I want to help all students succeed in areas that might cause them difficulty. I believe in using a hands on approach and to deliver content in many different forms to help students understand. I believe that learning should be fun and not isolated to paper and pencil.
I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education (P-3) and a Reading Endorsement K-12. My next step in Education is earning my Masters Degree in Gifted and Talented.
I student taught kindergarten and have taught 3rd grade for the past 3 years. I have experience with grades, preschool to 5th grades.
I tutor elementary students in any subject. My favorite subject to teach is Math. This was the hardest subject for me in school, and I understand how frustrating and confusing it can be. I love coming up with different ways to approach a problem, until finding one that works for my students. I also enjoy teaching test prep and helping students prepare for and pass these stressful test. I have a variety of ways I like to do this; hands on, paper and pencil, and reading stories to name a few.
When I am not tutoring I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching movies or our favorite TV show. I enjoy being outside. I love campfires, making s'mores, and being around water. I am very active, and like exercising or playing sports, I recently joined a cardio boxing class and enjoy the challenge. My favorite sport is volleyball and have spent a few years coaching 7th and 8th graders. I am a big country music fan and have attended many concerts this summer with my friends. In addition, I sell jewelry on the weekends where I get to travel and meet many people!
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus - BA, Early Childhood
What is your teaching philosophy?
To teach early childhood students in a one-on-one setting, to engage and encourage learning through creativity and hands-on experiences, and to help them become independent thinkers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session with a student would be about getting to know them. I would determine what their likes are so that I can better plan my lessons around their interests. I would see where the student is at in different areas so that I could plan accordingly.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students need to become independent learners to continue to be successful in life. I help students achieve this goal by giving them lessons slightly outside of their comfort zone. They are able to work through most of the problems on their own, but with some guidance from me. This gives them the confidence to tackle harder problems, until they are able to fully grasp the concept without any extra assistance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by changing up the types of lessons and having them focus on their interest. I am a firm believer in positive reinforcement and praise. The more a student knows you believe in them, the more they believe in themselves.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The key here is to not let the student get frustrated on this skill. If it is not comprehended in a few sessions, I would move on to the next skill and come back to it after a few sessions. Whenever possible, I would try to point out the skill during lessons so they can see the connections and hopefully start connecting the concepts. When I return to this skill, I would use a different approach and try to figure out ways to make it more hands-on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Again, do not let students get frustrated with a skill. To help prevent this, I normally take a few steps back and either read a book on an easier reading level or read something they are familiar with. I would work with this reading, doing multiple hands-on activities and writings. I would then move on to a book one level up from what we are reading and work as a team to comprehend the reading. I would stay on this reading level for a few more books until I felt they had a firm understanding and were able to move onto something more challenging.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I start to work with a student, I focus on trust and communication. I have found the most successful students are the ones who know you care about them. This trust opens more honest lines of communication, and students feel more comfortable voicing their concerns if they do not understand the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always try to relate the subject to the student or find a way that it connects to their interest. For example, in math, students enjoy making up their own questions and are more excited to find the answer to something they created.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to use a variety of approaches to teach the material as well as a few different ways to assess what students have learned. The favorite that I have found is a hands-on presentation or making something on the computer. Whenever possible, I would like to use 'less traditional' ways of expressing knowledge that students can share with their friends and family!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I always start out easy. Showing the student they know how to do something is important. I might then throw in a few harder problems or readings followed by another easier one. Positive reinforcement is key here as well. Telling students they are smart and how well they did on a problem is something every student should hear.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to meet or email the student's teacher to see areas that they can improve on. I also refer to the Ohio Content Standards to see where students should be and what we need to work on to bring them up to that level.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I take cues from the student and how they act during sessions, I also like to talk with their teachers and parents to hear what works best for them. I then take all this information and try to modify lessons to best fit their learning style. I try to change the tutoring session so we are not doing the same type of task for each meeting, keeping it interesting.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
If a student has their own materials that they need to work on, I start here. I also bring along other manipulatives to help explain the lesson, if possible. If I know a student needs a more hands-on approach to learning, I try to bring an assortment of things for them to touch and relate to the session. This applies more to math, but I also have many activities that go along with reading and writing.