I am a Biola University alumni with a bachelor's degree in Intercultural Studies and a teaching certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I also have minors in Biblical Studies and Islamic studies. I have been teaching and tutoring English for over two years now and have two main areas of expertise: ESL and writing. With my TESOL Certificate, I am specifically trained to teach English to individuals who speak something other than English as their first language. This includes teaching pronunciation, grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing. While completing my TESOL Certificate at Biola I also specifically focused on the skill of writing. Writing is one of the most important forms of communication in our society and having excellent writing skills is especially important if one wants to succeed in the world of academia. Because of my passion to help others communicate their thoughts to the world, my second area of expertise is academic writing. Because everyone needs to be able to write, my writing tutoring services are very extensive. Whether you are an international 8th grade student wanting help with English writing, or a senior Psychology major who needs help with a senior thesis, I have the training and experience needed to help you succeed.
While completing my TESOL Certificate at Biola University I knew I could go on to teach in a formal school setting. However, it became very clear to me that tutoring was the route I wanted to go. I love being able to work one-on-one with students and customize lesson plans specifically for them. Every individual has different needs, different learning styles, and different background experiences. My goal as a tutor is to take into account each of these parts of a student and view them holistically so that I can best help them achieve their specific goals.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Biola University - Bachelors, Intercultural Studies; Minor in Islamic Studies and Biblical Studies
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I create customized lesson plans and use a variety of teaching methods to meet each student’s individual needs and address their unique learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I ask lots of questions to get a sense of what the student's goals are so I can be sure to help them as best as I possibly can. I also ask questions pertaining to educational background and any particular areas they might be currently struggling in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
My teaching methods move from controlled to independent. Meaning, I start with controlled activities that make it easy for the student to learn and understand. As they learn the content, I then move to more independent activities where the student is challenged to figure out the problem themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help a student stay motivated by relating to the challenging nature of the subject matter. I am not a tutor that expects perfection either on paper or in character. I am patient with students, and am more than happy to walk with them through their motivated days as well as their not-so-motivated days.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty, I will first try to determine if my teaching method is matching their learning style. I will try to use different types of teaching methods while continuing to be patient with the student.