I am a writer and enjoy the freedom that comes with the field. I have written three, feature-length screenplays and will complete my M.F.A. in Screenwriting this Spring of 2016. I have a background in Film and obtained a B.A. in Film Studies through the English department of the University of Pittsburgh.
I have been a tutor for the past 15 years. I have tutored online and in-person in the subjects of math, science, and social studies from 3rd through 8th grade level. I have also tutored, up to and through college level, in the subjects of English and French. I am fluent in French and enjoy helping students learn the schematics of the language, with advancement into literature and writing, while also perfecting their basic conversational skills and technique. I have also served as an instructor for 7th grade students within a hybrid school environment for active, independent learning in Florida. In addition, I was a private tutor in a program geared towards traveling, equestrian athletes in south Florida, as well as a certified, approved tutor for high-profile and celebrity clients within the south Florida area. My experience with tutoring has been both rewarding and challenging; I never turn down the opportunity to help a student, no matter how long it takes!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus - Bachelors, Film Studies
Graduate Degree: National University - Masters, Screenwriting
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
To teach is to guide. Whether this guidance is towards an understanding of a concept or an answer to a difficult question, there is a shared method of getting the student there and providing a "helping hand" for that is what matters the most!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I like to find out what a student knows about the subject matter they are working on before we even begin to tackle their problem.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Helping a student learn how to get the answer instead of just giving the answer is the key to independent learning.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
By letting them know that the answer is not as important as understanding how to get it.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking them what steps they would take to answer their problem, and from there I can usually assess their skill level.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Pen and paper, computer, and workbooks.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
By presenting them with the unexpected, like a new strategy or method of learning.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I like to use the skimming method. Going through a passage, paragraph by paragraph, and looking for sentences that might be important. Then, putting all of the sentences together.