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Richard

I believe that learning is an activity in which we partake every day. While the scale and complexity of learning is constantly changing, we can discern new and interesting ways to navigate the world around us. It is my goal to offer academic tutoring that not only values individual students' wealth of knowledge, but also helps learners to engage with and discover the larger world community. Building on student strengths and effectively planning for student engagement are the bedrocks of my practice. A enthusiastic learning environment is a key factor in my teaching philosophy. Let's do some learning!

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Colorado State University. In 2014 I completed my teacher education program through the University of Colorado Denver with a 4.0 GPA. I love reading, discussing, and interpreting literature. Understanding of the arts can connect us to humanity and us to grow as members of society. I also to the freedom and creativity allowed in writing. It is here that I can help students excel in communicating their unique ideas to others.

As a native of Colorado I enjoy spending time with friends, family, and the wonderful people of this great state. I love reading novels in my spare time in addition to going to movies, concerts and the theater. Yoga is also an important part of my life. As a yoga teacher and practitioner, I have learned that balance is important, as is a deep breath. Life ebbs and flows, so sometimes we just have to ride the waves.

I look forward to working with students who are unique, inquisitive, and ready to take on the world. I believe that with a positive attitude and hard work, any goal can be met. Sometimes we have to ask for help, but as a team there's nowhere we can't go and nothing we can't endure.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Colorado State University-Fort Collins - Bachelors, Creative Writing

Graduate Degree:

 University of Colorado Denver - Current Grad Student, Secondary Education

Travel, Reading, Yoga, Concerts, Music, Movies, Theater

College English

College Level American History

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

High School English

High School Level American History

PARCC Prep

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is student centered. Building on student strengths and interests is the best way to achieve academic acceleration. There are multiple methods of learning. Once we identify the best method, we can make and meet any and all academic goals.

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

It's very important to build a relationship with students. In a typical first session I would hope to learn about students; their histories, families, likes, dislikes, strengths, and areas we can target for growth.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

As learners, we need to seek out information. In the fast paced internet world of today, we have access to more information than ever before in human history. With that in mind, I help students become independent learners by encouraging the acquisition of new information that can support their ideas. While we might not be interested in every subject, we can still learn how subjects are connected to our lives.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation is never permanent. Some days we are up, and some days we are down. The importance of goal setting cannot be stressed enough. If there is a clear end goal, no matter how hard it may seem to attain, the thrill and the draw of success can be a powerful motivator.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Some students require extra practice time in order to learn and retain a skill or concept. Repetition can help cement skills and concepts in the brain of the learner. However, there can be multiple ways to represent proficiency in the skill or concept.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

There are many techniques that we can use to assess understanding. In many cases, students have difficulty expressing their ideas in writing. Because writing is such an important part of the communication process, we can break the material into small chunks of information and focus on one skill or concept at a time. Then later, we go back and put the pieces of the puzzle together.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Celebrate the successes - big or small. Not everyone is a genius in every subject. However, we can all access subject material through our unique, individual lenses. The challenge will be to find that lens which is what is exciting about the learning process: learning about yourself.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Student needs vary from person to person. The first step is to build a strong relationship and learn about the person, not just what is needed academically.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I prefer to work with real work materials that students may and will encounter in their lives. Be it a written piece from the New York Times, an assigned novel from school, a job application, or a new Beyonce song, everyday materials help with student engagement and lead to a better understanding of how students fit into the world around them.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

One of the best tools that I use for reading comprehension are called reading signposts. These are clues that we find in almost any piece of writing, be it fiction or nonfiction. When students identify signposts, they can gain a better understanding of characters, conflicts, themes, lessons, and takeaways from the piece of writing.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Building a relationship beyond the academic world is a key strategy to successful work with students. Being open and honest with my goals as a tutor is also a strategy that helps build trust when first starting to work with a student.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I am a tutor for subjects that I enjoy. My enthusiasm and excitement for the material can be very contagious. My positive energy, encouragement, and clear directions and explanations will help students see that you can be excited and eloquent about even the most dry subjects.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Communication is very important when making adaptations. If, and when, we need to change our work, it is done together with revisions to end goals.