I'm so excited to be working in the Bay Area as a tutor. I love this place, and I love its people! If you're struggling with English, reading, writing, comprehension, study skills, or the like, I'm here to help. I love providing you with the tools and skills necessary to reach your goals, and I love getting to know people on a personal basis. Not only can I adapt my tutoring style to your needs, but I also get to meet some awesome people! Humans are social; learning is social; together we can do this!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Chico - Bachelors, English Education
Soccer (sports), reading, writing, art, going to the beach, exploring the city, anything outdoors
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to get on the level of each student. Each person is different, and if we can connect, we can learn and grow together. Human beings are social and learning is social. Let's do this together.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
A typical first session is a lot of fun! It looks like getting to know each other, establishing needs, goals, and scheduling, and then diving into the work head on.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I love to provide the skills and strategies useful for independent learning. Humans learn by imitation, so I model how to study/prepare/organize effectively, then allow them to practice and master those skills themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep it fun and relaxed! Learning can be hard, but that doesn't mean that it has to be boring. We are naturally curious about our own world, so I like to dive into that curiosity and pull it out to foster better learning. Students who enjoy learning are motivated to learn more.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would approach it in different ways. Not everyone learns the same way, so it's important to gauge the best way a particular student learns and capitalize on that.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension can be difficult even for adults. It is best cultivated by practice (lots of reading) and reporting. Reporting can look like a number of different things: discussion, tellbacks, note-taking, etc. The more we talk about something out loud or write it down, the better we understand and remember it.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I enjoy learning their strengths and interests so that I can play to them. If a student is interested and engaged, they're so much more likely to learn well. If they know how it applies to them and their world, they'll remember it more and appreciate it.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Everything can be personalized to some degree. Even if it's just some small part, it can be pulled out and focused on. A student who struggles with a subject or doesn't see the point needs to be shown the value of it. I can show them the value of it and relate it to their world.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
There are so many skills that can help with this: organizational skills, reporting skills, test prep skills, etc. A student who works through the material in an organized manner the first time, takes excellent notes, and utilizes review techniques will definitely understand the material. Personalization is also a fantastic way to understand and remember things. Make the material and subject content relatable!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence in a subject comes from a couple of different sources. First of all, they need positive, verbal reinforcement. Encouragement goes so far in building students' confidence. They need to know from the tutor that they can do it. Secondly, they need to experience success. Being successful in a subject gives them the motivation and confidence to keep going and eventually make it to that next level. Success is gained by learning the right skills and strategies to do well, things a great tutor will teach.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
There are a couple of different ways to evaluate needs. The first approach I take is to simply ask them. They will let you know what they struggle with or what they don't feel comfortable with. Another way is to observe them completing a task. If I need to see how well they read, I'll ask them to read. If I need to see their essay skills, I'll ask for a sample, etc.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Adaptation comes from knowing the student well. I love the process of getting to know the individual behind the student. Once I know the person I'm working with, then I'll know how best to approach tutoring to suit their needs/preferences/styles of learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the subject! It includes everything from books and textbooks to candy and paper airplanes.