I am a veteran educator of 11 years with experience of teaching grades Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and K-5th Math. I also have experiencing in private tutoring all academic subjects in grades Kindergarten – 6th as well as 8th and 11th grade Math and Writing. I attended Indiana University and received my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Language Arts Concentration. During the first couple years of teaching, I earned my Master of Arts degree in Education from Central Michigan University. I am currently working on my Doctorate degree. I started out pursuing a PhD in Education but am currently continuing my Doctoral pursuits in the field of General Psychology. I tutor all subjects at the elementary level including reading, reading comprehension, writing, and math at the middle school level, in addition to psychology and social sciences. Out of all the subjects that I am qualified to teach and have experience tutoring, I am most passionate about tutoring reading, writing and mathematics. Reading and writing are fundamental to the joy of learning because they are woven into every aspect of education. My desire is not to just tutor students and help them improve and achieve specific learning goals, but to also inspire a love of learning in them that will allow them to have quality learning experiences and to benefit from personal growth. I also adore tutoring Math and helping students connect the different math concepts to the real world. Experiencing the joy of watching a student grow in their confidence as they begin to understand and master different math skills and concepts is rewarding every time. I believe in the exponential learning potential of every student. Understanding that students learn differently and in their own unique way, it is my job as a tutor to adapt to each student and provide a learning experience that enables them to learn in the manner that is suits them best and helps them to reach their learning goals.
Indiana University-Bloomington - Bachelors, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
Capella University - PhD, PSYCHOLOGY
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in the exponential learning potential of every student. Understanding that students learn differently and in their own unique way, it is my job as a tutor to adapt to each student and provide a learning experience that enables them to learn in the manner that suits them best and helps them to reach their learning goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner first through assessment, observation, and discussion. I come to an understanding of their learning style and the learning methods that are best for them and improve their understanding, retention, and mastery. Then I can communicate my expertise and help them to have an understanding of how they learn best and their learning style. This will help them to learn to take ownership of their learning. Then I can teach them and help them find independent learning methods and techniques that work effectively and complement their best learning needs.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by finding out what student's source of motivation is, be it intrinsic or extrinsic. Then I would make a plan to infuse into the tutoring sessions that will encourage this. I will make sure to help the student focus on progress and not perfection. This will enable them to reach their learning goals step-by-step.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I first try to identify the aspect of difficulty they are having with reading comprehension. Are they struggling with actually being able to read the words, with fluency, with the level of vocabulary, or with understanding what was read and the ability to communicate their understanding? Once the aspect of difficulty is identified, we then utilize different best practices to address the difficulty and make improvement. One example would be if a student was able to read fluently their literature selection but showing difficulty in comprehending the text at different levels. One strategy as a tutor would be to model for them. Read through a selection with them, model how to pull information together to retell what was read, to summarize the main idea, to sequence the events of the story, to draw conclusions, etc. Then after modeling, work with the student to practice those comprehension strategies together, with gradual progression to expressing them independently.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I start to work with a student, the strategies that I have found to be most successful is to first get to know them. The likes and dislikes related to school and non-school items. I like to do an assessment if possible to get an idea of their capabilities and areas needing improvement. I also employ observation in order to not only have the knowledge of their strengths and areas needing improvement, but to try to understand why they are strong in areas and why the areas needing improvement pose a challenge for them.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to connect the subject they are struggling in with something they enjoy. If they struggle in reading, I would try to find reading selections on topics they enjoy to work on strategies to help improve their reading. If they struggle with science but they learn best with hands-on methods, I would utilize project-based and hands-on activities to increase their understanding of the science concept.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would utilize observation, note-taking and record keeping, pre and post assessments along with ongoing review and check to be sure that a student understands the materials.