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Lora P.

Richmond, VA

$35/hour

Focussed, Adaptable, Humorous

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Background check passed as of 10/30/15
4.9 average from 16 ratings

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Virginia Commonwealth University
English and Art

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University (English and Art)

About Lora

I grew up in a family of people who love to learn and share their knowledge. My mother and I would discuss and parse Shakespeare's sonnets on the car ride into school. My father would sit in a park with me, and we would share ice cream while going over long division problems until we were satisfied that I truly understood how it worked. If there was a subject I was interested in, my parents would help me find a way to learn it. Growing up with this open sharing of knowledge has made me eager to share knowledge and help people find a way to learn material in a one on one setting. Having struggled with a few subjects myself when younger, I know that when a student has a hard time with a subject, that might just mean that we need to find a new way to approach it.

My most recent experience with teaching was acting as the teaching assistant in Virginia Commonwealth University's Beginning Metalsmith class. This was a very hands-on subject, but it still involved a great deal of analysis, theory, and planning. I helped students re-think their understanding of traditional forms of jewelry and create small-scale conceptual sculpture. This requires a great deal of analytical thinking that can translate into several different subjects, such as literature, sociology, and philosophy.

In addition to my degree in Art, I also earned a degree in English. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BA and a BFA, and I maintained a 4.0 GPA when it came to my English degree. I have found that when it comes to studying Literature, a combination of independent study and small group (or one-on-one) discussion gets the best results: both in relation to writing analytical essays and in reading and understanding literature. Forming strong opinions about a book is the best way to learn from it.

My experience in art history has taught me that the easiest way to remember what you learn is part drilling, part trivia. If you know about the culture and the history surrounding a particular piece of artwork, you are more likely to remember other specific details about it, like when and where it was made. Discovering a "why" makes it easier to remember a "what."

I look forward to teaching you how truly understand your subject. With time and understanding, you may also come to love it. My goal is to find a way to help you enjoy learning.
I grew up in a family of people who love to learn and share their knowledge. My mother and I would discuss and parse Shakespeare's sonnets on the car ride into school. My father would sit in a park with me, and we would share ice cream while going over long division problems until we were satisfied that I truly understood how it worked. If there Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Richmond, VA 23221
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Art History
English:
English,
Grammar, Literature,
Proofreading,
Reading,
SAT Reading,
SAT Writing, Vocabulary, Writing
Test Preparation:
SAT Math, SAT Reading,
SAT Writing
Computer:
Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint
Elementary Education:
Elementary Math,
Grammar, Reading,
Vocabulary
Business:
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint
Sports/Recreation:
Needlework

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Algebra 1

In high school, I tutored friends in math when they were having a hard time with a subject. Algebra was my favorite and best subject, and I still use it on occasion when I am working. I will be able to explain how certain types of equations are relevant in day-to-day life, and I am good at figuring out what about the equation is causing difficulties for students.

Art History

I received a BFA in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. In order to receive that degree, I had to take 4-5 art history courses. I received straight A's in each class, and I helped other classmates study before exams. I am very good at art history test prep.

Elementary Math

I have helped children I babysat for with this homework. I remember what helped the most when I used to have a difficult time with this subject, and I remember how I learned to excel in it.

English

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth university with a degree in English, and I received straight A's in all of my English classes. I am very adaptable to what people need in order to learn. I will combine basic drill with fun books that will help improve vocabulary and an ear for grammar.

Literature

I have been reading and discussing literature since I was eight and my parents read To Kill a Mockingbird with me. I am a firm believer in the shared experience of reading and discussing a book. the best way to understand your reading material is to form a strong opinion about it through discussion. I did this all throughout earning my English degree at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Prealgebra

I helped the students that baby sat for with their math homework. When I was in high school, I went from having difficulties in math to being one of the best students. In large part, this was due to a tutor. I will be able to do the same thing for my students.

Proofreading

I earned an English Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, and I was a part of the English Honors Society. I received straight A's in all of my English classes. Those classes involved reading each others' essays and proof-reading. I prefer to read the paper out loud and discuss why some sentences need to be re-written to be efficient and graceful.

Reading

I earned a degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I earned A's in all of my English classes. I have found that breaking down paragraphs and sentences into their very basic meanings makes reading for content and meaning much easier. I help students identify what is important in a passage, and then build from there.

SAT Reading

I scored very high on my own SAT reading exam. What is more, I furthered my education in English, so my skills are still sharp, I remember what parts of the exam I had the most difficulties with, and I know how to combat those difficulties.

Writing

While earning my English Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, I wrote a lot of essays and helped a lot of people edit their essays. I like to go through the essay with the writer and discuss what sentences could be tightened and what subjects need to be filled out out more. Establishing this way of reading one's own essays makes it easier to identify how to strengthen or correct the writing that one might find on a standardized test.

Virginia Commonwealth University
English and Art

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University (English and Art)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Lora will travel within 25 miles of Richmond, VA 23221.