I love reading, I love writing, but most importantly, I love helping people. It would be my honor to share what I have found is my lives passion, with someone who is struggling to divulge the complexities it encompasses. Help me help you, by allowing me the time to talk with you about the beauty of language, the cohesiveness of sentences, and depth of storytelling. Hopefully you will learn to love books as much as I do, or, at the bare minimum, you will at least pass your class!
Hampton University - Bachelors, Broadcast Journalism
Wayne State University - Masters, English, Creative Writing Emphasis
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy is to teach my students by letting them teach me what they need, how they learn, and what helps them process information easiest. By learning their abilities, I will be able to reach them on a personal level, which, in turn, will make their transition to a higher level quicker and more efficient.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I would like to get to know the student: their likes and dislikes, their struggles, and their overall goals and expectations. I would also like to discuss what they are currently working on in school, and explain my background, and how I hope to be beneficial to the student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By first, reaching the student on a personal level to learn how they process information. Second, by providing several different methods through which the student is able to discover the answers on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By making learning fun! The subjects I am tutoring in are my passions. I will personify the things I love with the hope that they learn to love it as well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Learn the student first. I want to understand the methods in which they learn easiest and have the most retention, and then cater my methodology toward their specific needs.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First I want to begin by learning their specific struggles with reading comprehension. For instance, are they not understanding the subtext and motif of the text, or are they having difficulties actually reading the text? If it is subtext and motif, I will provide a basic definition and relevant examples that will be more meaningful, and memorable to the student. If it is reading specifically, I will return to the basics of pronunciation and sound.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Initially, I would like to get to know the student and the ways in which they learn. There is not a one size fits all learning method. It is easier for me to cater material to them by reaching their level individually.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
By making the subject matter relevant to the student's current stages in life: their likes, dislikes, interests, and hobbies. Tying things they need to learn into things they like, i.e. music and games, will make it easier for them to learn and retain.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Creating songs and games has always been a useful way to ensure retention.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
It is important to make note of the student's progress and hard work by constantly providing motivational praise.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking with the student and learning their specific struggles. Students learn at different levels, and in different ways; which, unfortunately, the academy is not always able to meet. A personalized session will fill in that gap to decrease the learning curve.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will provide, handouts, practice sheets, and alternate examples of what the student is studying to offer another method to learn.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will adapt my tutoring to each student by learning their specific struggles and focusing our discussion on those instead of on general concepts.