I am originally from Sandefjord, Norway, but recently moved to Massachusetts to continue teaching. My bachelor's degree is in Social Studies Secondary Education and I have experience teaching both honors and college prep classes at the high school level. I am certified for 6-12th grade, and have experience with all age groups. Being a former IB student I am familiar with the curriculum and syllabi, especially for Higher Level History. I enjoy teaching and seeing students move from uncertainty to academic success! I believe in an understanding in the subject, not just mere memorization. I consider European history, World history, Geography, and U.S. history to be my favorite subjects. When I am not tutoring or teaching, I enjoy sewing, designing, and being outdoors.
Oral Roberts University - Bachelors, Social Studies Secondary Education
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A first session with a student will consist of us exploring strengths and weaknesses of the student. This will help tailor future sessions and show me the specific needs of the student.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It is important to understand the student's learning style and try to cater to it. If a student is having difficulties understanding, the concept could be taught using, e.g., visual aids or hands-on learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For struggling readers, I recommend always having a pencil at hand. This is useful for making notes as they go along, identifying context clues, or simply underlining/writing down words they are not familiar with.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Set realistic goals for the students, and measure progress so the students can see the fruits of their labor.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I ask my student about hobbies and study habits. This not only gives me insight to their personality, but also their learning style. Furthermore, knowing their favorite and least favorite subjects can help pinpoint specific needs, strengths, and areas that needs clarity.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I try to find a common ground with their interests, strengths, or the real world. If the student can understand the purpose or see the application of the subject, it is easier to comprehend and get excited about learning.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I rely on note-taking, visual aids, vocabulary flashcards, games, and even video clips to help reiterate the material in different formats.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Starting with the basic information of a subject and moving to more difficult topics is a good way for a student to measure their progress and build their confidence. This can be done through the use of quizzes, games, or even flashcards.