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Elise

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I was lucky enough to attend George Washington University to get my degree in journalism. I have helped many friends write and revise college application essays as well as essays throughout my undergraduate career. I love helping students learn how to become better writers because it allows them to articulate themselves more clearly. Communication is essential to understanding those around you as well as yourself and I feel it is my responsibility to help students express themselves because of my advanced communication skills. I strive to find a teaching style that works best for each individual student. I make extremely detailed edits and explain the reason behind each one. When teaching concepts I explain them first and then ask students to put them into practice so I know they have understood and they can begin to reinforce the idea. Outside of writing and academics, I am an artist. I work with photography, videography, and mixed media. I create whimsical upcycled pieces of home decor. I enjoy cooking and try experimenting with new foods and techniques. I practice Baptiste yoga and meditation everyday. It has done wonders to calm my mind and help me work through anxiety. I love camping and exploring nature. I am working towards producing documentaries and creating an upcycling business.

Elise’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: George Washington University - Bachelors, Journalism

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 28

SAT Composite: 1170

Hobbies

Yoga, meditating, reading, politics, photography, videography, documentary films, gardening, cooking, live music, and road trips.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT Writing

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

History

American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

AP Psychology

AP US History

Art

Art History

Basic Computer Literacy

British Literature

Civics

CLEP Prep

CLEP American Government

CLEP American Literature

CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

CLEP College Composition

CLEP English Literature

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

CLEP Humanities

CLEP Introductory Psychology

CLEP Principles of Marketing

CLEP Social Sciences and History

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

Comparative Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Creative Writing

Digital Media

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

FCAT 2.0 Prep

Fiction Writing

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GED Social Studies

Genetics

Government

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School Writing

IB Film

IB Visual Arts

Journalism

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Microsoft Office

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing

Other

Painting

Phonics

Photography

Political Science

PSAT Critical Reading

Public Speaking

SAT Reading

Science

Social Networking

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

US Constitutional History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I strive to adapt to each student's individual learning style. I learn in a variety of ways, and I know each student is just as unique. I want to empower every student to unlock their academic potential.

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

Assess where the student's strengths and weaknesses lie academically, while also getting to know them as a person. The better you understand a student, the more you can help them achieve their goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Instead of simply helping the student get through a particular assignment, I look for larger patterns in order to address root issues instead of just the symptoms. For example, if a student was having a particularly difficult time in forming a thesis statement, I would take a step back and explain what elements make a good thesis statement and how to put the theory into practice.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Celebrating victories is essential to staying motivated. I would find out what kind of rewards the student was interested in and make a series of challenging but achievable goals to help them strive even further, and then follow through with my reward system.

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

First, I would ask if they could explain what was confusing them or making it difficult for them to grasp. If they couldn't pinpoint where they were getting stuck or hadn't had the concept fully explained, I would break it down piece by piece. After I explained the concept, I would ask them to put it into practice to demonstrate they understood. I would also check to see if they had any other questions I could answer to clarify the concept.

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

I would start by having the student read a paragraph aloud and underlining any words they thought were important. Then, I would ask them what they think the paragraph is about and how the words they underlined help emphasize that point. If they don't know how to answer these questions, I would break the paragraph down further by asking them to read each sentence and then summarize in their own words what happened. I would also suggest pausing after each paragraph to jot down some main ideas before moving onto the next so it wasn't as overwhelming after reading the passage to answer questions about it. In addition, I would check to see if the student was comfortable with the vocabulary level incase that is an area we needed to focus on. I would encourage students to ask questions about any words or phrases they didn't understand.