My name is Rachel! I am a college English professor at Suffolk County Community College , and have been tutoring students of all ages in English, math, and history for ten years. I experience joy every time I can help a struggling student understand, or even enjoy a subject. I am very experienced in tailoring lessons to meet an individual's needs, so no matter what your issue is, we can figure out how to solve it together! I look forward to talking to you.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Stony Brook University - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Hofstra University - Masters, English and Creative Writing
GRE Verbal: 165
reading, playing the piano, cooking, and creative writing.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
ACT Aspire Prep
Basic Computer Literacy
CLEP College Composition
College Level American Literature
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment
GRE Subject Test in Literature in English
GRE Subject Tests
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
HSPT Reading Prep
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I usually have the student re-write the passage, or a portion of it, in his or her own words. This allows me to see how the student is interpreting the material and correct any errors in comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found listening to the student to be a successful strategy. This allows me to focus the lessons to each student's specific needs and goals.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to relate the subject to something they already like.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Having the student create his or her own questions is a great way to check for mastery.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Personal anecdotes and stories from other students help make success seem real and achievable.