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Michele

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I received my Associates Degree in Mass Communications from Austin Community College. I received my Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish with a focus on creative writing from Texas State University. I received my MSIS (Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies) through the Gradate School of Applied Arts from Texas State University. My graduate work emphasised the study of Communication and Organizational Behavior.

I have over 10 years of professional experience in marketing and professional development.

The subjects that I tutor include: public speaking, organization and study skills, college level writing, research studies and professional development.

I'm excited to help individuals use effective techniques to build leadership skills.

I build rapport and trust with my students through compassion, structure and goal setting.

Michele’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Bachelor in Arts, English and Spanish

Graduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Masters, Communications, Training

Hobbies

Bike Riding, Zumba, writing

Tutoring Subjects

AP Spanish Language & Culture

AP Spanish Literature and Culture

College English

College Essays

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

Languages

Other

Philosophy

Public Speaking

Reading

Social Sciences

Sociology

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

Spanish 4

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Learning should be fun. There are so many ways to make it fun. Incorporate games, activities, prizes…

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

1) I want to know about your hobbies, and what are the activities that make you happy. 2) Define a Goal for our session. 3) Define how we will measure the success of our goal!

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I will help a student build their confidence in learning. Learning isn't all just about grades; it's about building YOU as a person.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Success feels good and creates more motivation! I will help you be successful, and then you will want to continue that pattern.

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

We don't freak out when we have trouble learning something. We try a few different approaches to learning it; discuss it, write it down, draw a picture, share a story. Eventually you will learn it.

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

Practice, patience and reading something interesting always helps with reading comprehension. There are also visualization tricks and summary tools to help with comprehension.

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

Honesty, Patience, Kindness, Flexibility. We have to be happy and comfortable together to learn together.

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

Let’s find a way that the subject relates to something we do like or are interested in. Everything has a connection; it's a matter of connecting what we love to the new information we are learning.

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

Summarization, repetition, dialogue.

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

Praise, high fives, "great job"s!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Discussion, post assignment comprehension, organizational skills.

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

Tutoring is about the student. We work together in the style that helps you learn best. I am your biggest fan, not your critic. We are there to develop a love for learning.

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

Note cards, chart paper, toys, games, paper, markers, crayons.