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Mackenzie

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I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in Psychology in Spanish. I then traveled in South America for about a year before attending law school in Tucson, AZ where I received my J.D. from the University of Arizona in May 2015. I graduated summa cum laude and was able to secure a judicial clerkship with the Arizona Supreme Court. A large part of my success academically has been the product of great tutors and mentors along the way, so I am excited about the opportunity to to tutor in a broad range of subjects. When I'm not working, I'm busy traveling and watching sports. I'm also a bit of an extreme sports fanatic. I look forward to working with you to help you achieve your academic goals!

Mackenzie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Vanderbilt University - Bachelors, Psychology & Spanish

Test Scores

ACT English: 30

ACT Reading: 34

ACT Science: 32

SAT Verbal: 700

SAT Writing: 710

LSAT: 166

GRE Quantitative: 160

GRE Verbal: 162

Hobbies

Traveling, skydiving, scuba diving, reading, watching sports, and running.

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Science

Administrative Law

Adult Literacy

Advertising

History

American Literature

Anthropology

AP Research

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

Biology

British Literature

Business

Business Writing

Cell Biology

Civics

Civil Procedure

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present

CLEP Human Growth and Development

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introduction to Business Law

CLEP Introduction to Educational Psychology

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Introductory Sociology

CLEP Social Sciences and History

CLEP Spanish

Clinical Psychology

College English

College Level American Literature

Constitutional Law

Contract Law

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Criminal Law

Earth Science

Economics

Elementary School Science

English

ERB CPAA Prep

ERB CTP Prep

ERB WrAP Prep

Essay Editing

European History

Expository Writing

Family Law

Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GED Math

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

GMAT Verbal

Government

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Verbal

Health Care Policy

High School Biology

High School Business

High School Economics

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Writing

Human Development

College Math

Languages

Latin America History

Law

Legal Research

Legal Writing

LSAT

LSAT Analytical Reasoning

LSAT Essay Section

LSAT Logical Reasoning

LSAT Reading Comprehension

Math

Medicine

Middle School

Middle School Science

Other

PCAT Writing

Plant Biology

Pre-Algebra

Property Law

Psychology

Public Health

Public Speaking

SAT Subject Test in Literature

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Test in World History

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Science

Social Sciences

Social studies

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Suzuki Method

Technical Writing

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Tort Law

US Constitutional History

World Civilization

World Literature

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each individual has a unique learning style, so it's about finding what works best to achieve maximum results!

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

Lay out goals, determine how to reach them realistically and within the necessary time frame, and start to tackle the obstacles that are most bothersome and in the way of achieving those academic goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Model and teach good study habits and techniques. Self-motivation is key, but having productive tips is necessary to be a successful independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Acknowledge the smaller achievements along the way of progressing towards the greater goal, whether that be a raised test score, improved confidence in a certain subject area, etc.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Tackle the root of the issue. I'd determine, with the student's help, why it is that he or she is struggling, and then implement alternative and/or complementary methods to enable the student to comprehend the material.

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

Use metacognitive tactics. This is extremely helpful for those struggling with reading comprehension.

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

Determine what is his or her learning style, and exactly what it is that he or she hopes to attain from a tutoring experience.

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

Depending on the student's age, rewards can be a great incentive. But more importantly, remind them to keep in mind why it is that they want/need to do well in the subject. Alternative learning techniques to make the actual study process more "fun" can be helpful, too.

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

It of course depends on the topic of study, but assessments/evaluations are extremely crucial to success. Not just to track the student's progress, but so he or she can understand what areas they need to improve upon.

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

Acknowledgment of "little" wins.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Past performance in the class, actually just asking the student what it is he or she feels has been effective in the past, and also just as importantly, what has not been an effective approach to learning for them in the past.

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

Recognizing what is and what is not working. Communication with the student to understand what it is they feel is missing, and what it is that they feel is working well for them.

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

It depends, of course, but can include the student's coursework, materials here on the tutoring platform, online materials, helpful commercial study aides, etc.