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Jenna

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I have been working in education for the past 11 years. After graduating from Texas A&M University where I received a degree in English Literature, I taught high school English for five years. I taught freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and prepared students for both the AP and IB tests. I also tutored students for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. In 2012, I moved to Los Angeles to obtain a graduate degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. While there, I tutored undergraduate and graduate students at USC in writing. I worked with students on research papers, class essays, business memos, creative writing, and more. My last year in LA, I taught at Fusion Academy, where I worked with students one-on-one on multiple subjects, including English, history, test prep, psychology, and technical and creative writing. When I moved back to Austin, I continued tutoring students because I enjoy the one-on-one atmosphere and feel it's highly beneficial to students. I worked at Berkeley 2 Academy, tutoring students in the SAT and ACT. I am excited to work with students through the Varsity Tutors platform and look forward to making progress in each student's educational career.

I believe that students learn best when part of a healthy and comfortable learning environment that is both challenging and nurturing. I work with my students to discover their particular learning style and use that style to teach the material. Patience is key in teaching because I want each of my students to feel comfortable to ask whatever questions may arise with the material. It's also important for students to eventually demonstrate they've mastered the material through independent practice. From these independent exercises, I can assess what we further need to work on.

When I'm not teaching, I love to explore places in Austin I've never been, including restaurants and hiking trails. I have two dogs and a cat who are my life, and I always have my nose in a book and am listening to another one in my car. I love spending time with my friends and am a sucker for a good movie. I'm always planning my next trip and excited to eventually visit all the places in the world I want to see!

Jenna’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: The Texas AM University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Master of Arts, Creative Writing

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 27

SAT Composite: 1210

GRE: 305

GRE Quantitative: 146

GRE Verbal: 159

Hobbies

Writing, reading, traveling, film, hiking, my dogs and cat

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep

ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

ACT English

ACT Reading

ACT Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

Art

Business

Business Writing

College English

College Level American Literature

COMPASS Reading Prep

COMPASS Writing Skills Prep

Composition

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

GED Prep

GED Reasoning Through Language Arts

GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment

Graduate Test Prep

GRE Analytical Writing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

IB Film

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Phonics

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Spelling Bee

STAAR Prep

Test Prep

Writing