Who We Are & What We Do
We are a team of dedicated professionals who love helping students reach their maximum potential.
We offer affordable and personalized academic assistance opportunities to students, in individual and group settings.
01 | Degrees / Training – All PNW Tutors have a Master’s Degree in Education as well as a special certification in their specific subject area. Most other tutoring services can’t promise the same!There are other tutors out there, and other tutoring services, but most do not have Masters’ Degrees in, specifically, the art of teaching. Communication and content knowledge are both important characteristics of what you should look for in a tutor…Someone with just a degree in just the subject area (one who has not been formally trained in the art of teaching) will understand the content, but will lack the essential training of how to teach and effectively communicate. You must keep in mind that people with most subject-degrees will understand the content, but they are not trained on how to read students. They explain to the student “this is how you do the problem” and try to teach the student of what makes sense to them (the tutor), but 9/10 students will be trying to think of the problem in a different way than the tutor.
02 | Experience – Every PNW Tutor has been a full-time teacher in a school for a minimum of 5 years. This is important to us because adapting to students’ needs definitely comes with many years of experience.
03 Amazing Feedback – PNW Tutors has only had amazing feedback over the years and we pride ourselves on continuing strong!
Read about Lindsay, the founder of PNW Tutors, here.
Mindset & Core Values
Here at PNW Tutors, we strive for excellence based on the mindset and philosophies of the great Pacific Northwest. Some of the main characteristics that we focus on are to be (1) well equipped, (2) a risk taker, (3) creative, (4) inquisitive, and (5) logical.
The best learning comes from when a student is well-balanced. Being creative is amazing, but there needs to be some critical thinking behind the ideas. Wanting to jump right in is awesome, but one needs to be prepared in order to do so (both with knowledge as well as with physical materials). Helping students keep this important balance is our main aim.
01| Well Equipped – With rain up to 10 months per year, people who live in the Pacific Northwest are always well equipped: waterproof boots, hat, rain jacket, multiple layers, and a granola bar (because you never know when you might go on an impromptu hike).
Whatever the situation, PNWers are always prepared. This same preparedness for everyday life translates well into our studies.
Whether preparing for a hike, or to study, always be prepared!
02| Risk Takers – Whether hiking, skiing, surfing, speaking up, taking a stand, or wearing something outside of the norm, people from the PNW grow up learning to be risk takers – they are independent and courageous when doing something different.
Learning to step outside of the box of being comfortable is strongly encouraged because only then will students learn to be independent thinkers.
Leaping into the unknown is always a learning experience.
03| Creative – Some of the most creative minds come from the Pacific Northwest – grunge rock, technology and coding, up-cycling, alternative living (the tiny house movement as well as van life), are all deeply rooted in the PNW. If you walk into a coffee shop, you’ll find a computer programmer, a thrift shop fashionista, and someone who converts vans into houses, all sitting at the same table talking about creative ideas.
These types of creative interactions are fundamental to problem solving. Approaching a problem in different ways, and brainstorming about creative next steps are so critical for learning.
Thinking creatively is key to any type of problem solving!
04| Inquisitive – Why? Why not? How? How come? Where? When? Who? Questioning the world around us is not only how we learn, but it’s how we broach crucial conversations about how things work, where something comes from, why we do things in a certain way, etc. It also leads in to more debatable conversations such as justice, equality, fairness, etc.
Understanding all the intricate details about the things in our lives is essential, and questioning everything about those things is encouraged. If someone gives you an answer of “that’s just how it is,” be skeptical and keep asking until you get answers!
Continuing questioning the world around us will only improve our understanding.
05| Logical – Using logic to derive and justify answers is key. Critical thinking and deductive reasoning are important in most aspects of learning, but using sound logic also comes into play even after an answer is found. One should always ask “does this answer make sense to the problem?”
What Online Tutoring Includes
01| A Personalized Webpage – Once a student is signed up for online tutoring, he/she will have a personalized webpage! This webpage will be a place where students can check in to look at notes, their personal virtual whiteboard, questions and answers, upcoming assignments, corrected homework, etc. The webpage will include:
02| A Personalized Virtual Whiteboard – This is the most fun and my favorite to play with! Each student will have his/her very own virtual-whiteboard where he/she can write down notes, do the homework, and practice with me (in real-time)! If I’m logged on at the same time, I can see exactly what the student is writing and see exactly where in the problem the misconceptions begin. If I check the whiteboard after the student did the problem, I can correct it just like a teacher would correct a homework assignment or a test.
The whiteboard automatically saves everything (no need to remember to hit a “save” button) and the student can access this whiteboard at any time!
What’s even more amazing about each board is that only the student and myself can edit the math problems written on the whiteboard… so even if the student happens lose the piece of paper the URL is written on and someone else finds it and then decides to go to the web address – only the student can access his/her account (by logging in with his/her email).
03| Class Notes – Just another tool to help students review what they’ve learned each day. They are encouraged to take detailed notes in their notebooks at home, but the tutors will upload a recap of what was covered that lesson.
04| Video Calls via Google Hangouts – Allow the student and me to easily touch base and communicate. Just like if a student were to call a friend for homework help, but 100 times better. The student and I will be talking (just like we would be on the phone), while using the whiteboard and other resources to collaborate. Also, Skype has a “share screen” option – so if I student is having technical difficulties with the computer, the screen can easily be flipped so that I can see exactly what the student is seeing (to better assist with any problems).We can talk on video, or if the student is shy on camera, he/she can leave the camera off and just talk to me as if it were a normal phone call.
05| Video/Website Resources – Being on the computer to learn has its advantages. There are so many resources out there that I can easily share with students. I’ll send them some videos to learn at home as well as other great online tools for home learning.
06| Online Activities – Games, videos, assignments in Khan Academy, tailor made problems, etc. will all be used for learning. Depending on what the student needs, is what I will recommend (through the student’s personalized webpage).
- Extra practice problems
- Video tutorials
- Visualization of improvements
- Me, as the student’s one-on-one “coach”
07| Unlimited Homework Help! With the whiteboard and chatroom, it makes it super easy to answer any questions a student might have with assignments from school. All the student would have to do is access his/her own webpage, and start working (write down the problem, try it, ask questions in the chatroom, etc.). Then, the next time I’m on the computer, I will check each student’s page; any page with work or questions, I will answer and give other example problems to help students better understand…
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