Tutoring is my passion. Working one-on-one with students gives them the focus they need to grasp difficult concepts. I appreciate that each student is unique with a specific learning style. Therefore, I tailor my sessions to fit the student's needs. I am very patient, encouraging, and reliable.
With over 20 years of tutoring experience, I have consistently helped students raise their grade level and improve their mastery of the subject matter. As a results-oriented tutor, I am reliable and professional. I am organized and arrive at every tutoring session prepared. For each student I tailor my teaching style to match their learning skills. I maintain good communication with the parents of my students and with their teachers when I have been asked to contact their teachers. My passion is education, and I enjoy conveying this enthusiasm to my students in the following areas: Art History and AP Art History; American, World, and European History and AP levels; English, World, and American Literature; English Language Arts; Theology; Government; Social Studies; and French I, II, III, IV and AP level French as well as French conversation and trip planning.
Undergraduate Degree: College of William and Mary - Bachelors, Art History
Graduate Degree: The University of Texas at Austin - Masters, Art History
Tennis, movies, board games, planning overseas travel for family and friends, needle point
AP US History
CLEP American Literature
CLEP English Literature
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present
College Level American Literature
College World History
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
IB Visual Arts
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Latin America History
Middle School Social Studies
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I continually encourage the student by praising their efforts and demonstrating their progress thus far.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that it is vital to listen closely to a student's questions and pay attention to their needs throughout the season. In addition to listening to the student, I believe it is important to keep them engaged and motivated.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I find out what the student would like to achieve through our tutoring sessions. I typically review the student's homework assignments, tests, and quizzes. I put the student at ease by my relaxed, calm demeanor.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I provide the student with the tools they need to become an independent learner by demonstrating note-taking skills and strategic learning techniques.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I present the material in a new manner being as creative as possible. In order to keep the student encouraged, I communicate the fact that the concept is complex but not too difficult to master.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I tutor French, so reading comprehension involves mastery of vocabulary, as well as the ability to understand certain words through their context. I encourage the student to read as much as possible in order to improve their comprehension of French. I provide them with texts that are interesting, as well as websites and videos.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It is vital to put the student at ease, since the tutoring experience may be unfamiliar and intimidating at first. I ask the student to communicate their needs and expectations, so I can tailor our sessions appropriately.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show the student different websites that are entertaining yet informative. I have found that there are a number of French videos that are especially helpful to my students. I also encourage my students to listen to French on the radio, watch French movies, and read French magazines or French blogs.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask the student to "teach" me the concept we have just worked on.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I am a tireless cheerleader when it comes to building my student's confidence. I start with praising his/her progress, no matter how small. I offer positive reinforcement throughout each lesson.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Firstly, I listen to the student and his/her parents. Next, I take a look at their homework, quizzes, tests, and notes to evaluate their needs. If appropriate, and with permission, I contact the teacher to get their perspective on the student's needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I pay close attention to the student's questions and take my time to answer them thoroughly. I observe the student from our first session to determine their learning style, and adapt my teaching accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, Quizlet and videos to keep the student engaged and learning.