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Throughout my academic career, I have had the opportunity to tutor young students aspiring to propel in their studies. In high school, I was hired as a private tutor to help a fifth grader improve in her mathematics' course. I was able to improve her scores on her tests and homework. As a result, by the end of the semester, her grade went up from a B to an A. It was a rewarding experience as I learned that I could teach a personally difficult subject. My discomfort with the subject area did not hinder me from teaching mathematics. Instead, it allowed me to better relate to the frustrations of the student and brainstorm more creative lesson plans to teach the mathematical principles. In addition to this, I also tutored and crafted art programs for school age children as a Program Assistant in Campfire USA.
In college, I was elected Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Student Government Association. As such, I was responsible for overseeing the division of Academic Affairs in the interest of the Student Body. I created a program known as the "Academic Achievement Forum." It was in conjunction with the Freshmen Year Experience Program and Learning Resource Center. I contacted upperclassmen and professors to attend the sessions, and lobbied for freshmen to receive extra credit through the program. It aided in raising the overall GPA of the 2017 Freshmen to two GPA points. In addition to this, I was also an AmeriCorps volunteer during the summer in a disadvantaged community in Anchorage, AK. I was in charge of facilitating Writing Workshops with students from ages 11 to 16. The classes were usually comprised of 10 or 12 students.
Finally, my most recent teaching experience was during my study abroad term last fall in Dakar, Senegal. I volunteered for the Center of Handicapped Persons, and I worked with mentally and physically disabled school age Senegalese students. I had to use both my French and Wolof language skills in order to communicate with them. However, I learned that the best way to speak to them was through a genuine smile and laughter. We were responsible for showing them the steps to make simple clay sculptures. The center believed that the students would best enhance their motor skills through pottery. It's a memory that still resonates within me. The joy and pride that beamed across their face after finishing their work of art was a part of one of my most notable moments in Senegal.
Through these experiences and opportunities, I have learned that my passion and excitement for learning makes me a great tutor. I do not believe that it is an individual's innate aptitude or talent that causes them to be successful at school. As long as the individual develops a sincere zeal for learning, they can master an academic subject area. Thus I am dedicated to providing both the environment and the opportunity for students to gain this fundamental drive for education.

Nobuko’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Lincoln University of PA - Bachelor in Arts, Political Science and French

Graduate Degree: George Washington University - Master of Arts, International Development Studies

Hobbies

Traving around the world; Listening to Pandora; Spending time with family and friends; Volunteering in community wide events

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

Advanced Placement Prep

African History

African-American History

AP English Language and Composition

AP French

AP French Language and Culture

AP US Government

College English

Comparative Literature

Constitutional Law

Creative Writing

Elementary School

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

Fiction Writing

French 1

French 2

French 3

Government

GRE Verbal

High School

High School English

High School Writing

Homeschool

Honors

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Persuasive Writing

Philosophy

Political Science

Shakespeare

Summer

Vocabulary


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I do not believe that it is an individual's innate aptitude or talent that allows them to be successful at school. As long as they develop a sincere zeal for learning, they can master any academic subject area. This enthusiasm occurs when a student feels they personally identify with the subject. I am dedicated to providing both the environment and the opportunity for students to gain this fundamental drive for education.

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

I would first establish a comfortable rapport with the student by briefly introducing my academic background and aspirations. I would then ask the student to do the same, so I can gage how to approach the subject matter in accordance with their interests. Following this, I would give the student a short assessment of the subject to understand where their strengths and difficulties are. Depending on how much time is left in the session, I would begin to address the first segment of the subject with the student. The most important part for me in the first session is to establish a clear understanding of who the student is and what their learning style is.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe it starts with connecting the students' personal interests and aspirations to the subject area. If the students do not feel that the subject is relevant to their lives, it will be significantly more difficult to encourage the students to independently retain the information. The students, in some way, must be inspired by the material. I love translating the learning material into terms that apply directly to the students and showing them that education is a life-changing agent.