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Alicia

My passion in life is helping others. I believe that the greatest gift someone can give another is knowledge. I am finishing up my undergraduate degree so that I can do just that full-time.

I embrace each student's individuality, and I deeply enjoy teaching them in the arena where they learn best. I use this approach because I believe that the best way to learn is to engage. If I can pique the interest of the student, I know that they can thrive.

I currently volunteer with an ESL refugee program in Denver, CO. I do in-home tutoring for refugees that would like to learn English. I also currently tutor for an organization called Reading Partners. With this organization I tutor children aged 5-11. I assist one student per year in reaching his/her/their goals in reading and comprehension. Both programs have been immensely rewarding.

Undergraduate Degree:

Metropolitan State University - Current Undergrad, English

I love doing anything outdoors! I enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, traveling, reading, writing, and rollerblading

College English

Comparative Literature

Creative Writing

High School English

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that everyone deserves a chance to learn in their own way. I love to teach people in a way that speaks to them.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to get to know a bit about my student first. We will look at what we need to focus on, and I will ask the student where he/she/they would like to begin.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help the student become an independent learner by giving them the tools necessary to think critically.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Each student is unique and learns differently. I would find projects or homework that caters to that student's specific interests.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

I would try to find an alternate avenue to explain the concept or skill.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I incorporate reading into something that they enjoy. Something like art - this makes comprehension fun.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I have found that getting to know a student makes for a more successful outcome. Understanding what a student is interested in (art, math, science, etc.) can help me teach them more effectively.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I would get a student excited about a subject by integrating current interests into the subject matter. For example, I had a student last year that really enjoyed art, so whenever I would ask her to spell out a word, I would draw a flower for her to put the word into. It helped her engage in the topic at hand.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

I find that asking questions throughout the lesson works best. A bit of homework can help, too. Then, the student can ask me questions about the content.