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Gabriela

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I grew up just north of Washington D.C, and went to college and physical therapy school at Simmons College in Boston, MA. I graduated in 2011 with my BS in Exercise Science and again in 2013 with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

I began tutoring students in my undergraduate career, starting with writing. I believe education is extremely important and that students should have access to as many resources as possible. I believe in actively involving the student in the tutoring session so they not only learn the material, they retain the material making them more likely to succeed in the future. During physical therapy school, I continued tutoring writing to both undergraduate and graduate students in addition to exercise science, anatomy and physiology, biology as well as graduate students in gross anatomy and other PT courses.

I currently work full time at an outpatient manual orthopedic physical therapy clinic. In my free time, I enjoy running, pure barre, and spending time with my husband and adopted lab mix dog!

Gabriela’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Simmons College - Bachelors, Exercise Science

Graduate Degree: Simmons College - PHD, Physical Therapy

Hobbies

running, horseback riding, pure barre, cooking, and walking my dog

Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Biology

Biology

College Biology

College English

College Essays

English

High School Biology

High School English

Nutrition

Other

Physiology

Science

Summer

Writing


Q & A

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

Establishing goals is crucial. What does the student hope to achieve, what specifically is he or she struggling with, and what has been done thus far? Discussing study strategies specific to the material that needs to be learned is paramount in helping the student succeed. It is the responsibility of the tutor to help the student discover what works for him or her in order to ensure success in the future.

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

Spending time with the student helps me figure out what works best for them - discussing the material, looking at pictures, drawing, writing things down, or developing questions. Whatever the student seems to do best with helps me change how I approach the tutor session so the student can learn most efficiently.

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

I use pictures, outlines, drawings, lots of verbal discussion, and review.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

The first session is very important. This is where I ask the student what they feel their strengths and weaknesses are, what they have done to this point that has helped or hasn't helped etc. Going through the first tutoring session helps me get a grasp on how the student learns best, so I can come up with an individualized plan to best help them learn and succeed.