Education has been a passion of mine since I was in high school. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology in 2013 from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Since graduation, I have been working a few part-time jobs while going to school to earn my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. One of my current part-time jobs is Substitute Teaching in the Leeward District of O'ahu. I enjoy teaching every time I step into a classroom and I hope to continue educating students through Varsity Tutors. It's one of the most satisfying feelings for me to see a student truly understand something new and I love to be part of that educational process.
Besides my interests in education, my hobbies include playing the drums and playing basketball. I have played basketball for most of my life and I still love the sport. As for drums, I own my own drum kit as well as a cajon drum and a bongo drum. I love to listen and play music with my friends whenever I get the chance.
As a tutor, I try to figure out what methods work best for each student I work with. I fully understand that teaching is not a "one size fits all" sort of thing and everyone learns in different ways. My objective is to find out what works best for the student first, and then go from there. I like to make learning fun and enjoyable so that students can have a good time while educating themselves.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Chaminade University of Honolulu - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: Chaminade University of Honolulu - Masters, Counseling Psychology
Playing basketball, playing the drums, music
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
As an educator, I try to figure out what methods work best for each student I work with. Everyone learns in different ways, so my primary objective is to find out what works best for the student first, and then go from there. I like to make learning fun and enjoyable so that students can have a good time while educating themselves.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session, I would typically get familiar with the student and introduce myself while getting to know them as well. Once we feel more comfortable with one another, I will get down to what is particularly difficult for them so that I can start to figure out what goals to set for that particular student.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to get students to become independent learners, I will make sure that I hold them accountable for what they need to be doing. If they need assistance on a math worksheet for their homework, I will find out what they know and what they need to know in order to complete the work. Once I can help provide them with some tools to complete the worksheet, I will give them the opportunity to work on a few problems on their own. I will only jump in to help them further if they do not seem to understand something.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order to keep students motivated, I would try to figure out the best possible way to help the student when they struggle with a particular subject. Frustration tends to drive students to dislike certain subjects. I will try my best to break those frustrations and make learning a fun experience that students look forward to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With reading comprehension, I would have students start out by reading one paragraph out loud. Once they finish reading the paragraph I would ask them to summarize it for me. If the student struggles to do so, I would ask them to reread the paragraph and try to summarize it again. Slowly, I would add paragraphs then pages until the student can show me that they can read with comprehension on their own.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would take a different approach that appeals to be more fun for the student, like using manipulatives or real-life examples to make the content relatable.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Repeated independent practice would help build a student's confidence.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I would first figure out what methods appeal more to the student. If the student feels more comfortable with kinesthetics, I would be sure to include those in my tutoring. The same goes for other techniques.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on the subject, I use paper and a pencil to write with, highlighters, different colored pens and counters if dealing with mathematics.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Uncover what the difficulty is and try to overcome that obstacle by taking a different approach to leaning the concept.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I've found that gaining the trust of students first and figuring out what they like is key to getting anywhere. Once you can make learning relatable and interesting, students will become successful.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would make sure that the student shows understanding by completing multiple items in a certain learning concept. If they just learned how to add fractions, I would make sure they master a few problems independently then move on to the following concept.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I would ask the student what they believe they need help with. I would make sure that they have a good understanding of all subjects their studying by taking a look at their work prior to our meeting.