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Rachel

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I am a teacher, army wife, and a mother. I graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education. I taught first grade for three years in Texas and loved every minute of it. My love and passion are to help students learn to read and write. I received my masters at Boston University in Reading Education where I learned various methods to help accommodate all types of learners. In my masters program I worked in a reading clinic with a fifth grade student helping her with her reading abilities. I believe I would be a wonderful tutor and would help any student improve on their reading or math. I pride myself on using personalized lesson plans that best fit the student I am working with. I believe students will learn best by practicing themselves while I help guide them through areas they struggle with.

Rachel’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Boston University - Bachelors, Elementary and Special Education

Graduate Degree: Boston University - Masters, Reading Education

Hobbies

photography and hiking

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe in using inquiry based learning. That means, it is important for students to feel that they are in charge of their own learning. That will help them truly master a concept.

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

I would use games and questionnaires to help gain a better understanding of who the student is a to build a relationship with them. It is important for me to figure out what kind of learner the student is. It is also important for the student to feel comfortable with me.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe the key to helping a student become independent is to build their confidence. This can be done by playing up on the student's strength and incorporating them into their learning.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

When starting to work with a student it is important to learn what their hobbies and interests are. Incorporating these interests are a huge way to motivate students not only in reading but math as well. It will also help build their confidence in a familiar subject is embedded in new material. It makes it feel less daunting.

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

It is important to pay attention to which styles of learning work best for each student. Some students are visual learners, while other strive with auditory or tactical learning. Choosing the right method can make a difficult concept much easier for a student to tackle.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

First, I would choose a book on a topic that I know interests them. Next, I would make sure that the level of the book is a little lower than their ability. This ensures that phonics and fluency will be non-factors so the student can focus all of their attention to comprehending the text. While reading, I would stop periodically and ask combinations of both implicit and explicit questions to make sure that the student is on track. This way, it is easier to see where the comprehension is breaking down.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

Successful strategies vary based on each student. I have students that learn best turning math problems into songs, or hand motions to remember concepts. Where others learn best practicing problems hands on. Regardless of the strategy it is important to make sure the student feels they are in control of their learning.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

When starting to work with a student I believe it is important to learn what a student loves to do in their free time. With that information it is easy to embed what they love into learning. Whether it is reading or math, tying learning to a real life example that they are interested in will keep them engaged. I also believe praise for a student's strengths are a huge part of creating a safe and fun learning environment.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

After working on a concept for a while, I would have the student complete practice questions. Once they are complete I would ask them to tell me how they answered the problem and why. This will tell me how deep their knowledge on the topic goes and allows me to fix any misunderstandings that may have presented itself along the way.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

When starting to work with a student it is important to identify a student's strengths. Then, I make sure I use those strengths while practicing new or difficult skills. This way, while working on a new skill I can praise them for their mastery while they use it to master a new concept.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

Evaluating students is a constant necessity. Every time I work with a student I am constantly checking for understanding by asking questions. This allows me to help get rid of misconceptions that may arise immediately.

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

The materials I use vary based on the student. I have used everything from music, worksheets, white boards, and blocks to help a struggling student master a concept.