Hi there! I am an Atlanta-based educator. My areas of expertise are reading and writing, composition, literature analysis, art history and studio art. I am eager to help students with specific assignments or in more general areas of need.
While I often teach at the college level, I also regularly tutor junior high and high school students. My favorite subject to tutor is writing - academic essays, narrative essays, and fiction. I find that students often experience a dramatic increase in writing skills after working with a tutor. Personalized instruction and guidance help to create bold students who have the confidence to express themselves clearly!
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Baylor University, a Master of Arts in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Georgia. My tutoring techniques are intensive yet open-ended, as I prefer to tailor my instruction to a student's specific needs. I am a sound listener, and I begin each tutoring session by asking the student in which areas help is needed, and in which areas of learning there may be a lack of confidence.
When I am not tutoring and teaching, I am an avid and exhibiting fine art photographer. I also enjoy hiking, cooking and bicycling.
Baylor University - Bachelors, English
University of Mississippi - Masters, Southern Studies/Literature
What is your teaching philosophy?
I help to build a student's confidence by breaking down core components of a subject into simpler, smaller parts which can be easily discussed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I like to ask how I can best serve the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I find the best way to help students become independent learners is to ensure that all assignment instructions and objectives are understood.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help students stay motivated by providing positive reinforcement and sharing my upbeat attitude!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is experiencing difficulty, I first ask the student to help clarify where the issue lies. I then make clear that there is nothing wrong in not grasping a concept right away, as everyone learns at different speeds. Finally, we slowly re-familiarize ourselves with the material.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When students struggle with reading comprehension, I help them to clearly identify the main ideas undergirding sentences and paragraphs. Even the most complex ideas can be distilled to reveal rather simple thoughts.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I know how to listen, and this is readily discernible to students. They realize that I am ready to help them with individualized attention.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find that students are more interested and excited in course materials when they clearly understand assignment directions.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure that students understand specific materials, I ask them to deliver an "elevator pitch" - a short concise statement that covers the main points of a concept.