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Tessa K.

Urbana, IL

$45/hour

ACT Math/Math/English/Visual Arts

In-person lessons

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Physics

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Physics)

About Tessa

I have tutored for the past six years for students of the ages six to nineteen, group sessions and one-on-one sessions. Although I was born and raised in Washington, I moved to Japan at a young age and continued my education at a private international school. Now, I am going to start university this fall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the pursuit of a degree in physics.

In high school, I was apart of a group called PLAN NIS where we tutored students, and the money we received was given to charity groups. Through PLAN NIS, I was able to tutor three students (one-on-one) in English and math. One student was shy and only spoke Japanese, but by speaking Japanese with her during the first few sessions, I was able to help her improve her English little by little.

Another student was also a bit uncomfortable with English, so I spoke in Korean to communicate with him. The last student I taught through this program spoke English but was not enthusiastic about reading or learning math. So, I spent the first session learning about him in order to find the best way to teach him math and reading skills. After our first session, I changed the genre that he was reading and taught him math step by step. From that, I saw a great improvement in his math and reading skills.

I also applied to work at a Japanese private school as an English support teacher in their club that focuses on helping students with their English studies. Most of the students wanted to learn more about speaking English as they do not get a lot of practice with it. So with each group session, I prepared different activities that will allow them to speak English freely with one another such as impromptu mini skits with a scene that I wrote up for them. With these little activities, I prepared classes for them every week for about a year and saw a great jump in their English speaking abilities.

Additionally, I have worked at a local church in Japan to teach two art classes, one for elementary students and the other for middle to high school students. With the younger students, I prepared arts and crafts activities for them to keep the classes fun and creative. On the other hand with the older students, I taught them drawing techniques with ink pens. Although I have not been formally trained in the visual arts, it is a hobby of mine that I love to share with other students. I have also taught another art class with elementary students at my old school, where we created a mural of endangered animals to shine light on them at our school.

Furthermore, I am a candidate for the IB diploma and will soon receive my scores in the coming weeks. I took the IB subjects Math Higher Level and English Higher Level. By the end of my senior year, I received a 6 in both Math Higher Level and English Higher Level on the IB scale (is around an A/A+ on an A-F scale). I was also apart of the National Honor Society during my high school career and became to president in my senior year. I wanted to be apart of clubs that focused on volunteer work, so I joined Habitat for Humanity in my freshman year; I traveled to the Philippines and Sri Lanka to help build homes.

My love for teaching naturally came about when I would just get so excited to see students understand these concepts that I have taught them. I love to help students work on areas that they are uncomfortable with, and slowly see them improve in an area they were once hesitant about.In each of my sessions, I try my best to help the students work on their personal goals in the subject I am teaching them. I like to focus on 1-3 main goals that they would like to work on that session, and hopefully accomplish them in the given hours.

Even though I am most likely younger than some other tutors, I believe that my experience with different age groups has given me a better understanding of which teaching styles work and don't work. I love to teach, and hope to become a professor one day. If you are interested, please contact me.
I have tutored for the past six years for students of the ages six to nineteen, group sessions and one-on-one sessions. Although I was born and raised in Washington, I moved to Japan at a young age and continued my education at a private international school. Now, I am going to start university this fall at the University of Illinois at Read more

Policies
Cancellation
20 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Urbana, IL 61801
In-person lessons
Art:
Drawing
English:
English, Reading
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Reading

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Drawing

I have taught two art classes for elementary students at my old school in Japan where we focused on using paint and pastels. The main goal of those two art projects were to help the students learn about endangered animals and bring awareness to the whole school. I have also taught two other classes at a local church in Japan where one class was for elementary students and the other was for middle school and high school students. With the elementary students, I prepared arts and crafts and activities, whereas with the older students we worked on ink techniques.

Elementary Math

Throughout my middle school and high school career, I was apart of the higher level maths program and received A/A+ grades; I believe I have a good understanding of math concepts.

I have tutored a handful of elementary students who are looking for extra help in math, and have seen great improvements in their math skills as well as their confidence when solving problems. By practicing different math problems to see a single concept being used in various ways, elementary students become very comfortable with math.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Physics

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Physics)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 20 hours notice required

Travel policy

Tessa will travel within 10 miles of Urbana, IL 61801.