I graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale with my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. I taught English as a Second Language in Ilsan, Korea to elementary students and at Ball State University in Indiana, to international students. Since 2001, I have been teaching various forms of English (composition, speaking, listening, grammar, creative writing). Most recently, I spent nearly two years tutoring grades K-12 in an after-school Homework Help program, assisting with math, science, social studies and English. For me, the most enjoyable part of tutoring and teaching is being able to help students on their journey to achieving their goals, whether it be passing the ACT/SAT with flying colors, improving their communication skills, or preparing for college-level classes.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale - Bachelor in Arts, English Literature
Graduate Degree: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale - Master of Fine Arts, Writing
ACT English: 31
Spanish language, reading, traveling, writing, knitting
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Science
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACT with Writing Prep
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session with a student, I like to start by asking them to make a list of goals that they would like to reach within a certain time period, as in, "I would like to improve my writing skills by learning how to organize my essays efficiently. I want to raise my grade from a C to an A." Then I try to come up with a timeline with the student to work on those goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think that all students are responsible for what they learn and do not learn, and tutors are there to help point out what students may be overlooking in terms of what they need to study, or how to study in a way that caters to the students' strengths. I offer advice on test taking, memorization strategies, as well as making sure that the student fully comprehends the topics covered.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation is different for everyone, and I generally ask my students what motivates them to learn, and what is most rewarding for them. I like to show how much a student has improved over the course of tutoring so that they can be proud of their efforts and achievements, no matter how big or small they may be.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is "anyone can learn anything, and learn it well!" I have faith that all students can learn and recall the information that they need, as well as develop the analytical skills they need to succeed. I spend a lot of time listening to my students, asking questions and discussing answers so that the material becomes more relevant and memorable to them.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I try to identify what kind of learning a student prefers; whether or not they are auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and prefer different types of media, such as books, apps, flashcards, etc. If a student has difficulty learning a skill, I try to approach it in several different ways until the student finds their "comfort zone."