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Writing teacher; former middle school science teacher of 4 years; long-time tutor

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Desiree’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Rogers State University - Bachelors, Social science

Graduate Degree: Northeastern university school of law - PHD, Law


Traveling, reading, swimming, music

Tutoring Subjects


College Level American History

Earth Science

English Grammar and Syntax

Environmental Science

Essay Editing

High School Level American History


Homework Support




Social Sciences

Social Studies



Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I like to help students find ways to build skills and knowledge, while also increasing independence and confidence.

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

Get to know him/her and find out what their current knowledge and skills are.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching and modeling strategies that are universal across all subjects, such as organization and study methods.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help him/her internalize the concept of a growth mindset. To stay motivated, he or she can achieve specific benchmarks and view the progress that he or she is making.

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

I would try a few different strategies to help him/her figure out which one is going to work best to learn this skill or concept. I would be creative in my approaches and reaffirm for him/her that there will be a strategy that will work for this problem, because there is always a way to learn something.

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

I teach active reading strategies, such as highlighting, underlining, making margin notes, and using other note-taking strategies.

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

I work on building a relationship with my students and figuring out what will work best when working with each individual student. Learning what motivates each student is paramount to helping him/her achieve.

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

Having the student answer deep questions that involve applying knowledge and skills to a novel problem.

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