I am a college graduate who has experience tutoring 6th and 7th graders in reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary expansion, and essay writing while serving as an AmeriCorps City Year member. I have also tutored High School and College students in English and analyzing Classical Literature. Through volunteer work with another organization, I have also worked with younger populations on reading comprehension and vocabulary expansion. My studies in Speech-Language Pathology and my work as a City Year member has aided me in mastering attentive listening skills, ability to write lesson plans that focus on my student's needs, creating vocabulary and math games, and keeping track of my students' progress. I am a flexible educator, ready to adapt to different students' learning styles, while making the lessons interactive and fun.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Brooklyn College - Bachelors, Speech-Language Pathology
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the best way to relay a concept to a student is to do it through their interests. Relate the subject to the student, so they can overcome the fear of something new, and tackle an approachable challenge.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself to my student, tell them about my background and interests to see if we have anything in common. I would want my student and I to get to know each other as people, not just tutor and student. This would allow us to create a level of trust that leaves the student feeling open to tell me their challenges. From this point, I would ask my student to explain what they need help with, and what strategies they have already used to address these challenges. Then, I would do some exercises related to the areas the student felt they needed help with, to get a better understanding of how I could most efficiently help my student. After the exercises, I would discuss with the student the schedule of topics we would cover and an outline of how the sessions would proceed from then on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would ask my students "wh" questions (what, who, where, why) to encourage them to analyze the question to better understand the skill that is being tested. I would put more emphasis on understanding the concept behind the question instead of the question itself.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would create a progress chart to show topics covered through our time spent together. I would also make sure to schedule breaks during sessions where my student and I could talk about general topics: movies, pop culture, news, etc., or meditate or do a physical activity to help clear our minds before moving onto the next question.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would see if the student needs a break or if something that happened in their day is affecting their ability to focus on the task at hand. If that is not the case, then I would go through the steps to use the skill or understand the concept to pinpoint the exact area where the student is getting confused. This way, I can help the student on the one aspect of the concept that is confusing instead of just rehashing the same words over and over again.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, I have a reading session with the student where I have them read a section of the passage silently and then explain to me what they read without looking at the text. This way, I can gauge if the student can recall events, follow a plot line, and remember character names. If the student has trouble with this task, I would ask specific "wh" questions where they can use the text to find the answer to help them get used to paying attention to those specific details that are important to the story. I would then teach the student different strategies to help them stay focused on the reading, take notes of important facts, and acquire tools to remember aspects of the story.