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I am committed to bringing history to life for my students, making historical figures interesting and relevant for today's culture. I am determined that all of my students not only love reading and literature, but that they understand what it is they have been presented with and can articulate their thoughts eloquently in their essay writing.

Allyson’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Theater

Hobbies

Dancing, reading, writing novels and plays, cooking

Tutoring Subjects

History

American Literature

AP World History

Art

Elementary School Writing

English

European History

High School English

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School World History

High School Writing

Middle School Writing

Public Speaking

Social studies

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

World History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that in order for students to retain knowledge, a good teacher makes that knowledge relevant for the student. For instance, when it comes to social science, I don't just teach dates and laws. I like to bring the historic figures to life and make them real to my students, so that the facts become rote for the student.

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

Find out what they are currently studying, where they feel they are struggling, and then dive right in.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By helping them find the easiest way to remember and retain the facts, so that once a test is in front of them, they can just zip right through it with no worry at all.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By giving constructive criticism when needed and positive reinforcement when they get it right.

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

I help them break it down until they do get it.

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

I help them dissect a word or sentence. For instance, if they are reading Shakespeare, I would take a phrase like "Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" and re-interpret it in modern form. "Romeo, Romeo, where are you Romeo?"

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

Flashcards, flashcards, flashcards. Students who want to ace the test always do best when working with flashcards.

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

By making it relevant to them.

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

I would use flashcards, word/sentence dissection, put the situation into modern context, etc.

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

By helping them to find the solution on their own, and once they do, congratulating them and encouraging them to keep trying.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I talk with them about the subject and get a feel for where they are in terms of their needs.

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

Flashcards don't work for everyone. If flashcards don't work, we will find out what will. Likewise, if word dissection doesn't work, we will find another way that will.

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

Pens, pencils, notebooks, and index cards.