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Since high school, I've been exposed to different aspects of education from mentoring peer immigrants to studying education policy. Studying cognitive science in college has solidified my interest in and taught me various effective teaching methods. Ive learned that there are different types of intelligence as well as different types of learning. In order to be an effective educator, it is important to establish a relationship with the pupil to utilize the pupils learning style.
Moments from being a summer school teacher for 4th-6th graders and a resident assistant for 2 years, fuel my passion for teaching. The joy on the students faces when they achieve a goal or the gratefulness they express for my help stay with me to this day. By working with Varsity Tutors I hope to apply what Ive learned as well as gain more field experience.
I recently came to DC from California to do an internship with the Department of State. Being born and raised in California, DC is quite different from what I'm used to but I am excited to be here!
Please let me know if you have any more questions. Thank you.

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Julie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Berkeley - Current Undergrad, Cognitive Science


swimming, board games, drawing, painting, running, crafts, cooking

Tutoring Subjects


Algebra 2

College Application Essays

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing


Essay Editing


High School English

High School Writing






Middle School




Technology and Coding


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

There are different types of intelligence and different types of learning. Work with the student to find most effective means of learning, and do it with enthusiasm.

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

Get to know student's background, strength, weakness, passions, and answer questions in return.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By helping the student find their passions and encouraging them to be curious learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Address what the student is struggling with and encourage them by reminding them of the bigger picture.

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

Approach the teaching of the concept in a different manner (maybe through video clips, diagrams, 3d models, etc.).

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

Doing a lot of reading comprehension examples and practices can help students to think in a certain manner and get used to asking critical questions.

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

Allowing the student to have ownership in their education, whether that be helping them pursue their topic of interest or engaging them in alternative ways of learning.

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

By applying/relating that subject to something they are excited about. Also, I would help them excel in that area because when students overcome their struggles and become more advanced in a subject, they naturally become more excited.

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

Practice questions, applications that aren't straightforward (can just use regurgitation), and getting the student's feedback on their progress.

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

I would make sure the student feels comfortable and start with acknowledging what they do know. It helps to build confidence to remind them with what they do know.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By being observant to students' comments, actions, and expressions. I am always prepared to listen and check in with students.

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

I think adapting is a natural process. My teaching philosophy is to incorporate the student's learning style and background into the tutoring environment. As we meet, it should be clear what direction to take that is effective with the student.

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

It depends on the subject, but in general, I use lots of practice questions, Expo markers, and examples.

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