I am a professional enthusiast. I take sublime pleasure in demonstrating a white-hot passion for any subject or task at hand. This obsession led me towards teaching, tutoring and guiding. I manifest my passion for learning daily as a historical walking guide in Denver and continue to dabble in technology, math, and economics as a digital tutor. I bring with me ten years of tutoring experience, starting in large lecture halls in Gainesville, FL where I taught entire fraternity's macroeconomics before the final exams. I left Gainesville and began private tutoring and mentorship for younger students, some with learning disabilities; helping me focus my enthusiasm and helping me learn to listen with heightened intention. As a teacher, I can deliver a thousand different explanations for the same question, but as a tutor, I can be the coach and the cheerleader as well.
University of Florida - Bachelors, Agricultural Economics
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching means empowering students and facilitating a love of learning. Although subject matter preparedness is fundamental - teachers must be prepared to listen. The love of learning can last a lifetime when a teacher can stoke curiosity with creativity, compassion, and enthusiasm.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a typical first session, I like to introduce myself, get to know the student, and dig into the task at hand. I wish to understand the context of questions, the level of progress attained and whatever feelings the student has regarding the material. I always try to conclude the first session by reframing the task in a relevant and uplifting challenge or focus for the next meeting.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by using my creativity and boundless enthusiasm to kindle a curiosity in the task at hand. When we expose students to any subject in a hyper-relevant, tailored context, a profound delight in learning can be discovered.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I can help students stay motivated in a variety of ways. The easiest is being the cheerleader, staying focused on the goals we set and cheering on the student with reminders of accomplishments and progress. Beyond that, I use brain breaks and whimsical memory games to stay focused on learning while taking a break from the task at hand. Lastly, my favorite motivational tool is asking the student to switch places, and pretend I needed a tutor. Nothing is more mentally stimulating or psychologically rewarding as the feeling of mastery over a subject or task.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I crank up the enthusiasm for the subject and explain "that's why I'm here!" Reinforcements have arrived, the Calvary is at your side, and the most memorable moment in our favorite movies was at the height of conflict or struggle, and our situation is no different.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Students who are struggling with reading comprehension can use a cheerleader with patience. Someone who will correct issues, but use positive reinforcement at every opportunity. Someone who will take turns reading while seeking out the wonder and enchantment of great storytelling as a form of motivation.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategies I have found tend to be those of personalization. If I can gauge a student's interests, motivations, and long-term goals. then I can rapidly align my teaching style and examples used to capture their attention swiftly.