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I am a third year Marketing management undergraduate student at Baruch College. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field as well as do business on the side. In my spare time, I like to explore the city and take part in the NYC events, I love to take pictures, experiment with cooking cuisines from different cultures, listen to music, and spend time with my family and friends.
As a child growing up, I was always so shy so whenever I had any questions or issues about a topic in class, I would always hold it off till I got home and I soon realized that it was a problem in my academic career. However, with the proper help and advice, I was able to overcome my shyness and become a more social and confident person. I hope to help students overcome their fear of asking questions or being shy since I was in their place once.
I went to tutoring for a few years in middle school so I know exactly how different it is to get individual attention from a tutor from your regular teacher in school. Tutoring helped me excel in areas that I needed extra help in. I know that learning outside of school hours can be dreadful for students, especially the younger ones, so I really hope to take whatever I learned from my days as a student getting tutored to help my students resolve their difficulties. Tutoring can always be fun and it can be by using different techniques such as visual prompts or flash cards. This tool and many more methods help students become really engaged in their session.

Rafina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Queens College - Current Undergrad Student, Biology, General


photography, cooking, travel, organization, crafting, blogging

Tutoring Subjects


Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax



Middle School Math

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing



Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is a humbling responsibility to the students because it can really impact the student's interests, which can eventually shape their future. Everyone learns at their own pace, and tutoring is the best way to get the tutor's individual attention in an area where the student may be struggling.

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

In my first session with the student, I will go over the materials that the student needs help with to understand where the issue is. It will be an assessment to figure out how to approach the student with their difficulty.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

A student can become an independent learner by being confident in the area he/she had an issue with. With the help of tutoring, we will tackle these issues until the student feels confident about overcoming any questions related to that topic.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I will let the student know that he/ she is not alone in finding that area difficult, and that there are ways to tackle the concept or skill. I will present different methods to the student until we find one that best fits the student's preference.

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

Reading comprehension is a subject that can be tedious, but we need to overcome it for our standardized exams and classroom exams. I will hopefully find a way to make the reading fun and concise, and use a strategy that I used from tutoring when I was a student. I found that method to be such a life saver!

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

Strategies such as: -knowing the learner (knowing their strength and weaknesses) -following a consistent routine and rules -being honest and encouraging -summarizing and reviewing the lesson.

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

State the objective of the session In which the student can visualize the goal - Give some kind of fun incentive /reward - Track their progress and show them how close they are to their goal

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

Reviewing the lessons learned at the end of the session -never rushing the pace of their learning -giving them a short 5 minute quiz the following lesson just to keep the materials fresh in the memory - introducing sub concepts and building it up.

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

Give praise In front of parents as well as alone so the positive statement can always be remembered - Keep a log of how well the student is doing and what the student needs to work on.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

After the session, I would ask about any issues or things to go over. Talking works best, because when it comes to tutoring, you have more individual time with your tutor than your teacher. I'd also give a short quiz to see the how the student is doing.

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

If the student has trouble with learning by listening: -I can use flash cards, give explanations in short by concise steps, and have the student repeat the rules If the student has trouble verbally expressing something- I can ask for a written report, a chart or graph, or have them answer the question in short answers If the student has trouble reading the written material - I can provide highlighted material and help the student visualize what he/she read

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

I will bring flashcards for the students to use for things like vocabulary, or steps for solving problems. My tablet, so if I need to draw something out, I can easily use this without the hassle of bringing out markers or extra paper. A highlighter to highlight the important parts.