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Billie

Hello! I am a proud teacher in Oxnard teaching Junior High Math. I love to teach and help students overcome their challenges. Any successful tutor/student relationship begins with rapport and trust. I want to know how to best serve my students, and I work hard to help my students achieve success. What I want students to know is that you can achieve success with determination and the right support. Together we can make it happen!

Undergraduate Degree:

University of California-Irvine - Bachelors, Social Science

Graduate Degree:

University of California-Santa Barbara - Masters, Teacher Education Program

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College English

Elementary School Math

High School English

Homework Support

Life Sciences

Other

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

What is your teaching philosophy?

All students have a need to feel successful, and it is my job to seek instructional strategies to best meet the needs of each student.

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

I would build rapport with a student by introducing myself and having the student introduce him/herself. Get to know each other a little bit, discuss the results the student hopes to achieve, and come up with measurable short and long term goals.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that people support what they themselves create, so if the student participates in the decision-making on how best to study, they will be more empowered to succeed. For example, I would brainstorm with the student on best study practices. This will release the responsibility of learning from the teacher to the student, because the student came up with the ideas.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I believe in giving frequent feedback. Often, we like to point out what the student did wrong because we think we're doing the right thing. But if you want students to respond, you have to start out with what they did right, and then give them constructive feedback on how to improve. You have to let students know when they are doing a good job, so they will stay motivated in the learning process.

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

Be patient. Validate the student for trying and point out the effort they give. Then explain it in a different way; clarify, break it up into steps, give examples, check for understanding, do guided practice, and then review.

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

I would start by asking what the student understands from the text. From there, I would decide what the student needs to work on. I might ask, "What is the main idea?," then ask, "What tells you it is the main idea?" This encourages the student to use inference and context clues. I would continue to ask questions to show understanding, followed by questions that ask for evidence.

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

I try to get to know the student a little and develop a rapport with them. Assess the student's ability, needs, learning style, schedule, and goals for learning. I also will try to answer any questions the student or parent may have.

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

First, I would like to offer a different perspective. Rather than focusing on what they can't do, I would encourage the student to look at it a different way, such as an opportunity to learn and grow. I will help them overcome their obstacle, and when they succeed, they are going to feel so proud of themselves. I want students to understand that struggling in a subject is a common thing, and we have to make students feel safe to make mistakes and how to learn from their mistakes. It helps them to grow as a learner.

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

Throughout the session, I will periodically check for understanding to make sure that the student understands each step. Then, I have students explain, in their own words, how to summarize what they learned.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

You have to build rapport and trust with a student, and this must be done during the first session. This makes students feel like you care about their success. Also, you have to make the student feel safe when they make mistakes, and celebrate each accomplishment.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I look at an example of their work, then analyze what they need to work on. If it is severe, I will reteach and use direct instruction. If they need less support, I will use guided instruction. I frequently check for understanding throughout a lesson, and it is a very interactive process. The student needs to participate by frequently demonstrating understanding.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

If the student needs heavy support, I will use more direct, step-by-step, explicit instruction. If the student needs less support, I will use guided instruction and frequently check for understanding. If the student is an independent learner, I would allow the student to facilitate their own learning, but still check for understanding by having them explain their thinking.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

My laptop, notebooks, graph paper, pencils, calculators, and colored pens. I am always prepared with school supplies.