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I am currently studying history and foreign languages as an undergrad at Johns Hopkins. I love teaching and have worked as a tutor for several years. Since 2014, I have taught children ages 3-18 reading and mathematics at a private tutoring center. Here, I have gained extensive experience working with gifted, special needs, and ESL children. I have also volunteered since 2015 with the Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project. In addition to working with children, I love early modern European and American history. I also speak fluent French and conversational German and Russian. I enjoy tutoring SAT prep and college writing as well.

Abigail’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Johns Hopkins University - Current Undergrad, History

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2220

SAT Verbal: 770

SAT Writing: 790

SAT Subject Test in U.S. History: 740

SAT Subject Test in Literature: 740

Hobbies

reading, writing, foreign languages, history, music, baking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Writing

ACT with Writing Prep

ACT Writing

History

American Literature

AP European History

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

AP United States History

AP US History

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Conversational German

CSS

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

French

French 1

French 2

French 3

French 4

German

German 1

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support

HTML

Languages

Literature

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in French

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Verbal

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The best way to learn is with as much hands-on practice as possible, especially with foreign languages.

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

The most important part of a first session is determining where the student currently is, what parts of the subject they struggle with, and what their goals are. The best way to do this is by talking to them and by taking some short diagnostic tests.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Students become independent when they've been allowed to play a role in directing their educational goals, and when they've had enough practice to feel comfortable using their new skills.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Students stay motivated when they have clear, short steps toward achieving their goals, and when they've played a part in choosing their goals and designing their curriculum.

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

Often when a student is struggling with a new concept, it helps to review the old material that provides the foundation for the new idea to help the student understand how everything they've learned is connected.

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

The best way to improve reading comprehension is to understand how stories are typically structured, so the student knows where to look for certain answers within the text.

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

The best way to build a student's confidence is to structure lessons so that they begin with the instructor teaching for most of the lesson, but gradually encourage the student to use their skills independently more and more until the teacher is there mostly for support and feedback.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

With older students, you can often ask them what they struggle with. You can also create diagnostic tests with sample questions and review samples of their previous work.

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

An instructor has to be sensitive to the pace at which the student best learns, as well as the subjects they need/want to discuss.

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

For history, the best way to learn is through a mix of primary and secondary sources. To learn a foreign language properly, students should have as much exposure to as many different types of media as possible, including TV shows, movies, news broadcasts, songs, news/magazine articles, stories, poems, etc. Especially for students intending to take the AP French exam, I would emphasize a need to use media from around the Francophone world to practice a variety of different dialects. Different types of scholarly media such as academic journals, newspapers, and certain books and websites are also relevant to certain types of writing and public speaking.

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

Students learn best when lessons have clear goals broken into short, achievable steps, and quantified with some sort of achievement test. Plenty of practice and frequent review between lessons aids in retention.

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

Sometimes it helps to let the student relate the subject back to one of their interests (i.e., if they struggle with writing, let them write about their favorite sport, but make sure they're still learning the proper structure of a college essay). Allowing students to establish their own goals can also make them feel more involved, and therefore more excited about learning.

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

It's best to end each lesson with a diagnostic test of some sort to ensure the student understands the material before moving on to something more complex. Frequent practice and review within each lesson ensures they'll retain the material properly.