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Sara

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Education can open doors in ways we never knew were possible. I've seen this firsthand through my many years of experience. Since I was in university, I've tutored different people and seen the positive impacts that learning has. During my undergraduate career I worked with a community outreach program designed to help inner-city children with their school-work while educating them about the environment. While working here, I researched and wrote about the beneficial effects education has. In 2012 I graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Biology, and since I've graduated, I've held tutoring jobs, an internship at the Environmental Protection Agency, an English school in Quito, Ecuador, and an international school in Washington, DC. I'm dedicated, energetic and creative, I'm fluent in both English and Spanish, and I have extensive experience with languages and environmental sciences.

Sara’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Dayton - Bachelors, Environmental Biology

Hobbies

running, being outside, practicing Spanish and French, dancing, reading, crafting

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Conversational Spanish

English

ESL/ELL

High School English

Languages

Spanish

Spanish 1

Spanish 2


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Education is the key to future, and we need dedicated and passionate teachers to instill a love of learning in students. All students have the potential to become scholars and excel in any and all areas with the right tools and dedication. As a teacher I believe this is possible because I have seen it. When I teach, I make my students look at problems from all different angles and give a variety of explanations. Thinking outside of the box is one of the best tools a student can have so they can become self-sufficient learners. My lessons are creative and fun yet challenging, and presented with energy and enthusiasm that is imparted to the student.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

In a typical first session I get to know the student and their background, interests and learning style. Identifying learning style is important to understand the methods that will work best with an individual.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by learning how they learn and teaching them different methods of learning this way, which will help them become effective and efficient learners.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I help students stay motivated by setting goals with them, being energetic and by using a wide variety of educational materials to keep their interest.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept I teach it to them using different approaches. Being able to tackle an issue from many different sides is important, especially as an educator. I also take my time to make sure that a student fully understands something before moving onto the next topic.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I help students who are struggling with reading comprehension by pinpointing their specific problem. For example, if they are having trouble with understanding vocabulary, we would focus on learning words, understanding definition through context, revisiting old vocabulary words, etc.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I've found knowing the student and the way they learn is the best strategy to help a student succeed.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

To help a student get engaged and interested in what they are learning, I would find ways to connect their interests and hobbies with the subject they are struggling in.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

To be sure that a student understands the material, I have them explain it to me (or teach it another student in front of me), write summaries of the material, answer questions about the material, etc.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

I build students' confidence by making positive comments towards them, having them set attainable goals that they can / will achieve, and by encouraging and challenging them.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I evaluate a student's needs through observing them and by questioning the student, their family, teachers, coaches, etc.