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Hello! My name is Brenna and I am an honorably discharged veteran, formerly a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy. I've been tutoring since I was in 6th grade. I have worked with special needs students, and last year I worked at Holmes Middle School in Colorado Springs, CO as a paraprofessional. Since I've missed the Fall 2016 deadline, I'm currently attending Phoenix College as I work towards my goal of Stanford in Spring 2017.

I enjoy working with students of all ages, and I particularly excel with history, reading, writing, algebra, early math, and literature. I prefer an integrated approach between student, tutor, and parent. We all are one team, working together to help you achieve your dreams, whatever they may be.

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Brenna’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: United States Air Force Academy - Current Undergrad, Foreign Area Studies

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 31

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1510


Dancing, Reading, Soccer, Backpacking, Camping

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Math

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Math

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Math

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Science

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Science

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Science

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Science

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Science

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Science

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Math

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Ancient and Medieval Heritage

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing



High School

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

High School Writing


Homework Support


Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Science

Middle School Writing


Poetry Writing


Public Speaking


Social Studies

Special Education


US History


World Civilization

World History

World Religions

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Tailoring for individual students to achieve their goals. Not all students work the same way, and the goal is to learn who THEY are in order to achieve THEIR dreams.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Spend the beginning of the session learning about the students, their style of learning, and what they want to achieve out of tutoring. I would also bring in the parents to make sure that their expectations are clear, and clearly explain my expectations of students: I will work for you, if you work for me.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teaching them the process of research. There are thousands of websites, books, individuals, and other resources for students to better their own understanding. If you teach them how to find it, they become more independent.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I like fun and competition. Just like in sports, it is about beating personal records. I also enjoy combining disciplines and breaking up the monotony with real life questions and solutions.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Using the knowledge I learned about their style, I would develop a tailored plan. For example, if a student were an auditory learner and couldn't remember the states by looking at a map (as a visual learner would), I would introduce a song designed to memorize the states instead.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I enjoy using media to engage students. I love learning websites, including Ted talks and news to increase everyday awareness. I also love bringing in relevant problems to a student's life. Ex: A student I work with works a part-time job at Starbucks, and is struggling with the concept of supply and demand. I would use an example of a shortage of customers to demonstrate the amount of excess coffee their Starbucks carries during the shortage.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Build on past knowledge. A student who is comfortable with one subject will be more likely to venture into a new subject if it relates to the previous one.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

It is a combination of student perception, parent perception, past work and scores, and administered evaluations by myself.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The basics are two notebooks: one for me, and one for the student. Any additional materials would include a computer, models, textbooks, or any other appropriate material (rulers, calculators, etc.).

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

The best judge of comprehension is teaching! If a student can teach the subject back to me, they understand it. The student alternates between following along with me, and leading the session themselves during individual sessions. At the end, I provide a problem for them combining the knowledge learned, and they teach me how to solve the problem!

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