I have lived all over the country and just moved back to Michigan after four years away. It’s great to be back, especially in time for the fall! I graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in sociology in 2006 and again with an MSW (Masters in Social Work) in 2011; Go Blue! I am a social worker with over 10 years of nonprofit experience working with children and youth. I specialize in art and education programming and have worked with kids of all ages in a number of roles: tutor, mentor, nanny, assistant teacher, camp counselor, and program manager. My most recent position was as a Teacher Caregiver for a family in Chicagoland. Among my responsibilities, I provided daily homework help and academic tutoring for three kids ages 5, 9, and 11. Before that, I ran a tutoring and homework help after school program in Seattle for Somali refugees.
Now that I’m back in Michigan I’m looking for individual students to tutor in a range of subjects. I’m comfortable with elementary and middle school math, language arts, study and organizational skills, Spanish, general homework help, and ISEE and SSAT prep. I’m also comfortable with ELL/ESL tutoring for all ages and some high school language arts and elective subjects (e.g. psychology). Please inquire for more details. I look forward to working with you!
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Bachelors, Sociology
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor - Masters, Social Work
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I use my social work background to inform my philosophy of tutoring in that I believe in a strengths-based approach, and I assume success in each student. I view tutoring as a way of helping students learn how to learn, and confidence is an essential part in that journey. It is important to celebrate small successes, provide positive reinforcement, and focus on progress not perfection. Students not only become more confident in the subject material, they also become more confident in continuing their learning in the future.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like to get to know students in the first session. I want to learn about their learning styles, what their challenges are with the content, and what they've done to try to overcome those challenges. I would like students to tell me what they want out of the sessions and to talk about how my methodologies and their goals can align.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I always encourage students to take the lead. I ask lots of questions and act as a support for students finding the answers and understanding the content themselves. I think it is important for students to try practice questions on their own and talk through their thinking out loud. I will not simply be telling students what to do. My job is not to simply teach, it is to guide students in learning how to learn.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
It is important to meet a student where they are. SMART goals are an important part of the process. Small, measurable goals that are achievable will provide success throughout the learning process and keep students from staying discouraged.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It is important to be well versed in different learning styles and methodologies so that if one method does not work, the tutor can try another. It is helpful to ask questions to get an idea of at what level of the concept the disconnect is occurring. The tutor can then address the issue from a more informed position or break down the concept/skill further.