I love working with students in a variety of subjects (mostly math) and seeing them improve and achieve their dreams!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Gordon College - Bachelors, English
Graduate Degree: Gordon College - Masters, Secondary Mathematics Instructions
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ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Prep
ACCUPLACER College-Level Math Prep
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
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High School English
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that everyone can learn, it just takes some a bit longer or with some different methods.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student, his or her likes and dislikes, and have the student personally assess how he or she does in school.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I like to have my students explain back what they are doing and why they are doing it, making the knowledge their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would focus on their successes; praising them for what they do right and showing how that can lead to understanding new material.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would try to explain it in a different way or connect it to previously learned material. Sometimes it is wise to set something aside for a time and come back to it later.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I try to break down the sentences into informational chunks and work on one chunk at a time.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I try to have a little bit of fun with the student, so that tutoring is not seen as some sort of complete drudgery.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would try to connect the material to things in which the student is interested.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to go back to material after a short time to see if a student can recall previously practiced concepts.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I like to focus on the positive, and show even in wrong answers what the student did correctly.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I like to talk to the student, the parents, and possibly the teacher to get a sense of their view of what is needed. Then, I like to look at the student's work, followed by some one-on-one practice that I observe.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I typically use a calculator, paper, pencil, and manipulative, when appropriate.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I like to explain material in a way that works for the student. If one way does not work, I will not repeat that method.