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Holding both a law degree and a Bachelor of Arts, Victoria brings a thoughtful and creative approach to helping students learn effectively. With experience working with students from a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and ages her unique approach to teaching contributes to student comfort and mastery of the material.

Avi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Spelman College - Bachelors, Political Science and Government

Graduate Degree: Temple University Beasley School of Law - Current Grad Student, Juris Doctor

Hobbies

Traveling, snowboarding, and chess.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

African-American History

American Literature

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Biology

Civil Procedure

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

Constitutional Law

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Criminal Law

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Evidence

Fiction Writing

High School Biology

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support

Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Languages

Law

Legal Research

Legal Writing

Literature

Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Property Law

Science

Social Networking

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Tort Law

US Constitutional History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I first engage with the student and discern their strengths, weaknesses, and their learning styles. Then I move forward with the student, creating a study plan to help them achieve their educational and life-learning goals.

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

In a typical first session I would engage the student to express their interests in educational materials, as well as outside interests. We would also discuss what they find themselves struggling with or what they would like to do better in, and then go from there to make an individualized study plan.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think introspection is very important. Students who understand themselves and know what does and does not work for them are better able to tackle the material in a manner that works for them. This helps in retention of learned material, overall reduced anxiety come test time, and better in-class participation.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think it’s important that students know that even if something doesn't come as naturally to them, that doesn't mean they aren't as capable as their peers. Once a student starts realizing they are capable it helps boost their morale.

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

I'd work with the student to discern where they are struggling, disassembling their work process piece by piece until we find where the trouble lies, and then creating a strategy to help steer them in the right direction.

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

I think vocabulary is extremely important when it comes to reading skills. When students embrace reading as a fun concept, even if it’s reading comic books, it helps the student better engage with the text and use context clues (or a dictionary) to help understand, all while growing their vocabulary.

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

Addressing the student's learning style and creating an individualized teaching plan to meet the student's goals.

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

Ultimately the techniques I would use would depend on the student, but in the past I have relied on short checkpoint quizzes following sections of the material, and student lead review sessions, where the student "teaches" and explains the material recently covered.

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

By showing the student his or her progress with the material, and emphasizing that grades aren't reflective of a student's self-worth or intelligence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Talking with the student, evaluating his / her goals, and addressing their learning style forms the basis for my evaluation of the student's needs.

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

I engage the student's learning style in tutoring, so assisting a visual learner I might use diagrams and flow-charts.

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

The materials used vary based on the student's learning style and what subject they need assistance with, but whiteboards, props, and other project-based materials are sometimes used for more hands-on learners.

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

I find relating the material to something the student is interested in helps increase student engagement.