Georgia Simmons

Academic Tutor


I tutored for the first time when I was a senior at Homestead High School, helping students with concepts such as working with integers, solving for “x”, and graphing. Since high school, I have also worked as an elementary school reading comprehension tutor with Reading Partners and tutored algebra, pre-calculus, and statistics at De Anza Community College.

I was born and raised in Sunnyvale, California. I grew up dancing and playing piano outside of school, leading me to major in dance my freshman year of college. There were so many things I loved about attending an arts school, but my relationship with dance became strained and I left after my first year. I began exploring new subjects such as sociology, astronomy, and philosophy, and then transferred to the University of California, Irvine, where I received my bachelor’s in public health. 

My unusual college path allowed me to study in many places (Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Kenya) and to explore different subjects and find my interests. I am very grateful to have been able to pursue higher education in such a flexible way and hope to inspire students to come to love school in the way that I did.

I love working as a K-8 tutor because I have many academic interests, but I especially enjoy helping kids in math because it allows for a lot of creativity when breaking down concepts and I have always found it to be more rewarding than other subjects. I love to write, and working on my honors thesis is one of the things I am most proud of from my time in college, but there is something special about finally solving a long math problem.

My tutoring experiences have exposed me to a lot of the challenges students face that lead them to not be successful in school. In particular, I have seen a lot of students who are fully capable of mastering the concepts but have given up, believing that they are just “bad at math.” As a result, I do my best to not only demystify the tricky concepts and empower students to regain that lost confidence. I have seen first hand how important it is that students are open to learning and believe in themselves. My tutoring approach relies on asking lots of questions, catering my instruction to the student’s learning style, and making sure that the student is doing most of the talking and writing during a session. My role as a tutor is to support the student’s learning by encouraging the student to learn independently, guiding them when they get stuck, and providing them with the study skills to succeed.

When I am not tutoring, I enjoy writing letters to friends, dancing, and going out for coffee.

Subjects Tutored:

Academic Algebra 1
Academic Geometry
Academic Study Skills
Academic K-8

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