I have a substantial understanding in providing a positive learning experience. I have graduated with a B.A. in History and Social Science, with 3 years of educational teaching & have been studying areas of Biology, Astronomy, and other facets of educational areas that have interested me since I was a child.
I have worked in customer service environments for nearly 9 years to date for the County of Los Angeles Public Library System, as well currently at the Explorastore within the California Science Center. In that time I have worked well with customers, learning proper skills for an enriched experience for those visiting the location with many of the customers being parents, elementary & secondary school students. I understand the joy and excitement of learning a new piece of information or finally understanding a problem that had given you trouble. The categorizing of work material became a crucial talent required for the job. I have worked as a substitute teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Torrance Unified School District. The position allowed me to encounter many different types of people and work conditions, mainly within a middle or high school atmosphere. Often, classes were only one hour, so it was essential to handle time resourcefully in order to accomplish my goals for the day by the end of class. The main lessons are to be well organized in work and patient in life, as well as compassion and patience for those whom I will help to teach and work with.
About myself, since elementary school to the present, I have had the habit of studying history and science on my own accord. I have always loved to come across new things. From that experience, I have learned to critically think and be able to handle to most situations presented to me in life calmly and efficiently. I am not shy to help or teach others. Science and history have always presented the joy and excitement of discovery. I plan to go back to College soon to work towards a Masters in Ecology. The same work ethic I have used in the classroom, I use in life. Achievement in life is accomplished by hard work and dedication.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Csu Dominguez Hills - Bachelors, Social Science
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10th Grade Reading
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11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
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6th Grade Science
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7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Science
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8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Science
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9th Grade Reading
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Ancient and Medieval Heritage
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School Chemistry
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Latin America History
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
No matter how many degrees or qualifications a teacher may have, it is the student who must open or close themselves to learning or not. Thus, it is with the cooperation between the two that understanding takes place, and not the domination of one over the other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independence comes from the knowledge of the skills of studying and the self-confidence in one's own abilities to shy away from relying on someone else for all the answers.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
We all need encouragement. A feeling that someone acknowledges that we are heading in a positive direction. Setting that positive focus on a goal that can be mapped out and worked towards can help a student see how far they have come in their achievements.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would first get to know the student and let them get to know me in an introductory sense and we'd discuss what we hope to accomplish. Getting to know the student's personality and study habits and/or work skills will help in teaching a lesson or working with the student through the work in which they need help.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would first break down the concept or skill into its basic parts and see what part exactly the student is having difficulty in. Starting with perhaps a more clear definition of the problem may help, as well as coming up with tools or tricks that can help the student through, such as analogies, examples, etc., and building from there.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Most students struggling with reading comprehension have trouble with not having a large enough vocabulary, grammar rules, or both. First, we circle or mark the words that the student may not understand in some way. Word practice as well as defining new words will help with vocabulary. Practice writing with the words, and reading and writing in general, will help with understanding how grammar works in the English language, and in building a larger word bank.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Patience and breaking big concepts down to be understood. Every student learns at a different level, and patience is key to understanding the student and their work habits, as well as their strengths and areas of improvement. The art of breaking down big concepts into simpler parts is like cooking in reverse. Every dish (concept) needs to be made with ingredients (parts). Those ingredients, at times, are things the student may recognize. Even if they do not, they are easier to understand than the whole concept. Once all parts are known and in place, the big concept can be understood.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I often find, from having worked in schools, that much of the information is not taught as concepts that surround the students in every day life. Once a student understands that, for example, Teddy Roosevelt's Food and Drug Act is directly related to why restaurants today get a letter grade in their windows, learning becomes more personal and fun. The feeling of finally understanding material is also highly satisfying for a student who has had trouble in the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To be sure a student has understood information, the first step would be recall. I will ask the student "What did you learn?" If remembered, the student will tell me, but that is not a guarantee the student UNDERSTANDS the information. I will then ask the student to explain the concept, and perhaps give an example of their own for how it works or what it is.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement is key. Many a time, teachers may only tell a student what they are doing wrong, but forget to praise the student a bit for solving a problem, etc. The fact that you know that you have support and you are learning and achieving can help bolster any student's confidence.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The only way to really see what the student needs out of a session is to have a proper dialogue. A teacher must not be the one doing most of the talking. The teacher must listen to the student and help them figure out what may be helped and what the student can achieve.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student has different needs. So first of all, the student and I would share a dialogue on what they hope to achieve and what limits or issues they have in accomplishing their goals. Once I know, I can better adapt the lesson to the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use some of the features on the website, but may also show images or graphs for students who need a visual to help understand a concept.