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Pamela

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An avid learner eager to educate and be educated, I am excited to work as a private tutor! I am a recent graduate from Boston College, where I received a B.A. in Elementary Education and Economics. I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Economics and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Through BC's Lynch School of Education, I had the opportunity to student teach in urban, private Catholic, and suburban settings. After three semesters of student teaching (in grades K2, 6, and 4), and full-time student teaching in grade 4, I am endorsed for teaching elementary grades 1-6. Through various volunteer opportunities, I also have experience working one-on-one and in small groups with students ages 4 to 13, and am very comfortable working with students with disabilities. Along with all elementary school subjects (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies), I love working with middle school Math as well as English up through college level. I am also extremely organized and would love to assist with studying and organization tips. I am very open to online tutoring, as it saves travel time and utilizes technology with which students can become familiar and utilize independently.
I believe it is my responsibility to utilize my opportunities and talents to guide children and students to realize and reach their full potential. A sense of curiosity goes a long way, both in learning and in life.
In my free time I enjoy lounging in my pajamas with a good book (my favorite as a child was The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine), yoga, exploring new and familiar environments, browsing used bookstores, finding cafes and coffee shops, and sweets (I especially love cheesecake and oatmeal raisin cookies).

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Pamela’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston College - Bachelors, Elementary Education & Economics

Graduate Degree: Teachers College at Columbia University - Current Grad Student, Economics & Education

Hobbies

Family, reading, used book stores, street fairs, walks, yoga, and superheroes.

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Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

All children can learn -- it's a matter of relating to each child in terms of interests, situations, learning habits, and strengths/weaknesses in certain subject areas.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I will always start by getting to know my student's goals, learning styles, and interests. If I have an idea of how a student thinks and what he/she would like to achieve, I can better cater to his/her needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Learning is largely about curiosity and confidence. If a student is curious, he/she will be eager to discover new information and try things out independently. Similarly, if a student is confident in his/her abilities, he/she will be willing to continue learning. It's important to foster both of these aspects in a student, especially from the beginning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If a student is reminded of his/her original goals, and sees improvement, he/she will tend to stay motivated. I would remind my students of how our task at hand relates to a more general goal, and our purpose for reaching that goal.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

People learn differently; therefore, it is important to cater to different learning styles. I would approach the concept in a different way in order for the student to better understand it.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I would break down the passage and discuss the overarching plot or ideas in the excerpt, as well as look closely at the specific question(s) pertaining to the passage.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Finding common ground from the beginning creates a sense of trust and understanding between a student and teacher -- that is my goal for the start of each journey with each individual student.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would remind students of their strengths, and tie those strengths and his/her interests to the subject at hand. I would also give personal anecdotes to better relate to my student.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

Repetition is often key in learning reinforcement. I would ask the student in a few different ways to explain the concept, as well as apply the concept to ensure full understanding.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

Practice allows students to make mistakes and learn from them, as well as reinforce what they may already know. I would give positive reinforcement, encourage questions, and ensure practice.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Depending on the situation, I would either talk to the student's parents to discuss the goals of the tutoring sessions, and/or talk to the student to set goals and gauge current conditions. Depending on the subject area, I may ask questions and ask for examples to better understand the student's strengths/weaknesses.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

I will always hone into each student's personality, learning style, and current mood. Some days are just off days, and that's okay -- but it doesn't mean students can't learn. I would just shift gears to better relate to the student in that session.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I prefer to use paper and pencil in order to provide written examples as well as to go through the process of writing and reinforcing concepts. However, depending on the subject matter, I may also utilize a laptop, a calculator, testing books, etc.


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