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Brianne

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I have been teaching professionally since 2010, however, I have been tutoring since high school. My first exposure to tutoring was working with elementary students who struggled with reading. This first sparked my desire to work with students and pursue a career in teaching. I continued working as a tutor throughout college, where I worked in my University Learning Center to help students of all ages who were struggling. The highlight of my college tutoring was working with a student who had suffered severe injuries in a car accident. After working for several months on his assignments, he not only got caught up, but also received a B! This experience truly built his confidence. From there, I continued working as a tutor with students of all ages, even while teaching full time. With over 12 years of experience, I hope with you to help you attain your goals and build confidence in the areas in which you find it difficult to succeed and make progress!

Brianne’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Holy names - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree: Pepperdine - Masters, Education

Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy

American Literature

CAHSEE English

College English

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Phonics

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Education is a tool for growth and success, and everyone, no matter their age or walk of life, should be given the opportunity to advance should they have the desire. Even more, all students are capable of learning and attaining success; however, they just may need help and guidance along the way. As such, my desire is to help students learn, grow, and reach their full potential. I am looking forward to working with you to attain your goals and achieve academic success.

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

The first session will always be an icebreaker where I am able to get to know the students, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and determine what areas they require immediate help. From there, I will spend time getting to know the whole person and working together with the student to develop a plan for success.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Providing guidance, equipping them with tools needed for success, and pushing the student to tap into their personal potential and step outside of their comfort zone.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Setting goals is key. If a student is invested in their personal goals, then I will simply act as a reminder of the goals that they wish to accomplish when they become unmotivated.

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

We will work on the skill until the student feels comfortable moving on. Additionally, we may slow the lessons down in order to make sure that the student has the basic skills and level of understanding. If necessary, we will also go back to a lower level to help the student build their skills.

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

Having them read about topics of personal interest has been most effective in my years of teaching.

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

Getting to know the student, building confidence in areas where the student is already strong before moving on to areas of weakness, and giving the student the opportunity to guide their own learning.

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

Have them focus on what they do like about the subject and what their goals are related to the subject.

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

Repetition, checking for understanding, discussion, and having the student share the material in their own words.

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

Repetition, focusing on wins and strengths in the area, and having the student explain the information in their own words.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Asking the student, and then constantly monitoring their progress and level of understanding, as well as their ability to synthesize the information being covered.

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

By being flexible and asking the student what they need, as opposed to guessing or assuming.

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

Technology, visual aids, and music.