Ever since I could pick up a pen, I have had an insatiable need to write. My passion for writing and communicating culminated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. I would now like to use my experience and expertise to inspire and improve others.
I believe that success starts with inspiration and connection. During my journey as a writer, I've had a handful of teachers and mentors who have challenged and inspired me and left a lasting impact. I would like to be that person for another student. First and foremost, it's important to get to know the student and establish trust so they feel more at ease. In turn, I will feel more confident in what approach to take to help he or she succeed. My passion for the English language, extensive writing experience, compassion, patience and ambition not only make me good at what I do, but give me the confidence and the drive to provide others with these skills and give them the tools to succeed.
Undergraduate Degree: San Francisco State University - Bachelors, Journalism
camping, hiking, skiing/snowboarding, skateboarding, record collecting, photography, journaling, poetry writing, reading, animals, concerts, traveling
What is your teaching philosophy?
The most important thing about teaching is catering to the individual student. Not everyone is going to retain information by copying notes from a PowerPoint. Patience, empathy, and incorporating different teaching styles are essential. My goal is to inspire each student, and not only help them understand the material, but instill excitement and lasting tools so they feel confident to apply them and achieve success.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
It is important to me to learn about their interests, hobbies, learning style and skill set right away. In the first session, I aim to jump right into the material, but it is vital to take some time to chat with the student, make them feel safe and understood and get a sense of the areas they need the most help. In a typical first session, I would ask the student questions about what they're struggling with, where they feel the most confident, and their learning style, so I can start to get an idea right away about how I can help them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I think the most important part about helping a student become an independent learner is going at a pace that feels comfortable for them. Once I've assessed their level of understanding and the pace at which they are learning the material, I can help give them the skills they need to work independently, instead of holding their hand through the whole process. Being patient and explaining things in several different ways can also help a student understand difficult material. Lots of practice and acknowledging a student's progress can boost their confidence, and instill in them the tools they need to succeed without being walked through the process every time.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Positive feedback, logging their progress, and words of encouragement all serve as tangible reminders of a student's learning process, so they stay motivated and stay positive.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
It's important not to get frustrated or belittle the student for not mastering the material right away. As a tutor, it's important to possess patience and exhibit enthusiasm for the subject, and remind the student that they might not get it on the first, second, or even third try, but if they stay focused and keep working at it, it will get easier.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If a student is struggling with a text containing words they don't understand, I would help them to better comprehend these words by visualizing them and relating them to concepts they do understand. I would ask them to highlight words or sentences they're having trouble comprehending and focus on and simplifying these areas. Writing down and answering questions about the text and summarizing the text in their own words will also help with comprehension.