I have a State Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Through 4th Grade for English as a Second Language. I have my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Arts and have also taught in the classroom for 2 years. My strengths are Language Arts, as well as Math and Science. I believe in teaching in a style that best suits the student. I believe that helping a student succeed is the ultimate goal for tutoring. One of my favorite things to help students with is improving their reading skills. I like to help students improve their fluency, comprehension, and also improve their vocabulary through sight word memorization, phonics, and oral or written responses. Teaching students reading skills is the basis of success in all other subjects from math to history or science. My hobbies include reading and scrapbooking.
The University of Texas at Brownsville - BA, Interdisciplinary studies
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Math
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
To provide an environment and teaching style that allows the student to experience success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, I would introduce myself and allow the student to do the same. Then, I'd allow the student to explain what they find most difficult. After this, I'd assess the student with various samples of the problematic area to find the areas of concern. Finally, I'd make a schedule to address the problematic areas in a methodical manner.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student needs to feel independent through confidence in their abilities. You must provide opportunities for success with encouragement to boost times of learning. Positive feedback is very important.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe enthusiasm for the subject, technique, book, etc., is an effective way to help a student stay motivated. Words of encouragement and positive interactions are also helpful.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
As a tutor, I must find the most fundamental element of the skill and break down the information into manageable sections. Practice is very helpful. A tutor must not build on what the student does not know. Always start from the foundation of the skill or concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a learned skill that one must cultivate through practice. One of the skills I like to cultivate are "making a movie" as you read in your head. Another helpful tool is making story maps in writing or drawing form. Oral language skills must also be practiced to further enhance comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Creating a rapport with your student is important. Your student must feel that you are there to help them. I also like to model expectations, as well to help foster a learning environment that is effective. Incorporating various techniques is what is helpful.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I never underestimate the power of talking to a student. Talking about what they find difficult and talking about times when your yourself have struggled is a way to get them to be encouraged. If you are excited about what they are teaching, they, too will also be excited.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I think rubrics and check lists are a wonderful tool. I also like for students to "teach" the information back to me to understand their level of understanding of the information. I find this technique very effective, because it allows the student and tutor to find the deficiencies in their learning, if there are any.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build confidence, you must have a student be aware of all that they have already mastered. Start slowly through the material and move through until they have mastered the skill. Confidence may take some time, but one must allow the student that time to develop their confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to provide students with several ways to demonstrate areas of concern. For reading, I would allow the student to read to me for a few minutes. For writing, I would have the student write a short paragraph. For math, demonstrate age-appropriate problem or concept. As a certified teacher who is aware of the state standards of elementary-age students, I know what expectations each grade level has.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Trying different techniques and paying attention to what your student responds to is very important. Most students are visual learners while some are tactile or auditory learners. Finding the appropriate learning medium is what helps students learn.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I like to use flashcards, notebook paper, pens, pencils, and also my iPhone. The Internet is a great source for visuals or hearing a song. I use the timer on my phone to sometimes set a time limit on doing a certain task or skill.