I am a passionate teacher looking to help students find the best learning and studying methods that work for them on an individual level! I love reading and especially history. As a student who struggled in math, I also love to work with students to develop strategies that work best for them! It is my genuine belief that everyone can be a lifelong learner if they are supported in their journey to understand their personal learning style!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: SUNY at Binghamton - Bachelors, Psychology, Comparative Literature
Graduate Degree: CUNY Hunter College - Masters, Adolescent Special Education
ACT Composite: 27
Reading, photography, refinishing furniture, interior design, my two dogs Ziggy and Phoenix, traveling, cooking
AP US History
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to always build strategy based on the needs of the whole child. I aim to support and provide opportunities for not only academic growth, but personal and emotional growth as well, so that students may sustain their path to success beyond the classroom.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first session with a student, I would engage the learner in a few ice-breaking activities so that we can begin to know one another. I would ask the student about their preferences and learning style. If this particular student is unsure about how they like to learn or what works best, I would guide them through several examples to get a feel for what might work for them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My goal is to always provide strategies and methods that can be implemented without direct supervision and that make sense to the student's learning style so that they can continue to use our methods long after our sessions.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
My favorite way to maintain student motivation is to allow students to select their motivators. In the past, my students have done everything from generating a list of favorite candies and treats (for immediate motivation when times get tough) to creating vision boards to help keep the "bigger picture" in focus.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is a tricky skill to develop, so it takes a good understanding of different methods such as annotating and rewording to really be able to navigate a text. I love to teach students different tips and tricks for understanding a given passage and empowering them to use what they already know to help work through what they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Open communication between a teacher and student are vital to creating a great learning environment. One strategy in particular that I always incorporate is providing my rationale for my students so that they can understand how everything we do is meant to empower and support their growth.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The easiest way to get engaged in a subject that is challenging is to find a way to relate it to something in which a student has already shown interest. I love to figure out ways to see certain materials from a different perspective and help students understand their challenges from that viewpoint.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use both formal and informal assessments in order to make sure a student really understands what we are reviewing. Assessments can also be empowering and show students where they are shining and where they need to focus their efforts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence by determining what they know (using assessments, sample tasks, etc.) and finding ways to build on those skills as the foundation for what we need to work on.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Depending on the subject, one of the best ways to evaluate student needs are practice assessments. I especially design assessments so that they are scaffolded and allow students to build their confidence as they work through them. Additionally, I always conference with the student to see what they identify as their area of need.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
My tutoring methods are very flexible and therefore adaptable. If a student prefers online resources, I will seek out methods we can use. If the student prefers the classic pen and paper strategies, I will provide those learning opportunities. My biggest goal is to ensure that students feel supported and know that our practices can be altered from session to session.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The types of materials I use are dependent on the subject but I prefer materials that students can also work with between sessions, such as online review programs/games or graphic organizers they can use during school.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
There is always a way to ensure that a student can be brought to understanding. If our first attempt to grasp something doesn't work, we need to step back and try looking at the material from a different perspective.