I graduated with a 4.0 from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, majoring in English with minors in Communication and Spanish. I spent 6 years learning Spanish before culminating my experiences by living abroad in Salamanca, Spain. I’m lucky to be somewhat naturally gifted, but moreover, I work hard and set goals to ensure achievement for myself and my students. My strongest subjects have always been English and reading, but I pride myself in being an all-around learner. Subjects like Spanish and math have not come as easily to me, so I can empathize with my students! I have developed tricks, tips and study methods for my own learning, and these techniques promote learning for my students as well.
I have years of experience coaching and tutoring middle school grades to adults. I have the spent most of my time helping students through the writing process and teaching English and Spanish learners (and I know the conjugation songs to prove it!). As a substitute teacher, I have developed methods for helping students with varying learning styles and levels of motivation. In fact, a day of subbing is very similar to a tutoring situation, except with tutoring, I am more prepared! When I sub, I often see the day’s lesson that morning and must draw on my own knowledge, student notes, and textbooks to assist throughout the day. I think it’s important to quickly connect with students, and I am absolutely driven by my wish to see them succeed or even surprise themselves with the skills they already possess, which can be applied to new concepts.
Truman State University - Bachelors, English
ACT English: 34
ACT Reading: 32
What is your teaching philosophy?
I know everyone has the ability to learn and achieve, but not everyone takes the same path to get there. I know it is my job to find what methods work for the student using my own knowledge and the vast resources available.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, it's important to establish a connection and make sure the student knows that I am committed to his or her learning. It's also key to establish a baseline and future goals. And of course, it's the perfect time to dig in and continue learning!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Every student is different, but generally it starts with using current concepts to identify and teach good study habits. Quite simply, the students need to learn how they learn. This could be through reading, graphs, photos, examples, hands-on activities, real-life applications, writing out the steps, flashcards, and many more!! Once the students feel comfortable that they will make progress, that doing these methods will not be "pointless," this motivates further learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There are many ways to motivate students, and they often must be used in combination. I completely understand that odds are students reaching out for tutoring are probably not big fans of that topic. I get that; it doesn't mean that it's not crucial though. I will find ways to explain its importance (sometimes, that's just making them realize once they're done, they never have to do that specific class or assignment again). Some are just frustrated by a lack of understanding. There are several ways to learn, and there are fun ways to learn. We will find what works. Some students are motivated by rewards (I have motivated working with the promise of playing hacky sack), and others just need constant attention and guidance. That's what I'm here for!