I graduated Cum Laude from Saint Joseph???s University in Philadelphia, PA in May of 2014. I received my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services and did a concentration in ethics. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to study abroad for a semester in Galway, Ireland when I was a Junior. While I was abroad, I volunteered at a local elementary school and tutored children who were struggling to complete their homework. Acting as both a mentor and tutor to these children ignited my passion to help children and young adults with their education. When I got back from Ireland I knew that I wanted to continue to tutor and that???s exactly what I did! For the first year or so, I stuck to family friends and neighborhood kids but by the second year, my friends were asking me for help too. Although it was difficult at first to separate play from work, I found that knowing my friends personalities helped me adapt to the teaching technique that they best connected with. It was shortly after that when I started to implement two five minute intervals, one at the beginning and one at the end, to talk to the person I am tutoring and get to know what they are about and what they enjoy doing. Personally, I find that strengthening the relationship between myself and the student helps us both succeed. That being said, I am a math tutor because it was always my favorite subject. For whatever reason, math comes naturally to me and I have an aptitude for teaching it as well. In high school I took AP Calculus in addition to every Algebra class my school had to offer. Throughout college, I used my electives to take a few extra math courses because I love dealing with numbers and I strive in this area. I truly believe that those who are struggling can also strive in this subject with some extra support and attention. One of my strengths is my work ethic so I will certainly give it my all while teaching any student, and as long as they do too, we are bound for success. However, as much as I would love to be able to, I cannot do it alone, the student needs to be interested; this is where me knowing about the student really benefits the both of us. During my spare time I enjoy: hiking, being outdoors, playing soccer, painting, and doing arts and crafts. Another one of my favorite activities is to listen to music varying in genres.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Saint Joseph's University - Bachelors, Interdisciplinary Health Services
Soccer, basketball, hiking, reading, arts and crafts, music
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy of teaching is based on a belief that learning needs to be student-centered, and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First, introduce myself and tell the student a little about myself. Then I would ask the student to tell me a bit about themselves. I would make sure the student feels comfortable with me before diving into the subject matter.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
One way to do this is to teach the student about time-management as well as initiative. With these two things, plus some added motivation, an independent learner can emerge.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Through positive reinforcement and depending on age, a reward system. In addition, I would make sure that the subject would stay interesting to the student by tailoring it to their interests.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Talk to the student and find out exactly where the difficulty is occurring. Break the problem down into smaller components and see which component the student is most uncomfortable with. After finding that information out, I would teach the student how to do the problem using the easiest technique for that specific individual, since everybody learns differently.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make the subject relatable to their interests. In the past, I have found that students react really well to this.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Make sure that the student can complete the problem on their own from beginning to end. For me, this is a very important aspect of the tutoring session. I have found that students will say they understand something just to move on to the next thing because they are frustrated. By asking the student to repeat the problem, it allows me to see if they do in fact understand the material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Everyone learns a different way. Once you figure out how a particular student learns, it is easy to adapt the material to the student's needs, especially with math. For example, Sally really likes dealing with percentages, but the problems she is struggling with have to do with ratios and decimals. If you show Sally how to convert ratios and decimals into percentages, she will have the resources she needs to complete the problem efficiently.