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Sara

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I have several years of experience as a tutor, and find tutoring a very rewarding experience. I believe in focusing on the needs of each student based on his or her age and unique interests and abilities. Not only do I take into account the parent's wishes, but I also believe it's important to get a sense of the needs of the student. Therefore, I make sure I consider where the student is both academically and emotionally. If a student is below grade level, I will use the techniques I have acquired through my educational and professional experience to bring that child up to, or above, grade level.
When working with an adult, I will confer directly with that person to set goal for his or her sessions, and will then design specific lesson plans to achieve those goals.
I have listed below a bit about my educational and professional background.
As an undergraduate in college at Occidental College in Los Angeles I participated in field work at local elementary schools in order to fulfill my minor in education. I was required to tutor small groups of students in multiple subjects. Also as an undergraduate, I completed a course focused directly on teaching students in the language arts. Accompanying my field work, I took classes on educational theory and pedagogy.
As a psychology major I explored learning and child development, which help me further understand the needs of the students I teach. Additionally, I completed a semester-long internship where I taught coping skills to fifth graders. Not only did this give me valuable teaching experience, but it also furthered my understanding of the developmental levels and needs of students.
While I continued at Occidental as a graduate student working towards my masters degree in teaching, I completed a semester- long student teaching internship in a fourth grade class. I worked with individuals, small groups, and additionally taught the entire class. I was responsible for modifying lessons to make them appropriate for English language learners, as well as students with special needs. Furthermore, I was required to evaluate my own teaching style by having a colleague record my lesson, and then go through and examine what I did well and what needed to be changed.
Additionally, I have approximately three years of professional experience as a tutor, working with ages three through ninth grade. I taught language arts as well as mathematics, but focused predominately on reading and writing. I have had considerable success in bringing students up to, or exceeding, grade level in both language arts and mathematics.
In addition to my passion for education, I enjoy nature, the arts, and animals. While working as a tutor, I work part-time as a daycare attendant and kennel technician at a pet care facility. This job gives me the opportunity to practice patience, excellent written and verbal communication, and attention to detail.

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Sara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Occidental College - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Occidental College - Master of Arts Teaching, Elementary School Teaching

Hobbies

nature and outdoor activities, cultural activities and events, animals, reading, writing

Tutoring Subjects

College Application Essays

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

PSAT Critical Reading

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

Writing

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