I am a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida where I attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. I am passionate about the English language and understand the difficulties of the language that some may struggle to grasp. I also tutor History and have excessive experience in European and Art history in particular. My tutoring strategy consists of breaking subject material down into smaller steps and working with the student to create small goals, making it easier for them to see their progress and the direction they are heading in. In my spare time I love to read, paint, and cook; right now I am exploring traditional Spanish cuisine and attempting to create the perfect paella.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelor in Arts, English
reading, painting, cooking
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that each student is an individual with unique needs and struggles. In this regard, I like to take a personal approach to each student, learn their likes and dislikes, and use them to help personalize a lesson plan that engages them to the subject.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I look to find what, according to the student, is their biggest struggle. After taking that into account, I use basic comprehension questions to determine the student's skill level and weaknesses.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In my opinion, the biggest way to make a student an engaged and independent learner is to foster some interest in the subject, and (if that fails) create an easy to follow, step-by-step learning process.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
The best way to stay motivated is to set small, achievable goals that show the student's progress but aren't impossible to reach.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first learn what was the source of the difficulty, and then provide them an alternate way to approach the concept. Sometimes a change in perspective is all that is needed.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I find that the most important aspect of helping a student with reading comprehension is taking it slow. The pressure of reading correctly can be overwhelming and discouraging. Another way to help a student would be to find a reading subject they are interested in so they are more inclined to be successful.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student personally is the single most important strategy to have. Each student is different and has different needs.