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Leigh

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I received my BA in Cultural Anthropology from Louisiana State University. I completed a teacher certification course at College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas. I have been a tutor since I was in junior high school. I have been a GED instructor for two years. I believe patience and a positive attitude are essential to success! I have worked with many students who have given up in frustration who simply need extra encouragement and attention to meet their goals. I believe every student has the ability to learn, it's my job to figure out what is the best way to help the student. There is nothing we can't do if we set our minds to it!

Leigh’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - Bachelor in Arts, Anthropology

Hobbies

Music, World of Warcraft, singing, arts & crafts.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

History

Arithmetic

College English

College Level American History

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

GED Prep

High School English

High School Level American History

Math

Middle School Math

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Social studies

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy is: find what motivates and encourages every student to learn.

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

I would assess what goals the student has, ask the student what they feel their needs are, set some short, medium, and long range goals, and spend time getting to know the student to know best how to work with them.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Recognize what the student needs; do they need solitude? A study buddy? What motivates the student?

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Positive reinforcement and encouragement are absolutely vital to student success!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try different approaches and different examples, but sometimes a student simply needs a break or an opportunity to let new info sink in.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Patience is a must! Reading is a skill that improves with practice. I would encourage the student to read more of all kinds of materials, each time asking themselves: what is the author trying to say? Did I understand the point? Practice, practice, practice!

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I try to work at the student's pace, focusing on their abilities. I play to a student's strengths and give encouragement when working on weaknesses.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Don't give up! Look at the struggle as a challenge; believe in yourself and you can succeed!

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I would ask questions to check for comprehension, ask for examples from the student, and give an assessment.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Practice makes perfect, and actual work on a subject will lend confidence. I use positive motivation and encouragement at all times to help build confidence.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

One, I would ask the student what they felt they needed. I would take that into account with what I observe as we work together on a task or subject. I would watch for comprehension, ask questions, and give examples or use assessments.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I am very flexible. Not all people learn the same! Some people learn from watching, some from listening, and some from doing.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

Sometimes I would use the materials provided by the student, and sometimes there are accessories I might bring in to use.