I am thrilled to be tutoring with Varsity Tutors. I have a true passion for helping others learn and explore the world around them. I firmly believe that knowledge is one of the keys to an abundant life and everyone should have the opportunity to learn and better themselves each step of the journey. I have worked as teacher and tutor in both academic and non traditional settings for 10 years including my current work as substitute teacher in the Pinellas County School system. My experience is with students of all ages and levels. I look forward to helping my stuents broaden capacities and excel in both the classroom as well as life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Bachelors, Psychology
Graduate Degree: University of South Florida-Main Campus - Masters, Public Health
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What is your teaching philosophy?
I firmly believe that knowledge is one of the keys to an abundant life, and everyone should have the opportunity to learn and better themselves each step of the journey. It takes an individual with patience, passion and a willingness to be giving of themselves enough to effectively teach.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is a wonderful opportunity to establish a real connection. I like for my students to be confident in my abilities, but also in my genuine desire to assist in any way possible. I also am sure to spend time getting to know the student, their interests, what they expect from me and their feelings regarding going forward in the tutoring process.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Empowerment, skills, and forming habits that will enable a student to reach his or her goals are essential to the student becoming an independent learner. I make it an objective to ensure the student has a complete understanding of the why and how.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I believe that each student is different in what motivates them. So after finding what provides the motivation they need, I teach them how to reproduce that motivation in a healthy way that promotes development.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If there is some difficulty with learning, I will continue to help until the skill or concept is learned. Oftentimes I present the skill in another format and relate that skill to everyday life; something that the student is already familiar with.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
One of the best ways is to encourage the student to slow down and digest the material in an alternative way. For instance, processing chunks instead of the entire passage or creating a visual in the mind that makes sense to the student.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found some of the best strategies to implement immediately are: forming a relationship that is genuine, understanding where the student is in their learning as well as the attitude towards asking for and receiving help. From there, a foundation is laid that enables transparency and a positive environment that cultivates growth.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
One method is to pull the excitement from the subject while helping the student to realize how that subject can be interesting or useful. Also very helpful is finding similarities between the subject they find challenging and one that already excites the student.