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I'm currently an attorney practicing criminal law in Philadelphia. I've always loved helping others learn! I grew up in Philadelphia, attended Catholic University in Washington, DC for college, and came back to the area to attend law school at Drexel University. In college, I majored in Spanish Language and Literature.

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Grainne’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The Catholic University of America - Bachelors, Spanish Literature

Graduate Degree: The Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University - Masters, Criminal Law


Rowing, karaoke, the beach, my dog (and dogs in general), reading about the US Supreme Court, getting lost in cities, and learning how to play softball.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

Homework Support



PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

SAT Prep


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I've always found a Socratic approach to work best - that is, letting someone reach an answer by simply guiding them through what they already know (versus telling them information). Even though this process can be time-consuming and even frustrating, the end result is always the same: people are amazed that they knew more than they thought they did, and they feel accomplished by having reached a result by using their own brain.

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

After personal introductions, I would definitely want to know a few things: first, what the student believes their strengths are, and what they believe they need help with. Second, what goal(s) they would like to achieve throughout the sessions. Third, how they typically approach studying in general. And finally, I would like to know if they've had a tutor in the past, and if so, what that tutor did that they found helpful/unhelpful.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think the key to independent learning is showing a student that they do have, or can have, the information they need to reach an answer. Confidence is important. Positive reinforcement is also very effective, as well as asking questions of the student geared towards highlighting connections between what they do know and what they need to figure out.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Establishing goals early on, and as time progresses, reminding a student of how far they've come even in one lesson. I've also found that for me, making little checkpoints in just my daily work is crucial: for instance, grouping tasks so that the number doesn't seem so intimidating.

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