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Hi there! I'd love to assist you in your educational experience at any step of the way. I have a rich background in the social sciences, writing, and research. However, I am passionate to get you to your highest potential no matter the subject--I believe in your success and will help get you there! I look forward to working with you soon!

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Heidi’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-San Marcos - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Minnesota State University-Mankato - Masters, Sport and Exercise Psychology


Adventuring, running, music, anything related to food, sunshine, the ocean air, good conversation, strong coffee, nerding out on research, meeting new people

Tutoring Subjects

Anatomy & Physiology

AP Research

Art History

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing


High School English

High School Writing

Human Development


Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing




Public Speaking


Social Sciences

Social studies

Statistics Graduate Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in working collaboratively with my student. I think there's a great deal of power in the student teaching the tutor. Of course I help students every step of the way, but I believe you learn most when teaching others, and think students get the most out of it when they are able to teach someone else.

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

First, I'd want to get to know them! What are their interests? What subjects do they like, dislike, and why? That way, I can be sure to relate to them and relate any educational content to their specific interests, in hopes it will make more sense in their world. I always keep it engaging!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I have lots of background on leadership, and would hope to pass this on to any student I work with. I can help a student boost their confidence and social skills by working with them one on one and mastering something they may have had a challenge with. They can generalize these skills outside of tutoring into their life in general.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Slow it down, and change it to relate to their world and interests. For example, if someone is having a hard time comprehending a math problem that involves something abstract, I'd try to change it into something they are familiar with first-- such as their family, favorite food, etc. Something to make them grasp it more concretely before diving in deeper. I will always slow it down and move at the pace the student is comfortable with.

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

I make sure they identify where they are struggling first and foremost. Once I understand where they are having difficulty, I break it down and try to simplify whatever it is into a simpler format. I help them help me create a more complex format until I believe the student is ready to move on to the initial reading assigned.

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

Relating to them, connecting with them, and showing them you care and are an advocate for their success!

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

Help them see the benefits of these skills down the road. For example, if they're not so excited about learning percentages, I'd ask them if they like to shop or find items on sale. If so, I'd suggest that some of these skills will make daily life much easier down the road and even if it's not so much fun now, it can be fun when we think of how it might benefit us if we learn it now.

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

I believe in teaching the tutor -- I think that's the BEST way to demonstrate full understanding. If you can teach someone else, you know the concept. If you can't, let's identify the gaps, and I'll help you out!

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

Words of affirmation are huge. Students need to know that even if they're not correct in their answer, that their thought process makes sense and that their effort is there. When they do understand a difficult concept, giving them a sense of pride and verbalizing their progress means more to them than we may ever know.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I like to see things from all angles. I would ask the student, the parents or guardians, and even teachers if possible. I can also observe from general assessments given to see if the student is more of a visual, verbal, or tactile learner.

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

Whatever they like, I like. Whatever age they are, so am I. I like to be an equal of my student. Yes, I take my work seriously, but it's most important to obtain respect from your student by relating with them. Once I know their needs, I adapt my tutoring to that. Visual? Great! Kinesthetic? Let's demonstrate! Audial? No problem! I will always go at the student's pace and preferred learning style.

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

This is really a case by case basis -- it depends on the subject and the student.

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