I am very excited about the opportunity to return to tutoring, something I have been passionate about for years. For the last two years, I've taught English and Language Arts at a charter high school in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I love all things English, and I am currently writing a Young Adult novel. I have personal experience and a passion for with journalism, yearbook, theater and creative writing.
University of Minnesota-Duluth - Bachelors, Teaching Communication Arts and Literature
ACT Composite: 32
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 30
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone can learn given the proper support and guidance. As a teacher, I try my hardest to help my students build skills and overcome barriers to learning. My ultimate goal as a tutor is to have every student leave feeling more confident and independent when faced with that subject or skill.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Before any sort of evaluations, I'd like to spend some time during the first session getting to know the student. This includes learning about their interests, areas of struggle and preferred learning style. All of this not only helps me be a more effective tutor, but I also want my students to feel comfortable and understood.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a tutor, I believe my job is to guide the student without just doing the work for them. By teaching a student to go through the learning process, including struggling at some points, they eventually become strong enough to learn independent of my guidance. That's my ultimate goal as a tutor.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think that variety and support are two very important aspects of motivation. I like to vary the type of instruction or materials I use to keep things from plateauing. By pushing my student while still encouraging them, I hope that my student is motivated by their own success and progress.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would take the time to figure out the precise point of confusion or frustration. Oftentimes, it helps to work through problems out loud or step-by-step with another person. Once I know where the issue is, I will break that down until it is easy enough to understand. All it takes is a little more time and patience, but it is well worth it in the end.