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I have a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics from Tulane University with a minor in Spanish. I've spent the past few years working various careers and traveling the world, but will soon begin graduate school for Education in January 2018. In the meantime, I am excited to help students as a member of Varsity Tutors. I love language arts, reading, and writing, therefore I want to share my love for these subjects with others. Ultimately, I want to help students be the best they can be! I don't want leaning to be a chore, because learning can and should be fun.

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Elise’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University of Louisiana - Bachelor in Arts, Linguistics

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 33


Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Hiking, Jazz Vocals, Reading

Tutoring Subjects


Adult Literacy

American Literature

AP English Literature and Composition


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 Writing



Public Speaking


Spanish 1

Spanish 2


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe learning can and should be fun! It's not necessarily about what the information is, but how the information is presented.

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

Get to know the student personally. I want to know their likes and dislikes, and what they perceive to be their strengths and weaknesses. From this point, we can focus on creating a positive learning experience that caters to their unique needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

First, we must pinpoint the strategies that are most effective for their learning style. A student is more willing to learn something independently if they can notice the positive results. Therefore, we must work together to form individualized techniques that best reward the student's efforts.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Setting manageable, attainable goals is crucial for motivation. Working towards something specific is substantially more motivating than work for the sake of work.

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

First, it is okay for students to admit when they face challenges. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, and we all struggle with some subjects. Then, I would explain the concept in as many ways as possible. A certain math problem could make sense to me one way, but there are typically several ways to explain one math problem. We must approach the problem at every angle!

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

Using synonyms, analogies, and imagery can be very helpful with reading comprehension. Reframe the passage with similar vocabulary and concepts that may be easier to understand. It is also useful to break a work down into smaller component parts. A large piece of reading can be overwhelming, but analyzing smaller sections is less stressful.

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