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PrepNow Tutor - Jessica B.

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Jessica's Bio

Jessica (Jess) earned her bachelor's in political science at the University of Southern California, where she was recognized as a Presidential Scholar for academic merit. She then earned her master's in political science from George Washington University. She spent several years working on political campaigns, and then working as an administrator at a software company helping to develop automation, before deciding to transition to the healthcare field. Having worked in patient care as a nursing assistant, she has returned to school for a master's in biomedical sciences at Rosalind Franklin University.

"I've been helping friends with their homework since high school," Jess says, "but I came to teaching as a graduate student because I had done well on the SAT and GRE. I love the moment when everything clicks for students and they realize that they can solve the problem themselves. I love working with students at all levels and getting them where they need to go, taking something that has seemed like a chore and making it into something that the student actually enjoys."

Jessica has tutored the SAT, ACT, and GRE, as well as academic subjects, with different companies since 2008. In 2016, she began to tutor math and science for a nonprofit that works with students in grades 5 through 12 preparing them to be the first in their families to attend college.

"I believe that every student is capable of learning the material, and I use a very individualized approach to make sure they understand," Jess says. "I try to understand a student's learning style to tailor their program, so if they're visual we draw, if they're verbal we read and write, and if they're auditory we talk." She tries as many different methods as she needs to find the one that allows the student to succeed. She also likes to walk the student through examples before playing the role of learner, asking students a lot of questions--"because often the best way for them to learn something is to teach it."

In high school, Jessica played field hockey and tennis. A member of the National Honor Society, she was an active and involved volunteer, organizing the collection of Christmas presents for families in need, staffing boutiques for an organization that offered free prom dresses for young women in need, and working in her church's Sunday School program.

These days, Jessica continues to volunteer, as a CPR instructor for the Red Cross and in a hospital emergency room. She keeps active with swimming, hiking and running, and is currently training for a marathon. She enjoys knitting, cooking and reading, and is working her way through the titles in "1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die"!