I am a certified Social Studies and English Language Arts teacher who graduated from CU Boulder. I have several years of teaching and tutoring experience, giving me the tools and resources I need to help each of my students achieve their academic goals. For each of my students I dedicate myself to working with my student to figure out what works for them as a unique learner.
Universtity of Colorado Boulder - Bachelors, History
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe it is essential to build a strong rapport with each of my students so that we can work together to achieve the student's academic goals. Using a wide variety of methods and supports, I tailor my instruction based on each students needs to ensure that they are learning the material in a way that works for them. I also believe that helping students build solid study skills is essential for long-term success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session with a student would revolve around getting to know my student, their lives and their academic goals. We would review the subject and start identifying strengths and weaknesses. We would discuss both of our expectations for tutoring sessions and begin working on a game plan so that we both understand how we will achieve the student’s goals of academic success.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would work with the student, showing them a variety of methods and tools for comprehension, organization, writing, etc. Trying out many methods allows them to discover what works best for them and sets them up for future success by giving them the confidence that they will be able to tackle any new information or task with methods and tools they know work for them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
This completely depends on the unique personality of my student. I have many motivational tricks up my sleeve, but would need to base my tactics on my knowledge of the student in question.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try a different tactic! Try to find a visual representation if a verbal explanation doesn't work or figure out what the student does understand and work from there or find an example of what you are talking about. Just keep working with the student and trying different approaches until you get there!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Work on teaching the student different methods and tools they can utilize to understand a text. Paraphrasing, using graphic organizers, highlighting and note taking are all methods that can help students break texts into the essential information.