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Meredith

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My largest goal in life is to be a role model and motivator to others. I chose to become a tutor because watching others learn and grow is such an amazing experience, not only because they are gaining knowledge, but because I am too.

Meredith’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Current Undergrad, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Test Scores

ACT English: 34

ACT Reading: 32

Hobbies

Hiking, reading, drawing, volleyball

Tutoring Subjects

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

Algebra

American Literature

College Level American Literature

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Languages

Mac Basic Computer Skills

Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Middle School Writing

Pre-Algebra

Social Networking

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Anybody can learn through practice and time!

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

I would first ask them how they learn best- explanation, practice, or a little bit of both.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can give a student practice problems or text to go through and look over while not in session.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Through positive reinforcement!

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

I would practice it with them and go through the steps on different examples.

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

Annotating is the most helpful tool for reading comprehension- it helps not only with understanding the surface material, but with underlying meaning and connections as well.

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

Practice is key. If a student sees a type of problem enough, they'll know how to solve it, and why they're solving it the way they are.

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

I would ask them beforehand what their interests are, and then try to compare what they're struggling with to that activity.

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

I would ask them conceptual questions, and I would also give them examples to see if they understand what I'm talking about.

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

Again, positive reinforcement! If a student does something right, it's always good to give them praise.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

By trying out different teaching methods and seeing which work best and which we need to work on.

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

Depending on the subject, example text or problems, tutorials to study outside of sessions, and possibly real-life examples.

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

First, I ask what the student wants and how they believe they learn best. Then, I test each way and see which one works!