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Colleen

Always curious, seeking answers to hidden questions, trying to understand the world.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Colorado Christian University - Bachelors, Organizational Management in Christian Leadership (Business)

Graduate Degree:

 University of Colorado Denver - Current Grad Student, Political Science

swimming, yoga, reading, music, movies

Adult ESL/ELL

American Literature

Basic Computer Literacy

Business

Business Ethics

College Application Essays

College Business

College English

College Level American History

College Level American Literature

College Political Science

College World History

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

High School Business

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School Level American Literature

High School Political Science

High School World History

High School Writing

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Philosophical Ethics

Political Science

Social Sciences

Technology and Computer Science

What is your teaching philosophy?

Everyone has the ability to learn.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Introduce ourselves, learn about interests, discuss focus of the tutoring sessions, and get started!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Teach them ways to discover answers and encourage them to keep trying, even when things are difficult.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Remind them of their goals and encourage them not to give up.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Evaluate the level of their reading, making sure it is appropriate. Teach them to break sentences down into understandable phrases and look up definitions.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Asking questions about their learning style to find out ways that work best for them. Listen to their struggles, and adapt the approach to meet their needs. Offer them reassurance that they will be successful, and we will keep working until they understand the concepts or get the desired outcome.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Associate it to something real in their life, or explore possibilities for future applications that are interesting to them.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

An exit ticket is a good way to test understanding. Give a problem or ask a question that requires demonstration of mastery.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Break down problems, and give enough examples or different approaches that help the student achieve small successes that lead to solving bigger problems.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

If a child, speak to the parent and the child. Observe and evaluate over a few sessions. Keep asking questions.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I take into account their learning style, and tailor the content and delivery.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

It depends on the subject. Pen and paper, whiteboard with erasable markers, manipulatives, timer, calculator, etc.