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Beatrice C.

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Alexandria, VA (22307)

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I am passionate about helping students succeed. I grew up in Europe where education was one of the most important goals a person could hold in life. At times it was difficult, but I learned skills and lessons that I would never forget. In college I studied Creative Writing, Fiction, English Literature, Shakespeare, Philosophy, and Advanced French.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Southern California. I was interested in helping children and families and I earned a Master's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Pepperdine University. Six years later, I completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

I coach students in study skills, study methods and motivation, test anxiety, academic and career development. It is exciting to be able to pass on the skills I learned in order to help others succeed.

I am credentialed to teach the following: General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Child and Adolescent Development.

My tutoring approach teaches students how to study. I do not only teach the subject matter. I also teach patience and strategy. Depending on the student's goals I have addressed study methods, such as how to do abstract integrative reading, specific strategies for preparing and taking exams, coping with test anxiety, or exercises to practice study skills. I encourage and spend time on the practice exams for various college entrance tests. The advantage of taking as many practice exams as possible is that it solidifies the information learned and reduces the anxiety associated with test taking.

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Beatrice’s subjects

English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Literature, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Test Preparation:


My credentials include a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology as well as a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy. I also completed my residency at the Astor Services for Children and Families in Rhinebeck, New York where I worked as a Clinical Coordinator in the Residential Treatment Center. My practice, internship, and postdoctoral experiences had prepared me to work with a wide range of disorders including clients struggling with ADHD, ADD symptoms. For example, I am prepared to help students diagnosed ADHD or ADD work on their time management and organizational skills, as well as monitor their progress utilizing a more structured study approach based on their specific needs.

Career Development

I hold a master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. My experience as a counselor, as well as my education allows me to address a broad range of difficulties including career issues. For example, I have worked with clients struggling with career choices and the important implications for their motivation to pursue college or graduate school. If the student does have a definite idea of what career he intends to pursue, college attendance may be a prerequisite to that career. For instance, many professions require a graduate degree, and in order to get into graduate school a student needs an undergraduate degree (and meet the GPA requirements as well). Other careers require at least a B.A. degree, and others do not require a college degree but require training. A college degree allows a student a wider choice of careers than he would otherwise have. Exploring and discussing the choices available would provide the student would specific knowledge regarding various career alternatives.

College Counseling

I hold a Master's degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. My success in entering the college and graduate programs of my choice depended on many factors such as a good essay and high GPA.

Elementary (K-6th)

I hold a Certificate in Montessori Education, a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I am prepared to work with elementary students on their language skills, such as reading, spelling, and writing. I apply concepts from my psychology training as well as my experience as a Montessori teacher.


I completed the first two years of college as an English major. Since I was bilingual, I also had to take and pass the TOEFL. In college, I worked as a tutor helping students with English and foreign language. In graduate school, I worked as a teaching assistant, and then later I taught graduate courses.


I am certified in Montessori education and I enjoy working on developing language skills beginning with the very young. I was trained at Santa Monica Montessori School in California, a private elementary school established in 1960 as a fully accredited Montessori School and Teacher Training Institute by Dr. Claude Claremont, an Associate of Dr. Maria Montessori.
In teaching phonics I apply Montessori principles and utilize a large reservoir of language exercises with the goal of encouraging the student's natural desire to learn.


In graduate school, I was required to write over 200 professional papers and a thesis. My graduation depended on successfully completing my doctoral thesis along with other requirements.

My approach to proofreading uses functional grammar, which is necessary for correct writing. I also review the principles necessary for correct composition. Many errors in composition are errors in grammar.


I am credentialed to teach General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Child and Adolescent Development, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, History and Systems. I also taught the following graduate level courses: Forensics, Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy, Substance Abuse, and Psychology of the Victim. I helped many students master the APA style of writing professional manuscripts, dissertations, and other writing assignments.

Public Speaking

I hold a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. During this time, I held various teaching assistant positions. In this role, I assisted doctoral students with their projects, but also delivered lectures or presentations. After I completed my residency, I taught graduate courses at Argosy University, Washington D.C.


I am a certified Montessori teacher, and I absolutely enjoy teaching reading and writing at all levels. I use Montessori principles in teaching preschool and elementary age children following a structured approach of building on the child's strengths. I use my own handmade Montessori materials and encourage parents to observe whenever possible. I also put an emphasis on collaboration with teachers, parents, and other professionals.

Study Skills

Most students who fail to graduate from college do so because they use ineffective study methods. Developing effective study methods and skills is particularly important for students entering college because of four ways in which college differs from high school:
a. College is more difficult. For example, the material studied is more advanced and more complex.
b. College is less structured in that greater responsibility is placed on the student for independent, self-regulated study.
c. College requires more long-range planning. For example, exams are scheduled weeks in advance and require advance preparation in order to avoid failure.
d. College is more objective with respect to grading than high school. In college, a student will be graded the same way as everyone else, i.e., according to his demonstrated knowledge of the material studied.

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USC (Psychology)

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (Master's)

Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University Schaumburg (PhD)

Very patient. — Beatrice is a wonderful tutor. She is personable and professional and precise about the work that my son needs to turn in. I am pleased with her sessions. Beatrice continues to be patient, good work on making my son read and summarize! ...

— Adriana, Alexandria, VA on 3/4/13

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Standard Hourly Fee: $65.00

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Beatrice will travel within 2 miles of Alexandria, VA 22307.

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