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Bonnie

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I graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature. Prior to attending Berkeley, I worked as a writing tutor at my junior college. Since graduating and moving to Atlanta, I have worked in Atlanta Public Schools helping younger students with reading and math. I greatly enjoy aiding students in becoming strong, confident writers and developing their own voice. Writing is a very important part of my life, so when I see students embracing the writing process and feeling comfortable in expressing themselves, it is very rewarding for me. I strongly believe in the value of being a lifelong learner, and I have found that tutoring is a rich educational experience for both the tutor and the student. I spend my spare time reading, cooking, and listening to music.

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Bonnie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Bachelors, Comparative Literature

Test Scores

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 800

GRE Verbal: 168

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 800

SAT Subject Test in French: 780

Hobbies

Reading, cooking, traveling, music

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

Art History

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

High School English

Literature

Other

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Listening is a key part of the way I teach. I am open and receptive to the needs of students, and I view myself as being there to facilitate their educational journey through understanding and providing the knowledge they are looking for.

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

I tend to use the first session as an opportunity to get to know the student and assess their goals and their current progress in attaining those goals. I find it is very important to establish this understanding early on, as it ensures we are both on the same page when it comes to our expectations for sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My teaching philosophy is very much based in the idea of helping students reach the goals they have set for themselves. I have goals for myself as a tutor and as a professional, but I find it important to allow students to follow their own journeys and make the learning experience something that they find value in for themselves. When students feel that they are in control of their educational process and are empowered to seek out and utilize knowledge, that is what strengthens them as independent learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Sometimes students are so focused on the outcome they are working towards that they lose sight of the progress they have made already. I think students can find great motivation in remembering and drawing strength from their accomplishments.

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

In a situation like this, I am not afraid to experiment with different approaches to the same skill or concept. Simply because I may have learned it one way does not mean that is the way that will work for the student. It is my task as a tutor to find the approach that works.


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