“The expert in anything,” said Helen Hayes, “was once a beginner.” I believe that the average student who struggles with academic writing has a wealth of untapped resources at his disposal unknown to him. When I assist students with specific problems related to writing like brainstorming, paper outlining, organization, introduction, conclusion, etc., I attempt to understand where they are coming from with the paper (how they are thinking about the prompt for the project) in order to discern where they are going with the paper. I try to assist every student who comes to me to the best of my ability.
I do not believe in merely dictating rules of writing to students. Rather, I strategize and put in efforts to make them independent student writers. While in college, I tutored both graduate and undergraduate students in writing and often asked them thought provoking questions to get them thinking on their feet about the problems they come to me solve. This is how, in my opinion, they can become an expert in writing academic papers. I am an avid soccer fan. I love reading, writing, tutoring, and penmanship
Loyola University Chicago
Certification, Litigation Paralegal, with honors
University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, Political Science and Philosophy
University of Illinois at Chicago - BA, Philosophy and Political Science
Loyola University-Chicago - Certification with Honors, Litigation Paralegal
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is helping persons to reason with facts, logic, and the experience they bring to writing and research.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After exchanging formal greetings and pleasantries with the student, I usually like to understand the scope of the project assignment or paper the student is working on, see how the student is complying with the assignment instructions, find out his/her struggle with the assignment, and set a tutoring plan for the assignment with the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think in other to help students become independent learners, tutors must understand where the student is coming from by actively reading the student assignment draft or actively listening to the student discuss the struggles he/she is having with the given assignment. More importantly, the tutor must be skillful, having knowledge or a set of experiences in teaching or tutoring that subject. The tutor should endeavor to establish a two-way conversation with the student, asking open-ended or closed-ended questions when necessary during such dialogue. Once the just-mentioned foundations are there, I believe that the channels of communication between the tutor and the student will be smoother and easier to navigate; the student will easily pick up on clues as to what his key responsibilities are in the assignment and take more control over his assignment.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help a student stay motivated by praising him/her when I see signs of improvement and when he is becoming more familiar about commonly made errors. I think it is also essential not to overstress their weaknesses but to find the right balance by emphasizing their strengths.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I may inquire from the student where he or she is having problems with the concept. I may inquire if there is any learning disability he/she thinks I should be aware of. I would adjust my teaching style to the student's level of comprehension. I may seek to employ various teaching strategies and learning styles into our tutoring sessions to find the right approach to the student's learning style.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I think reading comprehension struggles in students may be rooted in a learning disability they are having, or the approach the student brings to reading. Regardless, I think teaching the skills of active reading, summarizing, paraphrasing, and note-taking are some of the best means of helping such students.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Here are some strategies that I think are very helpful: having the student explain the main crux of the assignment to you, reading the student's assignment instructions or guidelines (if there are any), and evaluating any draft or outline the student has on the assignment.