Academics have been my lifelong passion. I believe that education is essential to success; not only does education allow for personal betterment through a combination of hard work and perseverance, but it also provides the tools necessary to realize personal goals. By applying these principles, I recently achieved my own goal of attaining a Master’s degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University, and I hope to one day complete a PhD in Communications. Through tutoring I strive to duplicate my passion and help others achieve their goals as well. I am a dedicated, patient instructor who treats each of my students as unique individuals, and I both cultivate their strengths and help point out opportunities for improvement. I believe in the “learning by doing” mentality, and provide step-by-step examples of problems and then coach my students on how to solve them on their own through practical application.
Coming from a communications background, my favorite tutoring subjects are informed by my love for the English language and the written word (writing, vocabulary, etc.). Additionally, I have always enjoyed standardized testing and problem-solving,
I am also an advocate for leading a well-balanced life—besides academics, I enjoy reading sci-fi and history books, participating in Spartan Races, writing amateur screenplays and playing video games.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Liberty University - Bachelors, Journalism
Graduate Degree: Syracuse University - Masters, Public Relations
ACT English: 31
ACT Reading: 30
SAT Verbal: 720
Reading, writing, weightlifting, running, video games
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in "learning through doing"-- the most effective teaching involves showing someone how to solve a problem, and then having them try to duplicate it on their own.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
My first session would involve getting to know the student's expectations for our forthcoming tutoring sessions and what subject they'd like to master/ what challenges they'd hope to overcome, as well as determine their personal study style.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would help my students become independent by providing a set study plan, and checking in on them on a regular basis to ensure they develop consistent study habits.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I help my students stay motivated through positive reinforcement and providing a timetable for when they anticipate achieving their goals to help keep them on track.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would spend as much time as necessary reviewing the material, and patiently attempt to find other methods of explaining said concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would work on helping them find new ways of analyzing the material, such as conducting phonetic exercises, providing academic-focused audiobooks, creating word-building exercises, etc.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found treating each student as a unique case to be most successful, as no two students learn the same way. The key is to learn their personality and interests first before developing a lesson plan.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would provide them with a timetable for completing their studies to help keep them on track, as well as provide additional incentives for reaching pre-determined milestones.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The first and most important technique is talking with your students and allowing them to ask questions-- I also ask them to explain the material to me, as one can only truly know the material if they can explain it to someone else.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence is built through encouragement and positive reinforcement.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate a student's needs by conducting an in-depth interview prior to the tutoring to learn what areas they may be struggling in and how they'd like to improve. This also extends to the tutoring sessions themselves, and is an ever-evolving process.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt my tutoring based on feedback I receive from the students-- listening is key.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I always have whatever textbook the student is currently using. I also utilize test materials that I have found helpful (notebooks, folders, note cards, highlighters, etc.).