Hi, I'm a 2014 graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. I studied English with a focus in Creative Writing, and am passionate about sharing my love of reading and writing with young students. I am a naturally curious person, so reading and learning new things has always appealed to me. I hope to instill this same curiosity and quest for knowledge in every student I tutor. I believe in a creative, hands-on approach to learning that engages my students' imagination, interests, and individual learning styles. I am available for in-person and online tutoring sessions and can provide flexible hours suited to each student's scheduling needs. If you need academic support in standardized test preparation, essay writing and editing, reading comprehension, or basic study skills, I can help you. I can't wait to get to know you!
Allegheny College - Bachelors, English
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based on the belief that every student has the potential to succeed in school. Some students require unconventional methods in order to understand information, and I am willing to go and above and beyond to adapt my lessons and instructional style in a way that best fits my student's learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I would come prepared with a few icebreakers and get-to-know-you questions so that my student and I can feel more comfortable with each other. I would ask them questions about the subject we will be studying, including what they like and dislike about it, where they feel like they are struggling, and their personal academic goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help a student become independent by reversing our roles for a few minutes each session and having them explain a concept to me. I would have them walk me through their answers step by step and show me how they arrived at their answer. When I am explaining a concept, I would stop frequently to check for their understanding throughout the process so that they will be able to complete it on their own after a few practice rounds.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by using positive reinforcement and reflecting on their improvements and successes. I would use their achievements as proof that their hard work is paying off, even if it may be taking longer than the student planned. I would ask them to tell me one reason they are proud of themselves at the end of each lesson so that they are focusing on what they've done well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If my student is struggling to learn a skill or concept, I would first have my student take a quick break. We would do some deep breathing, maybe a few stretches, and then return to the problem. I would do my best to mix up the medium we are using as well. If the problem can be drawn out, modeled with blocks, acted out, etc. I would try those methods. If possible, I would relate the problem to a game, sport, TV show, etc. that my student enjoys. I would always do my best to try new ways to explain something to engage my student's interests and creativity.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If my student was struggling with reading comprehension, I would break up the reading into small chunks and ask frequent, simple questions to check that the student is following along and understanding. I would go through the passage before we read and underline all the words my student doesn't know, and help my student come up with the definition. At the end of each chapter or section, I would have my student write or tell me a brief summary of what we read and ask them questions like "what do you think will happen next?" or "why do you think the character did that?”
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I've had my most successful relationships with students when I allow them to get to know me and spend time getting to know them. I want my students to know that I care about them and their success, and that my primary goal is to help them. I tend to keep a light tone with my students and joke with them to prevent any awkward tension at the beginning of the relationship and help ease their frustrations.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited about a subject by relating it to something they like. If a math problem or essay prompt can be related to a sport, book, or game that the student enjoys, they will hopefully be more willing to work on it. I would also do my best to engage their creativity and imagination while working on the difficult subject, maybe by doing a craft or activity related to the lesson.