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Bianca F.

Holyoke, MA

$45/hour

Former teacher still loves teaching

Background check passed as of 6/25/16

$45/Hour


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Brown University
B.A. in International Relations
Loyola Marymount University
Other
Columbia Law School
J.D.

Education

Brown University (B.A. in International Relations)

Loyola Marymount University (Other)

Columbia Law School (J.D.)

About Bianca

Everybody has something they love. It can be reading books, scoring goals, performing before an audience, enjoying nature, fixing cars—anything that makes someone feel personally fulfilled. For me, that something has always been education. The classroom is where I feel most comfortable. First it was as a student. To me, every class represented not only a chance to learn something new, but also an opportunity to understand and shape the world around me. This love of learning propelled me toward college and graduate school, but it also brought me right back into the classroom, this time as a teacher. Working with students is unequivocally the most fulfilling of my professional endeavors. Too often students feel that they are "bad" at learning or "bad" at a particular subject. Yet I have never met a student who failed to learn when given the time, patience, and attention that learning inherently requires. Empowering students by supporting their personal rate and mode of learning is what brings me back to teaching again and again.

My tutoring strategy is based on practices I found to be effective in my classroom. When first working with a student, I pay careful attention to behavioral cues and learning style. I determine what tutoring approach is likely to be most effective in light of a student's attitude, degree of self-confidence, perceived ability to succeed, and present openness to assistance. In terms of learning style, I assess what lesson types make things "click." Does a student need to translate words into visuals in order to understand? Or, conversely, do visuals seems more confusing than written information? If a student is into music, can we turn information into songs? If animated illustrations seem to make things stick, what internet resources might be appropriate? The list goes on and on! Lastly, I strongly believe in scaffolding information. Students learn step by step, not all at once, and good teachers know how to keep students on their toes just enough to push them closer and closer to their goals.

I am available to tutor evenings and weekends. After 6:30pm on weekdays works best. Morning to early afternoon is preferable during the weekend, but I am flexible. To best assist your student, it is crucial that I prepare lessons in advance. Therefore, I typically ask parents or guardians to either purchase workbooks (one for me, one for the student) or ask the student's teacher(s) to provide practice worksheets or projects in advance of each lesson. I believe strongly in the use of models and manipulatives, so I may advise parents/guardians to purchase some (e.g., base ten blocks, jello cell models, index cards). To reduce costs, parents/guardians may instead buy basic materials and the student and I can construct our own manipulatives.

Please note:
• I have experience tailoring my teaching to methods recommended in a student's IEP.
• I have experience working with students with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, depression, and trauma, but am NOT clinically trained or have a specialized certification in these areas.
• I do not have experience, nor am I trained in, assisting students with diagnoses of Down's Syndrome or autism.

Teaching prealgebra is an absolute joy for me! I was a seventh grade prealgebra teacher for two years in a public school in San Francisco. Our curriculum included the following: arithmetic using fractions and ratios; solving fraction and ratio equations; calculating ratios and proportions; unit rates and prices; unit conversions; solving percent equations; interpreting and identifying equivalent tables and graphs; calculating tax, discount, and sale prices as well as simple and compound interest; integers and absolute value; arithmetic with integers (including negative numbers); exponents; solving equations with decimals; solving, writing, and identifying linear equations; foundations of geometry, including scale factors, congruency, side and angle measurements, perimeter, area, and volume; mean, median, and mode; and experimental probability. An overarching goal of the curriculum was teaching students the skills needed to solve word problems in all of these areas.

Reading and writing are my innate strength. I was a voracious reader from a very young age, which allowed me to develop a large vocabulary, excellent sense of grammar, as well masterful analysis of sentence, paragraph, and text structure. While completing my undergraduate degree, I taught English (reading and writing) as part of Breakthrough Cambridge, an accelerated program for underprivileged students. My academic writing has been published and I have participated in relevant student organizations such as literary magazines and Law Review. I scored 800 on my SAT reading and 790 on my SAT writing.

Biology is a personal passion of mine and a subject that came very naturally to me. In high school I took honors biology and then insisted on taking AP biology because I wanted to gain an even greater depth of knowledge. During my undergraduate career, I taught life science (primarily cellular biology and genetics) to students as part of Breakthrough Cambridge, an accelerated program for underprivileged students. I was subsequently credentialed as a seventh grade biology teacher in San Francisco and taught life science for two years. I received a 5 on my AP biology exam.

I began studying French in middle school and became enamored of the language. As a result, I pursued extensive studies in French language and literature. I spent my entire junior year of high school studying abroad in Rennes, France. I studied at a French-American school in which classes were taught exclusively in French and lived with a non-English-speaking host family. I scored 800 on the French SAT II subject test, received a 5 on both the French Language and French Literature AP exams and placed first in (northeast) region and second nationally on the National French Exam (Le Grand Concours). I received excellent grades in my undergraduate French literature courses.

If you're looking for a tutor that will respect your intelligence, get to know you personally, patiently walk you through difficult topics, and provide you well planned lessons, please contact me!
Everybody has something they love. It can be reading books, scoring goals, performing before an audience, enjoying nature, fixing cars—anything that makes someone feel personally fulfilled. For me, that something has always been education. The classroom is where I feel most comfortable. Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040
Background Check: Passed
Math:
Prealgebra
Science:
Biology
Test Preparation:
Bar Exam, LSAT,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Language:
French
History:
American History, European History

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.

Biology

Biology: In general, I have a keen interest in biology and have enjoyed both studying and teaching it throughout my academic career. I received an grade of A in AP Biology and a 5 on the AP biology test. I then taught seventh grade life science for two years.

European History

I took AP European History in high school and not only did well in the class, but also scored a 5 on the AP exam. Aside from that, I enjoy learning about European History by reading historical non-fiction.

French

French: I studied French throughout high school and middle school. I spent my entire junior year of high school studying abroad in Rennes, France, during which I lived with a host family and attended classes taught exclusively in French. I scored on 800 on the French SAT II subject test, received a 5 on both the French Language and French Literature AP exams and placed first in (northeast) region and second nationally on the National French Exam (Le Grand Concours). I also received excellent grades in my undergrad French literature classes.

Admittedly, I would need to brush up on the pluperfect and present conditional tenses as it's been a few years, but that should be easy.

LSAT

I self-studied for the LSAT (i.e., did not take a prep course) and scored 168. I then went to and graduated from Columbia Law School.

Prealgebra

Prealgebra: I taught seventh-grade prealgebra for two years at an urban middle school in San Francisco. I spent a great deal of time providing my students with hands-on and multimedia learning experiences in order to boost their love of science and sense of competency. Many of my students experienced a significant improvement in their understanding of discrete topics as well as their standardized test scores.

SAT Reading

SAT Reading and Writing: I received an 800 on the SAT reading section and 790 on the SAT writing. I have strong reading and verbal skills, as is required of attorneys.

SAT Writing

SAT Reading and Writing: I have no formal training in training in teaching SAT reading and writing, but my reading comprehension and verbal skills have always been very strong. I received an 800 on the SAT reading section and 790 on the SAT writing.

Brown University
B.A. in International Relations
Loyola Marymount University
Other
Columbia Law School
J.D.

Education

Brown University (B.A. in International Relations)

Loyola Marymount University (Other)

Columbia Law School (J.D.)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Bianca will travel within 20 miles of Holyoke, MA 01040.