Jacque van Bronkhorst

Test Prep & Academic Tutor

I am a Bay Area native, born and raised in Redwood City. I attended high school at St. Francis in Mountain View, and I went on to graduate from Chapman University with a B.A. in screenwriting, having also completed the University Honors Program. Though the academics were rigorous, I thrived because of the Honors Program’s focus on providing students a personalized education catered to our strengths, weaknesses, and interests. I want to provide a similar environment for my students as an educator – to develop relationships with students that allow for greater educational opportunities than may occur in a classroom full of students.

Though I have always loved learning, I was not the best test taker until I myself was tutored in test taking skills. Students often get hung up on not getting the best grade on the big test, instead of focusing on their knowledge of the material. I want to help students both understand the material they are learning and feel confident that their test scores will reflect their knowledge. I love seeing the look in a student’s eyes when a piece of material really clicks with them.

I have worked with kids as a babysitter and nanny since I was 12 years old. I spent several summers working as a lifeguard and a swim coach. I officially coached a swim team for three years after serving as a volunteer coach and mentor. I informally tutored for most of my academic career, helping friends copy edit their work in college and tutoring my younger sister through her elementary and middle school Spanish, English, and math classes. Each experience I’ve had in education has only encouraged me to keep coming back to help others learn: the process of learning is beyond rewarding.

I believe that education provides the foundation on which we build the rest of our lives – the better we are educated, the better our lives will be. Therefore, I believe that we must address any cracks in that foundation early. The goal of tutoring is to build a student’s knowledge of the material while simultaneously building their confidence in themselves. Walking through problems with each student helps me identify their strengths and weaknesses and create a targeted plan for helping them succeed. I make jokes to keep things lighthearted and create an environment where students feel comfortable, supported, and happy (even when the academics get hard).

Outside of tutoring, I enjoy reading, writing, exploring new places, playing piano and guitar, working with embroidery and water colors, hiking, kayaking, playing with my dog, and baking.

Subjects Tutored:

SAT Subject Literature
Academic English
Academic K-8
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition


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