I have many years of tutoring experience students of all levels. My goal is to aid the learning process in an education based yet fun environment that leaves the student eager to return to our sessions.I am easy going yet informative and understand that students genuinely seeking help need a little something extra and different to assure learning is complete.
I have alternate methods for those who feel hopeless in an easy to follow guided lesson.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors, Elementary education
Graduate Degree: Kean University - Masters, M.A in reading specialization
Outdoor activities, learning new things, cooking, teaching
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is GOAL oriented in an easygoing, fun, memorable learning environment. Students need to learn so they come to be, and I want to give them exactly that opportunity. If they do not understand it one way, I will show them an alternate way. I will continue until the student is accomplished and confident.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Once we get past introductions, I will assess the student’s current level of comprehension. From there, I will devise a plan to expedite education and teach some mental tricks and mnemonics along the way for easy retention.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independence is simply repetition. The brain can be trained to do this routinely without much thought through many ways. I will start with the easiest way and take the student through as many as needed based on age and education level.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Interest is the key to motivation. I work with severely diagnosed ADD students who have no interest in being in the classroom. Once the student sees that learning can really be fun and helpful on a day-to-day basis- I rarely have an issue.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Simply find another way to explain it to the student- that is what my job is.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
My master's is in reading specialization, therefore I have many ways to encourage and foster not only a confident, comprehending student...but also a love for reading will form as well.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Let the student guide the direction the first few lessons go. Once we "get a feel for each other" in terms of learning style and teaching style, I tend to slide into the role of being the controller of each meeting. This allows the student and I to be headed in the right direction with all learning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Learning is always easiest when it is something you are interested in. Together we would find a topic of style of the subject and use what we are learning at that point. I have also been known to take my lessons outside and toss a football around with my 4th graders while reciting multiplication facts back and forth.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I use patience, persistence and anything that helps the information to be retained by the student. I have been known to sing!!!!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I allow the student to achieve success in the subject in any way possible.