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Qualifications & Experience

I am a University of Massachusetts, Amherst graduate with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, where I also hold math and art minors. I then attended Vancouver Film School and have edited several projects since. In recent years, I have focused exclusively on tutoring because I truly enjoy helping others realize their potential and have been working in this field for 5+ years.

I started with a focus on mathematics which includes algebra, algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus. I have worked with many students in middle and high school, who were attending LAUSD as well as Charter schools. I have also taught students who were home schooled, younger pupils, college students as well as adults prepping for certification exams. I often find gaps in my student's knowledge that prevent them from improving their understanding and lead to poor grades. I help to identify and fill in these gaps and immediately see progress and more interest in the subject matter. I explain all the different methods that exist so that you find the one that's most comfortable for you, and I explain the reasoning to get to where we need to get to. I also excel at tutoring individuals in reading, writing, history, biology and Spanish.

Growing up, my father instilled in me the idea that if you learn something completely you will never forget it and that is exactly how I approach teaching. My method is to help students internalize the subject matter and build confidence at the same time. I explain how thing works conceptually, not just through examples or memorization, making sure that my students see the subject with a new clarity. Through my experiences I have learned when to push, when to praise, and when to switch tactics, always making my students feel like their input is welcome and desired. I love this job because I get to meet and help so many people and make them feel like they can learn things they didn't think they could.

Education

2003

University of Massachusetts Amherst

computer science

Degree

2003

Bachelors

Anna ’s Rating

5.0
5.0
Articulation
5.0
Proficiency
5.0
Punctuality

Reviews

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Joy V.
5.0 Articulation
5.0 Proficiency
5.0 Punctuality

Anna did an excellent job tutoring my son in math. It was his first time learning online and he found it very productive. He thought Anna was very good at explaining methods and strategies in Math. We would recommend her to other students and families.

7 months ago
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