I am currently teaching Independent Studies in Sacramento. I have tutored in the past with all ages plus I have done some SAT tutoring as well. To me, a great tutor is someone who uses different ideas to help a student understand. A great tutor makes sure to help the student grasp the concepts, so he or she can apply them with future learning experiences.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Davis - Bachelors, Dramatic Arts
Graduate Degree: Brandman University - Masters, Masters in Education
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Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Since I have been teaching Independent Studies for almost 7 years, I have developed strategies such as time management, schedules and other resources that can help a student become an independent learner.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help a student make a personal connection to the subject. Students need to see how the subject can tie into their real life so they can become excited about learning.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know what their educational background is so I know where they are coming from. I would also get to know them on a personal level so I can make connections between their interests and the subjects they are working on.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make a personal connection to the lesson. Also I would maybe make a game out of the lesson we were working on. Making a subject interesting usually motivates a student and keeps them interested.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go step by step through the concept and see where the student is having difficulty. I would also look at other ways (visual aids/videos/hands-on materials) to be able to help them learn.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would find a story that interests them. If you show them that they have the skills to understand something, this can help with confidence. Also, I might find something that is on their level, and slowly move them up to where they need to be.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that visual aids or videos are helpful when working on a student. Hands-on activities are also helpful to be able get students working on things successfully.