

Shakespeare

Short Novel

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Vocabulary

World Literature

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that genuine connection and awareness of the student as a whole person are at the core of excellent teaching. As such, I listen actively to my students and join with them to meet their goals at their pace. Furthermore, I do not simply assist students with their work, but instead empower them to ultimately manage it on their own. We work together to develop the skills, strategies, and confidence needed to become effective readers and writers. Finally, I believe that good study habits, organization, and communication are the foundation of academic success; I am practiced at helping students improve in these areas.

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

I generally get to know the student and discuss what their goals for tutoring are. We then make a plan for accomplishing these goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I do not provide students with answers, but rather with skills and strategies. We start out using these together, and gradually work towards the student applying them independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

We start out our tutoring relationship with goals and a plan in mind, and reference these if we get stuck. Furthermore, I work with students to pinpoint aspects of the material that interest them.

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

I would try a different approach to teaching the student that skill or concept.

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

First, I assess the root cause of the problem. Depending on what the cause is, we might resolve it by drilling vocabulary words, taking notes when reading, approaching a text with specific questions in mind, or any number of other techniques.

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

To me, it is important to get to know a student when I first start to work with her. I ask many questions to find out who the student is as a person, what she excels at, what she struggles with, what she finds frustrating, etc. Gathering this knowledge provides the foundation for the work we will do together.

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

I work to find elements of the subject that the student is interested in. For example, I might have a student write an essay about a sport she loves to practice writing skills. I always spend time discussing the student's favorite aspect of any reading material, even if this is not the aspect we ultimately need to focus on.

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

The only way to gauge this is through a lot of questions! I ask students to summarize reading material, to explain work that we just did together, to rephrase text in their own words, etc.

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

I give students assignments that are at just their level, and break assignments from their teachers into manageable chunks. I don't overwhelm them with tasks that are much too hard, but I challenge them nonetheless. That way, they can get experience in overcoming small challenges. Before they know it, they've made drastic improvements. I also make sure to give them plenty of verbal reassurance, encouragement, and praise.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

At the beginning of our work together, I talk extensively with my students, their parents, and (when I can) their teachers. I also give them small assignments to assess their reading and writing levels. I ask numerous questions to pinpoint where the difficulty lies. I then continually assess their progress as we work together.

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

I generally stick with assignments given by teachers as much as possible. However, sometimes I bring books or writing assignments I have picked out especially for a student. For standardized tests, I work from test prep books.

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

I will focus on the area the student needs to focus on. For example, recently I was asked to tutor a sixth grade student in writing. After one session, it became apparent that her difficulty lay in a lack of organization. Thereafter, our sessions focused on organizing and maintaining her study space, making plans to manage her time, and organizing her writing. I did not work with her on other writing skills, because she did not need help with them.


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