I am a a life-long learner that loves to help other people. So far, I've been to school for law, energy healing, and now writing. I am a whole-brained and multifaceted person.
My two great loves are nature and art. Art for me definitely includes language. Previously, I tutored college freshmen in rhetoric and writing. I helped run a Toastmasters program in a middle school. While volunteering, I have taught children and adults reading and communication skills.
I am originally a native of the South, but I currently reside in San Diego.
Taberah Joy’s Qualifications
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia - Bachelors, Political Science and Government
Graduate Degree: University of Georgia - PHD, Law
Painting, dancing, acting, writing, hiking, traveling
College Level American History
High School English
High School Level American History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is to make learning fun. I aim to engage the learner with easily interpreted stimuli whether that is visual or audial.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Students can become independent learners by understanding the hesitancy toward that goal. Some students will always work better with others because that is in their nature. While others will excel individually but have challenges in groups.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
One of the best lessons I ever had was from a ski instructor. We had spent all day on the bunny hills. I was still on the bunny hills. At some point, he took me back to the very first bunny hill to show how much progress I made. While I wasn't where I wanted to be or thought I should be, I had still come a long way.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take a break. Focus on something else. If a student were frustrated, I would change direction. If it were something that had to get done that instant, I would find some way for the student to take the difficulty less seriously.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Spend time with them. Understand that learning, and by extension, reading is a long game. The student doesn't need to get every word on planet earth this instant. The student needs to start where they are. If that means monosyllabic words, then we start there and move toward a greater goal.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Decrease the intimidation or detestation factor. Make learning fun. If you get it wrong, that's just as good as getting it right in many circumstances. The ultimate failure is staring at a page or a screen and doing nothing.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Ask what they like generally and relate that subject to something that is exciting and engaging.