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Everyone deserves to learn how they learn best, and work with someone who will bend flexibly to the student's learning style. I am pleased to be able to help other people learn or workshop in ways that will help them most efficiently.

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Jessica’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Bachelors, English Language, Literature, and Culture

Hobbies

Animal rescue, literature, cultural studies

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everyone deserves to be taught the way that they learn best.

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

I will ask what has brought you to seek extra academic help. Whether you are trying to improve in a subject generally, or just trying to complete a project or paper, I will help you set reachable goals for each session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I like to set people on the right path to their independent learning by asking questions which prompt them to take the lead. When someone is curious on their own, it drives them to learn more.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

We never know how far we've come unless we know where we started. I will set baseline measurements, reachable goals, and show them our accomplishments during each session. This will become a record for the student to see their own progress, and it can motivate them.

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

Usually, this is a matter of backing up, retracing our steps, and slowing down the process. I find that more often than not, I have too quickly gone over some fundamental piece of the segment without realizing it.

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

Reading comprehension is intrinsically connected to a student's confidence and belief in themselves. I would instill confidence and self-autonomy by allowing students to take the time they need, never discrediting any effort, and giving them reading materials they find interesting. A second part of reading comprehension is discussion. After the work is successfully read, I would pair this accomplishment with some questions to encourage the student to analyze and put the reading into context for themselves.

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

Being quiet, patient, and, when all else fails, trying an alternate route. I never want to interrupt a thinker's train of thought, just to instead put them on the wrong track. If the concept is not sticking, I don't just repeat the same mantra over again. I retrace my steps, step back, slow down, and present the concept again using a different route.

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

I believe that everyone wants to understand things that they are "stuck" on. I would try and shake the stigma from the subject and make it less scary, and we enjoy learning things as people.

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

In order to fully understand a concept, I like for the student to try and teach me as if I were someone who didn't know the material.

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

People tend to put themselves in boxes, saying "I'm a science person" or "I'm a social studies person". I would try and instill a fundamental sense of ownership on whatever the subject is that they have less confidence in. When someone says "I'm a learning person", then confidence in learning the subjects that scare them will follow.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

There are many resources for you to use to build a curriculum, including the student's parent, the syllabi of any classes in which the student is enrolled, the student's teacher's comments on papers and tests, the student's teacher themselves, and, most importantly, the student.

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

I love good old-fashioned pencil and paper, visual aids like whiteboard diagrams, and using the tried and true method of letting the student pick some materials that will be used.

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

Tutoring offers students the privilege to learn in the style that they learn best in. Its purpose is to teach students quickly, efficiently, and for the long-term. Every single teaching style for every single student is different, and it is established independently of every other learner.


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