A soon to be graduate of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, with an Associate's of Arts degree, I am a current math tutor at my school. I enjoy reading and writing and helping others improve themselves in both areas, as well as in math.
I tutor up to Algebra I and English as well as writing. Helping others improve their essay writing is a particular passion of mine. I really enjoy reading what other people have written and helping them improve it helps me improve my own writing.
I believe in letting the student direct the tutoring session to some degree. I think they know where they need the most help without others interfering. I want to take them from where they are comfortable and move them forward, toward the future.
Outside of academia, I knit, crochet, and watch a lot of media. I prefer documentaries, but have been known to slip into popular media from time to time.
I truly believe I can help a student improve their grade and I wish I could do it for you.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College - Current Undergrad, Associate of Arts
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone has the possibility and ability to learn anything. All it takes is perseverance and time.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to jump right in and start with a previous assignment to see where the student is at. Then, we'll go on from there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe that students are independent learners. They just have to be focused in the right direction. I'm available for questions, but not to do the work for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Good grades are motivation. By helping a student improve, that will help motivate them to be something more.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Repetition is king. I don't mind repeating myself over and over again, or even looking at a problem a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Again, reading is about repetition. Going over something several times can help cement concepts that are a bit trickier to understand.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I'm repeating myself, but repetition helps. Also, patience. But pushing the student just slightly can be a good thing.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I relate a lot of things back to topics they are interested in, and try to engage them in a subject they are passionate about.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Tests are overrated in my opinion. A good long discussion, especially over English topics, is much better than a comprehension test. In math, testing really is the only way.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I give them tools to break everything down into the basics that they're solid in. That gives a confidence that cannot be bought.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I talk to the student and look at any documentation they offer. They know more about what they need than most.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It depends on what the student needs. Math is very different from English. Math is about repetition and learning the basics; English is about comprehension.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a lot of Internet resources. They're at my fingertips, and they are perfectly good for learning.