Hello. My name is Jenny Gebert and I am very excited about the opportunity to work with you or your child to help achieve better writing or reading skills. I am very passionate about education and believe that everyone can improve with a little bit of extra help. I have helped many students write college essays and love hearing the words, "I got accepted!" Additionally, I score standardized test essays, have taught ESL and tutor and edit for college students. I look forward to being your tutor.
Undergraduate Degree: Wichita State University - Bachelor in Arts, General Studies
Graduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Masters in Education, Counseling, Higher Education
I love to read, travel and cook. My passion in life though is animals. My dogs and cats are my family and I look forward to the day when I can add a pig to our brood!
What is your teaching philosophy?
To work with that student in whatever works best for them. Being patient, compassionate and caring.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I will get to know that student and get a feel for how I can best help them. I try to make them laugh and feel confident.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
We all struggle and have different ways of learning, but with a little guidance we can improve. I will give step by step plans, guidelines and goals that are within reason to achieve.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Reassurance, reassurance! I will try to make the subject fun and interesting, remind the student that we all get frustrated, but it can happen.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break it down, simplify it, and use context around difficult words. I show patience and praise when they demonstrate a learned concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would go slowly and try to make it understandable by explaining and using wording they can grasp. I would be very patient.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know that student's individual needs, and lots of laughter and reassurance. Humor is key.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would do everything in my power to make it interesting and try to make it fun.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I will try anything once! I think explaining at a level they can grasp with demonstration and understanding helps.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Laughter, reassurance, and a reminder that we all struggle and have frustrations. I praise all that the student does right!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking with them, looking for cues such as anxiety, frustration, or impatience. I would encourage that student to trust me and let me guide them.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student is different and I understand that each person needs their own individual approach. I have to be the flexible one to meet their needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will bring whatever works best for that individual student. Whether a book, printed materials, the Internet or just verbal skills, I will use what best works for that student.