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Erin

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I am an English teacher in Rochester, NY. I have experience tutoring at the middle school, high school, and college level. For me, the goal of tutoring is to teach you the skills you need in order to become a stronger reader, writer, or test taker!

I look forward to working with you!

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Erin’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: St John Fisher College - Bachelors, English, Adolescent Inclusive Ed, French

Test Scores

ACT Composite: 29

ACT English: 28

ACT Math: 26

ACT Reading: 35

ACT Science: 29

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1330

SAT Writing: 700

Hobbies

Horseback riding, biking, hiking, fishing, reading, writing, watching HGTV and Food Network, finding new local places to eat out, playing with my cats

Tutoring Subjects

10th Grade Reading

10th Grade Writing

11th Grade Reading

11th Grade Writing

12th Grade Reading

12th Grade Writing

5th Grade Reading

5th Grade Writing

6th Grade Reading

6th Grade Writing

7th Grade Reading

7th Grade Writing

8th Grade Reading

8th Grade Writing

9th Grade Reading

9th Grade Writing

Adult Literacy

American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Essays

College Level American Literature

Comparative Literature

Conversational French

Creative Writing

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

Fiction Writing

French

French 1

French 2

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Homework Support

Introduction to Poetry

Languages

Literature

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Persuasive Writing

PSAT Critical Reading

PSAT Writing Skills

Public Speaking

Reading

REGENTS Prep

SAT Writing and Language

Shakespeare

Special Education

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Summer

Test Prep

Vocabulary

World Literature

Writing

Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My philosophy of teaching is student-centered, hands-on work. Students must take ownership of their work in order to learn best. I believe in catering to multiple learning styles, and having students show understanding through various assessments.

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

A typical first session with a student will start with getting to know each other. I will also ask about areas which you need help with, areas you feel strong in, and any particular subjects that you would like to focus on. I will explain my ideas and techniques to best help you in those areas, and we can set up a schedule for tutoring.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I believe that I teach the skills necessary for all of my students to eventually become independent. In learning and reviewing skills with me each session, students will begin to see their own mistakes and understand how to correct them.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Motivation can be hard. Often students will not want to study on their own or will not leave themselves enough time to draft and revise before a writing assignment is due. I would make a few appointments before the test or due date in order to encourage the student to start working on the materials ahead of time. This way I can hold them accountable for the work, without having it negatively impact their grade.

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

Not everyone learns the same way. If a student is struggling with a skill or concept, I would first try to teach it a different way, then have the student practice. If that still did not work, I would ask a colleague or research another way to teach the concept or skill.

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

The best way to improve reading comprehension, in my opinion, is to chunk the text. Breaking down the text into paragraphs and summarizing them with 1-2 words helps students recall information, locate key details, and better retain the main idea of the story without having to re-read the whole thing. Also, pre-reading comprehension questions is a great strategy.

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

Excitement is contagious. Most students are not excited about English or reading; however, when the teacher is excited about the materials, the students often also get excited about it. Or, if I am teaching a concept and I know that my student has an interest in a certain subject, I will use examples and readings about that subject to teach the concept.

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

Having a student demonstrate that they can properly identify and use reading and writing strategies on their own is the best assessment for me. Seeing students correct previous mistakes in current writing lets me know that they understand the topic. I may also have a closing question or mini-quiz to see how well the student retained the information from that specific lesson.

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

I like to get to know my students so that I know what learning style suites them, what interests they have, and what their typical reading and writing habits are. This way I can provide the most useful tutoring possible.

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

I believe that the best way to boost confidence is to show a student how much they already know. When they see that they already have most of a concept, or many other similar concepts, mastered, then they are more willing and excited to keep working at their area of weakness.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I listen for the skills that I perceive are lacking, listen to what the student perceives they are lacking, and usually look at assignments to see if the student is not meeting criteria.

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