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Jessica

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I am a tutor and a teacher in the making with a strong and enthusiastic passion for education and educational growth. I believe that every student has their own unique strengths, challenges and learning styles and I love building relationships with students so that we can find strategies together that accommodate strengths but work through the challenges. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently attend Edgewood College, a smaller and private University in Madison, WI where I am working towards my English Licensure in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12). Although I would like to ultimately teach in a middle or high school, I have a background in tutoring students as early as Kindergarten. I volunteered in a local community center and tutored Elementary aged international students in different subjects, from math to reading and writing. I have spent a lot of time volunteering in local middle schools in different literacy and reading classes, helping students to read, write and analyze texts at different grade levels and knowledge levels. Through my undergraduate career I took several writing courses and a grammar course which included a lot of proofreading, editing and discussing writing strategies. Through my different tutoring experiences I have come across many different students, all with their own personal goals and academic levels. My goal as a tutor is to morph my teaching style to work with any student in a way that works best for them, no matter what challenge they're facing or where they're at with their learning. I believe that tutoring is a collaborative effort based on communication and finding the tools and styles that work best with the students learning. Together, a student and I can build strategies and methods for their success and understanding so that they are in charge of their learning as much as I am. As a tutor, I want to be a passionate guide to reminding every student how successful they can be and tuning in to the ways that will work best to make a student the most successful.

Jessica’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: UW-Madison - Bachelors, English Literature

Graduate Degree: Edgewood College - Current Grad Student, Secondary Education

Hobbies

My interests/hobbies include: Reading, running, playing with my cat, boxing, hiking at the State Parks, going to the movies, spending time with my younger sister, eating interesting food and writing about it on my personal food website and traveling to new places.

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that every student is capable of success. Success is individual to every student based on their goals and needs, but every student is capable of getting there. As part of my teaching philosophy, I support students achieve their definition of success through different tools, methods and strategies that work best for them. Just like success is unique to every student, so is their learning style and I want to support students in the way that fits them best, every time.

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

In a typical first session with a student, I will begin with a conversation to begin to know who the student is, where are they at with their learning, how do they feel about their learning, any hesitations and anything they're really excited about. Then, to continue to build strong communication, a student and I will set goals together based on their needs and what will define ultimate success for them. A student and I will continue a first session by starting to look at specific content or material and determining where specific understandings and specific deficiencies are and ending our conversation by talking about next steps and the next materials I'll provide.