I am married and have two children and eight grand children. I have lived in Texas all my life. I am semi-retired but would like to continue my career as a tutor.
I completed my BAAS Degree in Early Childhood Language and Literacy Skills in 2009. I decided to take classes online through Ashford University and completed my Master of Arts in Education in 2013.
Tutoring involves working with a student's school curriculum and standards, so whatever information and homework the school provides will be used to help the student get ahead. In addition, all students are different, therefore, they learn differently. I believe in using differentiated instruction because this technique allows me to tailor tutoring sessions based on a student's needs. I look forward to being a tutor for all students.
Mary Ann’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: The University of Texas at San Antonio - Bachelors, Early Childhood Language and Literacy Skills
Graduate Degree: Ashford University - Masters, Reading
Family and Sunday School
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that children learn so much when they are young. Learning to read and comprehend what is being read is a key that opens doors to all other subjects (e.g. Language Arts, Math, Science, Art, etc.). Building self-esteem in young lives is also a big part of scholastic and life-long achievement.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know who my student is (e.g. likes and dislikes). Get to know how they learn best so that instruction can be created specifically for my student. Get additional information from my student's parents because they know their child best.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Allow the student to respond instead of responding for them. Too many times we want to answer the question or do the job for a student, but when this happens, the student is not challenged to use and/or develop their own cognitive skills. I will also be a facilitator for my students so that they do not feel that they are alone.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would allow them to tell me what motivates them, and then we can both come up with strategies that allow them to go forward as they learn new and exciting things. When students learn to go forward, they get inspired even in their educational endeavors.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Re-evaluate the way I am teaching the skill/concept, as well as get feedback from the student about what he/she knows regarding the topic being taught. Once we get a clearer picture of what may be happening, reteach the skill/concept.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
If a student is having trouble with reading comprehension, I would use teaching strategies that help the student breakdown what they are reading. Some tools that help are simple but helpful include graphic organizers.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Strategies that have been successful for me include getting to know the student better through Questionnaires and Interest Surveys. A short discussion at the beginning of each session helps me learn how the student's day has been going. Another successful strategy is to revisit certain aspects of our session in order to make sure that I am listening and communicating with my student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would get feedback from the student on why he/she is struggling with the subject. I would brainstorm ideas on how to use additional tools that would help my student get excited and engaged in the subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To make sure that students understand the materials they are studying, I would check for understanding by having them explain what they just did. I would encourage them to ask questions and to let me know if something does not make sense to them so that we can review it again.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
In order to build a student's confidence in any subject, I must remember to praise and encourage them no matter what happens. I will remind them that we all learn along the way and we are all still learning.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will evaluate a student's needs through observation and assessment of his/her work. Communication with the student and parents is another way of evaluating their needs.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Based on what I find out about the student's needs, I will re-evaluate my tutoring so that I can use techniques and strategies that will accommodate the student and their learning abilities.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use flash cards, computer technology, graphic organizers, manipulatives, and real-world connections. I would also use a student's background knowledge of the subject being taught. I will also ask students what materials they use to learn about a subject.