As an experienced academic tutor who has worked with a wide range of students, Phoebe is familiar with the various curriculums of a vicissitudes of schools and test preparations. This enables her to better comprehend and prepare lessons in accordance to the needs of her students. Phoebe’s anchoring philosophy rests upon the fact that while we may not start on a leveled field in this life; however, motivation, hard work and foremost the right tutor can go a long way in helping students reach their goals and henceforth their potentials in life. Phoebe’s educational experience includes a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from UCLA and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Biola; along with her high test scores on the GRE (graduate level test result), she is able to tutor a wide range of topics encompassing both the sciences and the humanities. The dichotomy of her educational endeavors is also reflected in her singular approach to teaching. By applying aptitudes obtained in the natural sciences and clinical psychology, Phoebe is a vivid witness to the fact that the mind and the body can’t be separated in matters of learning and motivation. To be a good tutor in her opinion is to be sensitive to the needs of the students, both academically and emotionally and in doing so the construction of appropriate goals and plans to guide and help the students in their journey toward success. Just as she had mulled over the incisive similarities between the ideal and the real laws of science and the psychological disparities, captivated by the imbibing truth that has beckoned her nearer, Phoebe shares the same enthusiasm for learning with her students.
Education, Tutoring Experience & Test Results:
UCLA: BS, Biochemistry
Biola: MA, Clinical Psychology
Tutoring: SAT, ACT, GRE, TEAS, CBEST, Science, Math, Writing: 5 Years
GRE Math 770/800: 5 Years
GRE Verbal 94th Percentile: 5 Years
GRE Writing 5.5/6.0, 94th Percentile: 5 Years
Phoebe’s tutoring experiences include direct efforts working with students from K-12, and those attending colleges and graduate programs. She is sensitive to her students' struggles, such as feeling discouraged among other challenges. She develops individual learning plans addressing both overt academic challenges and inherent personal struggles. By allowing her students to read works of literature that embodied their own struggles, identifying and contrasting the conflicts, actions, motives and psychological struggles the characters must resolve, the students developed a meaningful understanding of their own dilemmas, a genuine appreciation of the value of education and improved academically. These encounters exemplified Phoebe’s ability to integrate analytical aptitude, clinical insights and creative educational modality in real life settings, echoing testimonial feedback provided by her students.
Mar 17, 2010
Soraya M., Parent: Phoebe is a very conscientious and great tutor. She builds up my sons' self esteem and encourages him in every step. My son's grades improved since he started with Phoebe.
Apr 14, 2010
Cindy O., Parent: Phoebe has gone well above my expectations of what I expected from a tutor. She has not only helped raise my daughter's grades, but her self-esteem has improved as well. She reviews the material she went over with my daughter on a continual basis and keeps in close contact with me regarding her progress. I am extremely happy with Phoebe's instruction and work ethic.
Oct 18, 2010
Rebecca G., Student: Phoebe is a very conscientious and focused tutor. When I decided to go back to school for medicine, I was required to take many math and science courses. My background is in Communications and there is a reason - math and science are HARD! In fact, I didn't think I was "wired" to comprehend subjects that dealt with lots of numbers and equations. I was wrong and it took a really hardworking, determined tutor to show me that I was, indeed, capable of understanding Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics. I am a UCLA student who has taken science and math classes both through the Extension Program and on Main Campus. Phoebe tutored me in all three of the above mentioned subjects. She never gave up on me and made it her job to do whatever it takes to bring me to understand very difficult concepts. Phoebe is different from other tutors I have worked with in the past because she doesn't just have one standard approach. She genuinely cares and wants to discover how each student best learns so that she may approach the concepts in a manner that makes sense to the student. She never gets frustrated if you do not understand, but continues to refine her methodology in presenting the material in a very human way. She is not only a tutor, but a listener. I never thought I would say physics is fun...but I genuinely appreciate it! Phoebe loves to learn and loves what she is teaching. Her true enthusiasm made me forget I was "studying" hard subjects. Our sessions would fly by because I was learning so much and having so much fun learning. As long as I am in California, I will have Phoebe tutoring me. I know I would never have been able to ace those basic, hard sciences, without her.
Oct 10, 2010
Student: Phoebe was GREAT!
Ok, I am a non-mathy student, and the stats class was the last thing I wanted to go to on my weds nights. But Phoebe helped me pass the class, despite my dislike of it and the fact I'm not good at it. She is sweet, supporting, and will work so hard for you! I am very grateful for her time and dedication!
Nov 06, 2010
Student: Phoebe was an excellent tutor. For about two months she tutored me for my upcoming GRE test. She was patient and very understanding. She always showed up to our meetings fully prepared and she would also bring supplemental worksheets that would help me as well. Phoebe is very sweet, nice, and she really cares if you understand the subject material. I highly recommend Phoebe to anyone who wants to better their education.
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