I have always loved helping others understand something, be it in an academic setting, the workplace, or even among friends. My areas of interest include English literature, writing, grammar, psychology, and study skills. I believe that anything can be taught and understood by anyone if it is given the right context.
I am originally from Mississippi and have lived in Virginia and the UK before settling down in Colorado. I have a bachelor’s degree from Hollins University with a double major in English and psychology. My concentration in English was writing, both creative and analytical, but I also have a great interest in pretty much all literature. With psychology my concentration was in personality/social, as well as evolutionary psychology. While taking psychology classes I also developed a special interest in theories of learning and behaviorism. I believe that the combination of English and psychology gives me a unique perspective on learning and teaching. It has helped me realize that all subjects are not as different as they may seem and that connecting unfamiliar topics with better understood materials can be an important tool in the learning process.
Outside of academia my interests include movies, tv, reading, writing, cooking, anime, and video games. I also enjoy the outdoors and trying new hobbies.
I am excited to meet and help students in the Aurora/Denver area!
Hollins University - Bachelors, English/Psychology
What is your teaching philosophy?
Anything can by understood by anyone given the right context.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know them. It helps to know a person before attempting to teach them anything.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Provide them with the correct skills, and give them chances to use those skills.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Stay positive and supportive. Give them reassurance and goals to pursue.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Figure out how to make the subject relatable to the student.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Work with them to break down whatever the reading assignment is. A whole book or essay can be overwhelming at times, so to look at the material in bits and pieces sometimes help it become clearer.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It really helps to know the person, at least on some level. Figure out where they are with understanding the material and find the most effective context to teach the material.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Share my own experiences and understanding of the subject. Find a new way to present the material that is relatable to the student.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask the student to explain the material in their own words.