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I am a certified elementary education teacher with two years of experience in the classroom. I am passionate about teaching and absolutely love working with students and helping them learn and grow!

I first experienced tutoring while in college, working with student athletes to help them complete assignments and study for exams. I found the experience extremely rewarding and developed positive relationships with my students.

I graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 and am an avid Spartan fan. I love returning to campus in the fall to attend football games, and can't wait to see where this season takes us!

I am very excited about starting this experience with Varsity Tutors and I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you!

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Allison’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Elementary Education


I love reading and being outside as much as possible. I'm a huge Michigan State Spartan fan and Chicago sports fan and enjoy going to games of any kind.

Tutoring Subjects


Conversational Spanish

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math


English Grammar and Syntax


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE-Lower Level Mathematics Achievement

ISEE-Lower Level Quantitative Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing







Spanish 1


SSAT- Elementary Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Q & A

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

I would spend time getting to know the student on a personal level, such as their interests and their learning style. I would use that information to design lessons and activities that work best for them. I would also spend time during that first session establishing expectations and what the student hopes to get out of their tutoring experience.

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

I find topics that the student is interested in reading about so that they are more engaged in the lesson and the materials. I also will use their learning strengths and preferences to design reading tasks that work best for them.

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

I would find a way to connect that subject to something they are interested about. When students can find a personal connection with the subject, they can be more motivated to put in the extra effort to learn. Additionally, I would find additional resources, such as technology, that might help enhance the student's engagement in the material.

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

In order to build a student's confidence in a subject, I would allow them to experience small successes at the beginning. I would have the student complete smaller, easier tasks where they can feel success, and as their confidence builds, the complexity of the tasks will build as well until they reach their goal.

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