I am a NYS certified teacher in both elementary and special education. I work with many students who are struggling with reading and math. Tutoring should be a fun experience in which the student feels comfortable in the learning process. Tailoring to each childs needs is important because each one of them has a unique style of learning. I have tutored many students with positive results. I am also familiar with test prep strategies for NYS exams.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Monroe College - Bachelor in Business Administration, Business
Graduate Degree: Iona College - Masters, Education
State Certified Teacher
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College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School English
High School Level American History
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Each child is unique and requires different learning strategies. My goal is to encourage thinking rationally, so that students can apply this in familiar or unfamiliar situations.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I get to know my client. I bring materials that I think they are comfortable doing, and then judge what they are capable of in the next session. I like to bring up informal conversation to make myself and the client comfortable.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by teaching them a variety of strategies and techniques. As they build confidence, they begin to become more independent and rely less on me.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
When I see a client begin to stray, I ask them if they need a short break. I encourage them to stay focused and complete the work so that we can move on. I may also crack a joke and remind them to stay on task.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would work with the client by providing them with a video or worksheet, which might help them further understand the concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
For students struggling with reading comprehension, I would provide them with strategies such as writing down important information as they read or underlining it in a book.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is important to constantly reinforce what is learned. Some strategies I find that have worked are positive reinforcement, and also letting students know it takes time to build up and better understand the materials.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student get excited by doing a few problems with them so that it helps them better understand the work. Hopefully, at that point, they would be able to do it on their own.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure students understand the materials, I would give a small post assessment of what we did. I would also have them work on a problem or two so I know they understood the work.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence by working with them until they become familiar and understand what we are doing.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Each client has a different style of learning. Once I become familiar with the client, I work according to their capabilities and provide them work they are capable of doing, while still pushing them to excel.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a typical session, I may use worksheets, a workbook, or a computer to show a video.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by looking at the work they do and reviewing it with them. Some students may know how to do it mentally, but when it comes to paper they are lost.