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Xan

I'm a teaching assistant with Blue Engine, an Americorps program that tutors in at-risk classrooms. I teach 9th grade English students in essay writing, literary analysis, and reading comprehension. I have excellent test scores, a degree with honors from a top university, and the enthusiasm and dedication to help you succeed!

Undergraduate Degree:

 The University of Chicago - Bachelors, English

SAT Composite: 2320

SAT Math: 730

SAT Verbal: 800

SAT Writing: 790

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What is your teaching philosophy?

I teach primarily by asking questions designed to ensure student understanding of a topic before moving on, as well as providing my own insight.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I would bring a brief assessment with me to determine the student's biggest needs, then ask them to provide a sample homework assignment or test prep section to work through together.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can give specific assignments to complete that week and teach them strategies for quizzing themselves.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Showing their progress in a graph, positive verbal reinforcement, and encouraging them to make a collage of their aspirations to keep beside them when they're studying.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would ask scaffolded questions-- moving from simplest to more complex--and ask them to complete the task using simpler terms.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Teaching them how to break down the passage into smaller parts and track the main idea of what's taking place in the passage.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Assessing current knowledge and areas with room to grow, and developing goals and a timeline to reach those goals.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Connect that subject to their real life goals (e.g., college, law school, free time for extracurriculars).

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Scaffolding questions from basic to most advanced, asking them to try problems on their own, and reviewing the steps with me.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Starting with easier questions, and encouraging good work and good thought processes even if they don't lead to a correct answer on the first try.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Looking at old assessments or providing my own, and asking assessing questions (e.g., how would you write a thesis statement that answers this prompt? What's our first step in finding the volume of this cube?).

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Relevant texts, calculator, pencil, paper, and model or exemplar pieces to use to demonstrate best practices.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Determining if a student is a more independent learner (explain a topic, let them try, review), a learner who wants to be guided (step-by-step) or a learner who needs to learn by watching.