I graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Visual Communication and a double minor in English annd Studio Art. I believe that the different methods of teaching and the different academic disciplines affect each other. Strengthening one area of study will more than likely allow students to be prepared to excel in another area of expertise. This past summer, I had the privilege of tutoring a high school student in writing. When we had reached our final tutoring session, I was amazed to hear some of the ideas which she shared -- ideas which she wanted to write about. Although I do tutor a few other subjects, it is the writing that I look forward to most. Outside of academia, I enjoy healthy cooking, being outside, and spending time with friends.
Sam Houston State University - Bachelors, Visual Communication
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Writing
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
At times in my experience, being given the tools for intuitive, creative, and structured thinking proves more beneficial than linear facts. I believe that if a student is given the credit for having a gift in some undiscovered area, that this given credit will then allow the student to have the confidence, and the patience, of letting themselves be discovered. I like to, occasionally, include things like discussions, physical exercises, and academic exercises from other areas of study to help cultivate an environment of learning. If I am placed in a situation both blindfolded and with my ears covered, then I must rely on some other method of identifying the world around me. The painter must learn how to see. The writer must learn how to listen.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first tutoring session with a student, I would probably exchange introductions and seek to understand the following: • what the student's and parents' desires, goals, and expectations are • the assignments and the expectations of the student's teacher and/or school After the previous items, the session might include some brief reading, or perhaps some activities or exercises not directly related to the subject at hand.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would like to try to open up possibilities for awe and fresh vigor -- learning does not have to be boring or aimless. Life can sometimes come when we are able to recognize that there are many gifts available to us, that we are each undeserved, and that there is someone who would like nothing more than to give to us and call us superb. There are practical habits and exercises that can help us cultivate focus. There are some habits of discipline that I can share. Developing discipline, however, does take time.