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Brooke

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I am a current Stanford undergraduate majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. I am an experienced tutor and teacher - I worked at Kumon Math and Reading Center for two years, taught private piano lessons for three years, and worked as a teaching assistant and section leader at Stanford during the 2014-15 academic year. I am also an avid reader and writer with an interest in essay editing and assisting with the college application process. I believe that the most important part of teaching is knowing the student's learning style - everyone learns differently and tailoring lessons to a student's learning style is the best way to reach success.

Brooke’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Stanford University - Bachelors, Human Biology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 35

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 36

ACT Reading: 36

ACT Science: 35

SAT Composite: 2190

Hobbies

Research, writing, music, cooking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT with Writing Prep

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

Algebra

Algebra 2

Algebra 3/4

AP Biology

AP Psychology

Biology

College Algebra

College Biology

College English

College Essays

Elementary Algebra

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

College Math

Life Sciences

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Music

Piano

Pre-Algebra

PSAT Mathematics

PSAT Writing Skills

Psychology

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Mathematics

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in Biology E/M

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student learns differently. As a tutor, I believe it is my job to understand the best way to break down difficult concepts in a way that the student will understand - whether that is visual, auditory, or some combination of the two.

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

In a first session, I think it is important to spend a few minutes setting goals for our time together. This might include discussing the student's strengths and weakness, and going over the material the student needs to learn.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student who understands their learning style and has confidence in their ability to implement it will have much more success being an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Staying motivated becomes much easier when a student sets tangible, realistic goals. Breaking tasks into smaller pieces makes them much less daunting.

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

I usually ask the student to explain the concept to me - I have found that teaching can be the best way to learn. I also find practice problems to be very useful when applicable.

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

I would pinpoint the areas that are most difficult to the student, and work on breaking those down first.

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

I help students with reading comprehension with a variety of techniques - including taking notes on the material, reading and summarizing the material out loud, or drawing charts and pictures. I would work with the student to identify which methods would help him/her the most.

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

I believe it is important to get to know the student, so I start by asking them about their learning style and what they hope to accomplish in our sessions.

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

I believe that understanding the ways which a subject can be applied in the 'real world' can help a student become more engaged, so I would talk about the ways that the material is relevant to their life.

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

I typically use the student's course materials as my primary source of information. I also supplement with pen and paper in order to draw and explain concepts, as well as my laptop so that we can look up additional materials when necessary.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, I ask the student what they are most struggling with and what their goals are for our sessions. Second, I make sure to take note of what the student is struggling with in order to best address those concepts.

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

I take note of the student's learning style (visual, auditory, etc.) and make sure to implement that style in our sessions.

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

I focus on breaking concepts down into small, manageable parts in order to give the student the best chance at success. When a student is able to succeed at smaller concepts, the big ones become less daunting.