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I am a graduate of Penn State University Main Campus with a degree in art and art education K-12. I currently teach grades 6-8 in Pittsburgh. I can tutor all core subjects for grades K-8. I especially enjoy tutoring/teaching reading. Outside of teaching I am an avid outdoors person. I love to teach and am looking forward to helping you!

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Michelle’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington - Bachelors, Art Education


Whitewater boating, Cross Country Skiing, making art

Tutoring Subjects




Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax


Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing




Social Sciences

Q & A

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By showing them strategies to work independently. Creating excitement so they become motivated.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Helping them to find correct answers, and teaching them how to do it on their own.

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

Break it down into small steps to see where the issue is. Work on the places where the student struggles.

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

Going slow. Questioning small portions of text instead of large. Have the students learn to summarize and paraphrase portions of text in their own words.

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

A positive attitude and encouragement.

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

Relate it to them.

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

Questions and discussion. Practice problems.

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

Help them to find correct answers and show them they can do it on their own.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use pre and post tests.

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

Through the pacing of instruction.

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

Online sites with relevant games and practice, worksheets, student homework material, info from current teachers.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I became a teacher because I believe in the power of the words, "I can." No matter where a student is or was, convincing them and helping them to see they can is powerful. It creates intrinsic motivation. A student can achieve their dreams if they believe they can.

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

Get to know the students and assess their current levels.

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