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Mon-San

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I am a former educator who has worked in public education in North Carolina for six years. I worked as a fifth grade teacher's assistant in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, did my student teaching in Wake County Schools, and taught Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle school level in Orange County Schools. I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Elementary Education from Meredith College and am certified in the areas of: Elementary Education K-6, ESL K-12, Middle Grades Mathematics 6-8, and Family and Consumer Sciences 6-12. I look forward to continuing to help students but under a different capacity as a tutor. Education is about training the mind to think critically and creatively, not training to make careers.

Mon-San’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Bachelors, Textile and Apparel Management

Graduate Degree: Meredith College - Masters, Elementary Education

Hobbies

nutrition, exercise, fashion, travel, cooking

Tutoring Subjects

Algebra

Algebra 2

Arithmetic

Biology

Calculus

College Algebra

College Biology

College English

College Geography

Drawing

Earth Science

Elementary Math

Elementary School Math

English

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

General Biology

General Chemistry

Geography

Geometry

High School Biology

High School Chemistry

High School English

High School Geography

Homework Support

Languages

Life Sciences

Math

Microbiology

Middle School Math

Other

Pre-Algebra

Reading

Science

Spanish 1

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Teaching is not just providing students with the right answers but rather getting students to ask the right questions so that they lead to the right answers. I encourage students to be reflective learners so that they realize their "mistakes" were actually clues/pieces to the solution. I recognize the diverse needs of students and positively support their academic and social growth every day in every way. Together, we will learn, grow, and celebrate success as we go.

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

If it's a long-term tutoring period, then I like to start off with a personal assessment of the student by asking about out their interests and what their academic strengths and weaknesses are. It's important to get to know the student so that I can meet their specific needs. I also like to go over expectations for tutoring sessions like doing the work, being respectful, breaks, etc.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Plain and simple, I will not give you the answers but I will definitely guide you to the answers. Depending on how you progress, I will know when to pull back and gradually you will become proficient on your own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

It's tough being a student - I totally get that! I help you stay motivated by praising your improvements, providing encouraging words, and helping you look at the big picture in that your value is not defined by a grade or percentage.

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

I ask questions specific to the skill or concept and look for evidence in the student's work to see where the difficulty is occurring, why it's occurring, and then break down the skill or concept in ways that the student comprehends it.

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

I offer different strategies for the student to use, which can range from taking notes to actively reading with sticky notes, as well as going over a comprehension question and finding the evidence in the text to support correct answer.

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

Provide them with real world contexts that involve the subject matter so that it's more relatable/applicable, and show the connections between their interests and the subject matter. For example, it could be when shopping for items being able to calculate the % discount off items to see if they're really saving money or not, and this is an obvious real world application of decimals/percentages. Lastly and honestly, it's ok to dislike a subject, but you still need to get through it so you can spend time on other things that are more important to you.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I just let the student attempt an assignment to see where he or she stands and work from there. When I meet the student where he/she is, it's easier for me to provide the appropriate support needed for him/her to learn. Most times there are gaps to fill in or concepts to revisit before they can catch up to where they are currently.