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Jana

I am a graduate of the University of Houston. I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston with a major in Political Science and minor in Accounting and Business Administration. I went on to receive a Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law graduating with honors. I am now a licensed attorney in the State of Texas. Over the years, I have tutored individuals of all ages through college in the areas of Math and Writing Skills. As a child and through my college years, Math was my favorite subject. In high school, I took honors classes and was able to test out of the first course of calculus so I could begin on the second course when entering college. I have experience teaching students courses such as Algebra and Geometry. In addition, I have extensive experience editing papers and articles as well as helping improve an individual's writing skills. I was an Articles Editor on Law Review and assisted professionals in researching and editing their pieces of work. Furthermore, I authored an article which was published in a a Law Review Journal. I have a passion for assisting others. I believe with determination and hard work you can achieve whatever you put your mind to.

Undergraduate Degree:

 University of Houston - BS, Political Science minor in Accounting and minor in Business Administration

Spending time with family, sports, and playing cards

College English

Elementary School Math

High School English

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe teaching should be formulated based on the student. It should be recognized that not all students learn or comprehend the same. Visual learners should be taught using different tools than audio learners.

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

Prior to a session, I like to find out if the student has any assignments or syllabus so that I may review. If the student is in a class, I like to inquire in the first session about the style of the class and the teacher in said class so that I may know if it is a teacher that requires work to be shown in detail, depending on the subject matter. I also like to be able to show the student how to do the work like the teacher shows them, even if I can teach them an easier or more understandable way for that particular student. Then the student can compare both ways and still be able to show and display their work in the manner and style their instructor desires.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I help a student become an independent learner by showing them how to do problems and work with assistance at first. Then I follow it up by giving them samples and problems to do on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I encourage the student along the way; even if they are not quite grasping the subject I show them how they have improved thus far. I also show let them know they were almost right if they were close, but missed a step or two.

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

I ask the student how they got to their answer so I know where they made a mistake. I also try to find a way to help make it easier for them to understand by helping related it to something they are familiar with.

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

I give them tips to answering comprehension questions. I offer suggestions of what to look for when reading passages.

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

I use problem sets and the student's own material from class. In math, I use formulas to provide the student.

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

I have the student explain to me their process to get their answer.