Hello! I am currently a teacher and tutor. I love to learn and consider myself a life long student.
I am a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture. I am passionate about humanities and the creative arts as well as history and geography. I have experience in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels from elementary math to high school senior level european history. Algebra, geometry, history, and geography are my favorite subjects to tutor.
I love guiding students to overcome learning obstacles and succeed in mastering skills and concepts. Many subjects can be difficult, and I like to help break down material, and teach multiple perspectives and approaches.
I look forward to us meeting and learning together!
In my free time I enjoy drawing, reading, creative arts, and traveling.
Texas Tech University - BS, Architecture
What is your teaching philosophy?
The questions of why, what and how are driving forces in my teaching and philosophy. When we ask "why are we doing this?", "what purpose does this serve?", and "how can we achieve it?", I believe it opens up many doors for further and deeper understanding of knowledge. I also believe that hard work and practice are the simplest and most direct ways of achieving and mastering goals!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to get to know a student. What are their likes and dislikes? Strengths and weaknesses? What do they see themselves doing in the future? How can I help them?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
1. I go back to my philosophy of asking why, how and what. Most of the time, students do not see the point and purpose of what they are asked to learn. Explaining the purpose of a concept is key to digging deeper and fostering curiosity. 2. Providing multiple ways in which to succeed and understand. Ex.: teaching several variations of solving a problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think students stay motivated when they understand that they WILL master a concept. It may take time, hard work and absolute perseverance, but the material will become clearer. I think having a good attitude is the first way, and the simplest way as well. Being a supporter of a student is key.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I like to approach a difficult problem in several ways: 1. Break down the problem into small steps, with a goal clearly stated. 2. Approach the problem from multiple perspectives.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When dealing with reading comprehension, I think it's best to break down the text and analyze what is being said, including word choice and perspective. Ask: what is the point of this selection? Is it meant to inform, persuade, etc.?
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Practice. It sounds simple, but when students struggle with concepts, I find that, in most cases, they have not been given adequate time to break down a concept, make mistakes, correct themselves and learn what to do and how to do it enough. Pacing a skill into small, easily-achievable steps is key.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I approach most subjects not in isolation, but see them as part of an immensely-connected whole. I think if you can show that what they are learning is a part of a bigger goal (college, life goals, personal interests, etc.), it is a real motivational tool for connecting students to their own interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I create my own quizzes/tests and have students take them. I also ask students to explain and teach ME how to work through a concept or problem - that is usually a great indicator if a student needs more practice, or if they can master a skill independently
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Again, I think having a good attitude and being a supporter of the student are the first and most important steps. Confidence comes from a good attitude and dedication to learning
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate what a student needs by understanding how they best learn, diagnosing their primary struggles and strengths, and concentrating on their personal skill needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
In several ways: I change how I approach a subject - possibly teaching a skill from a different direction. I also adapt by understanding how the student learns. For example, if the student is a visual learner, I provide pictures, graphics, drawings, etc., of a concept.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I've always lived by the "use the right tool for the right job" philosophy. When doing math problems, working them out by hand is key to mastery. When mastering geography and maps, I like google earth and atlases. I always use a variety of materials - whatever is best for the subject and student.