I am a current graduate student in Cultural Studies in Education at UT-Austin working toward my Master's degree. In 2010, I graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in Anthropology and Global Development Studies. As part of my undergraduate work, I lived in both Bolivia and Costa Rica to enhance my Spanish and research skills. After graduating, I served two terms as an AmeriCorps member in both Illinois and Texas, where I tutored students individually and in groups, and assisted in their college searches, essay writing, and overall academic preparation. I then became an admissions counselor for a small, liberal arts university for two years. After working in college admissions at both high school and university settings for four years, I decided to return to school to become a better and more informed educator and advocate for students, and currently study educational policy and curriculum. I always enjoy learning from students' questions, frustrations, and interests, and have a collaborative approach to learning. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, cooking new and familiar recipes, laughing a lot, reading for fun, and watching fast-moving shows. My subject areas to tutor are Spanish (beginner to advanced), college essay writing, reading, writing and public speaking.
Grinnell College - Bachelors, Anthropology
The University of Texas at Austin - Current Grad Student, Curriculum & Instruction
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student. We will make much more progress if we have a good sense of each other, and if I know their interests and limits.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By asking questions. I may answer a question with another question to help guide your thinking process about the problem at hand, but we'll work through it together.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Have a good time. If we're getting stuck, we can move on, take a break, or try to find some humor in it. Sometimes, homework can seem pointless even when you know it's important, so having fun is important to staying motivated.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Whether it's the content of the material, I'm posing a question strangely, or if there's an earlier building block we missed that we need to review, I'll try to identify the stumbling block so we can get over it together.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I'll rephrase the reading material. If we can talk through what is happening in the text, then the particular vocabulary, writing style, or other difficulties will be alleviated. We can tackle those next.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I respect the fact that the student is meeting with me- that takes extra effort. Putting forth that effort shows strong commitment, even if it's in a challenging subject. That's certainly praise-worthy!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Identify the problem areas or points of frustration, and see if we can work backwards. If there are other parts of the assignment or material that make more sense, we'll start from there and work forward.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I'm a nerd, but there are PLENTY of academic subjects that have given me huge headaches! We can share our stories of confusion, but see the value in whatever the subject is: college essays, Spanish, writing assistance-- these are all skills that will help you for life.