Danielle Esteban

Test Prep and Academic Tutor

I was born in the Philippines and raised right here in Menlo Park. I went to Las Lomitas and La Entrada until I had to move to Texas in the middle of seventh grade. Although I went to high school in Austin, Texas, I came back to California to study physiology and neuroscience at UCSD. I never realized how hard it was to get good grades until I reached college. College was that developmental period where I had to fail a couple times in order to succeed. Being in such large classes with very little individualized help really taught me about myself and how I needed to study and learn in order to achieve the grades that I wanted.

My junior and senior year of high school I was a part of a mentorship program. We went to feeder schools and were paired with a child for the year, working with them weekly. In college, I volunteered for a year as a teacher’s assistant for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing program. I also currently work as a behavioral therapist where I work with autistic children. We use researched-based techniques that focus on the needs of the individual, helping them improve self-help skills and social skills. Each of my experiences has challenged me to truly think outside of the box since every person communicates and learns differently. It is my job to figure out how to make strong connections with each individual I work with in order to help them develop and grow.

1-on-1 tutoring is unique, especially at AJ Tutoring, since we are here to give each student the tools and skills they need to succeed. We are here to create ways for students to truly understand the material based on their learning needs. I enjoy being able to tutor and help students figure out how they learn, because it not only prepares them for their upcoming tests, but also teaches them how to succeed as they continue their education.

Standardized tests are hurdles for anyone choosing to go into higher education. They seem like this big scary thing, but once you break them down and pick them apart, with practice it’s possible for people to improve and achieve their goal scores. When I was younger, taking standardized tests was not one of my strongest skills. Throughout the years, I figured out how I studied and took tests, and, with a lot of hard work and time, I was able to accomplish my goals and succeed in that realm.

My goal as a tutor is to make sure my students fully understand the content given to them so that they may successfully apply it to any situation. I believe everyone is capable of succeeding, even in their weakest subjects. Any subject can be taught to any student, it’s just a matter of figuring out the best way to teach it to that individual so that they can truly understand. Throughout my studying career, I had to find my own strengths and weaknesses through trial and error. As a tutor, I’m here to observe all my students and help guide them through their own strengths and weaknesses so that they can be successful throughout their studying careers.

In my spare time, I enjoy kickboxing, hiking, painting, yoga, and going to the beach.

Subjects Tutored

SAT Subject Chemistry
SAT Subject Biology E/M
Academic Chemistry
Academic Biology
AP Chemistry
AP Biology

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