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I am a recent graduate of Texas Christian University, where I received degrees in both Chemistry and Theatre. I am currently taking a gap year to apply to medical school, travel, and work. As a tutor, I'm a strong advocate for tangible examples, student engagement, and reworking "failure" into motivation.

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Tori’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Texas Christian University - Bachelors, Double Degree: Theatre, Chemistry (Pre-Med)

Test Scores

ACT English: 35

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 30

Hobbies

Travel, theatre, guitar, dance, yoga

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

Algebra

Algebra 2

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

AP Physics 2

Biology

Calculus

Chemistry

College Biology

College Chemistry

College Geography

College Physics

English

Essay Editing

Geography

Geometry

Graduate Test Prep

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School Physics

Math

MCAT Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems

Physics

Pre-Algebra

Pre-Calculus

Science

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

From my experience, both as a student and a tutor, students enjoy variety as opposed to monotonous repetition. So I aim to offer multiple vantage points and encourage creative thought to best explain and solidify a student's understanding.

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

A first session usually incorporates introductions, review of a student's academic journey (average grades, favorite classes, etc.), and an overview of my tutoring style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

As a tutor, I am not a homework guide. I am a resource for helping a student navigate specific concepts or problems that they struggle with, rather than giving general overviews of entire weeks' worth of material.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Try, try again. Try new examples. Try using videos off of the Internet. Try an entirely new vantage point. Keep trying.

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

There are many skills that I have used to boost my own reading comprehension--such as slowing down, conversing with other students in my course, and doing personal research.

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

I have found that tutoring is most successful, for both myself and for the student, with open communication.

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

I have a personality that tends to spread enthusiasm, especially surrounding education (because it's something so close to my heart). I especially use examples of the content's application into the real world to show students how important and fun the subject can be.

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

I try to take a backseat role during some sessions, as a resource to help a student through the things they are really struggling with. But allowing them to work through problems on their own with my supervision shows both me and them that they know and understand the material.

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

Start small and build up.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

First, by listening to their reports about the way the class is going, and second, through watching them complete assignments.

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

Some students need visual examples, some need personal examples, and some hate examples. Through open communication of learning styles, I'd determine what kind of tutoring each student will benefit most from.

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

Paper, paper, paper. Sometimes I will use YouTube videos. But I typically like to stick to vocal communication and writing out problems as we work them out.


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