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I am a current professor at Portland State University. I have 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience and have worked at a variety of schools in Portland. I believe strongly in creating a positive environment where students can become independent, self-confident learners. I try to strengthen students' confidence through the satisfaction of completing a task, repetition and consistency, time management skills, test-taking strategies and techniques, and breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier to process.

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Eli’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lewis & Clark College - Bachelors, History/Spanish

Graduate Degree: Portland State University - Masters, Spanish


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Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

American Literature

AP European History

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

College English

College Level American History

College World History

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Essay Editing

European History


High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing


IB Mathematics



Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing


PSAT Writing Skills

SAT Prep

SAT Math

SAT Subject Test in Spanish with Listening

SAT Subject Tests Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Social studies


Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Test Prep


World History


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I try to strengthen my student's confidence through the satisfaction of completing a task, repetition and consistency, time management skills, test-taking strategies and techniques, and breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier to process.

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

I try to get to know the student and figure out whether he/she is more an auditory or visual learner. I find it's best to build rapport, while at the same time let the student know that I'm here to help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Building confidence through the satisfactory completion of a task, teaching time management skills and test-taking skills, and breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Find out what the student cares about, and make sure that it is always at the center of what we are doing. For example, if a student wants to get into a certain school, we can talk about how this is helping them get there.

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

Try and present the topic in different ways to find out how the student learns best.

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

One approach to helping students who are struggling with reading comprehension is to help them build their confidence slowly, present more basic questions first, and then build toward more difficult concepts when they are ready.

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

To first make sure the student knows that we are here to work and to start right in with the work. After that, being kind, supportive, and letting them know I'm on their side and here to help them.

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

One strategy would be to find something that they were passionate about and incorporate that into the subject matter. Breaking it down into smaller, less complex ideas would help as well.

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

Once we have gone through a material/subject and the student seems to have a grasp, I would usually make up a similar problem on the spot and have them solve it.

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

Point out that they are improving, and help them stay focused on the goal.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I tend to use a combination of input from teachers, parents, and the student themselves to evaluate what they might need.

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

By choosing specific content that might be of more interest to the student and gearing the lesson towards the subjects that they need the most help in.

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

It depends on the student. I tend to try and use more visual content with visual learners and more interaction with auditory learners.

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