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I recently graduated UCLA school of education and possess a teaching license. I have extensive experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds. I believe that patience, empathy, and creativity are three skills that contribute to my success as an educator. I have volunteered in after school programs, conducted ACT preparation courses, and worked at my college's writing center. The same passion for teaching drives my passion for tutoring. Often, there are various reasons to why a student may desire tutoring. I believe that it is impossible to make a difference for a student without listening, understanding, and empathizing with that student. As someone who has received tutoring (and overcome a learning disability) I can relate and work with each student. In establishing a culture of learning, I also look to find specific types of learning styles that work best with students. As a tutor, I have the uadvantage of more individualized teaching, and should take an individualized approach to the student. Not only do I figure out how they learn, I figure out how a student best enjoys learning. Through creativity, patience, and energy, I look to not only make learning interesting, but make it applicable and relevant to each student.

Allison’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Union College - Bachelors, American Studies (Minor in History)

Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Masters, Master of Education

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Reading

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT English

ACT Science

ACT with Writing Prep

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

African-American History


American Literature

AP U.S. Government & Politics

AP United States History

AP US Government

AP US History


CLEP American Government

CLEP English Literature

CLEP History of the United States I

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Social Sciences and History

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

Essay Editing

European History



High School

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

Homework Support

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing


Political Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Test Prep

US Constitutional History

US History

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

There is no one strategy in teaching, each student learns differently! To understand how my students learn, I believe in listening and understanding.

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

I would get to know the student on a personal and academic level. Not only see how he or she learns, but what his or her interests involve so I can incorporate them into our sessions. I would also learn what his or her teacher is like and how the student responds to that teacher.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It is important to make each subject relevant to the student and give student resources to work on his or her own. I believe in teaching through the strategy, "I do (I demonstrate) you do (we do together) you do (student works independently).".

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Empathizing and motivating. Staying motivated is possible when setting goals, both short term and long term.

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

I would break that concept down into smaller pieces to learn it in steps.

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

By breaking the reading down into smaller bits. Sometimes I create games to make the reading seem more achievable.

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

-Goal setting -Playing games -making outlines and webs -consistent review

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

I spend time learning about what interests and motivates each student and apply that subject to it. For example, if a student enjoys art, I would create an artistic math assignment or relate a historic period to its art. In addition, I attempt to apply that subject to contemporary issues. I also enjoy creating games for each subject.

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

Creating practice test questions.

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

Breaking the subject down into small pieces so that student masters small bits at a time. I would also avoid using negative language.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Diagnostic testing and reviewing their homework and past assignments.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By creating my teaching approach around the student's learning style.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Flashcards, highlighters, construction paper (for making webs), lined paper, and a white board.