[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! :)
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Miami University-Oxford - Bachelors, English and Education
Graduate Degree: University of Florida - Masters, Curriculum and Instruction
Cooking, yoga, reading, and the beach! :)
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
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School 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! :)