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I am a current graduate student at Cal State Long Beach, working on a Master's in Philosophy. I am also studying for the CPA exam, which I plan to sit for in 2017. I graduated with a BA in Accounting from UC Santa Barbara and a minor in Asian American Studies. In college, I tutored undergraduate students on university-level essay writing and was also a university note-taker. I tutor in Reading, Writing, and English, and am most passionate about helping students with their writing. Writing can be scary and confusing at first, but with a little courage and practice, anyone can write a successful essay. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, Scrabble, and Star Trek.

Vanessa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Barbara - Bachelors, Business Economics with Accounting Emphasis

Graduate Degree: California State University-Long Beach - Current Grad Student, Philosophy

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 32

SAT Composite: 2230

SAT Verbal: 740

SAT Writing: 800


Reading, writing, traveling the world, and having adventures!

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I want to help my students be the very best version of themselves they can be. My philosophy is to teach the bigger picture--not focusing just on commas and semicolons but about how we can use words to influence people to believe in our ideas and how writing can help us to know our own thoughts better and grow as people. And I also try to keep things fun!

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

In the very first meeting, we'll introduce ourselves to one another, and I'll ask the student about their goals (e.g. what they feel they need most help with--and how they think I can help). I'll also gather some information about how the student learns best. Once I have this information, I'll present a preliminary plan for how I think I can best help. If everyone is on board, we'll begin!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

The best way to help a student become an independent learner is by helping them realize how fun and rewarding learning can be, and how much they can learn about themselves and what they are capable of when trying new things. You can do this by setting achievable goals in the intended activity--whether it's reading, writing, etc. A 10-page paper might seem impossible at first but not if you've first written a 1-page paper, then a 2-page paper, then a 4-pager, then a 6-pager, and then an 8-pager, and so on. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I'd help a student stay motivated by breaking bigger tasks into smaller chunks and celebrating each milestone they accomplish. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.