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I have experience with Computer Science from a student, professional, and teaching perspective. I understand what it feels like when you are completely stuck on a problem or concept, so when teaching I use scaffolding to break concepts down into manageable parts. I have experience teaching Computer Science to a classroom of 20 high school students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. This included daily lectures, mentoring, and one on one tutoring/debugging, among other responsibilities. I also gained experience tutoring college students during my time as an undergraduate. I emphasize understanding the concepts behind a problem, not just getting the assignment working, and use real world examples to allow the student to understand through their own perspective!

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Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Sonoma State University - Bachelors, Computer Science


I love traveling, camping, food, yoga, and music! I am a proud hufflepuff and have a cat named Bolin after the character in Legend of Korra.

Tutoring Subjects

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles


Computer Science


High School Computer Science




Mac Basic Computer Skills

Microsoft Office


Relational Databases



Ruby on Rails


Technology and Coding

Q & A

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

Get to know the student and their short and long term goals. Then, we can work together to create a game plan that fits their learning style!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Reminding them of their goals and building up their confidence!

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

I would emphasize that it's okay to make mistakes when learning a subject, and build up their confidence when they get a question correct or put a lot of time into a concept.

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

I would ask the student to explain their understanding of the material and break down anything that they weren't confident talking about on their own.

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