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I recently graduated from Emory University with an Honors Degree in History and International Studies. I fell in love with history through reading young adult historical fiction books when I was very young. Studies show that your core personality doesn't change over time, and I can assure you that the nerdy and passionate history lover that I am has never changed. The only thing is that I added more interests! So in addition to reading about history, I love writing and researching. In fact, my love of literature has developed on its own too. Something else that has never changed about me is my inherent desire to share experiences, beliefs, and knowledge with others. This translates thoroughly into teaching. My ultimate dream then, from the time I was very little, was to be a history teacher. That way, I could constantly engage in what I adore, while also sharing these ideas with my amazing students.

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Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Emory University - Bachelors, History and International Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1430

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 710

SAT Subject Test in World History: 790

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 780

Hobbies

Reading, writing, hiking, cooking, yoga & exercise

Tutoring Subjects

Advanced Placement Prep

AP Human Geography

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US History

AP World History

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

Comparative Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Geography

Government

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

History

Literature

Other

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in United States History

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social Studies

Summer

Test Prep

US History

World History

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I have always been a proud “nerd.” When I could, I always helped my friends with their homework because I just loved to teach them how to think about the world differently. In particular, history and writing have always been my specialties. When I was a little girl, my aspiration was to one day be a history professor! I hope to begin Master’s classes in the field of education and continue to be fascinated by changing technology in the classroom and different ways of engaging my students’ creativity!

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

In a first session, I try to gauge the writing and knowledge levels of the students who I am helping. After that point, I evaluate the best course of action to provide them with the best individualized tutoring program.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

When students send a tutor his or her writing, it is often because the student has not had enough guidance in writing essays. My ultimate goal for all of my students is for them to become fluent writers. I focus on showing the student through my comments and explanations that they are capable of learning the skills necessary to complete the work. Primarily, when I edit papers for my students, I want to make sure they understand their errors, and learn from them, so that they are better prepared to tackle their next paper on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think giving the student praise for their successes is the best way to motivate a student. I try not to over-emphasize that a student got something wrong. In my view, getting something wrong is a step-stone to truly understanding a concept.

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

Students often have difficulty learning a skill or concept! In fact, all people do! The best course of action is to identify what exact part of the concept or skill confusing to the student, and devise a plan to strengthen the thought process or skill so that the student can overcome that hurdle.

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

The best way to approach students who struggle with reading comprehension is to evaluate what level that they are at. From there, a tutor should build up the student's abilities one step at a time. A lot of times, reading guides and study skills tutoring is the best way to go about improving reading comprehension.

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

The best strategy when working with a student for the first time is explaining who I am and why I care. Oftentimes, if students don't understand these essential details, they will not be interested in working closely with a tutor.

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

There are so many ways to help my students get excited/engaged in the subject that they may struggle in! I would ask them a 20-question survey to see what area would interest them the least bit about a subject. For example, if a student struggles with history, I will ask them 20 questions (funny, silly questions, not hard ones) to see which question got the best emotional response. Then we could go from there!

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

The best way to see if the student understands the material is if they can explain it back to the teacher. I'd ask my student after several sessions about the subject to explain what they think they know about what we had been learning about.

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

Building a student's confidence is showing them the reality of their skills. Over time, I will show them where they were when we began to work together, and show them how much they had grown after one session, then two sessions, then three sessions, and so on.

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