There isn't only one way to learn, therefore there isn't only one way to teach! Adapting to learning styles and the varying needs of different students is something that I aim to do at all times; there is no one-size-fits-all method to learning. Each student's unique voice and method of comprehension in an academic environment deserves to be heard and considered with flexibility and an open mind. I do my best to listen and adapt to a student's learning style, while striving to help them feel confident in expressing their strengths, questions, and needs to others. In turn, I intend to help them become motivated to pursue their academic betterment independently, encouraging them to embrace education as an opportunity for personal growth and empowerment.
I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in English. I predominantly tutor reading comprehension and writing skills, in addition to providing essay planning and editing help for all subjects and grade levels. I can also provide homework help and studying for various subjects (literature, history, social studies, social sciences, psychology, religious studies).
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Virginia Commonwealth University - Bachelors, English
In my spare time, I greatly enjoy reading (bell hooks is one of my favorite authors), writing, playing/discussing/listening to music (I also write for a music website!), exploring new foods/cooking/baking, being in nature, doing yoga, meditation, traveling, and researching/debating human rights issues/politics.
High School English
IB Language A: Language and Literature
IB Language A: Language and Literature HL
IB Language A: Language and Literature SL
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is no one "correct" way to learn, therefore there is no one "correct" way to teach. Adapting to learning styles and the varying needs of different students is something that I strive to do at all times; there is no one-size-fits-all method to learning. Each student's unique voice and method of comprehension in an academic environment deserve to be heard and considered with flexibility and an open mind. I do my best to listen and adapt to a student's learning style, while helping them feel confident in expressing their strengths, questions, and needs to others.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student become an independent learner is a process of striking a balance between walking a student through different methods of learning step-by-step, while also allowing the student to explore their learning style without being constantly monitored or told what to do. Some of this process is simply trial-and-error; some of this process involves teaching a student not to be afraid of making mistakes, but understanding that it's a necessary part of the process of independently learning, and not something toward which they should feel shame or fear. Providing tools to which a student can turn without the help of a tutor looking over their shoulder is crucial for students eventually feeling strong and confident in their abilities, even when someone isn't around to guide them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There are different methods that I would consider, depending on the student and the assignment in question. Some people do better with verbal praise for their achievements, while others prefer rewards for well-done work. Ultimately, I would hope to encourage a student to feel self-sufficient in their motivation, striving to take opportunities for academic achievement and personal growth because it's something that they want for the betterment of their own lives, not because they think that they owe it to someone else. That is the kind of motivation that I intend to foster -- it's not about making anyone proud but yourself.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Approach the situation with patience and an open mind by adapting to a student's individual learning style, and encouraging them to trust that having a difficult time understanding something is not indicative of their worth as a student in any way -- struggling to understand something is a natural part of the learning process.