I hold a Masters' degree in Communication from Texas State University, and have taught in higher-ed for 10 years. I have been the instructor of record for over one-hundred & fifty courses at three universities and four community colleges, and been part of the lives of over 2,500 students. I've taught at Cal Poly, Texas State University, & Ashford University just to name a few places. I also hold 18 hours in doctoral coursework towards a PhD in Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning.
During my teaching career, I've taught students ranging in age from 16-72, with varying interests and backgrounds.
My favorite part of the tutoring experience is the "ah-ha" moment, when a student understands the topic.
When I tutor, I treat all my pupils as adults, meaning I give them respect, and explain things in a way I would my peers. I do not believe in condescension, scolding, or telling them what to do. I offer choices and reasoning. I prefer to use examples and tell stories to explain points. I can help students who feel anxious or frustrated by using empathy, patience, and enthusiasm.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Bachelors, Communication Studies
Graduate Degree: Texas State University-San Marcos - Masters, Communication Studies
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10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Writing
9th Grade Writing
High School English
High School Writing
IB Literature and Performance
IB Literature and Performance SL
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning occurs for each individual differently. Thus I try to adapt to each student.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
An ice-breaker where we might get to know each other.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Practicing the Socratic method, and allowing students to find the answer vs. giving them the answer helps.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Encouragement, high-fives, and short 30 second or 1 minute breaks when they seem stressed.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Anything and everything. If the student is not understanding it, I will switch to a new modality.