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Katie

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As cliche as it sounds, I love learning! I also love watching a student's face when that light bulb goes off and they just "get it." That's why I teach (and why I tutor) - to give students the most chances to have their light bulbs go off so that they can become the best students they can be!

Katie’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Bachelors, History

Graduate Degree: University of Virginia-Main Campus - Masters, Elementary Education

Hobbies

Music, sports, history, reading

Tutoring Subjects

1st Grade

1st Grade Math

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Math

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Math

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade

4th Grade Math

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade

5th Grade Math

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade

6th Grade Math

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade

7th Grade Math

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade

8th Grade Math

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

History

Art

Civics

College English

College Geography

College Level American History

College World History

Creative Writing

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

European History

Geography

Gifted

Government

Handwriting

High School English

High School Geography

High School Level American History

High School World History

Homeschool

Homework Support

Human Geography

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

Math

Middle School

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Reading

Social Sciences

Social studies

SSAT Prep

SSAT- Elementary Level

SSAT- Middle Level

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Vocabulary

World Civilization

World History

Writing


Q & A

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

I use a first session to get to know the student, let them get to know me, set expectations, and have them work through a couple of problems to see where they need extra help.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I give students study and test-taking skills when I see that they are needed to help them become stronger, more independent learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I think incentives are good ways to keep students motivated, whether it's a 5-minute break that's earned, a sticker, or the occasional treat.

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

I try to come up with various ways to tackle a problem to see if a different approach makes a concept or skill easier. A lot of times, a different explanation or way to do it makes it click!

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

I try to relate whatever they are struggling with to their personal interests. If they are struggling with reading, but like the NBA, I try to find some articles to read about basketball to help bridge the gap.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use the first session to go over a variety of sample problems to see where students are struggling. I use that with parent information for what they see nightly with homework as well.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that all students have the capacity to learn, no matter where they are on their educational journey. I believe there needs to be a foundation of respect and trust between students and anyone in a teaching role for the student to really be successful. I believe that collaboration between parents, students, and teachers is the best way to help a student. I believe that learning should be fun!

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

Readers who are struggling with comprehension can benefit from multiple reads, graphic organizers, asking questions about the text, making connections to their lives, and using effective reading strategies like using context clues.

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

When I start working with a student, I like for them to know and see that I'm as excited to be there as they are! Setting the tone from day 1 is super important. I get to know my students and what they like to tailor my tutoring to them, which helps a lot!

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

I can ask tailored questions based on a reading passage to see if they understand it. I can also use simple quizzes, sample tests, and sample problems using skills we've gone over to monitor understanding.

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

Confidence is usually tied to ability, so starting out with something that a student is comfortable with gives a confidence boost. Tying their learning to their interests and abilities also helps them become more confident.

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

I use student's interests to tailor how I approach a subject area. If they are interested in something, it makes everything run smoother, and they are usually more receptive to it.

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

I use reading passages, sample problems, and sample tests during a tutoring session. I also use technology to have students practice concepts.