I am a graduate of James Madison University. I double majored in English Literature and Arabic. In college, I started tutoring students of all ages. I assisted them in various areas of study, including essay and Arabic grammar. After college, I worked at a refugee center with children of immigrants. I helped them to adjust to a new environment, while simultaneously adapting to the public school curriculum. I am also a certified ESL/TESOL teacher and have experience teaching groups of students as well as providing individual lessons.
Working in different environments, with a diverse range of students, encouraged me to explore more creative tutoring methods in order to understand and communicate ideas. Through my experience as a tutor, I developed a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning; a style that is adaptable and uniquely catered to each individual personality. I have found that humor and games are particularly effective in motivating students to achieve in subjects they may otherwise find dull or abstract.
While I tutor a broad range of subjects, I am most passionate about languages and literature. I have spent much of my life traveling abroad and have a deep affinity for culture. Some of my hobbies are painting and drawing and playing music; I also love dancing and hiking.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University - Bachelors, Arabic and English Literature
SAT Verbal: 700
SAT Writing: 710
Painting, SCUBA diving, camping and hiking, , traveling, playing music, astronomy, photography
10th Grade Math
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Reading
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Reading
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
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9th Grade Reading
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ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Language Use Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
AP Studio Art
AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
AP Studio Art: Drawing
CLEP American Literature
CLEP Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
CLEP College Composition
CLEP English Literature
CLEP Introductory Psychology
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
Computational Problem Solving
MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
GRE Subject Test in Literature in English
GRE Subject Tests
High School Economics
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
IB Dance HL
IB Music HL
IB Visual Arts
Introduction to Fiction
Introduction to Poetry
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
SAT Subject Test in Latin
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that there are many ways to learn and understand a subject, and that every student learns differently. As a tutor, my goal is to help each of my students to understand their learning style and feel confident in their approach to any subject they encounter, and to achieve academically.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would like to briefly go over some of the material they have been learning recently. Then, I would talk to them about some of the methods they have been using to try and learn so we can start to figure out how they learn best.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help students to discover things that are interesting to them in the material they are already learning. The key to becoming an independent learner is to actually enjoy learning.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help them find an interest in the subject they are studying. Staying motivated comes naturally when you can find an interest in what you are studying. I always encourage students to think outside the box, too. There is such a huge difference between looking at something as an assignment, and looking at something as a simple summary of a chapter in a history book you just read.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to find a way to link the skill or concept to something that the student already understands or enjoys.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to get the students to read their assignments by themselves and then summarize what they got out of the reading. I also encourage them to circle any areas that they had problems understanding. I will then go over their summary with them so I can see exactly what parts they are struggling with. I then go through the parts that they didn't understand.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The most successful strategy is to learn how the student understands material the best so you can help them in a way that they can learn efficiently.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help them to connect that subject to something that they are already excited about or interested in.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would definitely use the techniques that the student responds to the best. Whether that be memorization techniques, note taking techniques, visual learning, or just a different way of explaining the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Working on that subject hard, being sure to point out how much they have progressed every session.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Based on their classroom performance, their interest in the class, their individual performance, and their motivation.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am always willing to adapt and improve my methods and will do whatever I can to meet my student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Notebooks, textbooks, other texts, diagrams, and some online resources.