As a graduate of a top-20 national university, I know that it takes a lot of hard work to succeed in school. Sometimes, we need a little extra help to get us to that point, and I love working with students to make their success a reality! It is very important to me that I not only have a good relationship with my students, but also work with them throughout their tutoring sessions to make sure they have the confidence to succeed in school.
My strategy as a tutor is to get to know the student and figure out why they are having trouble with a particular subject. Then, we will work together to build up both their knowledge base, critical thinking skills, and confidence so that the student can effectively tackle their homework and other assignments. When a student has confidence in him/herself, they have eradicated the biggest barrier to success!
Aside from tutoring, my hobbies are dance and music. I grew up playing piano and performing in a variety of dance styles, and even continued dancing in college!
Undergraduate Degree: Washington University in St Louis - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to first and foremost build up the student's confidence, and to identify from the outset the student's main struggles. This differs by student, so having a conversation with the student about what they find difficult or easy about the homework or subject is an essential first step. After that point, we will develop an individually-tailored strategy to tackle the subject matter.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In my first session with a student, we will have a short conversation about the class(es) they are having difficulty in, and identify priorities and learning goals. For example, a student might be having trouble overall in a class, but the first step might be to tackle the essay that is due next week. Looking at the student's schedule, amount of homework, and individual skills and interests will give us a better idea of how to begin.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
In order to become an independent learner, a student must be able to apply specific strategies - and know when to use them. In our tutoring sessions, I will build up a student's repertoire of study skills and learning strategies so that they can work towards independence.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
In order for a student to stay motivated, it is helpful for them to understand why what they are learning is important. Of course, it's even better if they start to enjoy it! My role is to help the student realize how good it feels to do a good job on their homework.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Whenever a student has particular difficulty with a skill or concept, it is helpful to go back to square one. This helps the student regroup and retrace their steps, and is sort of like taking a deep breath before continuing.