I reside in a small town outside of Houston, TX that is really up and coming. I moved here last summer from Washington, DC, after serving 8 years in the military. Currently, I substitute teach at local schools in my county, and I am working towards gaining my teaching certifications. I anticipate completing the program with both an elementary and middle school certificate in the near future.
I really enjoy teaching and tutoring, and my pupils look forward to having me. I specialize in phonics, reading comprehension, early math, life sciences, and all fundamental coursework at the PreK-6th grade level. In addition, I can assist in secondary math and related coursework. Finally, I tutor psychology at the high school and college levels.
Now that I having given a glimpse of my background, I would like to share my thoughts on education: one of the take-aways working with children is knowing how to anticipate and work through their frustration, lack of interest, and feelings of inadequacy. Knowing how to engage these students by utilizing their interests guarantees success. This is my skill, and I take great joy in assisting my students reach their fullest potential.
As a mother, I understand how frustrating it can be when your child is having difficulty grasping specific concepts. Many times, the best approach is to find a third party that is emotionally invested at the student/teacher level who understands teaching methods that reinforce understanding and commitment. After all, we just want the best for our children.
I look forward to being your tutor!
University of Maryland-University College - Bachelors, Communications
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session, I get to know my student: What are their interests, hobbies, and activities that they enjoy? How do they feel about the subject they are working on? How do they feel about needing extra help? Their answers give me an idea of how to tailor their assignments. Next, I assess their abilities and find their problem areas. I identify their needs, their coursework, and how they learn. Are they visual learners? Auditory? etc. Once I get a feel of their personality and what their strengths are, I can create curriculum that best fits their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
With independence comes confidence. My job is to instill a "can do" attitude. To achieve this, I help them feel comfortable with concepts and assignments; the higher grades lifts their spirits.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
This is an area that even the best students can have trouble with from time to time. The best way is to show them their positive results, encourage them, and sometimes you just need a break with a quick snack. Use what they like and find interesting.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break down the steps to the simplest form. If they are still having trouble, we will refresh on previous assignments that work up to a more complex concept. It is important to point out what they already know to diminish any negative feelings towards the subject.