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I am a senior at the University of Oklahoma about to graduate with two BAs in International Security and Arabic Language and Literature and a minor in Constitutional Studies. After graduation, I'm joining Teach for America and moving to St. Louis.

Next year I'll be teaching elementary school in St. Louis. I already have my teaching certificate and I'm so excited to get started!

In college, I'm a four-year member of the OU Mock Trail team and the Undergraduate Student Congress. I enjoy fighting for social justice and educating myself along the way.

I have a large background in tutoring. I tutored for my high school, mostly in writing, English, and science. I also tutored English as a Second Language at my local public library for several years. In college I've continued tutoring ESL and I started tutoring in Arabic.

My favorite part of tutoring is that "ah ha!" moment. As a student, it's the moment when it finally clicks, when you realize that what the teacher was talking about is what you're trying to do, or when concepts that seem unrelated connect in some way. As a tutor, it's the moment when your hard work pays off and you realize that your student is going to do better on that quiz or that paper because of what you've taught them.

My tutoring style really molds to fit what a student needs. From just reviewing concepts to full on teaching- what I do is very versatile. I am also open to using all types of texts and resources to aid in the learning experience.

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Hennessey’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus - Bachelor in Arts, National Security Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

ACT English: 30

ACT Reading: 33

ACT Science: 33

Hobbies

I'm a scholar on Middle Eastern history and politics as well as International Security. I enjoy reading and writing in my spare time and I consider myself a bit of a movie critic. I love kids and I'm looking forward to my first year as an elementary school teacher starting in August!

Tutoring Subjects

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

Adult ESL/ELL

Adult Literacy

Arabic

College English

English

ESL/ELL

Government

High School English

High School Writing

Languages

Math

Middle School Math

Other

Social Studies

Spelling Bee

Test Prep

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Understanding the base of any topic is what leads to learning! If you think you are supposed to know something, but you don't, ask! You'll never progress unless you understand the foundation of the subject.

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

Introduce ourselves, and see what we have in common and what mutual experiences we have that can help us understand material together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Making connections from different subjects is what growth is all about. Once you understand something from history, you'll see how it impacts that book you're reading for English, and then suddenly you'll understand why the root of that one word is the way it is from your language class. Making connections is how you become an independent learner.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

My biggest demotivator is frustration. Once you overcome your frustrations with a subject and take it slowly, you come into a new type of understanding.

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

First, bring it back to basics. Figure out what created the topic we're discussing and how it grew to what it is now. Then, find everyday life scenarios to connect that concept to.

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

After you read a passage, come up with the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the story. Make a chart if you need to! This can be done after every paragraph until we completely understand what's going on.

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