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Rebecca Thompson graduated with her BA in December 2012, MA in May 2014, and PhD in May 2018. Rebecca has previously worked for College Tutoring Services in Fredonia, NY and served as a teacher for the University of Texas at Dallas from 2015 to 2016. She has tutored in the past in the subject areas of French and beginning Russian. As an undergraduate, she was a teaching assistant to an intermediate French course, and as a graduate student, she taught writing and composition to multiple classrooms of up to 30 students each. With these experiences, as well as her research specialties, Rebecca is qualified to tutor English or literature courses, French, history or social studies, and any writing or composition course. Her goal is to relate coursework to her students' interests and to make sessions productive and helpful. She is reliable, has a sense of humor, is strongly disciplined and a self-starter.
Mada is a 4th year student at George Mason University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in community health with a concentration in clinical science. She started her college career tutoring for FCPS - Fairfax county public schools for both middle and high schools. She has taken extensive science courses that have helped her form better studying habits that she has shared with students, so that the tutoring isn’t limited to the time spent in the class. Even though her expertise lies more in science, she would help students with any subject that needed more attention. During which she learned that part of being a good tutor is having knowledge of a wide range of subjects. With the experience of both, different subjects and age groups, she has come adapt to many learning methods. She always acknowledging that every student learns in their own ways and as a tutor she facilitates that process with experiences she has had.
Daniel graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 2013 after 4 years serving as the Vice President of his class. He worked privately for a Naval family where he cared for and tutored a 12 year old and 14 year old. He graduated from Northern Virginia Community College in 2016 Cum Laude, with one Associate’s Degree in Social Science and another in General Studies. He is currently a Senior at George Mason University and is a part of the Film and Video Studies program while also pursuing a Minor in business. He also has a passion for cooking and works for one of the top 100 restaurants of DC as a chef. As a writer and student, he continues to be inspired by everything and everyone around him.
Crystal Courtner graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2013 with a B.A. in Biology and Psychology. Crystal's college coursework includes classes in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, Spanish, and Calculus I and II. Crystal served with Americorps VISTA Mentor Program working with middle and high school students, including ESL students, developing and improving essential technology and learning skills. Her experience includes tutoring elementary students in math, social studies, reading, and writing, as well as middle and high school students in math, science, and English.
Fatme is pursuing a B.A in Integrative studies at GMU with a concentration in Elementary Education. She has over eight (8) years of tutoring experience as of 2019. She has been a volunteer for the ASPIRE program since 2014 providing tutoring 1-2 times a week. She has helped elementary children with reading comprehension, developing writing skills, and developing the fundamental math skills. Her tutoring strategy includes the following; 1) explaining the lesson the teacher taught, 2) reinforcing the lesson by doing the homework that was assigned, 3) making study guides apart from what the teacher created, with more difficult and deep thinking involved to make sure the student actually understood the lesson, and 4) reviewing lessons before the actual test. She has also worked with National Honor Society as well as for Math Honor Society through her high school since 2013. She is able to tutor 1st - 12th grades.
Sahar is a graduate student at George Mason University working on her M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in learning, cognition, and motivation. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychology and Biology from Mason in 2016, and is currently a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools. Teaching is a passion for Sahar, and because of it she has been tutoring for almost a decade. She has tutored individuals of all ages k-12, including individuals with learning disabilities, in various subjects ranging from Pre-Calculus, Physics, English, to Biology. Sahar’s philosophy is that all students have the potential to succeed in academia, and that sometimes the traditional teaching route may not work for everyone.
Benjamin Tieu is a Physics undergraduate student at GMU. Benjamin has successfully tutored varying levels of math to over 150 students at WT Woodson’s Math Center. He has worked with six (6) different Magellan Tutoring families in 2018-2019 and continues to provide excellent help for students struggling in basic arithmetic to advanced Calculus.
Nic is a 4th year undergraduate at the UMD, College Park studying Materials Science and Engineering. He tutored at Harford Community College prior to joining Magellan; working with individuals, groups, and students with learning disabilities. As a student that actively seeks help and meets with teachers, he feels it is important to aid others much like the individuals that have assisted him. He works well with kids, teens, and adults alike on a wide range of STEM classes. Nic has worked with 5+ families in Montgomery County, MD with Magellan Tutoring and has had excellent reviews from those families.
Justin Prasai is an Aerospace Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland-College Park. During his senior year of high school, he was enrolled in a freshman Algebra 1 class as a student ambassador to mentor and assist the students with overall course material and assignments, and also to be a role model and provide tips on having a successful high school career. Similarly, he has logged in many hours tutoring students of various grades in the subject of Math, English, and Science as part of his school’s honor society; although he is flexible tutoring any subject, Math is his top preference (any math up till Calculus II). He currently holds a position at DOT's FAA.
Tommy Le graduated Cum Laude from George Mason University with a B.S. in Biology in May 2017. He is planning to take a gap-year with an interest to go back to George Mason University for his postgraduate education. His love for Biology and Science, in general, is that it is always evolving and there are always new things to learn. With knowledge in Biology-related courses such as Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, and Biodiversity, Tommy can effectively provide fellow students valuable techniques and approach to their science homework and/or exams. He has tutored elementary, high school, and even college students from a variety of topics such as Math, Spanish, and Biology. With additional experience in retail and restaurant business, Tommy combines his tutoring experience with his customer service skills to communicate effectively to the students and their family and provide them with the necessary tools and confidence to tackle any academic obstacles. He is excited to be working as a Magellan Tutor and is happy to help fellow students in the Northern Virginia area!
Avril Okon is a third year biochemistry student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has a strong understanding of the foundational science and math related courses from hard work in primary school up through now. She believes that patience, dedication, and goal setting are important skills tutors should relay to students. She incorporates excellent communication and her best effort on a daily basis. She demonstrates a positive outlook and high energy. She brings this energy to her organic chemistry students that she personally and privately tutors on a consistent basis. She has a firm understanding of biology, math, and anything English.
Ian Morris is a third-year Physics undergraduate student at George Mason took. He attended WT Woodson high school where he completed AP Computer Science, Advanced, Computer Science, AP Physics BC, AP Calculus BC, and AP Literature and Composition. At Mason, he has already completed Introduction to Computational Physics, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, Modern Physics, and Foundations of Astrophysics. Ian has a solid understanding of these subjects and can be of assistance to students who need help. Throughout high school, he assisted teachers and helped students who were struggling to grasp certain concepts, particularly, in AP Physics C and AP Calculus BC. He has served as a teacher’s assistant, floating through the class looking to help students with homework they didn’t understand or with test preparation. He is a member of the George Mason policy debate team, competing in tournaments, speaking extemporaneously for over two hours over the course of a weekend. He is also a participant in Space Day, volunteering for the Northern Virginia Rocketry club by helping six other members introduce and explain model rocketry to thousands of tourists at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
Chris is pursuing a M.A. in History with a concentration in Predoctoral History at George Mason University. As an undergraduate student, he invested into learning how to read, write, and conduct research at a professional level. History is his primary field of expertise, but can aid in English, writing and reading, as well as homework and test prep. Chris can effectively teach reading and writing skills, which are lifelong skills and essential to success in school and beyond. He has dreams of becoming a college professor and is sensitive to many cultural backgrounds.
I am currently a third year student at the University of Maryland in College Park studying Public Health Science and expect to receive my degree in May 2020. My college coursework includes various classes in chemistry, biology, calculus, anatomy and physiology, psychology, English composition, etc. My past tutoring/teaching experiences include being a teaching assistant at my church and teaching Bible stories, spiritual songs, and Tigrinya. My other past tutoring experiences include helping students who are having difficulty in various classes and students who are speakers of other languages. I tutored these students who are unfamiliar with the English language using concepts which would be easy to understand regardless of their fluency in English. Moreover, I was even better able to assist students who speak Tigrinya by explaining concepts in the language they understand.
Pamela Tarectecan studies General Biology and Secondary Education as a senior at the University of Maryland in College Park. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods, singing, dancing, and discovering new puns. Although science is a big part of her education, she loves to delve into other subjects and help students better their understanding of their work. She has experience tailoring lessons for students through her Terrapin Teachers program, where she has taught the lessons to classes for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and high school freshmen in science in hopes to also become a middle school or high school teacher and earn her Masters in Education. Overall, she is excited to work with students to help them understand their potential with subject.
Sal is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park and she is pursuing a B.S. in Kinesiology. She has 3+ years of experience tutoring students in elementary and middle school in subjects of English, science, history, and math. She is well trained in creating effective study plans that allow her students to manage their time effectively and study based on the study guides she creates. Sal loves science and is well versed in biology, anatomy and physiology, and general chemistry. She currently works in IT and that has allowed her to help her students develop their tech skills as well. She believes that using real-world examples is the best way to teach because it helps students understand the concepts and learn in a way that teaches essential life skills as well. Her hobbies include meeting new people, playing sports, instructing cardio fitness classes, and writing.
Alyssa Ailion holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Georgia State University. She has teaching experience with college courses in psychology, as well as advanced science to undergraduate and graduate students. She tutors elementary to college level students. She incorporates creative learning methods and works with students who have developmental or learning differences.
Debbie Sage holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Oakland University in Michigan and an undergraduate degree in International Relations. Debbie has 12 years of tutoring and teaching experience. She has taught in city schools in Maryland/DC as well as in the suburbs of Virginia. Her most relevant tutoring work has been working one on one with students in grades 2-6 in Math in Fairfax County, VA. She has also worked as a full time Lead Math Teacher for grades 1-4 and to K-3rd in the private sector part-time. Debbie has experience with essay writing, handwriting, and reading comprehension for Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary age students. She is also able to work with students with special needs.
Won Song is a student at the University of Maryland pursuing his degree in secondary education with plans to become a full-time school teacher. Won has 3 years of tutoring experience. He has worked with students of all ages from elementary school to college. His most recent accomplishment was in the summer of 2018. Won tutored an incoming 2nd grader who just moved to the United States from South Africa. The student could speak English reasonably well; however, was not able to read and write in English. Won tutored the student six hours/week helping him learn how to read and write in English. The student now is able to read and write above his grade level. Won has also worked with a student who was taking a math course in a community college for the 3rd time, as she failed the previous two times she took the class. Won helped her through the material and she passed the course with a B+. Won has also worked and volunteered at many summer camps and daycare centers helping people with mental and physical disabilities. Won is fluent in English and Korean.
Abby Hawkins is a freshman at George Mason University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Global Affairs. A member of GMU’s Honors College and a recipient of the University Scholarship, Abby also competes as part of the university’s forensics team, is a tour guide on campus, and is a member of GMU Language Partners, meeting with international students to practice their English skills. Abby has two years of experience tutoring students at the high school level in social studies/history, Spanish, and English through her high school’s National Honors Society and three years of experience tutoring elementary school students in Spanish. In addition to English, Abby has professional working proficiency (ILR 3.5) in Spanish, Catalan, and Italian. In her free time, she enjoys re-reading the Harry Potter series, hiking, playing lacrosse, and spending time with her cats, Ferb and Isabella.
Anurag is a 3rd year undergraduate at GMU majoring in IT. He began tutoring students in 8th grade. He started as a Mentor/Coach for First Lego league teams due to his vast experience in the competition (5 year participant) and his ability to work well with kids. He is able to successfully tutor Algebra 1, Algebra 2, geometry and trigonometry. His prior tutoring experiences include; grades 1-4 reading and math.
Jonathan received a BA in English from Georgia State University. He tutored high school students in subjects such as writing, language arts, and history, both standard classes and AP. He continued his education at UCLA, where he completed an MA and PhD that gave him the chance to teach different types of students and improve his skills. As a result, he has experience teaching students of many educational and skill levels, whether in a group or individually. He is skilled at developing his own curriculum or helping students better understand their own. He prides myself on the infectious passion for reading and the ways he can help students improve their writing.
Juan Pablo Correa is a 3rd year student at the University of Maryland studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Sustainability. He is a Maryland native but is originally from Bogota, Columbia. Juan has been involved in many different study groups on campus in nearly every STEM subject available. He has played a role in these groups as both a leader, a peer mentor, and the mentee. He understands the difficulty in understanding these technical topics and have worked hard to help others and myself reach a higher level of understanding to succeed academically. He hopes to work with your student and help them reach new levels of success as well.
Sai Kavuru is a 4th year IT and Operations management undergraduate studying at GMU. Sai works as a math and history tutor. His approach to tutoring includes 1. finding practice problems, 2. solving the problem in front of the student so they understand how to do it., 3. then, changing the wording or numbers (for the math problem) and have the student try to solve it on their own. 4. repeating this process and making the questions progressively harder. Sai applies this technique with many of his students and has found great success in improving their understanding of the material and their test scores. Sai is also able to successfully tutor English and Science subjects.
Sonny Hoang graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor’s degree in microbiology in December of 2017. He speaks English and Vietnamese fluently, and is proficient in Spanish. In high school, he was a recipient of the International Baccalaureate diploma and was a member of various honor societies, including the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society and the TRI-M International Music Honor Society. He began tutoring in his junior year of high school and continued into his senior year, during which he helped students with Algebra, Music Theory, and Spanish (Levels 1 through 5). In high school, Sonny took a variety of AP and IB classes and continued to take advanced science courses in college. From his tutoring and academic experiences, he understands the importance of setting strong foundations before building upon more detailed concepts, especially for STEM-field-related courses. Sonny also recognizes the importance of time management and organization when balancing schoolwork with other responsibilities. Currently, he is hoping to enroll as a graduate student in the fall to study public health nutrition. In his spare time, his hobbies include playing piano, singing, writing, and learning new languages.
Benjamin “Momo” Egah is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Maryland College Park. Coming from an engineering family, Momo developed a passion for Mathematics at the early age leading him to several awards such as “Outstanding Mathematics Student” award in his hometown, Lome TOGO (West Africa). He started helping fellow students struggling with mathematics and physics at his school at the age of fourteen where he developed tutoring skills. Momo has strong foundation in Arithmetic, Algebra (High School, College), Pre-calculus, Calculus I and II, Trigonometry, Differential Equations and Complex Variables. For the past five years, he has privately tutored high school and college students in Arithmetic, Algebra, Pre-Calculus and Calculus, and Statistics. Momo EGAH speaks French, some Spanish and can also be a great help for students having difficulties in those languages. He enjoys not only helping students in solving problems, but also motivating them and teaching them easy ways to attack mathematics problems.
Michael Dunkelberg is pursuing a Bioengineering degree with the University of Maryland. He has experience tutoring Mathematics, the sciences, and subjects of a technical and computational nature. He has previously worked with middle school students in Geometry and Algebra. He is not purely "left-brained," and his tutoring experience includes peer-tutoring in English and writing, and highlights his exceptional linguistic and communication skills. He operates using a patient methodology, but in terms of problem solving he exercises creative and novel solutions. He is an excellent team member and enjoy good relationships with all of his past students, peers, teachers, and employers.
Daniel Jackson is a graduate of GMU with a BS in chemistry. Daniel has an interest in biology in addition to chemistry and was able to take advantage of the biochemistry concentration offered with his major. In addition to the sciences, English is also one of his strengths. Daniel has developed skills in both literary analysis and scientific writing. Currently, he has an internship at the Smithsonian's NMNH in their Department of Invertebrate Zoology where biological and chemical knowledge have been essential. The concepts of biology, chemistry, English, and mathematics are fascinating to him, and he enjoys the challenge involved with communicating such concepts in a clear, relatable way that the student can understand and build upon.
My name is Van Anh Tran. I am a senior Bioengineering major with a Mathematics minor at George Mason University. I have experience being a Learning Assistant at GMU's Math department for Calculus 1 since 2017. I am patient with my students and always try to find the best way of explaining the material to them.
My name is Alexis Tanenbaum and I am a graduate student pursuing a masters in education at the University of Maryland, College Park. During my undergraduate experience, I majored in psychology and double minored in human development and law. Throughout high school and college, I tutored students of many different ages and in a variety of environments. I have always appreciated the opportunity to tutor students and work through material according to each person's individual learning styles. I look forward to getting to know more students and exploring their strengths and interests.