Hi! I truly enjoy working with preschool through middle school students. My love for learning and personal philosophy that learning is a discovery process make me an excellent tutor. I believe every child has the ability to learn. My work is to help them discover how they learn best. Children take their cues about the discovery process from the adults they encounter. Therefore, I bring an enthusiastic energy to the discovery sessions. We decide together the goals we would like to achieve and set out to reach those goals. We develop milestones along the way to instill a sense of accomplishment along the journey. Most of all, we infuse fun into the discovery process. Learning, at every level, should create a sense of joy in the process of discovery for the student and the tutor. I have my undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and my Masters from Case Western Reserve University. I have worked both in the private and public learning sectors.
Oberlin College - Bachelors, Psychology
Case Western Reserve University - Masters, Social Science Administration
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
PC Basic Computer Skills
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that one must believe they can achieve before they are able to achieve. Learning all begins with the belief in oneself. I work to help students believe in their abilities.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to understand what a student's goals are and how they will know they have accomplished their goals. To that end, we spend some of our first session jotting down what success looks like for them. This way, we will know what we are working toward and have benchmarks along the way.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student learn to decipher what is being asked of them puts them in a position to go search for and discover the answer on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
What motivates students can be pretty specific. Depending on age, some students like rewards such as stickers, colored pens, fancy writing paper or notebooks. Some students thrive on verbal praise for a new skill learned or application of a new technique practiced during tutoring sessions. Others appreciate written rewards, such as certificates. Regardless of the reward, it is important to find out what a student likes, provide that incentive and create many opportunities for them to receive the positive feedback.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When my students encounter a roadblock, we take a step back to evaluate where the difficulty started. Once we have pinpointed the area, we break it down further into smaller chunks of digestible information.