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Michele

I am a graduate of Austin Community College and Texas State University. I received my Associates Degree in Mass Communications from Austin Community College in 2001. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish with a focus on creative writing from Texas State University in 2003. In 2010 I completed my MSIS (Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies) through the Gradate School of Applied Arts from Texas State University. My graduate work emphasized Social Research and my emphasis of study involved Communication and Organizational Behavior.

A little more about me:

I have over ten years work experience directly related to marketing and professional development within the healthcare field.

I have taught numerous courses to adult learners that has helped them increase awareness and build professional skills. These courses include: organization and preparation skills, conflict resolution, time management and professional writing skills.

I also have in depth experience working with students of all ages on building reading, writing and communication skills.

I am certified in symbol imagery decoding (Reading Strategy), Visualization techniques to help with comprehension and Verbalization techniques to help with expression.

I'm most passionate about helping individuals utilize the right techniques to learn and build skills for the rest of their lives.

Helping students get past test anxiety and excited about the ability to share their newfound knowledge is my favorite aspect of being a tutor.

I build rapport and trust with my students through compassion, structure and goal setting. I have found through my experience that this recipe is in fact the winning recipe for educational success!

When I am not tutoring, I am riding my bike, at dance class, spending time with family and friends, writing workbooks and of course, spending time with my puppy Rosie.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Texas State University-San Marcos - BA, English and Spanish

Graduate Degree:

 Texas State University-San Marcos - MSIS, Communications, Training

Bike Riding, Zumba, writing

College English

Conversational Spanish

High School English

Other

Social Sciences

Spanish 1

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning should be fun. There are so many ways to make it fun. Incorporate games, activities, prizes…

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

1) I want to know about your hobbies, and what are the activities that make you happy. 2) Define a Goal for our session. 3) Define how we will measure the success of our goal!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will help a student build their confidence in learning. Learning isn't all just about grades; it's about building YOU as a person.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Success feels good and creates more motivation! I will help you be successful, and then you will want to continue that pattern.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

We don't freak out when we have trouble learning something. We try a few different approaches to learning it; discuss it, write it down, draw a picture, share a story. Eventually you will learn it.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Practice, patience and reading something interesting always helps with reading comprehension. There are also visualization tricks and summary tools to help with comprehension.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Honesty, Patience, Kindness, Flexibility. We have to be happy and comfortable together to learn together.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Let’s find a way that the subject relates to something we do like or are interested in. Everything has a connection; it's a matter of connecting what we love to the new information we are learning.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Summarization, repetition, dialogue.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Praise, high fives, "great job"s!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Discussion, post assignment comprehension, organizational skills.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Tutoring is about the student. We work together in the style that helps you learn best. I am your biggest fan, not your critic. We are there to develop a love for learning.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Note cards, chart paper, toys, games, paper, markers, crayons.