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Ashley

I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor Classical Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington, and after teaching high school English for three years, I earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Dallas. During and after earning my MA, I tutored in a community college writing center and taught credit and non-credit college English classes. I recently returned from South Korea, where I taught ESL classes to a wide range of students, elementary-aged to adult. I have experience teaching in both classroom and private settings, and I delight in helping students reach their goals and find their voices in order to better express themselves in both speaking and writing.

Undergraduate Degree:

 The University of Texas at Arlington - Bachelors, English

Graduate Degree:

 University of Dallas - Masters, English

ACT English: 31

ACT Reading: 36

ACCUPLACER ESL Prep

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep

ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep

College English

Comparative Literature

High School English

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

What is your teaching philosophy?

A good teacher should first be able to foster a desire for knowledge, then facilitate the acquisition of that knowledge, and lastly, equip a student with the necessary skills to build upon the student's foundation so that the student can meet his or her goals.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In the first session, my goal is to understand the student's needs and goals. To best do this, I want to get to know the student's learning style as well as the student's likes, dislikes, and general learning preferences. After getting to know each other, we can make a study plan and set short-term goals in order to meet the student's long-term goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

An independent learner is aware of the resources at his or her disposal. A tutor can help a student build a resource toolkit and assist with organization and planning. An independent learner is often goal-oriented, so it is important that students learn to set manageable short-term (finish Friday's paper by Wednesday) and long-term goals (earn a 4 or 5 on the AP Lit exam). Resource access and goal-setting skills are important to becoming an independent learner.