I am a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where in 2011 I received my Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and minors in both History and Sociology. Since graduation I have had the opportunity to work as a tutor for an after school program serving first-generation college students and also spent two years in Costa Rica living and working as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer. While I tutor a wide range of subjects, I particularly enjoy tutoring History, English and Spanish and after two years living in Costa Rica have attained fluency in the latter. My various experiences in working with youth have convinced me that education is critical in providing young people with the best opportunity to succeed and live productive and fulfilling lives. For me, tutoring is a chance to provide students with many of the tools they need to find this success in an academic setting. This doesn't mean, however, that tutoring can't be interesting and fun! I always strive to make my tutoring sessions engaging and interesting as I have found this yields the best results. In my spare time, I enjoy being active, playing basketball and golf and have been involved in music production over the years, as well.
California State University-Long Beach - BA, Political Science
10th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
1st Grade Reading
AP US History
College Level American History
Elementary School Reading
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Political Science
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
In addition to focusing on the relevant subject matter, my philosophy is to provide students with a tutoring experience that emphasizes the development of independent learning strategies and skills. Fun is also important! As a Peace Corps volunteer, I realized that presenting information in interesting and fun ways increases student interest and, as a result, educational outcomes.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first thing I like to do is talk to the student about his or her goals and aspirations related to future tutoring sessions. Discussing expectations and getting to know more about the student and his or her learning style is key. Some students have very clear goals and expectations before they start tutoring and may be ready to jump right into the material. Others may prefer to spend more time during the first session developing their goals and objectives and coming up with a learning plan.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Good tutors don't provide students with answers but instead, encourage critical thinking, practice, and real-world application of concepts. I focus on providing students with strategies and tools to help them solve problems and also believe in the power of positive reinforcement.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A lack of motivation can stem from many things. Previous bad experience with a subject can hinder future interest, the perception of a subject as "boring" can limit motivation, and sometimes, life and other issues get in the way. Often, the greatest motivation is realizing or seeing your accomplishments. Sometimes, we don't realize when we have accomplished an objective, a goal or hit a milestone. Positive reinforcement is crucial. I've found that bringing a positive attitude (and humor) to each session goes a long way. It's also important to get to know the student, because everyone has different motivators, and discovering those and working with those are important.