I received a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Florida in 2014. Upon graduation, I enrolled in and completed a post-baccalaureate in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and recently applied to graduate school to obtain my Masters. My experience working with students has expanded since my undergraduate studies. I volunteered with a program in Florida to help increase English language literacy to children of migrant workers, and I currently volunteer at a charter school to provide one-on-one support to children who struggle with math and reading. While I enjoy helping students at all levels become independent learners, I have the most experience with 1st through 3rd grade math and reading, and 7th and 8th grade math and reading. Along with these two subjects, I also provide homework support, study and organization skills, and writing and essay editing. My ultimate goal in tutoring is to make sure the student generalizes the skills learned in the tutoring session and applies them to the real world on their own and with confidence. I also strive to build character and instill self-worth, as I believe this is valuable to becoming a successful, independent learner. When I'm not tutoring, I love to read, listen to music, hang out with friends, do arts and crafts, and watch college basketball.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelors, Anthropology and Linguistics
Reading, Arts and Crafts, Fitness, Music, Basketball
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that every student has the potential for success. My ultimate goal is to instill self-worth and self-motivation so that the student feels confident they can tackle their obstacles in any situation.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During the first session, I want to understand the student's learning style and personality. I will build rapport to learn about the student's interests and hobbies, and create a safe learning environment so that they begin to feel comfortable explaining their academic frustrations and obstacles to me.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe in the idea of generalization and maintenance. I always make sure that the student can take the skills he or she learned in the tutoring session and apply them to a different set of stimuli, within a novel setting. It is important that the student can take what he or she learned and use it in the real world, with real-world examples.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I always like to relate what is important in the student's life to the obstacle at hand. There is always a way to apply a particular subject to the real world, which can not only elicit understanding of the subject but also allow the student to enjoy the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
The combination that I have found works most effectively is through practice tests and explanations of the student's thinking process. That way, I can get both a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the student's struggles.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
My favorite thing to do is provide analogies, and compare the skill or concept the student is struggling with to an activity or hobby that interests the student. That way, the student is able to understand the underlying ideas and apply them to a different situation. I have also found that drawing or "acting" out situations also helps students grasp concepts. As a tutor, I ultimately like to find the medium through which the student learns best.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
After a student has read several paragraphs or pages, I like to ask the students to paraphrase what he or she just read. I will usually ask questions that are both broad (ex: what is the main idea?) or detailed (ex: what color was the character's shirt?) so I can see what types of concepts the student is struggling to comprehend. Taking the time to talk through a passage or book every few pages can help the student retain the information and grasp main ideas and details.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that using real world situations and hobbies or activities that interest the student are the best ways to keep that student engaged. I strive to make the subject material valuable and important to the student and show them that this subject can be relevant to their everyday life. That way, the student can conceptualize the material in a way that is already familiar to them.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to provide testing material such as quizzes or essay prompts so that I can be sure the student understands the material. This also helps me see what type of concepts the student is still struggling with and the concepts the student has mastered.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
The best way to build confidence is to show the student that they can accomplish their goals on their own and encourage them throughout the tutoring session. No one is perfect or gets perfect scores on every exam, and it is important for the student to understand that. If the student is a part of a sports team or club, or has even mastered a hobby, I like to remind them that they had to start from ground zero even with those activities. Practice is the key to success!
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Textbooks or materials from school are always great so that I can see what the student is learning in the classroom and is expected to know. Notes from teachers on the student's performance in class is also ideal. I also like to bring in my own worksheets or quizzes so that the students get additional practice in that subject and eventually master the concepts regardless of the type of material that is presented to them.