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Leora-Dona

I earned my Bachelor’s degree from Texas Southern University in Psychology, and am presently working on my Master’s degree in School Counseling at Capella University. I tutor students in Math from the elementary level through Algebra 1. I enjoy tutoring in math because it is often a subject that students dislike, and through working with them I have been able to help many appreciate that math is needed every day, and is not as daunting as it seems.

When I was in school, I didn’t know how to ask for help when I was having trouble understanding the information we were learning. I still managed to earn high grades every year, but there were several moments of self-doubt and fear of being perceived as incompetent for asking for help. As I began tutoring during my undergraduate studies, I realized that those negative thoughts were silly and there is no shame in seeking help when you don’t have the answers. When I work with students, I do my best to build their confidence in the subject area through practice and positive affirmations, and encourage them to ask any questions they may have. I never want my students to feel like they cannot or should not ask for help when they need it most.

Undergraduate Degree:

Texas Southern University - Bachelor in Arts, Psychology

Graduate Degree:

Capella University - Master of Science, School Counseling

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Elementary School Math

Homework Support

Other

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Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is to let the child lead and their areas in need of improvement will be shown. From there, we will both be learning from each other. I learn how the student's mind works and the student learns how to apply their skills.

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

Typically students have some form of school work in the first session, so I allow them to tell me what they remember about the work before I explain anything. Depending on what they remember, I will either let students complete a problem without my assistance, or show them how to complete it. Then we can work through problems together. Students are always encouraged to ask questions.