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Chelisa

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I love teaching. After 2.5 years of experience in South Korea, and 2 years working with ESL students of all ages in the US, I've found this is what I truly love to do. I have taught between ages 3-adults and enjoy working with all ages. When tutoring, my goal is to help the students learn and grow, as well as try to foster a love of learning.

Due to my teaching English Abroad experience, I also have spent years perfecting how to teach English to Beginning language learners through Fluent students, who are trying to gain fluency. Many of the students taught were ages 3-12. This involved teaching not only English, but also History, Math, Science and Art classes.

Chelisa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Longwood University - Bachelors, Chemistry

Hobbies

I enjoy reading, hiking and playing board games.

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

College Algebra

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

ESL/ELL

High School English

Homework Support

ISEE Prep

ISEE- Lower Level

ISEE- Middle Level

Math

Other

Phonics

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

TACHS Prep

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that all students have the ability to learn and achieve and should be given the opportunity to do so. This means students should be taught in a manner, and with a learning style that suits them. Individualizing the education will help students better learn and retain the information. Not only is it important for the students to learn the material, but it is also important to take time to help the students enjoy the process of learning as well as the material.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I would spend some time getting to know the student, and gauging their level and interest in the topic they are learning through simple conversation. Then, I would spend some time going over basic problems in the topic to try to assess where they excel and where they can improve.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

It is important not only to help the student learn the material, but to give them strategies for independent learning as well. While I will do my best to help the students learn, it is also important to teach the students how to learn and retain the material, or any other material, on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If a student is losing motivation due to disinterest, I will do my best to find a way to spark an interest in the topic, or relate it to material the student does find interesting. If the student is losing motivation due to the difficulty, I would have them work on simple material that will help with understanding the material but would be less overwhelming for the student.

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

If the student is having difficulty with the skill or concept it is important to approach this concept in a different way. Not all students react equally to the same teaching methods, and sometimes, just changing the method of approach can go a long way in helping a student understand.

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

It is important to tailor the material to concepts that the student does find interesting, and relate those topics to the subject they are being tutored in. There is usually something within the subject that you can engage students in. It is also very important to be excited for the student, and let it show, so the student will see a visible excitement for their achievement.

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

It is important to show them that they can achieve great reading abilities, and to take them step by step through the strategies to find and remember information they have read. Going slowly through the stories, having them find certain sections, and giving them confidence are all-important.