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Jamila

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I help learners harness the flame of knowledge!
We'll use areas of strength to shape areas of growth.
And we'll work smart, so we don't have to overwork.
No recreating the wheel allowed, I use resources available locally and online (and apps!)

Jamila’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelors, East Asian Languages and Cultures with Educator's License

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 28

Hobbies

Fitness and healthy cooking

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Math

5th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

7th Grade Math

8th Grade Math

9th Grade Math

ACT Prep

ACT English

ACT Math

ACT Reading

ACT Science

ACT Writing

Algebra

College Algebra

College English

Conversational Mandarin

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

ESL/ELL

GED Prep

Geometry

High School English

High School Writing

Homework Support

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Mandarin Chinese 2

Mandarin Chinese 3

Mandarin Chinese 4

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Writing

Other

Pre-Algebra

Science

Social Networking

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Technology and Computer Science

Test Prep

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

Work smart, not hard. Finish with a sense of accomplishment. Celebrate the small wins. Laugh often.

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

In a first session we'll speak about your goals and your experiences with the target subject. We'll also do a pretest and find which ways you learn best. We will also find a good time for future sessions.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

By varying to tools used in sessions, depth of topic coverage, speed of introducing new topics, and the degree of learner autonomy.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

A laptop for great videos, pdfs, and links for learners to use on their own. Calculators, pen, and pencil. Handheld teaching manipulatives for certain subject areas. And often a small 8x11 whiteboard for concept mapping.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

By making sure the student knows the real value behind mastery of the content area, how it fits into their chosen future, and how we can make it a manageable process. Motivation is liberation!

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would ask the student where do they feel they get stuck. Anxiety from past failures? Wording or jargon? Not knowing where to start? Something goes wrong in the middle of a process? Or not knowing how to end your masterpiece? It always comes back to a conversation and then making another attempt. Never stopping or shutting down. Moving forward inch by inch, until there is a snowball effect of successes.