I started tutoring in 2010 when I helped a couple of students in my community with Math/Algebra. Since then I have been a volunteer tutor in elementary classrooms and after school programs. I even went to Nicaragua for 3 weeks to teach English. For a couple months during my junior year I helped out at my old elementary school's Dolphin Club. At the Dolphin Club, I planned activities, facilitated homework and reading time, supervised recess, helped fill out paperwork and tutored students who have special needs. During the summer of 2016, I spent 10 weeks as a teacher's assistant in Cusco, Peru. I worked with 1st and 2nd grade classes grading papers, assisting students with their assignments, and even substituting for entire days. This experience has improved not only my Spanish, but also my teaching methods in all subjects. My past experience gives me the tools I need to help students do their best to achieve their learning goals. At the heart of the matter, I am very passionate about learning and I love to share that passion with others. I strive to ensure that every student receives the proper amount of support and attention he or she deserves. I would describe my teaching style as patient, understanding, thorough, and creative. I try to incorporate fun into learning. I specialize in tutoring English, Spanish, Social Sciences, Humanities and Essay Test Prep.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Idaho - Bachelor in Arts, International Studies
Languages, Arts and Crafts, Reading, Movies, and Music
AP US Government
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that learning should be engaging so when I tutor, I try to engage the student with hands-on activities, outside materials, and entertaining stories. To me, these resources make learning fun and help the student understand the material better.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In every session I like to recommend at least one study tool that the student can use for that particular situation and other areas of learning. I like to think of this as I give them tools to then add to their academic toolbox to be useful later in life.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help my student set an overarching goal during our first session. At the beginning of every following session the student and I will set a mini-goal for that session that is a step towards reaching their big goal. I find this helps students stay motivated because they are able to feel accomplishment at the end of every session, and they can see their progress towards their main goal.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session with a student, I normally try to assess their level with the subject so I can best help them improve. Then I like to help the student set a goal for each subject so that they have something to work towards. I also like to figure out a student's learning styles and interests so that I can incorporate them into our sessions and keep the student engaged. Once I accomplish all of this, I like to dive right into our first lesson, helping the student reach their learning goals as soon as possible.