I am in my third year at the University of Nevada, Reno, pursuing a B.A. in criminal justice as well as a minor in political science. I have a huge passion for animals, and after majoring in veterinary sciences for two years I decided I am more interested in pursuing law school and focusing on animal rights in hopes of becoming a lawyer one day. I also enjoy painting, reading novels, and hiking with my two beautiful dogs. I have enjoyed every second of my education, and I hope to make other people enjoy school as much as I do!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Nevada-Reno - Bachelors, Criminal Justice
Reading, Spending time with my family, Playing with my dogs, and gardening
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
"It takes a village to raise a child." I want to be a part of this student's life and help make a positive impact on them, so they can set their future goals to be exactly how they want! I want to be here every step of the way and help them succeed in every way I can. No one should ever feel like they've been given up on!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would ask them a ton of questions about their likes/dislikes and what they're passionate about, so that we can focus the lessons in a way that is interesting and exciting to them!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe in a checks and balances system. For every problem I explain, I let the student try one, check it, and if it is incorrect, try again, until the student feels successful on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would find something that inspires the student and keep them goal-oriented. Every time we can meet, we can plan some short-term and long-term goals and see where that takes us.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Repetition and reinforcement. I would make sure the student doesn't feel frustrated or angry, and we would just keep tackling the problem from different angles until they comprehend it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With reading comprehension, I would work with the student to have them read it in their heads and try to tell me what it says, then read it out loud, and I'd see if they understand it. Then, I would read it and see if they pick it up that time, and we'd just keep going through it until they have it down.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful way for a student to learn is to build their confidence. We work in a setting where the student is most confident, and we are able to crack down to the issues in the best way possible while the student is still able to feel confident.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student become engaged in a subject, I would relate it to something the student enjoys. For example, if the student loves cars, I would explain how there has to be correct math going into how the car runs, the miles per gallon calculations, etc.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To ensure the student understands the material, I would repeat the question in different ways, altering small things and reinforcing the topic so that it becomes very simple to them. Repetition is important when learning new skills.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would build a student's confidence with encouraging words to make them know that I know they're trying really hard, and that they're so close to grasping the concept.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs based on what work they request, and after a few warm up scenarios I can see where we should start.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring to a student's needs by either slowing or quickening my pace, as well as speaking in terms the student is most comfortable with.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, most parents provide a student with some notes and tutoring equipment ,and I also use online materials that I have found most helpful to other students.