Through hard work and support all students can be successful! Learning how to learn is one of the most important skills we can acquire as people. I am passionate about helping people understand content, but more importantly teaching them strategies to learn best. I earned my masters degree in urban education in 2014 and I am a credentialed teacher who has worked in schools of underserved communities for the past 4 years.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wittenberg University - Bachelors, Psychology (minors in biology and neuroscience)
Graduate Degree: Loyola Marymount University - Masters, Urban Education
ACT Composite: 24
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Q & A
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would like find out the student's background knowledge on the topic and then find out the content area where they are having trouble. From there, I can figure out the student's misconceptions or gaps in knowledge to help them best.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Developing the skills to becoming an independent learner takes time and is different for every person. I provide the resources, the thinking tools, and confidence for students to build these skills in order to be life-long learners.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would figure out the student's misconceptions or gaps in knowledge pertaining to the subject. I would find a different way to present the skill or concept to the student and use different modalities.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I break down the reading into smaller chunks and frequently ask guiding questions to help students understand the content they just read. We would focus on challenging vocabulary and read material that is interesting to them.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Understanding a student's interests and self-identified academic struggles is one of the most important strategies to work successfully with a student.