I have tutoring experience from elementary up to college-aged students. I recently returned from Ghana, West Africa, where I was a junior high teacher. During my 2 years there, I taught mathematics and a basic computer course. It was there where I learned to carry a bucket of water on my head and harvest peanuts.
My favorite part of teaching is when students ask me questions. The more questions, the better! If you don't ask questions, it is tricky for me to understand what you know and what you need help on. So ask away!
In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, going for walks, and watching Ghanaian movies with my husband. I also love learning and doing new things, so if you have done or learned something amazing, I would love to hear about it!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Simpson College - Bachelors, Honors Mathematics, Computer Science
Reading, listening to music, watching Ghanaian movies, learning new things
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe teaching one-on-one with a student is key. Also, allowing them to ask as many questions as possible is important, so they can feel more confident in the work they are doing.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After getting to know each other a bit, I would start off by testing what the student knows and doesn't know. That way, we can move forward in a productive manner.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's important to be there for a student and answer any and all questions. However, it is also important to let that student come to the conclusion on his or her own. That way, he or she is really using their brain, and they will get a huge sense of accomplishment and pride when they solve something on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Constant encouragement is so important. Always making the student feel like they are moving forward, whether it's a big or small accomplishment really encourages and motivates them to continue.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
We would slow things down a bit, and take it one sentence at a time. We'd read one sentence and focus on the meaning of that sentence before moving on to the next. We would continue doing this as we gradually increased the number of sentences, and before we know it, we've finished the story!
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I feel that really getting to know the student and developing that relationship is key to an outstanding performance. If a student doesn't feel comfortable with a teacher or tutor, they are less likely to ask questions and less likely to get involved.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find a way to make that subject exciting. Take a break from all the lessons and practice problems. Give them something new and different that may spark something inside their growing minds.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Testing students is an important way to ensure they are understanding the material. It is also important to have the student explain his or her solutions when working through problems, so you can actually hear how they are thinking through the process. That way, if a mistake comes along, you can catch it and correct it.