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Lauren

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I began tutoring through a volunteer music lessons program in college, and have since instructed students in a variety of subjects, including writing and psychology. I love to help students improve academically through a cooperative teaching style. My favorite memories of tutoring include learning that one of my students received her first ever “A” on a paper that I helped her write, and when a junior high clarinet student earned first chair after a playing test. With every student, I aim to discover and use how he or she learns best in order to teach most effectively. By presenting information in a way that is simple and relatable, I hope to help students not just memorize, but really understand the subject. Additionally, I try to teach students the skills that they need to solve problems independently. I am passionate about helping students to improve in all academic areas.

Lauren’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wesleyan College - Bachelors, Psychology/ Minor: Neuroscience and Composition

Test Scores

SAT Math: 680

SAT Verbal: 680

SAT Writing: 640

Hobbies

Reading, yoga, crafts

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Writing

Clarinet

Clinical Psychology

Conversational Spanish

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Expository Writing

Fiction Writing

GRE Subject Test in Psychology

High School Writing

Languages

Middle School Writing

Music

Music Theory

Psychology

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Social Sciences

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I try to share my own enthusiasm for learning with my students. I believe that if my own energy is high during a session, the student will reflect it back to me. Also, I like to use a variety of activities within sessions in order to keep the material fresh and avoid restlessness.

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

First, I would find out where the student is in the learning process. There are different ways to do this depending on the personality of the student. Some students are happy to simply describe to me their strengths and weaknesses with the material, while others prefer to answer more specific questions or take an assessment. Next, I would discuss with the student what his or her learning goals are. With this information, I would then be able to plan the rest of the session and future sessions to be the most effective for the individual student.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

As a tutor, I try to not only help students to learn the material but to teach students the best ways to learn and solve problems. I do this by asking students to describe their methods, and I help them to fine-tune their skills and study habits so that they are better able to effectively learn future material.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to share my own enthusiasm for learning with my students. I believe that if my own energy is high during a session, the student will reflect it back to me. Also, I like to use a variety of activities within sessions in order to keep the material fresh and avoid restlessness.