Brianna L.

Havre De Grace, MD


Math Education Student -- I love math, and so can you!

100+ Hours
Background check passed as of 7/22/14
4.8 average from 23 ratings
— Vincent, Edgewood, MD on 8/25/14


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About Brianna

Hi, I'm Brianna. First, a little of my history: I graduated from the Science and Math Academy in Aberdeen in 2009. I have about 75% of a degree in Middle School Math Education from Towson; I'm not currently enrolled for personal reasons, but I still adore teaching and tutoring as a side job to stay active in the world of education, work with children, and make a difference in the lives of the next generation.

I love math, and I also love explaining it to anybody (I've helped all ages, from 4th graders to a woman who was in her 50s returning to school) and seeing the look of comprehension and joy when they finally understand how the numbers and concepts fit together. I've taken a multitude of applicable classes at Harford Community and at Towson, and I know they'll help me to help YOU succeed in your classes.

For instance, when I tutor math, I draw lots of pictures, because that's how I usually think, and I think it helps most people understand as well. I also always work with a smile and a laugh, using examples and real life situations so it's not just numbers. A lot of students understand these concepts better if it's clear why they need them, how they can think about them (remember in early math classes when the teacher used bank accounts and owing people money to explain negative numbers?) and what other concepts it connects to. I also translate things into simple language so that students don't have to feel intimidated by the unfamiliar vocabulary that math classes can present. I remember what it's like to see this stuff for the first time, so I never expect anyone to automatically understand anything.

That's what I'm all about as a tutor and teacher -- making sure students don't just memorize the material, but truly understand it. Critical thinking skills are just as important as the basic math we use to teach them to you, and if I don't teach you how to look at a new problem and decide on your own how to solve it, then I'm doing something wrong as a teacher.

That idea doesn't just go for math, either. When I do English or French tutoring, computer skills, science classes, or even swimming, I want you to come out of every session a little more prepared for the world around you. When I tutor French vocabulary, I bring out an English dictionary and thesaurus, and we identify common Latin root words between cognates. That way, when you're in class, and you see a brand-new word, you're prepared to figure out its meaning on your own, instead of just panicking. When I tutor computer skills, instead of just having you memorize a series of menu item choices to accomplish tasks, I teach you how to find them for yourself, and how to figure new things out.

I also make use of technology to explain concepts and help students learn. I have been using a TI-84 Silver for about 9 years now; I bring it with me to every math lesson. I also make plenty of use of internet resources, games, software, animations; whatever helps my students the most.

I'm comfortable working with students who have learning disabilities like ADD/ADHD or dyscalculia. I myself have ADD, but I'm patient and focused on helping you learn in the ways that help you most.

I do offer automated scheduling; however, since it provides a channel for contact information to be exchanged, I cannot provide the student with this feature until the student and I have made contact and arrangements through WyzAnt first. All lessons with students who matched with me through Wyzant will still be recorded and paid through WyzAnt.

If you feel like you can't afford my rates, please feel free to contact me (through WyzAnt email). I am perfectly willing to reduce rates based on the family's ability to pay.
Hi, I'm Brianna. First, a little of my history: I graduated from the Science and Math Academy in Aberdeen in 2009. I have about 75% of a degree in Middle School Math Education from Towson; I'm not currently enrolled for personal reasons, but I still adore teaching and tutoring as a side job to stay active in the world of education, work with Read more

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Please contact me for details regarding special rates for groups, easier subjects, etc! :)

Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of Havre De Grace, MD 21078
Background Check: Passed


- Vincent, Edgewood, MD on 8/25/14

"Great job so far!"

- Terry, Street, MD on 1/15/13
ACT Math, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Calculus, Discrete Math, Elementary Math, Geometry, Logic, Prealgebra, Precalculus, Probability, SAT Math, Statistics, Trigonometry
ACT Science, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology,
Piano, Sight Singing
Adobe Photoshop
ACT English, ACT Reading, English, ESL/ESOL, Grammar, Proofreading, Public Speaking, Reading, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Math, ACT Reading, ACT Science, ASVAB, GED, Praxis,
PSAT, SAT Math, SAT Reading, SAT Writing, TOEFL
Adobe Photoshop, General Computer, Java, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word
Special Needs:
Dyslexia, Hard Of Hearing,
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th), Elementary Math, Elementary Science, Grammar, Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Public Speaking

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I actually was diagnosed with ADD myself in sixth grade. I have been developing coping strategies for myself ever since, and while every student is different, I definitely understand the struggles that come from impulsivity and attention issues! Luckily for me, tutoring is one of my favorite things to do, so I stay motivated and focused the whole time -- and with my creativity and mental energy, I'm good at getting and holding students' attention. I'm also patient with students who get sidetracked easily, and will persist in reminding them to stay on task and remain focused.


I haven't been diagnosed with Asperger's, but I suspect I am on the spectrum. However, it manifests differently in females, and so I am able to "pass" for neurotypical, especially in professional settings. I can hold conversations, understand and use sarcasm/hyperbole/other figures of speech, and communicate effectively -- but, knowing my own struggles and those of family members and close friends with more severe conditions, I am also acutely aware of the struggles presented, and can easily adapt my tutoring to fit the needs of students with Asperger's. I am willing to commit to very strict schedules, I don't require eye contact or get offended easily when social blunders are unwittingly made, and occasionally if I feel I can make a tactful comment explaining why a behavior was inappropriate, I may do so, to help the student avoid making the same mistake again. I don't mind stimming and other behaviors that don't directly affect our relationship, however. I will connect the tutored subjects to the student's special interest, if at all possible, and work to engage them in ways that are most appropriate.

Hard Of Hearing

I don't know much sign language other than a single university basics course, but I can certainly tutor students who are hard of hearing or deaf if they are willing to work with written words and drawings. Math is a very visual subject; I am a very visual learner and teacher, and much of my communication and explanation is via pencil and paper demonstration anyway. I have 9 years of experience babysitting and nannying, much of it with toddlers who are still learning to speak, so I am adept at interpreting speech that is difficult to understand, or patiently figuring out what the person is trying to say. I will also work with any technology the student wishes to use, including speech to text programs or other electronic devices -- anything to adapt my teaching style to the individual needs of the student.


I earned scores of 750+ on all 3 SAT subject areas when I took them in high school. I have been tutoring in grade school level math and English ever since. The Towson Middle School Education program accepts SAT scores in lieu of Praxis I, but I took a practice Praxis on the ETS website on my own and got a 96.


I have taken classes in Intro and Adolescent Psychology and received A's. I have studied other areas of Psychology on my own, and would be willing to attempt to help on classes that were related to ones I've taken.


Brianna was a lifesaver for me in my algebra class. She has an amazing knowledge of math. She was able to help me understand my course work. She was easy to work with and great at answering all of my questions and being able to explain the math work in a way that I could understand. I have had other tutors, but she was by far the best. She helped me bring up my grade. She was easy to make appoint

— Vincent, Edgewood, MD on 8/25/14

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Please contact me for details regarding special rates for groups, easier subjects, etc! :)

Travel policy

Brianna will travel within 30 miles of Havre De Grace, MD 21078.