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Rachael

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I am passionate about helping students learn and grow. I am a teacher by profession and by nature. I have created learning programs and worked with learners of all ages in all different settings, from elementary school to adults.

Rachael’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Secondary Education

Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-University College - Masters, International Management

Hobbies

Outdoors, fishing, boating, playing with my children, traveling, watching documentaries, creating tasty dishes, gardening, learning how to fix just about everything

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

Algebra

Business

Business Ethics

Business Writing

College Business

Economics

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Geometry

High School Business

High School Economics

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Personal Finance

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

Social Sciences

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe every student can learn. All it takes is someone to turn on the light bulb!

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

In a typical first session, I like to get a sense of the student's experience and understanding of the topic or subject, and then find out where they are struggling. I also work to understand how the student learns best. Then I take the student to the beginning of the concept and help them learn and understand.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help them identify the learning strategies that work best for them, and then devise a plan for them to use those strategies independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It's important to make the subject interesting. Good teachers are excited about what they are teaching and are able to break things down into bite-size pieces that make sense. It's also important to continue to encourage students and celebrate their successes.

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

I like to break down concepts into bite-size pieces that make sense. We will work through a concept in multiple ways until we find one that works for the student.