I believe that with appropriate support and instruction, any student can excel academically. I think it my job to serve as a guide on a student's academic journey.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: California State University-San Bernardino - Bachelors, English Literature
Graduate Degree: California State University-San Bernardino - Masters, English Composition
I love reading American Literature. I also enjoy cross-stiching and playing with my dog.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I firmly believe that every student is unique and that every student deserves a tutor that can cater to her or his learning style. I also believe that students are not simply empty containers into which I can simply pour knowledge; learning requires active engagement and effort. I am willing and able to aid and support students on their individual academic journeys.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is a great opportunity to become familiar with students as individuals. It is also a great opportunity to allow students to get to know me. During the first session, I like to begin covering academic materials, as well as begin developing a relationship with students.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help students become independent learners by working with them to develop those skills and practices which will foster independent learning. I can also provide additional material if it is appropriate to do so.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by making each session as fun as possible. I would also encourage students by noting their progress. Furthermore, I would remind students of the rewards of hard work.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try a variety of methods in order to help students develop new skills or grasp new concepts.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
To help students who may struggle with reading comprehension, I would read with them as often as possible. I would also provide a list of key questions to ask when reading independently.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that the most successful strategies depend on the learning style of the individual students, as well as subject being tutored.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To help a student get excited or engaged, I would determine what sort of things students find engaging and/or excited. I would then do my best to design sessions in a way that allow students to have a bit of fun while being intellectually challenged.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Traditional assignments and testing methods, as well as verbal questions help me to check for understanding. I would also check for understanding with each new concept introduced.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would built a student's confidence in a subject by underscoring all that a student already knows and all that a student can already do.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate student needs by talking with students and parents, and by considering the work that students perform concerning the subject matter.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I adapt to a student's needs by first observing the student's learning style, then by designing sessions accordingly.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a range of materials during tutoring sessions: white boards, books, activity sheets, et cetera.