I believe students learn best with a tutor/teacher who cares. Every student deserves to be taught in their personal learning style. I've tutored in reading/writing from Kindergarten to college level. I've also tutored in elementary math. The schools I have tutored in are Indian Creek Elementary School in Placerville, CA, and Blue Oak Elementary School in Cameron Park, CA. I have also tutored students from Folsom Lake College and American River College. Additionally, I've worked with students with Special Needs, from age 5 to adults.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Language Studies ASL Interdisciplinary Studies Arts Humanities - Associates, American Sign Language
Horseback Riding, Reading Fantasy Fiction, Poetry Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe students learn best with a tutor/teacher who cares. Every student deserves to be taught in their personal learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
We would go over the subject matter and the goals the student has for improving their grades/work, or what they want to better understand/perform better at.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching study and organizational habits.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Teach self-motivation. Encourage them in the meantime. Show them the "big picture" by tying it to their personal goals.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try teaching/explaining it in a different way - in the style they will best understand.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Ask provoking questions to start with.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Building a positive relationship is key. Also, narrowing down their personal learning style.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Relate it to something they are interested in and/or already understand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Use questions to confirm comprehension. Make sure the student understands the "why" and not just the "how" or the ultimate answer.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Praise them for each victory. Encourage them to be proud of themselves for their own victories.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Look over their work with them; ask them questions about their work to assess where their struggles are in the subject matter. Also, evaluate their motivation level, their study habits, and organizational skills.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Being a visual/kinetics learner, I tend to teach visually/kinetically. It's my job to assess what their learning style is so I can teach to them in a way that connects best with them. If they're an auditory learner, for example, I will need to make sure my emphasis is on explaining words in a simplistic way. I can also find tutorials they can listen to for review at any time.