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Currently pursing a BA in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at Occidental College and a transplant from Houston, Texas, I have been a successful SAT and College Preparatory Mentor, Teacher's Adviser, Writing Workshop for Disadvantaged Youth Organizer and Leader and Dean's List student.

I discovered tutoring when I was still in elementary school and my dad, then training to become a teacher, needed a test subject for his oral presentations as he prepared for his teaching certification exam. After he became a full-time elementary and middle school teacher, it became my job to help him with his after school tutoring program. Too soon, I discovered I had the same teaching bug. This experience really defined for me the importance of respecting different learning styles and connecting with my students. Everyone learns differently and the key to mastering a subject is finding the right learning style for you. By getting to know my students, I can help them find the method that works best for them. It's easy for that opening line of an essay to loom larger than a movie monster, but I believe that no matter how you view yourself or your abilities, you can succeed.

Outside of tutoring and academia I love to play violin for the Occidental College Sinfonia, explore the extraordinary hiking trails all around Los Angeles and participate in writing and poetry workshops. I'm also an avid foodie and love experiencing new cuisines.

Emma-Cecilia’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Occidental College - Current Undergrad, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

Test Scores

SAT Writing: 730


Music, hiking, travelling, learning new languages, cooking and kickboxing

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College Application Essays

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing


English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing


Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing


SAT Writing and Language


Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

World Religions


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Whenever a student is feeling discouraged by a subject, I direct them to a subject they do know. It's important to remind ourselves of what we can do when we feel like we're struggling. Once they feel a little more confident in their abilities, I help them find the similarities between what they do know and the subject challenging them. By doing this, the student learns that they already have the tools they need to tackle subjects that feel beyond them.