My name is Laura Williams, and I have taught English for six years and tutored for over eight. I love working with children, and I especially love introducing them to the world of reading. I believe all students (even high school) enjoy to read SOMETHING. My goal is to help them find out what they enjoy reading and then teach them how to enjoy reading it. I believe in the concept of one-on-one student/teacher interaction because so much can happen when an educator can see each individual learner and his/her full potential-- something often difficult in a large classroom. When a student gains confidence, the sky is the limit.
McNeese State University - BA, English
Northwestern State University - MA, Secondary Education
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is student-centered, taking the "sage of the stage" so to speak. I believe that the purpose of education is to help students to discover their strengths-- not in a specific subject, but as a learner. What type of learner is the student and how can he/she strengthen and build upon that strength? Tutoring is the best way to come by this rather than a large classroom. As a teacher, I advocate for smaller classes because of this. Smaller classes allow me to hone in on each student's individual strengths and plan my lessons accordingly.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During my first session, I would like to get to know the student first, both as a person and a learner. This will help me develop further methods as we progress.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By identifying the student's strengths and how that student can maximize these strengths, I can help the them become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Most students are not inherently motivated. I use different techniques to help these kids stay on track: incentive programs; competitions; short-term goal setting; and, of course, Mom and Dad's suggestions.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
When a student has difficulty learning a skill, I like to present it in a different way, and I keep doing this until the student learns this skill.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is difficult. I try to incorporate various reading strategies (fill-in-the-blank templates, anticipation guides, dual notes, etc.) and let the student choose which method he/she likes best.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
In order to be a successful tutor, I think that first the student and teacher must learn things about each other. This helps to create a comfortable learning environment, which is crucial to success.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
When students know they struggle in a specific subject, it is important that the teacher motivate and excite the students about each lesson. Applying the topic to something they are exposed to everyday (social media, video games, music, etc.) helps to capture the interest.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Guided practice, individual practice, records of scores, etc.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Find the student's strengths and help him/her use that strength to succeed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Personality and diagnostic testing helps to identify where the student struggles, but also helps to identify the type of learner that student is.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Once I know the type of person and learner the student is, I can adapt my lessons to fit his/her learning style. For example, many boys are kinesthetic learners. For these types of learners, lessons outside or lessons that involve moving around are the most effective.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always use technology and try to incorporate the technology the student may have. I find online quizzes and phone apps can be successful if the student is taught to use them properly. Also, index cards, highlighters, and post it's help to enhance the lesson.