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For the past year, I have worked as an ESL teacher overseas in Vietnam. Working in education provided me with such affirming, positive experiences that I want to transfer my knowledge to motivated students who want to work hard and improve.

Pearl’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: New York University - Bachelors, Individualized Study- Digital Media and Marketing

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2040

SAT Verbal: 710


Listening to podcasts, conducting culinary experiments, discovering new music, practicing yoga

Tutoring Subjects




American Literature

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

European History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing


Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Public Speaking

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everyone has a different learning style, and teachers need to engage the student with the best style suited to them.

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

Talk thoroughly to establish strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they learn best.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Try different approaches and use different examples to demonstrate the concept.

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

Focus on gist reading first, and then reading for detail. Provide gist and detailed questions for students to answers. Such strategies ensure students understand what they are reading, and are not just reading words.

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

Have a target set in mind, and establish a timeline of what needs to be accomplished within a certain time frame.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching study skills that allow them to focus better.

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

Have the students produce the material independently and assess their understanding later in the session.

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

Make the work engaging and fun--incorporate the use of technology, something they already use in their everyday life.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By giving a written assessment as well as asking students to do a self-evaluation.

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

Each student has a different need. If one approach isn't working, move on to a different one.

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

Positive reinforcement.

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

Pen, paper, and a tablet/laptop.