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I am excited to help students further their education! I graduated Arizona State University in May 2016 with a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences and graduated with honors! I had to find new ways to learn and had to first differentiate studying and learning and later apply them both, with successful results!

Marcel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Biological Sciences


Swimming, Hiking, Road Trips, Movies, Books, Science

Tutoring Subjects



High School English

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am more of a visual learner. I love to demonstrate things with images or send supplemental videos that will help understanding an overview of the subject, not only the specific area. This makes the learning process much easier.

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

I would take a couple of minutes to get to know them, their background, what they believe they are having trouble with, and why they think they are struggling with a subject.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I think gradually letting students discover answers or to let them develop their thought process is essential to becoming an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Always being positive and making sure that the student can see the progress and improvement they are making!

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

I would approach the concept in a different way! Everyone learns differently and at a different pace, so it is important that there are multiple learning strategies that are offered to the student.

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

I believe reading comprehension is best understood when a student reads a paragraph multiple times at first. The first time, they will probably just be pronouncing the words, but the more they get the word flow, the better they can understand what it actually means when these words are put together. This will help them understand how a voice is heard from a passage and how a piece of writing has it's own character.

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

Starting off with basics, showing visuals, and building off of that, and then determining a pace based off of the student.

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

Relating the subject to things they are interested in. Also, I believe that when students get a subject and excel in it, they want to challenge themselves and learn more about the subject, so I believe them being successful will keep them engaged.

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

I think practicing and visuals are the most vital. I have had tremendous success with incorporating those into my tutoring sessions.

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

Always showing them the progress they made and always encouraging them when they are not understanding something. Tone is key. A positive tone is always instrumental in tutoring.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Based off of what they tell me and how well or fast they comprehend the material.

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

By approaching the material in different ways that the student has not used.

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

Visuals and examples.