Schooling and education has become my highest priority in life within the past few years. I am a graduate of SUNY Erie Community College with a Degree in Social Sciences and Humanities and plan to continue my education with focus in Forensic Anthropology and Social Work (Dual).
I have extensive background in a multitude of fields and I have also taken a number of classes in the exploration and journey of finding my calling. I believe everyone has the potential to succeed, and that is why I am choosing to spend some of my time helping other students of any age to do so. We all have our vices; subjects that are more difficult than others, but we all have the ability to triumph if we're willing to put the work in, and I will make it my mission to help students succeed.
While completing my Associate's Degree, I was a Dean's List student. I graduated May 2016 with a dual Associates Degrees in Social Sciences as well as Humanities. My ultimate goal is to transfer to University of South Alabama for my Master's studies in Forensic Anthropology, and I also plan to obtain my LCSW.
I've worked in the pharmaceuticals field for the past six years and am very well versed in basic pharmacology, pharmacy law, and dosing mathematics. I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician and have also sat on the National HealthCareer Association Board which is APhA endorsed, as a Subject Matter Expert. That means that I had a hand in writing and reviewing the most recent Certified Pharmacy Technician examination. It was a blast!
My favorite subjects are Social Sciences including Anthropology, History, Psychology, and Sociology; Biological Sciences; ELA Reading and Writing; and a variety of Humanities such as Art, Music, and Theater/Drama. My tutoring experience dates back to high school (circa 2005), and some tutoring in college. I have always tutored privately, student-to-student. I am comfortable with tutoring my favorite subjects. I am comfortable working with elementary through college students. Other hobbies and interests include: drawing and painting in my spare time, crafting wire/up-cycled jewelry, my favorite books are old fairy tales (Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm), I LOVE to relax and watch cartoons, playing video games (more keen on the classics!), sing karaoke (though not very well), and I have a pet Chinchilla named Chichi.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Erie Community College - Current Undergrad, Dual: Social Sciences/Human Services, Humanities
Video games; Art; Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Wire-Work, Crafting; Reading; Travel; Comedy
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 Reading
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Reading
4th Grade Science
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Reading
5th Grade Science
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Science
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Science
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8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Science
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
College Level American History
College World History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
High School English
High School Level American History
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Science
Middle School Writing
MCAT Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
We all have our best and worst subjects, but I firmly believe and know that if you WANT to learn, you WILL learn; and I am willing, through my acquired knowledge, to help anyone who wants to learn succeed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a typical first session I would like to get to know the student and their learning style. There are three primary styles: Auditory (you love to listen), Visual (you require picture-aid), and tactile-kinesthetic (you're hands-on). I am the latter two, so I understand that lecture could be a difficult tool. I would also assess problem areas that they would like to focus on and design a plan based on learning style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Once the student and I assess their learning style, it will be easy to teach them to become an independent learner using tips and tricks specific to the three primary learning styles. We will work on different methods of note taking and lecture-listening skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone is capable of accomplishing the work. I would motivate my students by stressing the fact that sometimes it takes harder work than usual - we all learn at our own pace, and as long as they're open to learning and willing to put in the work, they will succeed. I will commend you on a job well done, each time and make sure they're comfortable!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty grasping a skill or concept, there is always a way to break it down or approach the subject from another point of view - again, this goes back to the three styles of learning; example: a tactile-kinesthetic student will need a hand's on activity or game,
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
When a student is struggling with reading comprehension, we have to first assess why: do they not understand the words? The writing style? The best way is to have the student read passages slowly, either to themselves or out-loud, identify whether they're not understanding specific words or not processing the author's writing style, and explain it in another way. I would help them to organize their thoughts in a way to re-read a difficult sentence or paragraph a couple of ways and, if possible, reorganize it into something they would understand using their own words.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would encourage them that it IS possible to learn and succeed, start off a little slow, engage and ask questions, and be available to answer any questions they may have. I would praise them for their hard work and reassure them that they will pick it up. I will try to have fun activities available as learning tools.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
This, again, is a case-by-case determination. I would base techniques on the student's learning style. If they're a visual learner, I would explain something through pictures, drawings, and diagrams; if they are tactile-kinesthetic, we'd work on filling in printed off diagrams together, working on puzzles, and using hands-on tools to engage and teach.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
To build a student's confidence you have to first and foremost show them that you believe in them. Praise them for their hard work and improvements, and keep their chin-up with encouragement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
To evaluate a student's needs we would talk and discuss how they think they learn things the best. What are the areas of strength and weakness? Are you a proficient reader? Do you do better with pictures/diagrams? Or puzzles and hands-on activities? What is currently the most difficult subject? Once the above is assessed, I can evaluate and form an action plan.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Lessons and teaching styles are differentiated on a case-by-case basis. We would openly discuss troublesome areas, and focus more on where the student believes they are having difficulties.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
This is also determined on a case-by-case basis, but I plan to print out, or draw up visual aids where needed; create puzzles and activities to engage and teach, or use something as simple as a notebook and pen to break down topics and write outlines.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Befriending. If you let them know firsthand that you're here to help, that you want to help, and there's no need to feel ashamed - they will open up. I've found that relating my own troubles in the past helps them to open up, and then conversation flows better. They're more apt to tell you their problems when they know they are in fact not alone.