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Courtney’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Coastal Carolina University - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Wake Forest University - Current Grad Student, English

Test Scores

GRE Verbal: 162


Reading, writing, teaching, and learning

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

GRE Verbal

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy focuses on the importance of adopting multiple teaching strategies. An innovative, flexible approach allows me to help a wide variety of students.

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

In a typical first session, I talk with a student to evaluate her goals, her areas of concern, and her personal strengths.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

My students become independent learners because I help guide them on strategies for helping themselves. I never do the work for my students. Instead, I guide them through their work in order to teach them how to complete future work on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

My students stay motivated because I show them their progress as we work. When students recognize and celebrate their success, they are more inclined to stay motivated.

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

Present the skill or concept in a new way.

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

I would help a student to get excited about a difficult subject by showing them how the subject is relevant to their interest.

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

Brief, low-stakes quizzes and short review sessions.

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