Hi, my name is Abby and I am really excited to be a tutor and help students succeed. I am a cheerful, positive person and my goal is to a be a physician's assistant in the future.
I am knowledgeable and have an extensive background tutoring students. I graduated in the top 10% of my high school and took several AP classes that helped me prepare for college. I graduated from UC San Diego, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in Biology and a 3.9 GPA. I was awarded the Provost Honor award every quarter and the Revelle honor award every year for my excellent grades. I also won several scholarships for my commitment to education and extracurricular activities, such as volunteering in hospitals, donating time to an animal shelter, helping students with mental and physical disabilities learn vocational skills, and traveling abroad to learn about different cultures.
In addition, I have experience teaching people of all ages and in many different subject areas. For example, I have helped elementary school students with math, science, writing, and English, high school students with Algebra 1, geometry, biology, chemistry, and English, and even taught and lead my own discussion for college students learning evolutionary biology.
From these experiences, I have learned how important it is for a tutor to be both a good listener and a good teacher. I know that each student learns in their own way and at their own speed and I am happy to spend time trying to find new approaches to tackle different problems. I work hard to prepare for each session and make sure that my students understand the underlying concepts and can apply those concepts when facing different problems. If you want to learn more about me, please check out my resume and feel free to contact me and ask me questions!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelors, Biology, General
ACT Reading: 33
SAT Math: 740
AP Biology: 5
AP Calculus AB: 5
AP Calculus BC: 5
AP English Language: 4
AP World History: 4
SAT Mathematics Level 2: 720
AP Psychology: 4
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning from students is just as important as teaching. Teachers should listen to their students, learn to understand their skills and abilities, and use those cues to readjust their teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to get to know the student, what subjects they are learning, and have them explain to me what concepts they find confusing in each subject area. Then we can work together to create a plan of action for both the current session and future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important to inform students when they do something right. It is both encouraging and helps build confidence when facing challenging problems. After each session, I am sure to tell the student how well they did, what they did wrong, and leave them with practice problems to reinforce the concepts we went over.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I always try to slow down, take a step back, and ask the student exactly what they're thinking. Even if they're unconfident or wrong in their logic, understanding their way of thinking and targeting those errors will help me find a new way to approach the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
The best way to improve reading comprehension is to "actively read". I would encourage students to read the passages aloud and to take notes while reading, jotting down any little thought that comes to mind. Actively engaging with the texts, either by visualizing the words of the story and finding a way to connect the text to their own lives, helps students understand and remember the material better.