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Shannon

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I am a graduate of the University of North Texas with aBachelor's degree in Psychology. I have completed Master's coursework andresearch in the field of Educational Psychology, with a focus in GiftedStudies. I tutor many subjects, but I really enjoy teaching various mathcourses, Advanced Placement, History and Language Arts. I have worked withstudents of all ages, from Pre-K to adults returning to education. I have agreat deal of experience writing curriculum and tutoring test prep for SAT,ACT, ISEE, STAAR, and AP tests. Additionally, I have a strong passion forworking with students who need support in applying for college (applications,essays, etc.). After studying abroad and 6 years of study, I have a stronginterest in the French language and culture that allows me to provide tutoringfor students taking French courses. In my experience as a tutor since 2013, Ihave cultivated a variety of tutoring strategies and methods to adapt to eachstudent's individual needs. I feel that the key to helping a student master asubject is to start small, set goals, and find a method of learning that worksbest for them. In addition to my role as a tutor, I am also a substituteteacher and volunteer as a mentor with underprivileged middle and high schools.The majority of my free time is spent with my family. Often we enjoy outdooractivities, concerts and traveling.

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Shannon’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Texas - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 30

ACT Math: 31

ACT Reading: 33

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1300

Hobbies

I spend most of my time with my family going to museums, zoos, and many concerts. We also spend a lot of time traveling. When I’m home I’m always trying to learn more through reading various genres of books.

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Every student has the potential to learn. The key is finding the right teaching technique and making the material relative to the student.

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

In the first session with a student I like to get basic knowledge of the situation, beyond what has already been provided. I'll ask the student why they feel they are struggling, what they feel they want to accomplish, and how I can help them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I feel that giving independent work and letting a student reason along their own path helps them gain their own insights and learn independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would remind them WHY we are doing tutoring. What is the goal? A good grade? Getting into college? Keeping sight of the positive things to come help students not get so bogged down when they are struggling.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would look at a different approach to learning than what had been used thus far, along with using other learning aids.

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

The first step is always to diagnose the problem and pinpoint why they are struggling. Are they reading too quickly? Are they not understanding due to the vocabulary, etc.? I would follow up based on the issue at hand.

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

I focus on building a report with the student, relating to the student, and setting common goals for us to follow so that we are on the same page the entire time.

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

The key is relate. Relate the subject to what the student is interested in. If the student is struggling in reading, point them to material that interests them.

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

To check understanding the key is test. I like to verbally talk about the material and see what the student took from what they studied. Also, I rely on written assessments and self-report of understanding.

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

Starting small and having little victories allows a student to build up their confidence before they get to greater challenges.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I like to verbally discuss the student’s needs and what THEY feel they are struggling with. I also like to talk to parents and teachers, along with current grades in an area, and testing.

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

I change my teaching strategies and level of explanation based on how a student is doing.

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

If I am working with a student on schoolwork, I like to use direct sources from the student’s class such as notes or textbooks. If it is out of class material, I like to use reliable review books.

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