I am a Notre Dame alumna and an Arizona State alumna, where I received my Masters in Social Work. I am from Milwaukee, WI, and moved out to Phoenix 9 years ago.
I really love helping people, which is what led me to pursue social work. I enjoy tutoring because it gives me the chance to spend quality time with a person, learning his or her learning style, so that I can adapt my teaching style to best help the individual. I have always really enjoyed and excelled at math, but find that I can tutor a broad range of subjects, from English to history to accounting. Test prep is a strong area for me, as I like to focus on the patterns and trends that come up in standardized tests. If you are looking for a tutor that will go at your desired pace and will work at your level, I am a good fit for you. I have tutored students from the elementary school age up to the graduate school level.
In my free time, I love watching sports, especially football. I am a diehard Notre Dame fan and get back to campus as much as possible. I also love to hike and
enjoy the great outdoor opportunities that Arizona gives us. I also enjoy traveling, and my dream is to go to Africa one day, where I would love to spend time teaching.
I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and help you reach your full potential!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology
Graduate Degree: Arizona State University - Masters, Social Work
Hiking, working out, watching football, traveling, scrapbooking, reading
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
I think that I bring my social work background into my teaching style, in that I like to meet the student where they are at and tailor each approach to the individual. I think that everyone has potential to succeed, and it is important to see what barriers may be in the way of this and try to overcome those.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I usually start by going over any past test scores or grades to see where we are starting from, work on goals, and then come up with a specific plan of attack. Then, we dive right into the work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I think the most important thing is keeping someone engaged and reminding him or her that this time period of intense learning is temporary and all serves a greater purpose. I try to be honest and acknowledge there probably are a lot of other things he or she would like to be doing in the evenings or on the weekends, but putting this time in now will pay off for all of the future.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I find that it is important to keep track of scores and progress and remind the student of how far he has come. Even just answering one or 2 more questions correctly is a step in the right direction.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
If we are doing standardized test prep, I like to use the books that come directly from the test makers.