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Nina

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I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College. I completed a graduate degree at Tufts University, and am in medical school in New Jersey.

I have worked as a tutor in various settings. I have taught subjects ranging from AP Biology to elementary school English. While living abroad, I taught English to Spanish-speaking students.

I enjoy finding ways to make learning fun for my students. I like getting to know them to learning about their goals. My teaching technique is to provide information as well as practice, so students learn concepts and can then test their comprehension. Seeing growth and improvement is a great reward for both me and my student!

My hobbies include running, cooking, and eating. I love to spend time with family and friends, and I enjoy exploring and traveling.

Nina’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston College - Bachelors, Biology, General

Graduate Degree: Tufts University - Masters, Biomedical Sciences

Test Scores

Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior: 129

Hobbies

running, cooking, photography, exploring

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACT English

Basic Computer Literacy

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Languages

Math

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Office

Other

SAT Reading

SAT Writing and Language

Spanish

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teach students to understand concepts that can be applied in the future.

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

Establish a baseline, understand both our objectives and goals, and generally introduce ourselves.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

By teaching them to think for themselves, using tools and methods that we have reviewed and practiced.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Frequent practice and feedback so that the student can monitor their progress and see their growth.

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

Find out the underlying problem (misunderstanding, lacking information, etc.) and address it in a targeted manner.

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

Teach them effective strategies for breaking down sentences, grasping big pictures, and looking for quick ways to do this on exams.

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

Gauging where the students are starting from, and seeing where they want to grow.

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

Find ways to make it interesting by relating it to things that are relevant to their lives.

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

Feedback and practice.

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

Give them practice so they can see their progress. Acknowledge their strengths and address their weaknesses to improve them for the next practice.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Asking them what they've noticed they're struggling with, or give assessments.

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

Learn the student's personality to find a teaching style that is best suited to their needs and personality.

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

Practice problems/scenarios, and slideshows explaining concepts.