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I am currently a Political Science and Environmental Studies major at Brown University. I find it extremely satisfying to share my passion for learning with others. From 2011 through 2013, I tutored middle school students in the Oakland Public School system through the Partners Program. From 2014 to 2015, I was employed as a private tutor for students both in middle school and in high school. Over the last year I have tutored international high school students online in test preparation, as well as various academic subjects. I have more informal teaching experience as a counselor intern naturalist at the Point Reyes Nature Science Camp as well. These jobs have been extremely rewarding, as I have had the opportunity to help my students better understand new concepts and form strong study habits. I also have learned how to explain problems and concepts in multiple ways. When I'm not tutoring, I love photography, playing softball, and backpacking long distance trails.

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Lena’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Brown University - Current Undergrad, Political Science and Environmental Studies

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1570

SAT Math: 750

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 770


Backpacking, photography, piano, softball

Tutoring Subjects

AP English Language and Composition

College Application Essays

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

French 2

French 3

High School English

High School Political Science

High School Writing


ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Lower Level Writing

ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Middle Level Writing

ISEE-Upper Level Reading Comprehension

ISEE-Upper Level Verbal Reasoning

ISEE-Upper Level Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Reading

SAT Subject Test in French with Listening

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning has always excited me, and I want to provide my students with the same feeling of invigoration and understanding that I feel as a student. Instead of purely lecturing, I aim to freshen up my lessons using activities and questions to engage my students in learning. I often use multiple methods of explanation, such as verbal and visual, in order to convey information in a fun, interesting, and clear manner.

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

In a typical first session with students, I will first ask questions about them and their school in order to better understand their background. I also like to set up goals with my student, focusing especially on areas where they feel they need more improvement or guidance. These goals will aid us throughout our sessions not only in staying on track, but also in measuring improvement.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help my students become independent learners not just by providing answers, but by providing my students with scaffolding on which to build their academic success. I ask guiding questions and teach my students not only the subject matter, but study and organization skills that will aid them in their future academic endeavors.

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

If students are struggling with reading comprehension, I first like to slow down the reading by reading the same selection multiple times. Next, we go through it line by line, or paragraph by paragraph, and I have my students repeat what the text is saying in their own words. Lastly, we will do a "tell-back" in which my students will verbally summarize the text as a whole.

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