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Jessica

I am here to motivate you by showing you your potential. I don't believe in demeaning someone to push them to become better. I believe everyone has potential and just need a patient, understanding and encouraging force.

I believe that writing is a very powerful tool and can be the most valuable skill you learn in school. I love to tutor people on how to write better and read more effectively.

When I am not tutoring with Varsity Tutors, I am teaching youth how to build websites for Digital NEST, a nonprofit in Watsonville. I moved to Santa Barbara recently to start a new career.

You are probably wondering what I like to do for fun. Well, I love to dance, go out to eat, play basketball, read, hike, and watch movies (in that order).

I can't wait to get to know you and help you with your reading and writing skills.

Undergraduate Degree:

University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelors, Anthropology/ Sociology

SAT Composite: 1600

Dancing (all kinds of dancing), learning new skills, going to the beach, watching movies

American Literature

Basic Computer Literacy

College Application Essays

College English

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Photoshop

Project Management/PMP

Social Sciences

Spanish 1

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy on teaching is that it is always a two-way street. The teacher has to learn as much as the student; that's how they know they are doing their job.

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

I would introduce myself and try to get to know more about their hobbies, goals and what they want to get out the sessions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I would always explain my reasoning and ask them to explain theirs. Sometimes saying things out loud helps people realize what they don't know. I would also give them the tools and knowledge to seek out answers effectively.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would point to the progress they've made since they started, and let them know that it will get easier once they get to know their learning style and get accustomed to their learning pace.

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

I would change the way I am presenting the information to them. People learn in different ways, and I would make sure that I am covering all the bases.

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

I ask them to read aloud and tell me what they understood sentence by sentence. Sometimes the issue is just about expanding vocabulary, and sometimes it's about misunderstanding the tone or syntax. We will get to the bottom of it by breaking it down.