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Julie

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My tutoring philosophy is geared towards my students. When my students struggle to understand a concept, I take it upon myself to change the way that I'm teaching to better explain the idea at hand. Having tutored a large range of age groups, from elementary school to college, I understand the importance to catering my lessons towards the students. Building a safe and comfortable relationship with my students helps them open up and ask questions when they're unsure, instead of pretending that they get it. I strive to have my students understand the concept, not just memorize how to solve a problem, but how to apply the concepts that are learned to solve problems.

Julie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Villanova University - Current Undergrad, Psychology

Test Scores

SAT Composite: 2050

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 650

SAT Writing: 680

GRE Quantitative: 160

GRE Verbal: 158

Hobbies

reading, swimming, exercising, playing ultimate frisbee, listening to music, playing the guitar, ukulele, violin or piano.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Pre-Algebra

Psychology

Public Speaking

Social Sciences

Ukulele

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

To give students ways to be understand lessons in a way that they understand best.

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

Get to know the student first, and build a relationship so that they feel more comfortable asking questions.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By building up their confidence in the subjects that they might not feel as strongly about.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By setting small, achievable goals, and rewarding those goals through praise and such.

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

I would change the way that I'm teaching the subject. If they're struggling to learn a subject, then it's my responsibility to change the way I'm explaining it to cater to their needs.

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

Break down what part specifically they're struggling with, and walk them through the process that I use or other students might use, and see if adopting a different process helps.

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

To be open-minded and able to adjust to whatever learning methods work best for each student.

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

I like to use fun and relatable examples that make the subject applicable to their lives so that it's no longer an intangible subject, but something they can see daily.

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

I think encouraging them and breaking down their self-doubts that they have about a subject is important.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I typically like to see their work and their thinking processes, which can be shown through essays or explanations of problems.

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

I make sure that I teach my students based on their level of understanding, adjusting my methods upon the student and the way in which they learn best.

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

I like to use a lot of hands-on examples - whether Legos, fruits, or whatever I have handy - because seeing things visually and not just as words on a piece of paper helps a lot of students.

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

I always give them another problem to solve and have them explain to me the process that's used to solve it. If they're able to fully explain to me how to solve a problem, it shows that they're able to teach the lesson that they were just struggling with and understand the concept.