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Yvonne

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I help people reach their education goals. Having worked for the math departments of two different colleges and one-on-one with trauma rehabilitation patients, I can help with Mathematics, English, study skills, learning confidence, Humanities, and more. I look forward to working with you!

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Yvonne’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 29

Hobbies

Reading, painting, drawing, cooking, gaming, hiking, etc.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

College Algebra

College English

Creative Writing

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Geometry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Other

Philosophy

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Psychology

Reading

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Tutoring is taking things you've learned and breaking them down with you until they make sense.

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

Finding out what subjects and hobbies a student likes is very helpful.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My sessions are always student driven.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I backtrack to information they know and build off of it.

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

Break it down, make it relatable, and explain it in new ways.

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

Rephrase what the writing says in a modern or relatable context, while still keeping the message. Then revisit the original text to draw the connections.

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

Find out what subjects they don't like and things they do like.

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

Anything is relatable. Finding people who have used a certain subject area in a cool or fun way helps students see how any knowledge can be used for any field of study.

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

For most STEM classes, I typically have the student walk ME through a problem to show they understand it.

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

When a student feels like they're not making progress, I break things down into as small of steps as they need to be able to understand each part along the way. Once the student understands a part (e.g. how to FOIL in solving a quadratic), we acknowledge the accomplishment.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Sometimes I start a conversation with a student and ask questions about what they already know to figure out where to start. However, I've found it most productive to simply dive into the material and let the sessions be primarily student led. Then they can dive in and simply show me what they know and how they understand it. This allows me to correct wrong thinking - if they think they're doing something correct when they are not - that wouldn't come up in my asking, and it helps them learn the way to approach problems they get stuck on in the future.

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

Everyone has different things they like and understand more than others. By relating the topic to things the student already understands or likes, it helps in understanding.

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

It depends on the age of the student and the subject.

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