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Jessica F.

Durham, NC

$30/hour

Experienced Tutor Specializing in Literacy and Study Skills

5.0 average from 1 ratings
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— Adrienne, Raleigh, NC on 6/26/16

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Bryn Mawr College
History B.A.
Duke University
Master's

Education

Bryn Mawr College (History B.A.)

Duke University (Master's)

About Jessica

As a teacher, I greatly enjoy helping students not only succeed academically, but see their own strengths and develop confidence to take on new challenges. I believe that knowledge and skills are inherently linked, and work to teach both simultaneously, while also building positive study habits. It is important to make learning fun, and find success along the way!

As far as my experience:
I graduated from the Duke Master of Arts in Teaching program 2 years ago, and have enjoyed making Durham my home for the past three years. I tutor my current students after school in both content and study/organizational skills. Additionally, I work with many of my upperclassmen in preparing their college application essays and resumes. My first two years in Durham, I was a mentor with the Duke Athletics Department. This focused primarily on study skills, organization, transition to college life, and general reading and writing at the collegiate level.
Prior to my Master's program, I spent a year tutoring in Minnesota. A family I had nannied for, their son had a paralyzing hockey accident, and I moved home to assist them. I worked with the student, the family, and the school to make accommodations for his physical abilities, as well as keep him on track academically. Before this year in Minnesota, I lived and worked in Nashville as a public school teacher. I was with a teaching fellowship program, and learned much in my first year.

I do have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If there is an emergency, please notify me as soon as possible. I do understand that sometimes life happens.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success in your academic endeavors.

PS If you have any questions about specific experiences, qualifications, or methods - don't hesitate to reach out!
As a teacher, I greatly enjoy helping students not only succeed academically, but see their own strengths and develop confidence to take on new challenges. I believe that knowledge and skills are inherently linked, and work to teach both simultaneously, while also building positive study habits. It is important to make learning fun, and find Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Durham, NC 27707

"Great help!"

- Adrienne, Raleigh, NC on 6/26/16
English:
ACT English, ACT Reading, English,
Reading, Writing
Test Preparation:
ACT English, ACT Reading, College Counseling,
GED, PSAT
History:
American History, Social Studies
Elementary Education:
Elementary (K-6th),
Reading, Study Skills

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College Counseling

As a high school teacher, I spend a copious amount of time helping my upperclassmen prepare for and look at various colleges. I stay up to date on many top programs, and am constantly discussing scholarship opportunities with my colleagues.

As an educator I am an excellent listener; I am able to listen to what a student says and help provide thoughtful feedback to guide them to find a perfect fit for themselves.

Over the years I have taken several students on college tours, I have worked with the alumni association at my university, and helped various students with the Common App as well as other important forms for college acceptance.

Elementary (K-6th)

I am a high school history teacher, which means I focus on both specific content as well as the skills of reading, writing, and critical thinking - all of which are needed for the elementary level.

I have attended several professional developments regarding developing skills, such as how to break down concepts and help reinforce ideas for various different learning styles.

Even though I am a high school teacher, I have worked with elementary and middle school students in the past. I had a year and a half long internship at a charter school during my undergrad. Through this experience I worked with ages K-5.

I have my teaching license, and received my Masters of Arts in Teaching from Duke University in 2014. Prior to that I worked as a one-on-one tutor for a high school student with physical disabilities. I worked for a year in Nashville as a social studies teacher, and here was with the Nashville Teaching Fellows Program. As far as explicit experience with younger children, I have worked as a nanny over the years, which entailed both playing with the children as well as encouraging good study habits.

English

As a history teacher, I have experience with dissecting dense text, integrating various different kinds of text, and working on reading comprehension. It is an important skill to be able to summarize main ideas, synthesis these ideas, and relate them to other ideas or concepts. Additionally I have experience working on writing with my students.

Social Studies

I completed my undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2009 with a major in history. In 2014 I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching from Duke University. This program requires graduate level courses in one's content area. I completed 5 content area courses and received a 4.0 from all of them.

I have taught World History, AP World History, American History 2, and Contemporary Issues. During my internships through the Duke MAT program, I taught US History, AP US History, and World Religions.

This past year, at my high school I have worked as the leader of our Professional Learning Community, guiding members of my department to new resources and teaching strategies. Last year, I helped create the pacing and departmental activities for the American History 2 new course.

Study Skills

I received a concentration in education from my undergraduate experience at Bryn Mawr College, from which I graduated in 2009. I completed the Nashville Teaching Fellows program, which is an alternative route teaching program. It entailed structured summer courses focused on differentiated teaching strategies. I received my Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014 from Duke University. This rigorous program focused on developing content knowledge, reinforcing differentiation strategies, and learning about how to best reach a diversity of learning styles. During my years of teaching I have attended various professional developments, from AP World History writing training to an ESL differentiation training. I worked with the IB program in Nashville for a year, and attended several departmental meetings focusing on helping our students achieve at a higher academic level.

At the end of each year of teaching I ask my students what was successful and what helped. I frequently receive feedback that my explanation of annotations, note-taking, and various study strategies have assisted students in not only my class but others as well.

As far as specific tutoring experience, I was a one-on-one tutor for a full year in '12-'13, helping a student who had suffered a paralyzing accident. I worked with him on modifying activities and assignments to meet his new physical requirements. Additionally, I worked with him to balance the strenuous rehab program along with his school work and mental health.

Additionally, during my first two years in Durham, I worked with the Duke Athletic Department as a mentor for an athlete. As a transitioning freshmen I helped him organize and balance his busy schedule, as well as modify study and work habits for the collegiate level.

Bryn Mawr College
History B.A.
Duke University
Master's

Education

Bryn Mawr College (History B.A.)

Duke University (Master's)

Great help! — What a wonderful first session! Jessica gave my daughter excellent tips that helped her begin to refine her essay. We are looking forward to future sessions with Jessica. ...

— Adrienne, Raleigh, NC on 6/26/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jessica will travel within 10 miles of Durham, NC 27707.