I have always had a need to share my knowledge with others, and a tutoring session with me is like taking a trip around the world. My B.A. is in Anthropology, which includes the study of human biology, linguistics, archaeology (Indiana Jones anyone?), and my specialty, culture. During our sessions, I introduce many cross-cultural references and ideas, which I find to make dry material a little more interesting and engaging, while having the added benefit of increasing your multicultural competence, definitely a resume/college application booster in today's globalized world.
I have been formally tutoring for over four years and have worked with students grades kindergarten through college-level and nontraditional, from many backgrounds and ability levels. While earning my B.A., I used my academic strengths to tutor other college students and assist high school seniors through the college admissions process. Additionally, I conducted various research projects and taught weekly courses through a grant funded by the United States Department of Agriculture at local elementary and middle schools. By juggling the responsibilities of my own coursework, private tutoring, and deadline-driven research, I perfected the art of multitasking and became a more effective student because of it, a vital skill for any student that I am more than happy to share.
Though I loved learning my way around the world as an Anthropology student, I am currently awaiting admissions decisions from graduate programs in English, specifically Composition and Rhetoric, where I can further refine my strengths as a reader, writer, presenter, and ultimately as an educator.
I look forward to hearing from you and the opportunity to help you reach your academic goals in any way that I can.
In case you are interested, my academic accomplishments and affiliations include:
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society
Golden Key International Honor Society
Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
Mary G. and Rawley J. Miller Honors Scholarship Award in Anthropology
Presenter - California State University, Fullerton Student Activities and Creative Research Day
Research Fellow - Urban Agriculture Community-based Research Experience (UACRE)
California State University-Fullerton - Bachelors, Anthropology
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I have always had a need to take people to places they have never been, to introduce them to people they have never met, and to teach them ideas they have never learned. It is my belief that the most effective way to do so is through relevant, unbiased, and equitable education. I strive to make my teaching relevant to today's student by incorporating modern technology, emphasizing real world connections, and encouraging imagination and experimentation in all subjects. This emphasis on modernity imparts the skills necessary to not only participate in society, but to contribute meaningfully in this era of rapid progress. Moreover, as our world continues to globalize, it is more crucial than ever that education be unbiased. My students will be taught to not merely tolerate but appreciate the varying perspectives of those around them, and furthermore, to use that understanding to inform their own beliefs. By presenting diverse lessons free of bias, they will learn to think critically about the world around them, propose their own conjectures, and justify their conclusions. If I may take the liberty to say so, I propose that above all else, education should be equitable, as all students deserve the opportunity to be successful. In a safe and structured environment, I will differentiate instruction as necessary and deliver it in a way understandable to all students, regardless of their identity, background, and ability. By acknowledging the equal potential of all students, I am responsible for challenging them accordingly, promoting perseverance, and instilling an appreciation of learning. Though my definition of what it means to be an effective teacher is constantly evolving as I learn and mature, I am committed to ensuring that my teaching is always relevant, unbiased, and equitable; in so doing, I am fulfilling my calling to inspire young minds and transform today's student into tomorrow's innovator.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Building positive rapport with students is essential to the tutor-student relationship. During the first session, I allow for time to get to know one another and set expectations and goals so that everyone involved has a positive experience.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important to reinforce positive academic habits with students during tutoring sessions. Instead of just reviewing information, I share my techniques for note-taking and reviewing so that students can employ them long after I have left.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Students should be asked to reflect on how school will help them achieve their long-term goals. Whether they aspire to attend college or work immediately following graduation, the skills they earn now will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Reminding students of how seemingly useless information can contribute to their goals is a very strong motivator.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Often the best way to learn is by teaching. When students have difficulty learning a skill or concept, I ask them to walk me through their process. Oftentimes, they will catch their own mistakes, and if not, I can assess exactly where the mistake is being made.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Oftentimes, students who struggle with reading comprehension are bored or uninterested in the material. It is amazing to see the amount of growth that happens when students are taught how to read with expression and increased fluency. By slowing down and engaging with the material, students are better able to understand what they are reading, internalizing, and synthesizing.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is important to get to know a student on a personal level. What are their interests, goals, and self-diagnosed strengths and weaknesses. Students know where they need and want help, so knowing where to begin is as simple as asking.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
It is essential to make every subject relevant to each student. This is done by getting to know each student's interests and goals and finding connections between them and the material being taught. There are overlaps everywhere including: baseball and statistics, ballet and history, piano and engineering...
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
When tutoring, it is important to check frequently for understanding. I prefer to imbed these comprehension checks into my lessons in the form of questions and ask the students to teach me rather than using traditional, stress-inducing quizzes.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Instead of only tutoring what a student does not know, I always backtrack to strengthen the skills building up to a difficult concept. This not only boosts a student's confidence, but also builds a stronger foundation and increases accuracy and speed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
During the first session, I prefer to spend time asking parents and students to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses. Next, we discuss goals and expectations for each party involved and make a game plan for how we will reach them in the agreed upon duration of sessions. This process is a great starting point for lessons and understanding what a student needs from me.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I make it a priority to ensure that all instruction is individualized, differentiated, and presented in an engaging way for each student I work with. Oftentimes, I will ask students how they prefer to learn and try to incorporate their preferences as much as possible. Doodling, videos, images, tablet games, races, and art are only a few of the techniques I use to ensure that each student receives what they need.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always travel with a digital whiteboard, laptop, composition book, worksheets, a tablet loaded with educational apps, and a myriad of writing tools. Also, I ask that students bring any materials they enjoy working with, i.e. textbooks, workbooks, novels, etc., to every session. It is always better to be over prepared.