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Ariel O.

Agoura Hills, CA

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Eleven Year Tutoring Veteran

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— Cindy, Agoura Hills, CA on 10/31/16

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California State University Northridge
Psychology

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California State University Northridge (Psychology)

About Ariel

Hello Parents and Students,

If you are looking for an eleven-year tutoring pro, you have come to the right place. As a member of the California Scholarship Federation, I started tutoring students in need while I was a freshman in high school. I continued tutoring with the California Scholarship Federation through my senior year of high school. It was during my senior year in high school when I was appointed Head Tutor of the Moorpark High School tutoring program by the executive committee of the California Scholarship Federation. By being a proven leader and through my extensive tutoring skills, I was able to recruit and teach an intelligent, hardworking group of high school students how to tutor other high school students who needed their guidance and knowledge of required high school classes, SAT Testing, ACT Testing, and SAT Subject Testing. I even developed a core group of students whose mission was to provide peer advice for college counseling and scholarship help.

During high school, my academic and extracurricular achievements were very much recognized. I was part of the Ivy Chain at the end of my junior year for being in the top 5% of students in my class, and I was also valedictorian of my high school class. By obtaining exceptionally high scores on my SAT Test, ACT Test, and my SAT Subject Tests, maintaining above a 4.00 Grade Point Average all four years of high school, and being awarded the Prudential Community Service Award for dedicating over two hundred hours of community service, I secured over twenty scholarships that paid for my entire college tuition. Having majored in Psychology at California State University Northridge with a 4.00 Grade Point Average and over ten more scholarships under my belt, I set myself apart in an impacted major by conducting numerous research papers in my field, one of which was on How Academic Performance is Affected by Genres of Music. I chose my specialization to be Cognitive Psychology because I was curious in how the mind processes memory and learning in different ways. I was able to apply Cognitive Psychology to the students I tutored by assessing their unique learning styles, how they remember information, and what tools enable them to retain and recall information. I went even further with my studies by using Cognitive Psychology when helping students who were struggling with reading comprehension, grammar, and with effectively communicating their ideas in essay format.


Throughout my schooling, I excelled in all academic and creative subjects. From receiving numerous scores of 100% on nationwide standardized math tests in elementary school to winning prestigious awards in creative writing, art, and music in middle school, I made sure to nourish all aspects of myself. When tutoring my students in subjects pertaining to preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and college I make it my number one priority to understand and cater to every single learning style. From my studies in Cognitive Psychology, I know that people learn differently and it is my job to encourage each student to fully utilize their talents and abilities to strive to be their best and thrive as the amazing and gifted people they are. Doing well in school, college, the work place, and life takes hard work and motivation and I make sure to instill that thirst for learning in every student I tutor. I also do my best to teach my students how the knowledge they are gaining can be applied to the real world. It is of the utmost importance that my students make that connection between what is learned in the classroom and how they can use what they have learned beyond the classroom. That is how lifelong learning works.

For an in-depth list of subjects that I teach, please continue to read through my profile. I look forward to working with you and your student.
Hello Parents and Students,

If you are looking for an eleven-year tutoring pro, you have come to the right place. As a member of the California Scholarship Federation, I started tutoring students in need while I was a freshman in high school. I continued tutoring with the California Scholarship Federation through my senior year of high
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"First Impressions"

- Cindy, Agoura Hills, CA on 10/31/16
Math:
ACT Math,
Algebra 1,
Elementary Math,
SAT Math
Science:
Anthropology,
Biology,
Physiology,
Psychology,
Sociology
Art:
Theatre
English:
ACT English,
ACT Reading,
English,
Grammar,
Literature,
Proofreading,
Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English,
ACT Math,
ACT Reading,
GRE,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
Spanish
History:
American History,
Anthropology,
European History,
Geography,
Government & Politics,
Political Science,
Religion, Social Studies, World History
Special Needs:
ADD/ADHD,
Aspergers,
Autism,
Hard Of Hearing,
Phonics,
Special Needs
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Elementary Math,
Elementary Science,
Grammar,
Handwriting,
Phonics,
Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Business:
GRE,
Public Speaking
Sports/Recreation:
Table Tennis, Tennis, Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

ACT English

During high school, I took both the ACT practice test and the ACT. I obtained scores that were higher than the national average on both tests. What prepared me for this test was my ability to maintain a 4.00 G.P.A. in all of my high school English (1-4 CP), Math (Algebra 1CP, Algebra 2CP, Precalculus Honors, and AP Calculus BC), and Science (Biology CP, Chemistry CP, Physics CP, and Physiology CP) classes.

ACT Math

During high school, I took both the ACT practice test and the ACT. I obtained scores that were higher than the national average on both tests. What prepared me for this test was my ability to maintain a 4.00 G.P.A. in all of my high school English (1-4 CP), Math (Algebra 1CP, Algebra 2CP, Precalculus Honors, and AP Calculus BC), and Science (Biology CP, Chemistry CP, Physics CP, and Physiology CP) classes.

ACT Reading

During high school, I took both the ACT practice test and the ACT. I obtained scores that were higher than the national average on both tests. I have also professionally tutored students at Moorpark College for four years in reading comprehension, context clues, and analyzing a variety of texts, which include expository writing, persuasive essays, nonfiction and fiction, poetry, and dramatic plays.

ADD/ADHD

For four years, I tutored students at Moorpark College in writing across disciplines, which included English, History, Chemistry, Psychology, and many more subjects. I ended up working extensively with students who had ADD and ADHD. Every student, no matter if they have a disability or not, has a unique learning style. It was and is my duty to tailor my tutoring approach to that learning style. Because of my abnormal psychology background, I understand that students with ADD and ADHD have trouble focusing and I therefore teach those students to compartmentalize by focusing on one problem or lesson at a time; this way they do not get overwhelmed with the amount of academic material they have to work on. Many students with ADHD who I have worked with had scattered thinking and therefore they created essays in which they go off on a variety of tangents. My job is to help the student stick to the thesis of the essay and form a kind of structure for the essay that is logical and organized. This is the key to having students with ADD and ADHD do well in any course. They must learn to organize their thoughts into a coherent answer. All of my students with ADHD and ADD have done a lot better in their courses due to my specific tutoring techniques.

Algebra 1

Because I was advanced in mathematics for my age, I ended up taking Algebra 1 CP during my eighth grade year and obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. I am also currently tutoring a client in College Algebra who has watched her grade increase by 30% within a month of working with me.

American History

During eighth grade, I took U.S. History Honors and during eleventh grade, I took American History CP. I obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. in both courses. Furthermore, I participated in a History of American Indians class in college, where I learned about U.S. History from the perspective of Native Americans. Like my other two American History courses, I obtained a 4.00 G.P.A.

Anthropology

I was originally an Anthropology minor throughout college. At Moorpark College, I took Cultural Anthropology, which is a class that covers the basic theoretical perspectives and theories that govern anthropology. While attending California State University Northridge, I took Visions of the Sacred (a course that goes through the fundamental tenets of religion as well as examples from each category of religion type) and Anthropology of the Supernatural (an upper division course that is an in depth study of three to four major religions and ways in which the supernatural influences cultures). I ended up maintaining a 4.00 G.P.A. in all three of the above courses. In addition to my successful performance in my anthropology courses, I was also a part of many study groups where I tutored my classmates on the material being studied. Due to my tutoring methods, which includes not only memorization, but also connecting the material to their own experiences and current events, I was able to greatly help my fellow classmates increase their G.P.A.

Aspergers

I worked as a professional writing tutor at Moorpark College for four years. During this time, I tutored many students with Aspergers. I understand that students with Aspergers have trouble navigating the social world and therefore I do my best to not overwhelm the student with questions and comments all at once. This allows the student to speak on his or her own terms so that the social bond between tutor and client remains strong. One such client that I had, had trouble conversing with me. He would question me numerous times about a particular problem with his paper instead of engaging in a discussion with me. It was as if his mind was obsessing over the details. In order to solve this communication problem, I would answer each of his questions patiently and encourage him to move on as we read the rest of his paper.

Autism

In my senior year of high school, I coordinated tutoring efforts between the California Scholarship Federation and students in the Special Education Classroom. Having had four years previous experience working on one one with children with autism, I was able to bridge the gap between the California Scholarship Federation and the Special Education classroom so that students with autism and other disabilities could be tutored by top notch students at my high school. Furthermore, for four years at Moorpark Community College, I was paid as a professional writing tutor for students who had Autism Spectrum Disorder. Having acquired a firm understanding of the social difficulties that students with autism experience, I used a friendly tutoring approach which involved a degree of social interaction between the student and myself that the student found most comfortable. With a lot of patience and a background in psychological disorders, I have been able to successfully tutor dozens of students with autism who would otherwise have been lost without my help. It is my belief that students with disabilities can do just as well in college with the necessary attention, motivation, and resources. Therefore, I not only tutor my students in academic subjects, but I also guide them through the process of registering through their college's disability center.

Biology

In seventh grade, I took Life Science (biological science for middle schoolers) and obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. During ninth grade, I took high school Biology CP and also obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. Since my major is psychology, I have taken a more specialized type of biology called Behavioral Neuroscience Honors which covers brain structures and their functions, DNA structure and function, neuron types/structure/function, and psychological disorders. Throughout this class, I maintained a 4.00 G.P.A. and did a thorough research paper on how brain structure, medications, and neurotransmitters influence bipolar disorder.

Elementary (K-6th)

During my time in college, I worked at Kumon Learning Center with students ranging from Kindergarten to Twelfth Grade. My job was to tutor students in English (reading, writing) and mathematics. Students first started on academic packets appropriate for their grade level and were then allowed to progress to levels beyond their grade level depending on how well they mastered the previous grade level's material. The specialized subjects in Math that I helped students in included Elementary Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Caluculus. While tutoring students in math, my goal was to guide students through the necessary steps so that they could eventually obtain the answers on their own. This is called the Scaffolding Approach in Social Learning Theory, which is a well-known theory taken from Developmental Psychology that has been proven to successfully work with students of all ages. English subjects that I provided tutoring for included literature, reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, essay composition, and brainstorming.

Elementary Math

For five years I have tutored students K-6th both independently and through Kumon Learning Center. The subjects that I work with these students on are elementary Math, English (Reading, Writing), Science, and History. I not only tutor students in subjects, but also in how to prioritize their time, study for tests, and connect what they are learning to their own lives.

Elementary Science

My comprehensive way in tutoring elementary school students provides them with the necessary tools to succeed in all subjects. I also understand that each student has his or her own learning style and I therefore tailor a unique approach to tutoring each student. For all my students though, I use a method known as scaffolding to introduce a new concept and then have the student master that concept as we go from working as a team to the student working independently.

English

In every English course that I have taken throughout elementary school, middle school, high school (English 1-4 CP), and college (English Composition, Literature: Critical Thinking and Composition, British Literature) I have maintained a 4.00 G.P.A. In addition to taking classes on English, I have also professionally tutored English (Reading and Writing) for four years at Moorpark College. I helped students with reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, essay/paragraph structure, transitions, reading strategies, syntax, brainstorming, and coherence.

European History

During my sophomore year of high school, I took World History CP which consisted of Ancient History and European History. Subjects of European History included Ancient Athens and Rome, the Enlightenment, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, World War I, World War II, and the Holocaust. This comprehensive knowledge of European History along with my 4.00 G.P.A. in that class, qualify me to be a well-rounded tutor in this subject.

Geography

From fifth grade to eighth grade, I won my class's Geography Bee. When I went to my middle school's Geography Bee in eighth grade I ended up placing first out of the entire school. I then went on to compete in the official National Geographic Spelling Bee in Moorpark where I also did well. When I took Geography CP in ninth grade, I obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. To this day, I am still highly competitive when it comes to Geography and my vast knowledge of Geography enables me to have a broad understanding of how Geography affects countries and the way people live.

Government & Politics

In my senior year of high school, I took a Political Systems class that covered all facets of the American Government. As part of my General Education Requirements to transfer to California State University Northridge, I took a more advanced Political Systems class called National, State, and Local Politics. Through a combination of in depth reading of primary government documents that included the Constitution and the Articles of Confederation, I achieved a 4.00 G.P.A., which was also the G.P.A. of my high school class.

Grammar

In all of my English classes throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school, I received a 4.00 G.P.A in the subject of Grammar. During my junior year of high school, my teacher had my class do an in depth study of grammar; we gained a thorough understanding of syntax, tenses, parts of speech, verb/noun/pronoun agreement, punctuation, and active/passive voice. Furthermore, I professionally tutored students at Moorpark College for four years in the area of grammar.

GRE

The GRE is a standardized test that consists of an analytical writing section, quantitative reasoning section, and verbal reasoning section, which is very similar to the SAT and California High School Exit Exam. I have taken both the SAT and the California High School Exit Exam. My SAT score was above average and I scored better than 95% of the state's high school students on the California High School Exit Exam. Therefore, I have a firm understanding of what it takes to write a well- structured essay, and answer high school level math and writing/reading questions. I obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. in all of my English (1-4CP) and Math (Algebra 1 CP, Algebra 2CP, Geometry CP, Precalculus Honors, and AP Calculus BC) courses in high school. As further proof of my extensive knowledge in reading comprehension and writing, I was a professional writing tutor at Moorpark College for four years.

Handwriting

I worked with elementary school students at the Kumon Learning Center while I was attending college. One of the subjects that I helped my students in was handwriting. With the knowledge of teaching in earlier grades how to write normal letters, I applied the same techniques to teaching my students how to write in handwriting. I used the parts of a whole approach where I demonstrate to my students that each letter is made up of certain line segments, loops, and shapes. We examine the handwritten letter as a letter made up of unique parts. Then we put the parts of the letter together, writing from left to write. In teaching handwriting, I try to put similar letters in groups so that students can see how letters are visually related. Once the letters are mastered, I teach my students how to connect the letters into simple and then more complex words. I believe that mastery of handwriting is done by repetition and understanding the parts of a whole approach. This approach has successfully worked for each one of my students.

Hard Of Hearing

I have worked with students who are hard of hearing for the four years I spent as a professional writing tutor at Moorpark College. Many of my hard of hearing students had hearing aids or voice recorders that they could then play back to themselves at home using the appropriate volume that was necessary for them to hear our recorded voices. In working with hard of hearing students, I would first check to see if they had any devices that enabled them to successfully hear me. If they had the appropriate hearing devices then we would work in the tutoring area speaking in a normal volume. If the student did not have any hearing devices, then I would move our tutoring session into a study room so that I could speak at a louder volume that the student could hear. With any of my students who have disabilities, I always make the appropriate accommodations. Once the student and I decided where to conduct the tutoring session, I would then tutor the student normally in whatever writing assignment of their choosing. Also, if the student didn't seem to have any hearing aid device, such as a voice recorder, I would provide guidance to the student as to how to acquire a voice recorder through the college's disability center.

Literature

From a very young age, I made it my goal to read all of the classic novels and plays. Throughout my education, I have always received a 4.00 G.P.A. in my English classes. I have read everything from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream to Crime and Punishment to 1984. One of my highest achievements was my analytical essay on Lady Macbeth during my senior year in high school. I ended up receiving an A plus on my exceptional piece of work. As a professional writing tutor at Moorpark College for four years, I helped students with papers on various subjects from a plethora of well read novels, poetry, and plays. In order to have a deeper understanding of the literature I was tutoring, I would read the literary work that my student needed help on. In addition, I took a Literature class in Critical Thinking and Composition, where I read many short stories from renowned authors and Shakespeare's Othello. Even though I have a strong background in every genre of literature, I specialized in early British Literature during my time at California State University Northridge.

Phonics

During my time at the Kumon Learning Center, I taught preschool age children all the way through twelfth grade how to use the phonics system to spell and pronounce words. I taught my students how to use the phonics system, which is sublexical. This means that I would teach students how to match up the sounds of letters, letter groups, and words with their visual representations. This required enhancing the students' visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning skills as they saw the letter, pronounced it out loud and then wrote it at the same time. I used this multiple modalities technique to also teach my students how to identify and pronounce letter groups and complete words. The final step was teaching the students how to put the parts of a word together to make the complete word. Yet again, this involved the student's visual, auditory, and kinesthetic skills. I find that this multiple modality technique benefited students of all learning styles.

Physiology

I have always been fascinated with the human body and I had originally focused on the subject of Human Biology while I was in high school. The three necessary subjects for specializing in the human body were Biology, Chemistry, and Physiology. I took all three subjects as college prep classes in high school and maintained a 4.00 G.P.A. in each class.

Political Science

As the head tutor of my high school during my senior year of high school, I tutored multiple students in their senior year in the subject of Political Science. In the subject of Political Science, I covered the topics of the branches of the U.S. Government, the different types of Governments and their structures all around the world, the importance of primary Government documents, and our role in political processes today. I covered these same topics while I was a Political Science writing tutor during college for four years. In order to enable the student to learn the material, I would use the method of connections, which involves the student making pertinent connections between subject topics so that the student is able to see how they are linked together. This method of making connections was thoroughly studied in Cognitive Psychology and was proven to be a well-studied and successful method. The reason it is so successful is because people think by making connections between what they learned, and by making connections between their own personal experiences and what they learned. The human brain is made up of neurons (nerve cells) connecting to each other in various patterns to make up topics we have learned and remember. If one neuronal pathway is triggered, another one very close by may be triggered, which translates as so: if the student learns about the U.S. qualifications to vote, that my trigger the memory of the student registering to vote and the political affiliation they associated with. By using this connection method, I find that seemingly random facts are able to connect to each other in a more logical fashion and are therefore able to be recalled more quickly and more accurately. This method is not only beneficial for Political Science, but for most subjects as well.

Proofreading

For four years I was a professional writing tutor at Moorpark College. I have proofread hundreds of papers for grammar, essay construction, paragraph coherence, and transitions. Furthermore, I have obtained a 4.00 G.P.A. in all of my English classes from elementary school to college.

Psychology

As a psychology major, I have taken both lower division and upper division courses during my time in college while maintaining a 4.00 G.P.A. These courses include Introduction to Psychology Honors, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods, Psychology Statistics with ANOVA, Adolescent Psychology, and Cognitive Psychology. I also volunteer through the National Alliance on Mental Illness by informing families on the causes, symptoms, medications, coping strategies, and treatments for psychological disorders. Furthermore, I have done original psychological research on the connection between creativity and vivid dreaming as well as on the relationship between different types of music and academic performance.

SAT Reading

I have taken the PSAT twice as well as the SAT twice. Each time I took the test I received above average scores on the Essay, Reading, Writing and Math categories. What helped me get a high score on the SAT was my 4.00 G.P.A. in all of my high school English (1-4 CP) and Math courses (Algebra 1CP, Geometry CP, Algebra 2 CP, Precalculus Honors, and AP Calculus BC). Furthermore, I have professionally tutored students at Moorpark College in reading comprehension, context clues, and analyzing the text of expository essays, persuasive essays, dramatic plays, poetry, and fiction/nonfiction.

Spanish

Throughout high school, I took three years of Spanish (1-3 CP). During those years, I learned to be proficient in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. I maintained a 4.00 G.P.A. in all three high school Spanish courses. In addition, I took a semester of advanced Spanish while attending college, and, yet again, I achieved a 4.00 G.P.A.

Writing

From 2010 to 2014, I was a professional paid writing tutor at Moorpark Community College where I tutored students of all ages and abilities in writing across disciplines. I was able to teach grammar, reading comprehension, essay structure, paragraph coherence, and syntax.

California State University Northridge
Psychology

Education

California State University Northridge (Psychology)

First Impressions

This was our daughter's first time with Ariel and it was a fantastic experience. Paige was happy and bouncy after their session. Ariel is smart, understanding and incredible personable. Our daughter is excited to see her this week.

— Cindy, Agoura Hills, CA on 10/31/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Ariel will travel within 20 miles of Agoura Hills, CA 91301.