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The daughter of two teachers, I have always had a passion for learning and a desire to help others. While I chose to pursue a different career path for myself (deciding to follow another passion of mine, television), tutoring helps me fulfill that need to help others and watch them evolve. I have always believed that too whom much is given, much is required, so having knowledge or skills and not sharing it, is not a notion familiar to me. Helping someone learn and understand a concept is great, but the bigger pleasure comes from showing them how to use the skills that they already possess to achieve results on their own, and being around to witness them do it.

Reading and writing have always been hobbies and pleasures for me. From personal assignments to assignments necessary for a grade, they are some one of my strongest and most experienced subject areas to work in. I enjoy sharing those moments with others and helping them find their own strengths and pleasures within those subjects.

I received my undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, graduating Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communications. At that time, the Mass Communication program was under the English department so I received extensive coursework in the English, writing and public speaking (voice and diction) subjects. While enrolled I successfully completed those courses – receiving accolades for my scholarship in those areas and tutored individuals on campus to become stronger students and comfortable in those subjects.

Upon the completion of my undergraduate studies, I enrolled in the Master of Science program in Television Management at Drexel University. I finished all coursework required and am now in the process of completing my thesis component. During this time while commuting from New York to Philadelphia for class, I volunteered in my Church's education program, tutoring and mentoring elementary through high school students. On occasion, I was asked to assist students in the undergraduate programs at Drexel in Television production courses, research courses and editing of writing assignments for a wide array of courses.

Outside of academia, I enjoy traveling. I was very fond of history in school and love to travel stateside and outside of the United States in an effort to grow my knowledge on various countries and cultures. I also love to cook and am certified in fashion design and garment construction. It's a pure joy when I get the opportunity to couple many of these passions together at the same time.

For me tutoring is about learning, while ensuring the individual does not feel like it’s a chore to learn. I aim to make comprehension fun and am eager to create a plan of action for each individual that is unique to their learning style and brings out their strengths while minimizing their weaknesses. I also strive to instill that weaknesses aren't a flaw to be ashamed of because everyone has them. It’s what you do with them and how you react to them that determine the situational outcome. I look forward to assisting in molding your future with you.

Alexandria’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Virginia State University - Bachelors, Mass Communications

Graduate Degree: Drexel University - Masters, Television Management

Hobbies

Traveling. Sewing/Fashion Design, Cooking, Reading.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

College Essays

English

Essay Editing

High School English

Public Speaking

Writing


Q & A

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

The student always comes first. I'd like a few moments to find out their likes and dislikes and where they feel their strengths and weaknesses lie academically. Then, I'd like a few moments to share a snippet of my background and how I feel I can be of service. I'd then ask the student if they are comfortable with me, and feel like I would be a good fit for them. If they say yes, I'd like to enthusiastically proceed with the session.

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

Finding out what their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes are help me cater a plan that is unique to them and only them. Not only does that help me better understand the student and get to know the student, it shows them that I am interested in them and their academics, and willing to go to where they are comfortable in an effort to help them.

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

One method I use is the role playing method. When there is time at the end of a session, I like to allow the student to be the tutor and I become the student. I ask questions about the material we've gone over and allow them to 'check' my work (a small assignment I created around the subject), and ask them to talk me through it as they go.

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

Letting them know that they are not an island when it comes to needing assistance in a subject, helping to ease the anxiety a bit. Once we get them to accept that, we can take things step by step and celebrate each victory no matter how small. When you learn to appreciate the small things, you realize just how many small things you've overcome and gain the confidence and will power to tackle the bigger ones.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask the student what they feel their needs are. I also ask them where they feel their strong suits are. Starting with the person that is actually going through it will allow you to bypass the lengthy initial assessment. I will then offer a trial assignment and go over it with the student so we can begin discussions on my findings, and how they align with where the student believes they are. Over time, we will do more assignments and assess them together to determine weak areas and growing areas.