There is nothing that I find more important than the power of education. As my mother used to tell me, education is the one thing that nobody can ever take away from you. As a graduate from American University with Degrees in Public Communications and Musical Theatre, I have been fortunate enough to help others succeed inside and outside the classroom. In terms of the tutoring experience, I believe that it is most important to get to know the student on a one on one basis and find out what they are passionate about. The end goal isn't to get an "A" for me but instead to become lifelong learners. By the end of our sessions the students should want to take ownership of their education and be excited about learning. As for myself, some subjects I am particularly passionate about are Public Speaking, English and test prep. In my spare time, I enjoy testing out new recipes, watching films, singing, playing chess and being active with my puppy.
American University - Bachelors, Public Communications/Musical Theatre
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Find out what makes them tick! They should always be working towards a goal that is not just about getting an "A". Sessions should also be fun and something that they look forward to.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Go through the concept step by step with the student, and hear exactly what they are struggling with. Go over that skill/concept again in a different way, and then move on in the lesson. We would then revisit the concept periodically throughout the session.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find material that they are interested in. If the student is engaged in the material (even if it isn't from the classroom), they will put in more effort. From there, we can focus on improving reading comprehension around a subject that they are passionate about.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Don't talk at the student. Always see where they are coming from and what they are struggling with instead of making assumptions. Establish a positive, proactive rapport right away.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repetition, repetition, repetition! And after a student understands/has a firm grasp on the concept, I would have them tell me in their own words what they learned to further cement the material.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk with the student about why they are meeting with me, go over some of their past work, briefly go over some material, and set goals to work towards going forward.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Find material they are passionate about outside the classroom. In particular, get them reading books that they are interested in that are not assigned in school.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Through hitting goals set in past sessions, positive reinforcement and fixing specific problems they are having within the subject material through our work.