I match my tutoring style to your learning style! Everyone has different ways in which we learn best and often the challenges that we face in the classroom often stem from differences in teaching and learning styles. I love tutoring because it offers me a unique opportunity to specifically tailor my teaching to your learning.
My years in school and the challenges I faced taught me something important: I often learn differently than my classmates, but that does not mean that I cannot learn. I began to share this knowledge as early as high school when I started tutoring other classmates struggling in certain areas and taught a Spanish class for home schooled kids. I continued to tutor in college and graduate school as time permitted. I have taught SAT and ACT prep as well as tutored in math. Math was an especially challenging subject for me to conquer and I think now lends me some extra special tutoring ability as I learned many techniques to master different skills. I can relate to the frustration and the challenge of learning in ways that those who always found math easy cannot. I've continued to teach Spanish and English as well as study skills, elementary school subjects, and tutored in my field: economics and international studies.
If you choose to use me as your tutor we will work together - student, parents, tutor, and if desired teachers to tailor a program that will help you learn because you can most definitely learn!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Louisville - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: University of Kentucky - Masters, Diplomacy & International Commerce, economics & development concentrations
SAT Writing: 700
GRE Verbal: 162
Being outdoors, rowing, biking, traveling, learning languages, hanging out with my family, crossfit, my church, cooking, trying food from all over the world
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in understanding my student! As a teacher or tutor it is my responsibility know how my students learn and tailor my teaching to their learning. This means if you learn by listening, we practice auditor and oral exercises. If you learn with activity we play games and incorporate motion. If you're more independent I'll ask you to study something then explain it to me for practice. I have a number of techniques that I mix and match based on the learning profile of my students.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session we always go over a learning profile assessment where I ask a few questions and observe your work to help determine what ways you best learn. We'll also review your goals for the tutoring and I'll see where you are in your work so we can determine where we'll get you. Also we'll have a little fun getting to know one another so you can find out if I am a good match for you.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I incorporate study skills training into all my tutoring sessions. There are different techniques we use depending on the student and we will try a variety to see what works best. For example, we may take notes or write questions as we read a chapter that make for easy review and testing later. We may also practice time management strategies or learn good study habits.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Accomplishable goals! I think that setting realistic goals and measuring progress is huge in motivating students! If someone is doing very poorly in a math class, we make our own tests that show improvement and we will celebrate moving from 20% to 40% because that is a step in the right direction and DOUBLE improvement! In my tutoring we like to find reasons to celebrate success.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Break it down! Any time something is difficult we'll peel back layers and go to the foundation. Often a student has trouble with something because they didn't ever really understand the previous lessons or steps that were being built upon. For example, someone might struggle with solving a more complicated algebra problem with exponents because they don't really understand exponents on their own. We keep peeling off layers until we understand it all from the bottom up.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
In reading comprehension I teach students to ask questions about the text. We might use highlighters to highlight facts or questions. We may underline portions we don't quite understand yet to look back on. And as always we peel back layers and start from the basics and move up when there is a struggle. For example, if you want to run a 10 mile race, but you can only run 5 miles, no one would try to keep pushing you to go 10 miles - you'd build up from 5. Similarly, in any academic pursuit it is important to find that baseline and move UP from there.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Reviewing goals and assessing learning profiles are the two keys to success from day 1!