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The exchange of information and education is a passion for me! Creating a comfortable and fun atmosphere will allow learning to be enjoyable and memorable for all parties involved!

Jessica’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - Bachelors, International Relations

Hobbies

Oil painting, reading, poetry, writing, nature, yoga, alternative health, vegetarianism, cooking, farming and animals

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult ESL/ELL

History

American Literature

Anatomy & Physiology

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Art

Art History

Astronomy

BASIC

Basic Computer Literacy

Biology

British Literature

Business

Business Ethics

Business Writing

Cell Biology

Chemistry

Classics

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP Biology

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648

CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present

College Application Essays

College Biology

College Business

College English

College Essays

College Geography

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

College World History

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

Creative Writing

Drawing

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Ethics

Expository Writing

GED Prep

GED Math

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Science

GED Social Studies

Geography

Government

Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School Business

High School Chemistry

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

Homework Support

Introduction to Poetry

Languages

Law

Linguistics

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Nutrition

Other

Painting

PC Basic Computer Skills

PCAT Writing

Philosophical Ethics

Philosophy

Plant Biology

Political Science

MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior

Public Speaking

Reading

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

World Civilization

World Literature

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Keep it entertaining! I love using innovative and contemplative approaches to teaching; learning should be permanent and fun!

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

Breaking the ice and laughing is always a good idea for a first lesson! Introductions and getting to know someone is exciting, and I would have a few questions, as well as have information about myself to share with the student before jumping right into the task at hand. Certainly, we will get to know each other more as time went on, but fun first impressions are great!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will encourage and boost the student's confidence by utilizing the time we have together to the fullest. They will see their achievements and success, which will ultimately encourage the student to continue growing individually. They will feel ready and strong to take on a new task.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Discover creative ways to learn a subject! I love exploring non-traditional methods of teaching. I also like addressing multiple intelligences. If a student is not motivated or focused, the method may be the reason. For example, conducting a hands-on activity or going for a stroll, to get the body and mind fully in motion while discussing new information, may be needed.

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

If a student was having a difficult time, we certainly wouldn't give up. Patience is key. I would encourage the student and keep him or her from becoming disappointed and full of self-doubt. I would like to extend this concept for the entire realm of learning: I am a professional oil painter, and I feel dissatisfied at times while I'm painting. I have found that walking away and completely wiping it from my mind, then coming back to it, allows me to have a fresh, new perspective. This allows me to focus and get back on track. Perhaps the student and I need a little time away from the difficult task at hand and come back ready to take it on and conquer it! Another idea is to change the approach. One may not understand, not because of the concept itself, but how it was introduced.

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

I would first identify what type of reading comprehension mistake the student is making to then be able to address the issue. For example, if a student is overlooking vital details, I would bring his or her attention to specifics in the passage and blocking out other sentences. If the student doesn't get the word choice or order, paraphrasing exercises will help. Vocabulary building exercises may also be needed. Perhaps the student is just simply worn. If this were the case, I would do several eye and breathing exercises with the student to get him or her alert and ready for the next reading task. (One beneficial exercise for strenuous reading is to close your eyes, relax all face muscles and sit up straight with a proper flow of breath. Cup the palms of your hands over your eyes to allow a slight pressure and total darkness. Roll eyes in several directions then back to a centered relaxing state, all while taking deep, proper breaths.) However, with reading comprehension, repetitive practice and paying attention to detail is needed. I will give my student the proper tools needed to comprehend a passage and through time and practice, he or she will be able to see their own improvement and success!

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

I would give compliments when earned and always encourage a student. I would not mislead students but help them realize their own potential. I would use a log or a system that would allow the student to visually see their achievements and success. Many individuals hesitate or do not continue growing out of fear of failure or rejection. I will help the student realize that no one is perfect, we all stumble and fall, and there is no reason to be afraid. You can't lose anything from trying.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I feel being observant is key in evaluating a student's needs. Oftentimes, wants and needs are not spoken out loud. As a proficient teacher, it is my duty to be aware of what my student needs. I will ask my student questions to make sure they are satisfied, and I am certainly open to any suggestions that may help the learning needs and style of the student. If I feel the atmosphere is comfortable and productive, we can proceed with the tasks at hand. However, I am patient to spend extra time and practice on specific areas if needed. I also feel it is important to periodically review past completed tasks to make sure they were permanently and successfully acquired.