Having grown up with a tutor of my own through middle and part of high school, I understand the importance and helpfulness of having an external perspective assist your education. Tutoring is amazing for developing organizational skills, learning strategies, good study habits, and also makes the tediousness of homework a bit less strenuous.
I attended private school for most of my educational career, so I know learning environments can be a bit competitive. I recently graduated USC and am excited to tutor in the Los Angeles area!
My main subjects are Math, Spanish, English Comp, and Writing. I've travelled to different Spanish speaking countries to develop my skills, and the other three subjects are just what I connected with most. I hope to work together to help you learn as much as possible!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Southern California - Bachelors, Dramatic Arts
Photography, comedy, fine art, kickboxing, tennis
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
7th Grade Math
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
High School English
High School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Cooperative learning is the way to go! It's an open conversation, and we should be able to have a productive back and forth.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what area they need the most help with within their studies- organization, comprehension, study tactics, and then start there. If it's a new subject always start with the basics!
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Develop their study skills as opposed to just working on the subject. How can we break down the task at hand so it's easier to understand?
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Practicing certain habits while reading is very helpful. Covering part of the page and physically guiding yourself helps. Margin notes help as well to keep track of the reading.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
How can we relate it to their life? What are the details within the subject they may like? I've used games and toys to help young kids engage in Math- there's something for every subject!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quizzing, asking them questions that require a critical understanding instead of just memorization. How would they approach a question that's too complex for them?
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Encouragement, of course. Also help them understand that small steps are still steps forward. It's hard to maintain confidence when you're not doing as well as others, but school lasts a very long time. There will be times when we are ahead and times when we are behind.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Find a step-by-step approach that they can use on their own. Maybe work backwards from the answer once we've been working on a problem.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Putting time frames on each assignment makes it much easier to stay focused. If working on multiple subjects, writing out a schedule for time for each assignment is immensely helpful. Also, how can we relate each subject to their interests? Sometimes it's good to just dedicate a few minutes to talking about why the subject is relevant.