My fascination with human behavior, motivations behind human actions, and governmental actions has existed for most of my life, to determine of cause of this I would accredit it to the War on Drugs and my volunteer work with the general public. I am truly astonished by the level marginalization that many people in our country experience on a daily basis. It has been an emotive and enriching experience to study and engage with individuals outside of typical social norms. There have been a number of factors I have identified that lead to the realm of addiction; individual experience such as a breakdown in relationships, immigration, decline of mental or physical health, employment and more often a combination of all of the above: but also group experience which includes the feeling of acceptance, belonging, and a fear of being alone or rejected—which ends up happening due to the way in which we present addiction to the general public. I was adamant from then on to continue to try to make a difference in this world, to raise
awareness of, and support those who are marginalized, discriminated against, stigmatized and misunderstood. My Anthropology degree has developed my understanding of people culturally through ethnographic research and natural observation. Alongside my History degree, which allows me to understand the evolution of addiction and marginalization—as well as to fully grasp why it is that governments aim to systematically marginalize specific people.
As a tutor, aide, and friend it is my mission to help individuals gain their own understandings of material and relate it to everyday life. By doing this I aim to help people think more critically of information being presented and therefore allow them to master material without even realizing that is what they are doing. Therefore, I am helping individuals not only learn material for the ‘right now’ but also gain the ability to apply that material in ‘real-life’ for the ‘later’.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of New Mexico-Main Campus - Bachelors, History
Reading, painting, drawing, biking, hiking, the War on Drugs, the World Wars, Peace and Conflict studies, Gendered Violence, watching movies, and learning.
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Writing
AP US History
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
College World History
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School World History
High School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to understand all material on a personal level to better grasp what is at hand. Because if you can apply what you are learning to your life, you are more capable of remembering it.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know the student and their interests. That way I can custom fit a lesson plan that will work.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By equipping them with the tools necessary to relate information to 'real life,' thereby teaching them to be their own tutor.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Rewarding them, teaching them about things they are interested in alongside what they need to learn.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find out what is making it difficult to them, and change the way they are being taught that skill/concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
With tricks, throughout all my years of learning I have picked up quick tricks that make reading comprehension super easy and fast.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Find out why they are not interested. Some people do not realize that they understand a concept because they are being taught a way that does not make sense. By changing the strategy and helping them gain interest, everyone can excel.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Their personal interests and hobbies can typically find a foot hold in every topic.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask them questions every meeting about previous meetings. Give them a pre-test, a during test, and an after test. Or have them verbally explain answers to me. Whatever works the best for them.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By showing them what the subject can do for them in their life.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By talking to them and working with them. I find areas that are weaker, so I emphasize those without the student noticing.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
The first meeting helps me customize their lesson plans. That way each tutoring session is custom.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
My own notes, readings, and lesson plans.