I love to help students succeed in their academic pursuits, because I enjoy seeing the look of pride when they finally understand and master a concept. I have been tutoring for approximately seven years. I have worked with students in 6th grade-12th grade and even some adult education students. I received my Bachelor's degree in Communication from Regent University and my Master's in Human Resources and Counseling with a focus in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Almost all of the classes in my Master's program were centered around communication, which I believe really helps me when tutoring. I can approach things many different ways in order to best teach a student the material in a way they can understand it. I tutor in various math courses and English, but math is definitely my favorite because I love to solve problems that have a definite answer.
I like to be lighthearted and really personable while also focusing on the subject matter at hand. I believe it helps make the session fun in the midst of material that may be difficult to understand. It also encourages the student instead of making them anxious about having to complete assignments.
Other than tutoring, I love to spend time more than my family. My husband and my two children are a lot more fun than math, and we love to have fun together!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Regent University - Bachelor in Arts, Communication
Graduate Degree: Liberty University - Master of Arts, Human Services Counseling with a focus in Executive Leadership
SAT Math: 700
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10th Grade Math
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Elementary School Math
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe every student can succeed and complete assignments on their own with the right tools and knowledge. I strive to encourage them in what they know, and I never make them feel inadequate. I encourage questions and frequently ask them what they are thinking or how they would go about answering the question. I believe teaching is all about proper communication.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session, I get to know the student personally. I also like to watch how they answer the first few questions in order to assess where they are and what the weaknesses are. If they have assignments from school that have been graded, I usually look over those as well.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe if you continually ask a few questions in the same order each time, the student will learn to ask the questions to themselves before they begin the problem. For instance, in Algebra, I usually ask, "What is the question asking for? What is the first step? What would you do next?" You just have to provide the tools necessary.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage them by telling them they are making good progress and doing a good job.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain it in a different way.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When students are struggling with reading comprehension, I try to help them break down each sentence and get the main idea of the question/paragraph before moving on to the next section.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found getting to know the student is the most successful path to a good tutoring relationship, because it builds rapport.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
In order to ensure a student understands the material, I usually make up some extra questions that are related to the subject matter, and let them tackle the challenge on their own. I do not assist in these questions unless they get stuck, in which case we continue to do more practice problems.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by giving them multiple practice problems, and watching their thought process and how they complete the problems.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every subject is adaptable. You have to know where to begin in order to successfully teach a subject.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I have various math books and worksheets for different subjects that I work from if the student does not have their own materials from school.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to make the subject fun and create some sort of game out of it to keep it engaging.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence in a subject by being very encouraging and always affirming the things they do well.