I have loved writing ever since I can remember.
As a kid, I wrote short stories. In high school, I wrote poetry in the margins of my algebra books. When fellow college students complained about outlines and essays, I looked forward to creating carefully crafted content.
Last June, I completed an MBA program at Broadview University. In this program, I learned more than marketing, management communication, human resources, ethics, global issues, competitive advantage, and strategic analyses. I gained valuable experience in teamwork (participating in group projects and presentations) and in leadership (mentoring and tutoring).
I wrote my master's thesis on the efficacy and contributions of online tutoring as a modern pedagogy. I argued that with today's technology and tools, tutees can benefit from the mobility and the ubiquity of digital channels. In an era when virtually everyone carries, at minimum, a smartphone, learning is never as far away as a FaceTime, a Skype call, or an online classroom.
Naturally, in-person tutoring has not become obsolete. I believe a hybrid of online and of in-person tutoring can create an effective and well-received strategy for students. If students don't know the answer right away, then they reach a teachable moment. The skill that separates critical thinkers from the rest of the class is the ability to know where to find the answers.
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 for the Lansing State Journal. I have worked in marketing and tech support as well.
My goal as a tutor is to help students master obstacles in the areas of writing, composition, grammar, reading, study skills, and Spanish in a fun and challenging way. How? We begin by establishing objectives and baselines. Then, the tutor, parents, and student begin to "scaffold" knowledge-creating opportunities for weekly "victories" that build confidence and increase skills. Overall, I like to help students become better versions of themselves one sentence at a time.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Michigan State University - Bachelors, Journalism
Graduate Degree: Broadview University - Masters, Marketing
Outside of tutoring, I like to hang with my dog, play videogames (Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch), watch Netflix and Hulu ("The Office" and "30 Rock" are two of my favorite marathons), swim in the summer, sing in the car, stay current with technology and gadgets, and listen to short story podcasts.
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.