As a previous NCAA Athlete and childcare provider, I have a unique background and teaching style that will help your child succeed inside and outside the classroom. Being an athlete, you learn how to handle different responsibilities all at once-your personal life, athletics, and academia. With that, you have to learn to adjust time management skills, discipline, and confidence. These skills are essential to everyday life; it is important a child learns them now early on so he or she can only improve these skills. I apply these to a child's tutoring session from day 1; when the student and I are done with however many sessions, the child will be applying these skills to all aspects of his/her life. It might not be easy but I will work with the child until he/she feels comfortable and confident! While working with kids and being hands-on as a nanny, I learned how to make learning fun. A child's education is so important! If you do not make it fun or make it seem like it is something exciting and/or worth while, the child will lose interest. A child needs to know how important and how far their education can take them! Majoring in psychology, specializing in child development and neurology, I learned not only how important teachers are in a child's life but the best way in which information is retained while learning. An educator can have such a powerful impact on a child's life; it is important to find a positive, enthusiastic, and passionate teacher that wants your child to succeed. I'd love to your young adult succeed in school! I believe I have all the right tools.
Elmhurst College - BS, Psychology
What is your teaching philosophy?
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." I believe this quote is 100% true! When I work with my students, I not only help them with their material but I give them study tips and help them learn better study skills; additionally, I try to teach my students skills that can be used daily, not only with their school work but applied to their own lives as well!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I sit down with the student and we talk over what the problem is. We look at previous tests/quizzes, notes, etc., and figure out a plan that will help them succeed. It honestly depends on what the student wants to gain/accomplish out of meeting with me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
A student needs to learn and recognize their strengths and weaknesses. Once a student knows where they need to improve, they can work on his/her weaknesses and flourish with the strengths the student already has! Once the student's weakness has become a strength, they can grow as a student on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Once a student starts seeing progress and improvement within themselves, using that is a great way to keep students motivated and wanting to keep going and doing better. If progress for one student is slower than the rest, I stay positive and work as long/as hard as the student needs in order to get to where they want to be. For some, progress happens within a few sessions, depending on the weakness he/she is trying to correct; for others, it may be something that takes a few months! Every student is different. Another teaching method I've noticed that keeps students motivated is making learning fun! That's the key to making a child stay engaged and be persistent.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I'd diagnose the problem and find out what part of the concept the student is having difficulty with. Then, we'd work with problems, equations, whatever the case may be, that work with that specific skill or concept until he/she understands.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is something I myself struggled with at one point. The only way to get better at reading is to read! Reading specific ways and using different methods while reading a story can help a student with reading comprehension. For my personal methods of helping a student, I first have them visualize what's going on in the story. After that, some students are able to comprehend what's going on, the cause and effects, etc.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I sit down with a student and we go over what he/she needs to work on, I give the student tips in order to help them. If the student puts in their share of effort and focuses and they really want to do better, I find the start of the tutoring relationship is much better! I also help them out by letting myself be available via phone, so if they have questions on their homework, I can help out (only in the beginning though, as I want the student to learn to figure it out on their own).
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
This is one of the toughest areas of being a tutor-- trying to engage someone in something they aren't excited about. However, using personal experiences about schooling or sports has helped me to re-engage my students. For a student to know that the tutor/teacher has been in their seat before gives them confidence that they can come out successful. It's also helpful to make the learning fun for the child; using different types of learning tools in a subject that the student is very interested in has helped me as well.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quizzes and test questions! If a student is able to solve a problem correctly, with several problems approached in different ways but asking the same ultimate question, I know that the student understands.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Help the student succeed! There is no better confidence builder other than success. If the student isn't succeeding right away or at a pace they are okay with, stick with the student and be their support system and (to an extent) their cheerleader. Their confidence sparks, and you've got to run with it!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
During the first session, I go over the student's previous work. Additionally, I do a few problems there with the student and figure out what the problem is or could be. From there, I develop exercises that will better help the student and create a plan.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every tutor should adapt to a student's needs. Once I realize what the student's needs are, I adapt (whether it is using a certain type of learning tool or determining whether or not the student is a visual or hands-on learner).
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on what subject matter the student needs help with! If it's something elementary, I'll use things such as blocks, shapes, etc. If it is something like calculus, I'll make sure to have different calculus problems, tests, and worksheets available to help the student practice.