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I currently attend the University of Redlands where I am working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies. I have over 2 years of tutoring experience in k-12 English/Language Arts/Composition, math, and economics. My favorite subject to tutor is Algebra because I enjoy helping students problem solve and apply math to their daily life. I try my best to communicate and collaborate with my students to determine how they learn and at what pace to adjust the curriculum accordingly. I have a long attention span and will never become impatient or discouraging if the material becomes frustrating for my students. I am an analytical, linear thinker and enjoy contemplating the world around me. My hobbies include reading essays and writing poetry, traveling/sightseeing, going to museums and concerts, taking in music/art, and good conversations over a scenic view.

Anson’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Des Moines Area Community College - Current Undergrad, integrated studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 30

AP English Literature: 4

AP English Language: 5

AP US History: 4

AP Comparative Government and Politics: 5

AP Environmental Science: 4

AP Macroeconomics: 5

AP Microeconomics: 4

AP U.S. Government & Politics: 4

AP Psychology: 5

AP Human Geography: 4

Hobbies

sports, arts and musc, Reading/Writing, sightseeing/traveling: concerts, Museums, Activism, and conversation

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Writing

ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep

ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep

ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Writing

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP

AP Calculus

AP Economics

AP Macroeconomics

AP Microeconomics

AP United States History

AP US History

Applied Mathematics

ASPIRE Math

Business

CAHSEE Mathematics

CLEP College Mathematics

College Algebra

College Business

College Economics

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Economics

Elementary Algebra

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

Geometry

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Writing

IB Economics

IB Economics HL

IB Economics SL

IB Mathematical Studies

IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics

IB Mathematics HL

IB Mathematics SL

Intermediate Algebra

Languages

Macroeconomics

Math

Microeconomics

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Poetry Writing

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Public Speaking

Reading

Science

Social studies

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Summer

Test Prep

Trigonometry

Vocabulary

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe students can get the most out of tutoring when it builds their self-sufficiency. Teaching a student a concept has little long-term benefit unless that student does not also gain skills or assets that assist in the independent organization, comprehension, and application of future material.

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

I would get to know the student: their learning style, their interests, personality, what the student personally thinks their problem is in a particular class (which can inform me of pitfalls I could fall into when tutoring) and get a sense of how I can meet them where they are at.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

They key is articulating the broader conceptual takeaway for every step in a problem or whenever you correct a mistake for the student and if a similar situation comes up again help the student apply that broader concept in the future.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

My experience is the primary issues are a lack of focus or a lack of energy, so I encourage the student to take a brief break, maybe walk around and get a drink of water or a snack if necessary, and give them verbal encouragement so they feel good about their efforts.

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

I think its important as a first step to ask the student: "Which part do you find confusing?" at which point it is possible to zero in on the step being misunderstood and further break it down into simpler components comprehensible in the student's logical train of thought.

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

It is a matter of taking it word by word, sentence by sentence; understanding the puzzle pieces before the bigger picture. If a child can understand what a word means than they can understand what a phrase means, if they understand what phrases mean, they can understand a clause, if they understand clauses they can understand a paragraph, and so on until a passage is comprehensible.

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

Asking students questions to guide them on their train of thought, incorporating their interests into word problems, and using visual objects to demonstrate concepts that are abstract.

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

Find creative ways to incorporate their interests or tangible life experience into the material. For example, if we are working on proportions and the student likes soccer I might ask: "If there are 25 players per team how many players are there on 12 teams?" I would also make sure they feel confident that it is a matter of time not their ability level so they can look forward to succeeding which each step.

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

Give review problems at the beginning of the session, ask them questions to test comprehension, and given them gradually more difficult real-world application problems.