I have loved writing ever since I can remember.
As a kid, I wrote short stories. In high school, I would write poetry in the margins of my algebra books. When fellow college students were complaining about outlines and essays, I was (and am) excited at prospect of creating a carefully crafted paper. A journalism graduate of Michigan State University, I interned at The Detroit News and Free Press as a copy-editor and reporter. I have freelanced feature articles for the Wisconsin State Journal and the Lansing State Journal and several weekly newspapers. I even won a few awards along the way, from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Recently, I tutored my 18-year-old nephew, who started college last fall. We worked on a five-page paper for his freshman composition class. We started with brainstorming, then moved to research mode. After writing an outline, I walked him through the basics of writing a compelling, well-written paper. I gave him tips on a Prezi presentation also. He started with nothing and finished with a submitted paper and presentation???a project which earned him an A. This experience was rewarding and I found myself eager to help on his next assignment. It was then I realized that I should tutor as a profession.
Currently, I am pursuing a master???s degree in human resources from Globe University. I am about halfway through the program and have a 4.0 GPA. My goal in tutoring is to help students overcome learning obstacles in a fun, friendly, and challenging way. It is okay not to know the answers right away. The skill that separates critical thinkers from the rest of the class is the ability to know where to find the answers. I understand burn-out. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed with homework and deadlines. I also know that you can accomplish anything you want if you take a deep breath and organize your thoughts.
When I???m not writing papers, I like to play with my dog (total dog person here), play videogames (Xbox, PS4, and sometimes Wii U), watch Netflix (???The Office??? and ???30 Rock??? are two of my favorite marathons), swim in the summer, have snowball fights in the winter, sing in the car, play with my tech gadgets (iPhone 6 Plus S, iPad Pro, and Macbook Pro), and listen to podcasts (short stories). Oh and blog. See, more writing.
My goals for myself are to finish my master???s and obtain a job in recruiting and/or human resources. My goal as a tutor is to help students become better versions of themselves in a fun and focused way???one sentence at a time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Journalism
Graduate Degree: Broadview University - Masters, Marketing
Writing short stories, blogging, camping, swimming, hanging with my dog, playing videogames (PS4, XBox One), techie stuff, graphic design, going out to dinner, hanging with friends, Netflix and Hulu marathons
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
6th Grade Reading
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Reading
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
8th Grade Writing
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Business
High School English
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
(a) To foster critical thinking skills (b) To help students develop problem-solving strategies (c) To teach writing as a means of expression, rather than drudgery (d) To empower students to function as highly skilled and competent members in their classes and, eventually, in their fields (e) To have fun while doing all of the above
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to start with an icebreaker that I call "Give Two, Take Two." I would share two facts about myself and have you share two things about yourself. Once you know a few things about someone, you are no longer strangers, right? I might ask your favorite singer and/or band too. The music we listen to tells so much about us. Next, I would ask: • What problems are you having? • What do you hope to get out of tutoring? • How would you describe your learning style?
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would explain that often, learning is not about knowing the answer right away. Independent learners ponder the appropriate learning and support tools they need to find the answer.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
As a grad student, I understand how classes and homework and projects can become overwhelming. To motivate, I suggest: • Taking frequent breaks to avoid burnout • Explaining your homework, paper, or project to a friend. I bet you'll find that you know more, and are more prepared, than you think. • Thinking about a good grade you received in the past as motivation and proof that you are doing a great job. • Referring to your syllabus as a roadmap for the class, taking one assignment at a time • Taking a one-song break. Make a study break playlist of songs that motivate and pump you up.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Often, it is valuable to use examples from the student's life to illustrate the skill or concept. Reframe the concept in terms that the student can understand. Also, helping them identify the resources to answer the question may passively reinforce the idea.