I am a high school English teacher in Florida. I was trained at The University of North Florida, where I completed a diverse range of internships that gave me exposure to an even more diverse range of students. I have had the opportunity to teach and tutor a variety of ages and levels. Because of my experience, I've learned that teaching goes far beyond the classroom. I hope to be a role model that cultivates in young people open minds, the knowledge and ability to look at the world critically, and the belief in one's capacity to make positive contributions to society. With this goal in mind, I would love the opportunity to be able to tutor you, or your student.
University of North Florida - Bachelors, Secondary English Education
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
It is my philosophy that all students can learn. I love Albert Einstein's quote, "Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." I believe that teaching is more than just about teaching a student the content, and because of that it's my goal to be a role model for my students; to cultivate open minds, the knowledge and ability to look at the world critically, and the belief in one's capacity to make positive contributions to society.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students become independent learners by learning how to question things for themselves and how to explore to find the answer. Teaching students this skill is far more important than simply teaching them content of a subject.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By keeping the end goal in mind, students will stay motivated. It is easy to become discouraged when we don't understand things. If I can encourage students to look past their frustration, they are able to open themselves up to learn. It is the struggle that leads to understanding.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty, I find out where the difficulty stems from. If I can figure out where it began, I can help address the issue.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If students are struggling with reading comprehension, I bring it down to the basics. I start below their capability to build confidence within themselves. I then slowly work up and continue to encourage them while building their confidence. Once students believe in themselves, they are able to grow exponentially.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student, and gauge where the areas for opportunity are.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that breaking down the problem or concept into simple, more understandable steps works for everyone. It is important to get to know the student's personally to figure out their trigger problem areas. It is different for every student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would first figure out why they are struggling, then, depending on the subject, find material that is related to the real world. Making content relatable makes it much more enjoyable.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would frequently assess while I am teaching, or while going over the content through questioning. If the student is correctly answering the questions, than I know I can continue. Afterwards, I have the student teach me the subject or the material to ensure that they have complete understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build confidence through continuous positive reinforcement. The more I can show a student that they can do it, and that I believe in them, the better they perform.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate where my student is based off of frequent questioning. I find that frequent quizzing enables me to gauge my student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will adapt my style of tutoring based on how my student learns best. Every student is different and the differentiation needed is what keeps the job fun!
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on what I am tutoring. I use many of the materials provided through the varsity tutoring platform.