I began tutoring because I love helping students reach their full potential. When I was younger, I would finish my work early so I could help the teacher assist other students. In high school I spend 100 hours tutoring and volunteering with children from kindergarten to middle school. I also privately tutored high school students during that time.
While completing my Bachelor's of Arts in English, Creative Writing at California State University Long Beach, I tutored on campus at the Writer's Resource Lab. There I worked one-on-one with students, helping them improve their writing skills and gain confidence. I also tutor at El Camino College, working closely with professors to help their students in the classroom.
I believe that with help and guidance, all students can perform at higher levels. Whether a student is struggling to grasp a concept or is already proficient, I believe they can benefit from tutoring. I believe that practice is the key to success. To master anything, you must be familiar with it and practice, practice, practice. With enough practice and with the right guidance, a student can master almost anything.
California State University-Long Beach - Bachelors, English, Creative Writing
ACT Composite: 27
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to build from the ground up. The most important thing a student can have is a strong foundation. Whether it's math, science, or English, developing a strong foundation will not only make things easier at one's current level, but will prove to be beneficial in the future when that foundation is tested.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session, I like to jump right in and see where the student stands. If they have an assignment that they are working on, I like enough background information to understand if the student grasps their assignment and how they feel about the subject they are working on. Their attitude and their performances shows me what needs to be worked on and how best to approach it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by helping them develop study skills that work for them. While one study technique may work with one student, another may need to do other things to retain information. I can help students figure out what works best for them so they can eventually become a more independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
First I try to assess why the student is having the difficulty. If it is something that can be addressed, I try to do so. If I can explain it in a different way or help the student visualize the concept better, I try to do that as well.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practice makes perfect! The more you read, the better your reading comprehension becomes. I encourage all of my students to read something that they enjoy in their free time. Reading regularly is the key to improving one's reading comprehension.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I typically try to find a way to make the subject matter to the student. If they don't like reading but enjoy movies, I try to help them see how text is the inspiration behind the films. If they are having a hard time with grammar, I explain how being able to communicate effectively will be necessary in every aspect of their life.