Emily Whapham
Longwood, FL
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Emily Whapham

Emily W.

Longwood, FL
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Beginner, Intermediate
Analyzing a piece of music is almost like solving a puzzle. The only difference is, this puzzle often has multiple solutions. This is what makes music theory a special subject because for many composers who created pieces before modern day music theory, we are merely guessing their intentions but have no definitive answer. The only way to master this puzzle-solving process is repetition, repetition, and more repetition. Teaching students how to first dinstinguish the pieces of the puzzle from one another, then learn to break them down, takes time and patience. The most important task for the tutor is to let the student work through the puzzle with minimal interjections so they can understand how each piece fits together and enjoy the mystery of theory and analysis.

About Emily W.

"It's not about learning, it's about understanding."

Hi! My name is Emily and I am 25 years old. I am originally from Massachusetts, where I earned my degree in physics at Boston College before moving to central Florida in August 2017. I took off with just what I could fit in my car and drove from Massachusetts to Orlando to try a new life on my own. Tutoring was an accidental passion that definitely saved me. I was messaged around midnight by a worried mother telling me her son received a 0 on his last chemistry exam, and that the teacher gave him a day to take it home to retake for partial credit. At this time I had been applying and applying to jobs with no luck so I jumped on the opportunity and messaged her back right away. The next night I was at their house for hours helping their son understand the material and retake the exam. He received the full partial credit on the test. After 1 more session with him the folllowing week, he had another exam. He received a 100%! His mother was in shock and at that moment I realized I had something special. I loved the nights we spent fighting through material just as much as I loved the nights where everything just clicked for him. Since then, I have tutored over 100 students in subjects including (not limited to) middle school math, pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, geometry, college algebra, pre-calculus, liberal arts math, arithmetic, college calculus 2, college calculus III, biology, AP chemistry, AP physics, college physics, and test prep including SAT, GED, GRE, GKT, and ASVAB. I attribute my success to not focusing on memorization because problems memorized are problems forgotten! Instead, I teach the students how to teach themselves how to start a problem because even complex problems are just series of simple steps disguised by complicated word problems and extraneous information. It's not about learning, it's about understanding. So far I have been blessed with students who will openly tell me "I do not understand" which is an awesome thing to say! It gives me a great place to start: from the beginning. (It's okay if you don't say you don't understand...I will still know ;) ) Often students will just say they do not know how to start a problem, but this hides a deeper dependence on memorization and lack of conceptual understanding. The only way to teach true understanding is to let go of the conventional concept of memorization. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio and I hope to hear from you soon!


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My daughter could not praise Emily enough. Comments: "always had a lot of ways to explain something when I didn't understand. She could change her teaching style depending on what I needed to learn. She was patient ."

Posted Jun 1, 2021
Victoria H.
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Today was my 12 year old daughter's first session with Emily and my daughter said “It went great” Today’s math is extremely challenging and I’m very happy that I came across Emily to help my daughter.

Posted Oct 26, 2020
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Emily is excellent! Emily is very knowledgeable, yet knows how to convey that knowledge to the student. She is smart, confident, patient, kind, and personable! I would highly recommend Emily to any student seeking to move to another level in saxophone mastery!

Posted Apr 11, 2020
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Emily is very easy to talk to and will go over things in different ways to make sure that you understand the concepts you struggle with.

I was very impressed with how open she was to setting goals and having something prepared for our first meeting.

Posted Nov 30, 2019
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Superb instructor! I am a beginner with alto sax. I would highly recommend Emily for teaching. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and organized!

Posted Feb 11, 2019


Private Tutor
Oct 2017 - Present


Tutored over 30 students, ranging in age from 11 to 50+ in the folllowing subjects: As of August 2018: Math: Middle school math (2 students), pre-algebra (1 student), algebra 1(5 students), algebra 2 (6 students), college algebra (1 student), geometry (6 students), liberal arts math (1 student), arithmetic (1 student), pre-calculus (2 students), college calculus 1 and 2 (1 student), test prep math (see test prep) Science: Biology (1 student), chemistry (5 students), AP chemistry (2 students), AP physics (1 student), college physics 1 and 2 (2 students), environmental science (1 student) Test prep: GED math, science, and grammar (2 students), SAT math (1 student), GKT math (1 student), GRE math (1 student), ASVAB math and arithmetic (1 student) English + Social Studies: High school English (multiple levels, 3 students), High school history (multiple levels, 2 students)


Bachelor of Science, Physics
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Boston College

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