Hi! I'm excited to help you develop stronger writing skills, prep for the SAT or LSAT, and become more confident in your Government/Political Science classes. I hold a Bachelor's in International Relations, and graduate degrees in Peace Studies. I've just completed law school, and am currently studying for the bar. I know how important it is to feel confident in your subject, and can help you develop the tools to really shine academically!
Randolph-Macon Woman's College - BA, International Studies
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 700
High School English
What is your teaching philosophy?
I'm more of a coach for you. I'm here to help you either figure out how to learn something, or how to retain and access what you already know.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We'd definitely discuss goals and how we can reach them. We'd do a couple of activities so that I can assess what the student's base level is, and what he or she may respond best to.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The best thing I can do is be quiet! I ask precise questions that build upon each other until the student can come to the conclusion on his or her own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive reinforcement and praise go a long way. Also keeping track of how far a student has come and how much work he or she has done can provide a boost.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
We'd slow down and break it down. I'd definitely want to build confidence, since frustration can inhibit learning. We'd start with looking at how to break the problem down, then work on each piece, building up until we get the answer. Then we'd repeat the process, using bigger "pieces" as confidence grows, until the student can tackle the problem independently.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We'd identify whether the problem is understanding certain words or phrases, or a more general problem with putting the text together. If it's the former, we'd work on building that base of vocabulary and idiopathic phrases (particularly for ELL students). If it's the latter, we'd work on identifying key elements of the text: topic sentence, conclusion, author, audience, purpose, etc.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The student is in control. I am the guide. I'm here to minimize frustration and provide advice. I can tell the student what he or she needs to know, but that's not likely to lead to retention. Guiding takes far longer, but is much more effective for learning.