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As a historian of the United States, the Caribbean and Brazil, I have a desire for bridging gaps—past and present—between different people and societies. As a Spanish and Portuguese major at Princeton, I acquired reading and writing skills that not only increased my competency in foreign languages but that also helped me to be a better communicator in my native language, English. My current training in history has further equipped me with the analytical reading and writing skills that I use to guide my students in their own research and writing endeavors. I have also had extensive experience living, working, and researching in Brazil, which has taught me to be open to different ways of learning new things and heightened my desire to teach my students about other cultures. My past teaching experience has involved working with high school students learning Spanish, tutoring inmates at a correctional facility doing GED prep, and serving as a teaching assistant to undergraduates taking African American history.

I love learning and I desire that my students also develop a reasonable love for their subjects. My approach to teaching and tutoring is one that combines a solid grasp of academic content with generous attention to students’ individual abilities, needs, and interests. My diverse academic background has made me a flexible teacher, so while I am intentional about designing efficient tutoring sessions I am also sensitive to students’ varying learning styles. In addition to History and Spanish language tutoring, I also offer services to students seeking to improve their research and writing skills, verbal and writing SAT scores, and Spanish and U.S. History SAT subject test performance.

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Ashley’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Princeton University - Bachelors, Spanish and Portuguese Language and Culture

Graduate Degree: Rice University - PHD, History

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 760

SAT Writing: 770

AP Calculus AB: 5

AP French: 4

AP English Language: 4

AP US History: 5

SAT Subject Test in Spanish: 750

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 780

AP Spanish Language: 4


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Tutoring Subjects

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

African-American History

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

AP United States History

AP US History

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Conversational Spanish


High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing



Latin America History


SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Spanish

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep


Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I aim to teach students to see themselves in the material they are learning. Independent learning is best achieved when students can match their own personalities, interests, and learning styles with appropriate methods of mastering a subject.

What is your teaching philosophy?

The best teachers are those who are willing to learn and re-learn. I see myself as more than a coach who gives guidance from the sidelines; I’m also a fellow athlete who helps students hone their skills by doing the workout routine with them and teaching them the techniques I’ve gleaned from my past experiences in the “sport." As a tutor, my purpose is to serve students by working alongside them in order to increase their efficiency in learning their subjects.

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

I would teach students to break down books, chapters, and passages into digestible portions. Written language—not unlike math problems or scientific theories—has structure and logic behind it that students can be taught to look out for. Heightening my students' awareness of organizational “cues” within reading passages should not only help their reading comprehension but also increase students' reading speed, making them more efficient readers overall.

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

Every student is gifted in some area. One way to build a student’s confidence is to help them apply the knowledge and skills they already have to their learning of the subject. Aside from that, once a degree of competency is gained, nothing beats continually practicing the subject. Having students repeat the skills they have learned will go a long way in growing their comfort with the material and building their confidence for test day.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The student needs a tutoring approach that blends their own needs and preferences with the demands of their teachers and/or the guidelines of the given standardized test. What is the student’s preferred learning style and how does this line up with their instructor’s teaching style? In what specific areas does the student need to gain competency, and how will the student be graded? What does the student want to get out of his or her tutoring sessions?

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

The tutoring experience is meant to combine students’ individual needs with appropriate, efficient teaching in a particular subject. I adapt my tutoring to students’ needs by altering subject materials, learning methods, and structure and frequency of sessions as needed.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Perspective is key. Learning is a privilege that is too often misconstrued as a chore. I try to make sure my students are reminded of the bigger picture--both in an academic, subject-based sense as well as in terms of the wider goals of their studies and long-term careers. Details and strategies are necessary, helpful, and often fascinating, but they can sometimes be burdensome if we are not mindful of the larger purpose of our studies.

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