I recently graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a Masters in English Literature. During my time at UCD, I had the opportunity to teach several sections of Composition. This included lecturing, planning, and meeting one on one with students. Meeting with my students is one of the best parts of teaching as it allows for a much better relationship and more tailored help. I am qualified to tutor in English subjects in general, but I enjoy literary analysis the most. I am extremely passionate about medieval literature in particular. When working with students, I help them break down a passage into smaller portions which often helps the student understand the passage better. I also try to put things in more understandable terms, and in the case of older literature, provide some historical context. For me, education is the foundation for everything, and I love being able to help students in furthering their own education. In my free time I enjoy reading just about anything, yoga, and playing video games.
Metropolitan State College of Denver - BA, English Literature
University of Colorado Denver - MA, English Literature
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that helping students help themselves is more valuable than simply feeding information to them. I also believe in being tough but fair, so a student really knows they earned a good grade.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would take a minute to get a sense of his/her comfort level with the subject. I would also make sure I understand what the teacher is asking for and the question the student is asking.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Usually I would guide a student, rather than simply giving an answer. A student becomes independent when they are able to figure things out, which can't be done if they are merely fed answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
One of the best ways to motivate a student is to help them understand why the subject or question matters and how it can have value for them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would be patient and continue working with them. But, I would also work on finding other ways of explaining or demonstrating a problem to offer a different perspective.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice! I would keep giving them practice passages and walk them through the passage, sentence by sentence. I would then help them put those sentences together to get the overall meaning of the passage. I would have them do this a lot.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Being patient and friendly is probably most important when beginning to work with a student. A student needs to feel comfortable in order to learn.