I strive to learn new things every day. I graduated from the University of North Texas two years ago, and I find myself drawn to learning environments and seeking out new knowledge. Possessing a curious mind has lead me to many opportunities to not only learn more, but to teach others as well. I think there is nothing better than seeing someone's face light up with understanding, finally reaching that "ah-ha" moment, and being a part of that just makes it all the better. I have experience tutoring groups of students in US History, Art History, and German. I have the most experience in both German and History tutoring. I am conversational in German and constantly read novels that are written in German. As for History, I tutored with my university for five semesters, and created different activities that were later incorporated to the program. Art History is a personal favorite of mine and it is one of the two degrees I hold, the other being Anthropology.
Having taught many different types of people, I learned that there is no one way to teach someone. Everyone learns differently and it is important to find out the learning style that fits each student, while still being able to have fun. When working with groups this can be hard at times, different people will learn at different paces, and so it is always important to remember to keep everyone interested and paying attention. Creating activities for a group atmosphere is something that I have a lot of experience with and excel at. Lastly, I believe that one of the most important things to keep in mind is relating the information back to the students interests, keeping them motivated and excited to learn more.
Undergraduate Degree: University of North Texas - Bachelors, Art History/ Anthropology
Reading, Drawing/Art, Languages, Crocheting/Knitting/Sewing, currently trying to learn the violin
What is your teaching philosophy?
Every student is different. It is my job to find out the learning style and speed that will keep them interested in the subject while still having fun.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what they like! It's important to figure out where a student stands and what area they need the most help with, but also getting to know the student as a person; finding out what motivates them will make sessions more fun and personable.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Showing them how to use the tools that they have correctly. It's one thing to show a student your notes and another to teach students how to take notes in a way that will benefit them the most. By getting them to set good habits for themselves, it will be easier for them to rely on those habits and tools next time they find themselves struggling.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Everyone needs breaks from time to time; your brain can only handle so much knowledge packed in at a time. Set up five minute breaks where the student can do something they enjoy instead of pushing them through another thirty minutes of something frustrating. It's always important to pay attention to the student's needs.