I recently graduated UCLA school of education and possess a teaching license. I have extensive experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds. I believe that patience, empathy, and creativity are three skills that contribute to my success as an educator. I have volunteered in after school programs, conducted ACT preparation courses, and worked at my college's writing center. The same passion for teaching drives my passion for tutoring. Often, there are various reasons to why a student may desire tutoring. I believe that it is impossible to make a difference for a student without listening, understanding, and empathizing with that student. As someone who has received tutoring (and overcome a learning disability) I can relate and work with each student. In establishing a culture of learning, I also look to find specific types of learning styles that work best with students. As a tutor, I have the uadvantage of more individualized teaching, and should take an individualized approach to the student. Not only do I figure out how they learn, I figure out how a student best enjoys learning. Through creativity, patience, and energy, I look to not only make learning interesting, but make it applicable and relevant to each student.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Union College - Bachelors, American Studies (Minor in History)
Graduate Degree: University of California-Los Angeles - Masters, Master of Education
10th Grade Reading
10th Grade Writing
11th Grade Reading
11th Grade Writing
12th Grade Reading
12th Grade Writing
1st Grade Math
1st Grade Writing
2nd Grade Writing
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Science
3rd Grade Writing
4th Grade Math
4th Grade Writing
5th Grade Writing
6th Grade Writing
7th Grade Writing
8th Grade Reading
9th Grade Reading
9th Grade Writing
ACT with Writing Prep
AP US Government
AP US History
CLEP American Government
CLEP English Literature
CLEP History of the United States I
CLEP History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present
CLEP Social Sciences and History
College Application Essays
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Geography
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Political Science
High School World History
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
US Constitutional History
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
There is no one strategy in teaching, each student learns differently! To understand how my students learn, I believe in listening and understanding.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student on a personal and academic level. Not only see how he or she learns, but what his or her interests involve so I can incorporate them into our sessions. I would also learn what his or her teacher is like and how the student responds to that teacher.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
It is important to make each subject relevant to the student and give student resources to work on his or her own. I believe in teaching through the strategy, "I do (I demonstrate) you do (we do together) you do (student works independently).".
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Empathizing and motivating. Staying motivated is possible when setting goals, both short term and long term.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would break that concept down into smaller pieces to learn it in steps.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By breaking the reading down into smaller bits. Sometimes I create games to make the reading seem more achievable.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
-Goal setting -Playing games -making outlines and webs -consistent review
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I spend time learning about what interests and motivates each student and apply that subject to it. For example, if a student enjoys art, I would create an artistic math assignment or relate a historic period to its art. In addition, I attempt to apply that subject to contemporary issues. I also enjoy creating games for each subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Creating practice test questions.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Breaking the subject down into small pieces so that student masters small bits at a time. I would also avoid using negative language.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Diagnostic testing and reviewing their homework and past assignments.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By creating my teaching approach around the student's learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Flashcards, highlighters, construction paper (for making webs), lined paper, and a white board.