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Devon

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[English, History, AP Government, SAT Writing and Reading Comprehension]

Bachelor: Miami University of Ohio
Master: University of Florida
Doctorate: Nova Southeastern University (Class of 2017)

I believe learning should be engaging, exciting, and uplifting! However, that wasn't always my situation. I dreaded learning, reading, and anything that required intellectual struggle. Like so many of you seeking a tutor, I needed one too. My tutor changed the way I learned; she made the material relatable and interesting. She completely transformed the way I approached education. She is also the reason why I am not only an English and AP Government Instructor, but a Varsity Tutor.

Every student I tutor will gain more knowledge, have a positive influence on others, learn strategies that will last a lifetime, and exceed their goals. I'm dedicated to making learning what it should be! :)

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Devon’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Miami University-Oxford - Bachelors, English and Education

Graduate Degree: University of Florida - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction

Hobbies

Cooking, yoga, reading, and the beach! :)

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

1st Grade Reading

1st Grade Writing

2nd Grade Reading

2nd Grade Writing

3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Writing

4th Grade Reading

4th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

AP U.S. Government & Politics

College English

Comparative Literature

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Writing

Literature

Middle School Reading

Middle School Writing

Reading

Social studies

US History

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

The good teacher knows and understands students, and how they develop and learn. I know that students actively construct and transform their own knowledge based on past experiences and prior learning. I know that students do not all learn in the same way or at the same rate. I believe it is my responsibility as a teacher to be an effective diagnostician of students' interests, abilities, and prior knowledge. I must then plan learning experiences that will both challenge and allow every student to think and grow! :)

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

Get to know the student and expectations! Determine the student's knowledge! Positively collaborate to set a plan of action! :)

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Empathy, differentiation of instruction, and encouragement!

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Set goals, establish rewards, be a positive thinker, and cultivate discipline and reflection. :)

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

I'll teach the student using different skills that he/she learned easily. It's all about tailoring learning to each student.

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

Outlines, notes, flashcards, stories/short sections, chunking the text after each section, reading with me, and mental pictures. I, too, struggled with reading comprehension, so I know ways to make it achievable.

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

Setting specific goals, positivity, celebrating strengths, and being resilient. Outlines, note-taking, videos, flashcards, mock-reading, etc.

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

Make the connection between what the student is learning and why it benefits them to know the subjects. Students will care about things that are relatable to them. It's all about finding what the connection is. :)

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

Practice test, information assessment, formal assessment, quick check, flashcards, and pictures, etc.

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

By celebrating success. This is as simple as showing the student everything they are doing RIGHT.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Informal and formal assessment, parent thoughts, student's voice/concern, pretest, etc.

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

I learn about the student's interests, strengths, weaknesses, goals, and hobbies. Once I build the rapport, the student will trust me to help them. :)

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

Video, technology, practice books, note taking, dry-erase boards. Anything to be engaging and not boring! :)


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