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Rachel

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Going through school as a young kid, my favorite teachers were always the ones who seemed to think outside of the box. For example, on April Fool's Day when I was in third grade, we walked into the classroom and realized that our teacher had hidden all of the chairs. Before any of us could sit, we had to follow clues in order to find our chairs again. That was probably one of my favorite lessons--and it was very educational.

As a tutor, I walk into my sessions with that same mentality. I want my students to learn how to solve their homework and study problems on their own, but I will be there to guide them in the right direction.

After graduating from Penn State in 2010 with a degree in History, I realized my true calling in life was writing and acting. Two things I've been pursuing ever since. I just moved to the Los Angeles area where I have been doing bit parts and finishing the fourth draft of a novel I've been working on since November of 2015.

Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus - Bachelors, History

Hobbies

Writing, Acting, Hiking, Pilates, French language and culture

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

College English

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

HSPT Prep

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

ISEE- Upper Level

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

SSAT- Upper Level

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I try to help the student by giving them the tools to figure something out on their own. By keeping the tutoring sessions conversational and engaging, I help young people so that, the next time a reading passage or math equation comes up, they are able to figure it out without any issues.

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

I always like to gauge the student's level, and I attempt to make them as comfortable as possible. As a kid, I always felt nervous meeting with teachers or tutors because of the pressure involved with the whole thing. I try to take that pressure away and show the student that learning can be a very fun and interesting thing.