I have been tutoring since high school, when I tutored students in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Chemistry. Since then, I have tutored for four years at the college level in both German and Music Theory/Aural Skills. I have also twice co-taught an intensive one-month long German 101 course, where I designed the lesson plans, and graded homework, quizzes and tests.
I am a great tutor because of my broad experience in tutoring many different subjects, so that I have a wide variety of approaches to help all types of students master the material. I also believe that, in my German tutoring especially, I'm very systematic, so that my students have a strong grammar foundation on which to build further skills and concepts. I have also lived in Germany for a year, and am able to bring world-life experiences into tutoring sessions, so that I can instill in my students a desire to learn more of the German language through a glimpse of what is possible once one has a basis in the language. I also have taken German Diction classes because of my background in vocal performance, and this means that I am especially adept at dealing with difficulties in pronunciation, or when students are having trouble hearing the difference between those pesky umlauts!
Oberlin College and Conservatory - B.A. (with Honors) and B.M., German Studies and Voice Performance
DePaul University - M.M., Voice Performance
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 34
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 34
ACT Science: 36
What is your teaching philosophy?
Helping each student build from their individual strengths and shore up their weaknesses.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Ask them about their interest in the subject, anything they enjoy about the subject, and then build from there to always keep joy at the forefront.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By giving them tools to check their work on their own, and by building a systematic base from which further knowledge flows.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Always focus on what they enjoy about the subject, and show how the more 'boring' parts can have purpose in achieving their goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go back to the basics to see if there is something missing that might block them from learning more advanced concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Work on building tools to make educated guesses about what words mean so that even if words are new, you can start to build vocabulary organically from context clues.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The first step should always be to look at the student's base of knowledge, which will help determine their strengths and weaknesses in the subject and give clues to their learning style.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Focus on what they enjoy about the subject and show them things they could do that are even more interesting to them once they've learned this subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Have them explain it to me. This shows the gaps in their knowledge and what they have a good grasp of.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Focus on the things they can do and, after a few weeks, show them the progress they've made.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Ask them what they're struggling with. Look back at their prior assignments/quizzes/tests. And have them explain their understanding of the subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Talk to them. Focus on what they want to learn and what makes them tick. Make sure that lines of communication stay open so that they are free to ask questions and tell you if something isn't working for them.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like my students to have a lot of blank paper so that they can take notes, jot down new vocabulary/important terms, and write things in their own words. That way, they have their own language to talk about something, and it builds muscle memory. Drawing pictures and diagrams is especially important.