Educated through the Public School System in Elmhurst, IL and graduate from The University of Wisconsin in Madison, I understand the gap that can form between teachers and students first hand. Combining a relational teaching style, and a strong value of education, I believe that the unique needs of every student deserve consideration and that it is the role of the tutor to find the perfect way to teach. It is my personal wish that if a student has a special need, I can fulfill it through flexibility, kindness, and optimistic determination.
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Honors English Literature and Mathematics Minor
CLEP College Composition
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When starting to work with a new student, it is important to learn as much as you can about them as a student. Each person has their own learning styles like auditory, visual, or touch. Each person has a unique need for learning effectively, and by finding and understanding that need, one's teaching becomes more fluid and effortless. Overall, adaptability is the most successful strategy when starting to work with a new student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would make succeeding into a fun game, which activates motivation in many students and kids intrinsically. Sometimes a student just needs a push to recognize that doing well can be a competitive endeavor to light a fire under their work ethic and determination. Sometimes it is the opposite, and a student needs to lessen the sense of competition and/or pressure about a subject, especially if they are struggling. In this case, I would frame developing as a game that one can play with him or herself. After all, if you compete with yourself and achieve goals you set for yourself, you are never a loser.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
To adapt tutoring to a student’s needs, one must go into each session and new student as a blank slate. Without enforcing a set teaching style, you allow yourself to develop your own teaching around each new student. In this way, adapting is not so much as something that must be done, but is simply a fundamental aspect of the teaching strategy. Also, being observant and receptive to the type of person the student is and their unique personality constraints makes adapting quickly to their academic needs natural.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The types of materials I use during a typical tutoring session varies per student, subject, and period of time in the academic year. I always bring my computer so that I can look things up and demonstrate how technology can be useful in the learning process. I always bring a pen and paper to reinforce how physically leaving a written mark improves memory retention. Other than that, I employ practice problems like vocabulary lists for reading/writing and problem sets for math. Creative projects are fun learning tools for both students and teachers, because they span a longer time and help long-term time management skills and work ethics to develop.