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As a life-long learner, it is my goal to continue to learn and in doing so, fuel my knowledge and motivation to learn into the minds of other learners.

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Marilyn’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Sacramento Valley Campus - Bachelors, Business Administration and Management

Graduate Degree: University of Phoenix-Central Valley Campus - Masters, Adult Education and Training


Sewing, singing, traveling, spending social time with family and friends

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing

High School English

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


Spelling Bee


Q & A

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

Assess the student's learning ability and progress.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is the hotbed to the student's learning. The teacher hasn't taught until the student has demonstrated learning.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Provide opportunities to the student to monitor learning activity and provide feedback on accomplishments.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would offer reinforcement and praise for accomplishments and exemplify excitement about the learning experience.

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

I would keep them encouraged about their abilities and provide support through various manipulatives to keep them engaged and interested in learning. Various teaching strategies to keep them engaged would be demonstrated (visuals, hands-on, other activities).

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

Focusing on the grade level of the student, I would definitely exercise patience and utilize available tools and techniques through phonics, decoding, parts of literature, sentence and context, and other effective strategies and materials.

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

I have found introductions of tutor/student sets the tone for working together, sharing personal interests, and assessing student to determine academic status.

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

I would present activities to assure relevance to subject matter and in an interesting manner to engage student. They should be presented in a way that relate to the student's life or culture so they are connected.

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

I would solicit feedback from the student, as well as provide assessments of the material.

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

I would build the student's confidence with praise and reinforcement of the subject matter.

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

I would pre-teach prior to presenting the lesson to determine student needs, present the lesson using applicable tools and techniques, and then engage the student in the learning experience, i.e. note taking, flash cards, visuals, etc.

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

Electronic devices (laptop, iPad, e-tutorials, e-activities, writing/drawing tools, manipulatives, literature...).

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Through Q&A, assessments, evaluating personal interests, background, and academic achievements.

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