I try to teach my students in the way that best serves their interests and helps them to grow! I went to high school at Marist High school in Atlanta, GA, and am currently enrolled part time at Tulane University in New Orleans. I tutor English Grammar, Essay Writing, Test Prep, and Arithmetic. I really enjoy teaching students to become better writers, as I myself aspire to write for a living. When I'm not in class or tutoring, I'm at my home in New Orleans playing guitar (poorly), writing (rather well I like to think), or reading books. From time to time, I even do a bit of painting!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Tulane University of Louisiana - Current Undergrad, English
ACT Composite: 34
ACT English: 33
ACT Math: 33
ACT Reading: 36
ACT Science: 34
Music, Writing, Reading, Cooking
What is your teaching philosophy?
As a tutor, it's my job to tailor my teaching to the methods that let my student best learn the material, as dictated by the student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Generally gather a baseline for what the student knows, then ask what they seem to be having the most trouble with, and try to begin to work on it.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By best teaching them the proper skills, usually including a methodical approach to problem solving, that allows them to work their way through the challenges that they face.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By ensuring that we progress in the tutoring in a way that leads the student to see actual results at a steady pace. Success is a pretty good motivator.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I'd attempt to take it slowly for a while, and if that seems to be getting us nowhere, I'd then move on to another topic, and revisit the more difficult one after a short break.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading is one of those skills where the best way to understand it is by hearing it. Reading is storytelling in print form, and people understand context clues and comprehend things immediately when they talk with others. I would show the student that context is just the natural information that your brain creates in conversations, and then draw the parallels to doing the same thing with reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
In general, I like to start slowly over subjects that the student already knows, so that I can get a handle on how they interpret their lessons and assimilate information, and then I can better help them with their studies in a manner that they best understand.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
This is always a difficulty with teaching, because in reality excitement is a bit much to ask for when teaching certain things. However, every student feels something when they finally master a subject, or have a breakthrough that makes something that confused them before all of the sudden clear. I think that by showing the student that you're capable of leading them through the process of understanding difficult material, they will in turn become more engaged. Many students don't like the subjects they're studying because they're not succeeding. Show a student that you can help them succeed at it, and they won't begrudge the learning of the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Depending on the subject, I would try to have the student work through various exercises that tested the material, or alternatively, have them try to teach it back to me, using their own understanding of it.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Again, confidence is built from being shown that you can actually succeed in the subject. Students lose confidence after repeated failure. Show a student that what once stumped them is now easy or at least possible, and they'll start to believe that the next difficult subject is the same.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
This would be something I'd try to do in the first session. I'd ask the student what they think needs the most work, what they're performing the most poorly in at school, and then, if it's an English class, ask to read their most recent paper. From those things I think I can get a good understanding of where the student needs, or wants to improve.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
It depends on the student and what they need. If a student needs help with essay writing, I'd walk them through their essay and lead them to discover what they did right and wrong, then show them an example of a well-written essay and ask them to tell me why the essay was well written, and what they liked about it. I'd then try to get them to emulate those things in their own writing.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I generally try to use the materials that the student has easy access to, and I don't really have a problem with creating various materials as the student requires.