I love learning and have sought out many opportunities in my life to continue learning and growing. Through tutoring sessions in college, I learned how valuable it was and how one-on-one sessions can really make a difference. You learn in a way that is best for you and that helped me to be successful in my college courses. I would love to help others learn in a way that is best for them and help them to love learning just like I have!
The subjects I tutor are Spanish, French and Math. I've studied Spanish for eight years, from 8th grade through my senior year of college. I have a background in Spanish literature and strong reading and writing skills. I've studied French for three semesters of college, used Roseta Stone, was tutored myself and have had conversational sessions with French speakers to work on my speaking skills. I love languages and different world cultures. I believe languages are a way to step into another culture and I'd love to introduce students to French and Spanish culture as well.
I've studied math up through college and have received A's in all of my courses up to college Calculus. I am comfortable tutoring Algebra in particular.
In my free time, I love to play my guitar, write music, listen to indie music (Head and the Heart, the Lumineers), and cook. I particularly love to bake, so I'm always trying out new recipes on friends and family!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin Colleges - Bachelors, Communications
ACT Composite: 28
Songwriting, guitar, concerts,cooking
10th Grade Math
11th Grade Math
12th Grade Math
1st Grade Math
2nd Grade Math
3rd Grade Math
4th Grade Math
5th Grade Math
6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
8th Grade Math
9th Grade Math
Elementary School Math
Q & A
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
It's important to build a comfortable environment for the student so they can ask questions. That will allow them to learn when they can start to think about what they don't understand.
What is your teaching philosophy?
To teach students to love to learn. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would try to understand how the student learns best: audio, visual, or through writing. That will help future sessions and allow the student to succeed and progress faster in their studies.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I not only would share my own experiences with them, but I also would encourage them to ask questions and to always be curious!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would encourage their hard work and any achievement along the way!
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would change my approach to how I'm teaching the concept. I would come up with a relatable example for the student to be able to relate to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Break the reading down into smaller sections so it doesn't seem so daunting. Once you read one section, write a sentence down about the section and continue doing that for the rest of the reading.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to relate the subject to a topic that they're interested in. It makes learning the subject much easier and is more enjoyable for the student too!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would ask questions to make sure that the student understands. I also would have the student teach me the material. Teaching is the best way to prove that you've mastered the topic.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
You encourage every victory along the way. As a student progresses, it's important to let him or her know that you've noticed their hard work. Let them know that you've seen improvements in their homework. It will definitely motivate them to continue to work hard.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I figure out what kind of learner they are: audio, visual, or written. From there, I work on coming up with material for them that will allow them to learn naturally.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If a student isn't connecting with my tutoring, I will try a different approach. That could mean using more real life examples or could mean using videos to spark interest. It really depends on the student and what they are most interested in.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use videos, exercises on paper, and PowerPoints.