I am a sophomore in college double majoring in English Literature and French with an emphasis on Secondary Education. I first started tutoring in high school, a side job that inspired my passion for teaching. After graduating high school, I moved to Clermont-Ferrand, France to nanny and teach English as a Second Language. I have experience teaching toddler and elementary aged children as well as fellow college aged students. My philosophy in teaching is quite simple: combining the student's area of needed improvement with what interests them. I look to challenge, but also engage and inspire deeper learning through interactive and specialized lessons. I tailor my teaching methods to each individual student in order to meet their specific skills and weaknesses.
The areas I specialize in are English, both composition and literature comprehension, French, and History. I have taken the exams for AP English Composition, AP English Literature, AP World, AP European History, and AP American History. I am confident that my background and passion for these subjects have properly prepared me to educate and guide my students towards their learning goals.
Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Washington University - Current Undergrad, English
ACT Reading: 30
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1230
Theatre, Writing, Reading, Paddle Boarding, and Drawing
What is your teaching philosophy?
Teaching should be engaging, interactive, and interesting. I don't believe in assigning busy work that isn't going to further my student's skill or knowledge. Every assignment should be purposeful.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
First and foremost, I want to know what they are struggling with and what their goals are. If they are looking to improve their writing, then I would ask them to provide a short writing diagnostic on something they find interesting and also tell me what they personally feel like they need to improve on. I would a similar thing for French. Learning is very personal, so I would also like to know what their learning style is. Are they visual or auditory learners, etc. so I can set up a good learning plan that will fit their needs. I also would like to know a little about them personally. Is there a particular subject in English they like, their favorite genre, favorite period in history, what music they listen to, etc. From there we can work on a current assignment or do some exercises in the subject they need tutoring in.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Give them the proper tools and inspire confidence in their learning ability. Assign a bit of homework or teach them coping and organizational skills. It is a balancing act on showing them what needs to be done and assigning homework that is challenging enough that they can figure it out themselves.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Focus on subjects that interest them. If they are struggling reading comprehension, I would use works of various levels in a genre they adore. If writing an essay, I would want them to focus on something that they find inspiring or interesting. I also don't believe in just lecturing for an hour and calling it good. My educational style includes interactive actives, videos, music, etc. If it is an in person tutoring schedule, I also don't mind providing rewards for improvement.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Take it slow, find exactly what they are struggling with, and break it down into more manageable parts. For instance, if they are struggling with French verb conjugation, I would break it into smaller sections with clear rules and plenty of examples and pictures. The same concept can be applied to writing, reading, or history.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
There are a lot of strategies to tackle reading comprehension. First and foremost, I would want to find out what they are comprehending and what they are struggling with. Some students know what’s happening in the story but can't name characters, other students are struggling with the vocabulary within the story, etc. With a student that is struggling with vocabulary, you can teach them the context clue strategy as well as focus on expanding their general vocabulary. With a student that has a problem keeping track at what is happening within a story (which character is doing what, why is something important), I would ask them to physically map it out with a chart, story map, cause and effect, etc. While reading, I would also pause and ask students questions about the material they are reading to see if they really are understanding the material with the help of extra strategies.