I have been a Literacy Tutor for the past five years, including one year with Americorps/Reading Corps MN. I have been trained several times through the extensive program within the Americorps/Reading Corps training process. My primary location for tutoring was at Crest View Elementary in Brooklyn Park, MN.
I have tutored many students in grades varying from kindergarten to sixth grade; however, my main focus was tutoring students in the grades kindergarten through third grade. I believe that we can help our children excel with learning how to read when obstacles arise when resources are not easily available. I am here to help your child surpass their own expectations of not being able to read as fluently as expected.
My favorite subject to tutor/teach is Literacy. I believe that each child deserves the opportunity to learn how to read at any given moment of their life. The primary focus for our education system is that each child is learning how to read in first, second, and third grade. Students are reading to learn at the fourth grade level and beyond. It is very important for each child to read at or beyond the appropriate grade level so each student can process the information that is being provided.
My tutoring/teaching philosophy is strictly focused on unity in regard to each child beginning to progress within their reading abilities. I also promote positive learning, to stimulate eagerness for learning, and to also provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning. My tutoring/teaching style is focused on creating an environment where the student and myself are working together on the same linear line in regard to reading each passage, while then allowing each student to read independently to showcase what they have learned.
I have many interests outside of tutoring including the following: writing, painting, traveling/exploring, learning on a consistent basis, and giving back to the youth. I believe that we should always expand our mind in any way that we can to create a better and bigger outcome within our futures.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will help each student learn the abilities of being an independent learner by supporting creative, self-governing, and critical thinking. My learning process as a collaboration effort between the tutor and student will encourage effective student investments, motivation, and performance. My students will be actively learning during each literacy session while taking on more responsibility for their own performance.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would allow my students to gain a sense of self-control within the learning environment in order to become and to remain motivated as an individual. I will create an environment where each student will think their effort is valuable, each student will know what is expected, and that each individual student will benefit through effective performance.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to understand the core issue with the difficulty that the student is having. I would pay close attention to why the student is having this problem, and we will work together to find a solution for him/her. At times, I will remove both parties, the tutor and the student, from the situation to allow a moment of relaxation or separation from the issue. If we move forward with another passage/story or skill/concept and the student is successful, it is possible for the boost of confidence from the student to help them pass the previous difficulty when the student returns to the problem.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are many different ways to help students who are struggling with reading comprehension, and I have some interventions that can be used in hopes to build comprehension and awareness skills. In addition to those interventions, I will teach students to display their own understanding, teach students how to make predictions and discuss whether or not their predictions were correct when the passage or reading has been complete, and teach the students how to summarize a passage or story they have just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that creating a clear understanding/explanation of what each student wants to accomplish is a great way to begin working with a pupil. This allows the student to know that I am there helping them reach a specific goal, and that reason is exactly why they are presently learning with myself as the tutor/teacher. In addition, amongst other strategies, I will assess a test to see where the student is currently with their reading skills. Over time, it will be presently known that progress is being tracked and where the initial status began.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
In order to allow a student to be excited with a subject they were struggling in, well, I would be excited! From my experience with tutoring students, it is a great time to have outside of the classroom! Whether it is right after school, in the middle of the school day, or on the weekends, it is a special amount of time for a special kind of person! Kids truly reflect behavior and moods when working one-on-one in regard to learning new information. In order to have a student faithfully engaged in a subject that they were struggling with, I would use some idea/concept/product or thing that they were interested in as an ice breaker tool. If they were having difficulty reading at a certain level and they were interested in reading/talking/learning about dinosaurs? I would get books related to such subjects.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
The techniques I would use to ensure that a student understood the material are previewing, contextualizing, questioning to understand and remember, outlining and summarizing, and comparing/contrasting related readings.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I would have an open conversation with the student in hopes to create a bond/trust with one another. This communication between the student and I will provide an opportunity to grant them sureness and to explore a new language related with the topic, as well as settling the student/learner within the new topic/discussion.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I will evaluate my student's needs by benchmarking their current status in regard to their personal reading skills when we first begin our tutoring sessions. I will continue to benchmark/test each student's needs periodically while reporting daily stats in regard to progress.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I will adapt my tutoring to the student's needs based off of the scholar's pace and energy. We will work together as a unit in order to successfully work on the needs of each individual student.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The types of materials I will be using will be as follows: a timer, reading passages, grade level appropriate reading books, Read At Home packets, interventions, and tests for the student to complete periodically.