I am a recent college graduate with a love of teaching. I've taught students from Kindergarten, to 11th grade. I love language and science. My love of language started in Middle School and has fueled my travels to Central and South America. Learning a second language late in life can be extremely challenging. I have developed learning techniques from my personal struggles and from my students that allow students to make friends with difficult subjects. The most important and radical idea is that we are all capable of learning whatever we desire. I take joy in creating an environment that allows my students to flourish in their studies.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Bachelors, Bachelor's of Science in Public Health
I love to dance, volunteer, and travel. I was a member of the USF Latin Dance Club and have volunteered for many different organizations including Stand-Up for Kids, City Rescue Mission, and Florida Hospital. So far I have traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a tutor, I'm my student's guide to learning. Many times as learners, difficult subjects can feel overwhelming and impossible, and curiosity gets lost. It's our curiosity that drives our learning. It is my job to facilitate my student's curiosity and guide them through the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
When I first meet with a student, I want to get to know them and set goals together for their sessions. This way they can see their improvement, and thus build self-confidence in their comprehension.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It's easy to get discouraged when we don't understand a subject matter. We feel lost and helpless, but this is just a feeling. The first thing I go over is how to read a question. Anxiety can cloud our minds, and if we don't know what's being asked, we can't give the correct response. When I tutor my students, I encourage and coach them to ask the right questions. I'm aiming to increase their confidence. Everyone has to learn how to multiply for the first time, and it's hard, but we can all do it.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
How I encourage others to motivate themselves is by making it relevant to their lives. When we learn how a subject matter fits into our daily lives, it can have a lasting effect on us. I mean, how cool is that!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I do my best to figure out what the student does know, and then we can work from there. If they are still having difficulty, it usually means there's a communication issue. When this happens, I rephrase, and then ask them to give it back to me in their own words.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way to build confidence is to showcase what they've learned by having them tell you what they've learned. At the end, I make it a point to remind them that they came up with the correct answer, not me. I show them the path and they walk down it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask them to tell me what they know and what they'd like to know. This way we know our starting and finishing point.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As a tutor, flexibility is key. I'm open to trying varying approaches based on the student.