Hi! My name is Nina and I am a former speech, language, pathology assistant for kiddos 2-18. I am currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Social Work online, and have a BA in Psychology and Speech Pathology. I have worked in schools and with children since I was in middle school to help out my mom who is a teacher. I love helping kids to learn and grow so that they may reach their maximum potential. If you are in college or applying, I am a recent graduate and would also love to help you meet your educational goals!
University of Colorado Boulder - Bachelors, Psychology and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
University of New England - Current Grad Student, Social Work
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every child learns with different styles and at different paces. My goal with new students is to find their best fit and utilize that to help maximize the effectiveness of sessions. My goal is to meet students where they are at.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session with a student, I would introduce myself and get to know them a bit better to increase comfort with working together. Then I would gather more information about their school work and learning styles so that we can make the most of every session!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
As a former SLPA, this was the ultimate goal with all students. I was successful at helping students to be discharged by finding ways that work for them. After we work in that way for a while, I teach the students how they can do this and find other methods on their own so that they may be successful with or without me.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
As I was a former SLPA, every child I worked with had difficulty learning skills and concepts. I found it to be most effective to adjust the teaching method to their own learning styles. Some children need songs, others need games, and some simply need to see it or read it. Often I will teach things a few different ways to see which way really clicks for a child.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension can be a tricky task, but this was often my number one goal with former students. I begin by finding books that they are interested in at their reading level (oftentimes this is not their grade level at first) to help them establish a love for reading in a comfortable setting. I teach skills necessary for comprehension during this phase, and then the children are more successful at applying these skills with more difficult passages.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
There are so many different strategies that are successful in different ways, but it all just depends on the child. Once I find their learning style, I base the strategies I use off of this.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I love using games that help the student learn without them knowing. If this is not possible, I like to find different ways to incorporate the things they love into that subject. For example, one child I had loved Minecraft. I found and created many resources that allowed us to use Minecraft aspects to teach math and reading. He became very engaged and excited to work.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Once I think a student has a grasp of the material, I will first ask if they have any questions. If the student does not know, I will give them a practice problem to see how they do independently, but remain by their side for any assistance. Any problems they run into will then be addressed until they no longer need my help on that particular topic.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I think the most important thing you can do for a child is build their confidence. I once had a child who was in third grade who did not know any letters. By the end of the year he knew all of them, even though we were told it would be impossible. I did this by reminding him of his strengths often. Every child struggles with things, but every child has many strengths as well. Once children recognize their strengths they are much more willing to learn and work. Many kids become discouraged when they struggle, but oftentimes it is just because it has not been presented to them in a way that is effective for them. As we work more my goal is to gain independence so that they know they are capable of doing it all on their own.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
First and foremost, I ask the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s) what they see as roadblocks to the student's learning. I usually use homework as a first step to gauging needs. I can see what the student is capable of doing independently and what they need help on. If there is no homework, I will find grade level appropriate tasks to see where they are at.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt tutoring to students' needs by getting to know them and their learning styles well so that I may cater to them specifically. I have had students in the same grade working on the same thing, but their sessions were structured very differently in order for them to be successful in their own ways.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a variety of materials from books, worksheets, games, toys, white boards, flash cards, electronic studying sources, and sometimes just plain old pencil and paper. I find a lot of great resources after I figure out the way a child learns. For example, one student struggled with opposites, so I downloaded a board game based on opposites. The child loved it and was able to master the subject quickly.