I am passionate about helping students feel more confident and successful in their learning. During my undergraduate studies I tutored peers in French. After graduating from college I taught conversational English in Paris, which nurtured my interest in helping English Language Learners. I love explaining the shades of meaning in words, strengthening students' reading comprehension, and building their writing skills. I believe patience and kindness are key to student success. As a graduate student in a field called Learning Technologies, I am constantly discovering which educational approaches best help students.
I am a great tutor because I believe in finding out why students have certain road blocks to learning and crafting an approach that helps them overcome those obstacles. I am patient and I understand the importance of explaining a concept without assuming prior knowledge or making the learner feel patronized.
In my free time I enjoy yoga, running, playing with dogs, and checking out design blogs.
Undergraduate Degree: Rhodes College - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Master of Arts, Instructional Design
GRE Verbal: 164
Yoga, running, playing with dogs, checking out design blogs
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in taking the time to assess each student's perceptions, concerns, and past experience with a particular academic area. Once I identify a student's "hang-up," I can target my approach to better assist him or her.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I talk with the student and parent to determine expectations. I like to look over a student's academic materials. Creating a plan for the next few weeks or months of tutoring is ideal.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner is about providing him or her with the learning strategies necessary to be successful.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reminding a student of his/her progress is a way to maintain motivation. I also think asking a student to articulate his/her goals in writing helps a student stay focused. There might be challenging times, but the end result is worth it!