Larsen Family Tutors
With a M.Ed. in Secondary Education, English and over five years of experience teaching English to junior high and high school students, I have the qualifications and expertise to help you improve your reading and writing skills. I'm especially passionate about writing and helping students become better writers.
I have taught students from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities ranging from pre-emergent ESL to AP English Language. I have also worked with many students on accomodation plans and IEPs. I believe all students can improve their writing, whether it is a subject they struggle or excel in, and I am confident in my ability to meet each student where they are at and to help them reach their goals.
Writing tutoring offered in the following subjects for junior high and high school students: English langauge arts, MLA/APA styles, history, social studies, science, theology, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP U.S. History, AP World History, AP European History, college essays, SAT prep, and ACT prep.
Writing tutoring offered in the following areas for college students: writing, English, communication, and education.
Additional tutoring offered to high school students: AP English Language, AP English Literature, English Language Arts, Literature, and Poetry Analysis.
Certifications: Arizona Dept. of Education Secondary Education Teacher, IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card
I enjoy helping students reach new levels of competency that they didn't think they could. It's exciting to see the information click and for students to move from a place where they lack confidence in themselves to a place where they feel confident and successful.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I work with each individual student to identify their strengths, weaknesses, and goals. My philosophy very much aligns with the adage, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I can certainly help correct and refine papers for quick edits, but I prefer to help students recognize the areas where they are being successful and where they are struggling and then teach them how to improve for the future.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Masters Degree in Secondary Education, English and five years of teaching experience as an English teacher. I have taught ESL, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, AP English Language and Composition, ACT Prep, and HSPT Prep. I have tutored ESL students, students with accomodation plans and IEP students, AP English Language students, and students working on college essays.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing depends on the assignment length, hours of assistance required, and difficulty level of the subject matter.
What types of students have you worked with?
ESL, low-income minority, inner city, middle/upper class, junior high, high school, exceptional learners, specific learning disabilities, gifted learners, ADD/ADHD, AP students.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Is this a question I can answer for myself? What steps have I taken to address this challenge on my own and/or with help from a parent, classmate, or the internet? What do I really want from my teacher (e.g. help, answers, extension, someone to listen, advice, etc.) and am I prepared to communicate my needs effectively? What tone am I going to use when I talk to my teacher, and how might my tone affect their willingness to help me?