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I have been working in the education field for seven years now. I have worked in an after school program and as a private tutor. I have worked with students of all ages from kindergarten through college age.

I especially love tutoring because I am able to build a working relationship with my students that allows me to understand what works best for them. In the school environment there are so many distractions and the education provided may not suit every student. Tutoring allows people be creative and create a safe, supportive, fun and customized learning environment that is just right for the student.

Although I have been working in education for a while, I haven't always known that I wanted to work in the field. I studied social work in college, but I really began to understand that education is a powerful tool for improving society and well being. I was required to read, write, and make presentations in my program and I found these tasks to be very challenging but rewarding. I excelled in my writing and I often helped other classmates. When I graduated, I decided that I was actually interested in education. I studied special education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and I am currently in a program to earn my Masters in English as a Second Language Education. As a student, I know what is expected of my clients, and as one who has excelled in writing, I love to help people develop their literacy and language arts skills.

Rachael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Monterey Bay - Bachelors, Collaborative Health and Human Services/Business Minor

Graduate Degree: Northcentral University - Current Grad Student, Teaching English as a Second Language


Taking care of my family, reading, and walking are some of my favorite thing to do

Tutoring Subjects


College English

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that teaching and learning can take many forms. Everyone is capable of receiving a great education, and when they have an open mind, they will see more opportunities to learn.

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

I would discuss with the student and the parents, if applicable, what the student's strengths and needs are, what their interests are, and what they expect to accomplish in a session. Then, I would listen, and show them various things I can work on with them to help them meet their goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think that it is important for students to reflect on their educational experiences and identify their strengths and needs. This will help them see for themselves that they have the tools to succeed. They will also learn that they should advocate for themselves as a learner. Another way I encourage students to be independent, is to allow opportunities to practice their skills in a supportive environment. As they master something at a lower level, they can do more difficult tasks. This way, they build their confidence to work more independently outside of tutoring.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If a student has a hard time with a certain skill or concept, I would first try a few different approaches, perhaps add more visualizations or examples. If that was not sufficient, I would try to break down the concept so that the student could learn more simple components. Then, they may be able to pull the ideas together for a more complete understanding.

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

I know many strategies for increasing reading comprehension. Front loading vocabulary before reading a passage helps students recognize important words that will help with comprehension. Also, students can read for a global understanding of a passage, or they can read for specific information. These techniques will stimulate the use of different strategies in the student's mind so they have a wider range of skills for reading.

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

I begin by doing some exercises that help me assess where the student is in their learning, but are fairly informal and encourages conversation. This helps break the ice and gives both of us an opportunity to identify needs.

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

I like to build in chances for students to practice what they know. From giving them chances to ask questions, to rephrasing the concepts, and practicing a task. I try to set my students up for success.

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

I am always careful to point out a student's successes.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use informal assessments, observations, and student and parent statements to assess a student's needs.

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

I feel that, as a tutor, I am a resource to the student. I try to present materials in multiple modes. If an approach doesn't work, I try to present information from a different perspective.

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

I like to share different websites, and I often make presentations to demonstrate concepts. However, if a student needs homework help, I try to stick with the materials that they are required to work with.

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

If a student is struggling with something, they have probably met with a lot of failure in that area. I would create activities that would set them up for success, so they could build confidence in themselves and want to try more. I would also try to make games or add elements of the student's personal interests into the lesson.