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Marissa

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I am personable, outgoing, and patient. I am confident that I can not only help you understand the lesson, but also get you to laugh throughout it!

Marissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Northridge - Bachelors, Theatre

Hobbies

Singing, dancing, acting, reading, cooking, laughing, and playing with my dog!

Tutoring Subjects

Audition Prep

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

College Math

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Nutrition

Other

Pre-Algebra

Public Speaking

Science

Songwriting

Spelling Bee

Test Prep

Vocal Training


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is to always listen to the student. So many teachers, instructors, and tutors get wrapped up in themselves: "What am I going to say?" "How can I teach this;" opposed to hearing what the student knows and understands. I believe the best course of action is to observe and listen to the student. Once the tutor can gauge where the student's understanding is, they can then develop a plan. I also have the philosophy that learning should be fun and light. Many students find it as a heavy burden (especially when they don't understand), and it's my goal to ensure that each student under me has a great time and realizes that learning can be a light and fun thing to do!

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

Money is money, and so I would want to know what the student is struggling with right away so to save the student money. During the tutoring process, however, I would work to ensure that the student is relaxed and comfortable. I am very outgoing and quick to spark conversation. I am often told that people are immediately comfortable in my presence, and that is something I take to heart. It is difficult to learn from someone who is stone cold, and stiff. So to lighten the learning process, and to ensure that the student is comfortable, I throw in some fun humor all the while getting to know the student. If the student is not in a talking mood, no problem! I'll just laugh at myself, to myself!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I handle problems in an organized fashion; I incorporate lists, tools, and procedures that help me. I never force the way I do things onto others, but I will share my tactics, which many do enjoy and pick up on. However, if one doesn't find my practice enjoyable, I usually can determine a way that benefits the student. For example, if a student has trouble sitting still and is in need of constant movement, then I might suggest that while they memorize something, they do a repetitive motion.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

No one likes to do things that seem like busy work, or that do not entertain them. Because of this, I structure my lessons so that the lesson is entertaining and fun. Usually, this allows for the student to have a good time, and results in the student having enjoyed learning. My goal is always for the student to look forward to their lesson.

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

When a student is struggling, I try to break the concept down to bare bones. Then, I apply a topic that the student can relate to (for example, I would adjust a math equation to dinosaurs, Disney princesses, clothing items, etc.) Once the student is comfortable, I help them solve 3 different problems of different levels (easy and hard). From there, depending on their understanding, I might have them practice one on their own with my supervisor, or I will adjust and try a different technique.