I have been teaching and tutoring diverse students of all ages for eight years now. My strengths are helping struggling students succeed with their essay writing, reading efficiency and command of academic vocabulary.
I have taught everywhere from elementary schools to top university programs, and I love working with both adults and younger students of all ages. I have especially strong experience working with university and pre-university students, and English Language Learners.
I have received top ratings from my students in every class and session I have taught. I have a Master's degree in Education and Curriculum with a specialty in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I also hold a bachelor's degree in intercultural communication, and am certified in Academic Student Coaching and Life Coaching.
Here are some things I can help with:
If you are struggling to understand academic essays, overwhelmed by your reading or writing homework,
or preparing for college exams and essays, I can help! My students consistently gain confidence and often raise their scores significantly after working with me for a short time.
If you are not motivated to do your work, don't enjoy writing, I can help you make it easier on yourself through fun and simple processes that work every time. If you are struggling to learn in your non-native language, I completely understand, and I know how to address this challenge.
If you are frustrated in your writing class, or with your IELTS or TOELF score I can definitely help you learn simple skills and techniques you need to bring your scores up. With just a few lessons students can learn to write a strong thesis statement, use clear transitions, and develop your 3 or 5 paragraph essay effectively. Persuasive, Argumentative, Cause and Effect essays; you will have more confidence in your ability to write any type of essay on your exam!
If you need more practice speaking English, improving your pronunciation, and spoken vocabulary, I can help!
When we work together, I promise to listen to you carefully. I will always adjust my teaching to work with your specific strengths and challenges,and work with your best learning style.
If English is not your first language, I am well prepared to help you succeed. As someone who has spent a longtime studying a foreign language and spent a semester in a foreign country studying intensely, I know what it is like to study in a non-native language. My specialty in graduate school was teaching English Language Learners. Through my experience and education, I have learned what works for English Language Learners, and anyone having challenges with their academic work.
I genuinely love working with students like you, and I look forward to working with you and making your learning process fun and rewarding!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Colorado Denver - Bachelors, Intercultural Communication
Graduate Degree: Education and Curriculum- TESOL - Masters, Education and Curriculum- TESOL
SAT Composite: 1220
Amanda is an artist and designer for paper companies on the side, and was previously a professional ballet and modern dancer. She enjoys mixed media painting and Photography. She also enjoys theater. She does yoga and dance to stay healthyding in h, and loves reading novels in here free time. Since her family is from Denver, she is a Broncos fan. Amanda has two rescued dogs and recently became an aunt.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Making the students feel comfortable and confident is at the center of my teaching philosophy. I believe all people are capable of great academic work. Some people need creative approaches and different skill sets to succeed, but academic success is not something only for an elite few to achieve. I believe struggling students can even enjoy their school work, if teachers and tutors listen carefully to the individual needs of that student. I work hard to listen carefully to students to find out what techniques, and teaching style, will work best for that student. I believe that if you start small, and set students up for success, that renewed confidence will take them a long way.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In our first session I will ask you some questions about yourself, and give you time to ask me questions that you might have. I will ask you what your struggles and successes have been in school. I will listen carefully, and together we will make a plan to overcome your challenges. I may also ask you what your favorite ice cream flavor is!