I am an online college professor, and I pride myself in working with students to help them understand subjects that they struggle with! I would love to work with all ages in many different areas.
I earned my Masters in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University in 2004 and my Bachelors in Business from William Penn in 2001. I recently finished a second Masters in Higher Education from Kaplan University. I am currently working on my Doctorate in higher education.
I have worked with students both face to face and online for the last 13 years for five different universities. I tutor many different areas including general math, english, APA format, essay writing, business and marketing, Microsoft Office and many other areas. I really do not have a favorite subject to tutor as I like to work in all subjects and will all kinds of students.
My tutoring style is laid back and understanding but on task and effective as well.
Outside of academia I love to fish and camp as well as read (mostly books by Stephen King). I enjoy spending time with my family and my kids as well as taking care of my animals (a pitbull, 2 cats, and several reptiles).
I hope that you will enjoy working with me!!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: William Penn University - Bachelors, Business Management
Graduate Degree: Upper Iowa University - Masters, Business Administration-Quality Management
I love to read! I also like to spend time with my children and go fishing and camping.
CLEP Principles of Management
CLEP Principles of Marketing
College Application Essays
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing
IB Business & Management
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
OAT Reading Comprehension
PC Basic Computer Skills
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that a teacher or professor or tutor is someone who is there to guide the student to understanding. They are more of a coach who helps the student understand information and does not just hand them answers.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would want to take a few moments to get to know the student and also understand their learning style. This will help me to better assist them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will offer students online activities and self-help websites, as well as videos that will help the student become an independent learner.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Frustration can be very de-motivating. I will make sure that students do not get frustrated or overwhelmed and make sure that the tutoring environment is very calm. I will use patience and understanding.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
First, I would try explaining the information in another way. I would find outside sources to help, and would use a variety of learning activities to help with understanding.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Comprehension can be difficult. I would read through the passage with them a couple times, pointing out key things to look for. Then I would ask them specific questions to help guide them toward the correct answer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Making sure that I build a relationship with a student is important. I want them to be comfortable working with me.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I want to help them have the "lightbulb" turn on and understand the underlying concepts. I always will be smiling and understanding, and patience and happiness is contagious.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use reinforcement, comprehension questions, and review techniques.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
This is through practice. If it is math, have them do several problems and praise them when they succeed.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
There are several things here to look at. You will want to look at academic deficiencies as well as any emotional things going on.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I look at learning style, and I am sure to adapt my teaching methods to their personal learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the student. We can use actually homework questions, online sites, YouTube videos, practice questions or case studies.