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Carol

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As a young adult, my mom recognized the gift I have in relating to children. As a teacher, I have always enjoyed my time with my whole class and the one on one times with individuals. I like to use my sense of humor when teaching along with my creativity and problem solving abilities.

Outside of tutoring I enjoy arts and crafts, flower gardening, traveling, watching movies that make me laugh out loud and spending time at the beach or in nature somewhere.

Carol’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Western Oregon University - Bachelors, Elementary Education

Hobbies

My interests/hobbies include arts & crafts, flower gardening, hiking, traveling and spending time at the beach.

Tutoring Subjects

College English

Elementary Math

Elementary School

Elementary School Math

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Science

Elementary School Writing

English

English Grammar and Syntax

High School English

Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Reading

Science

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that every person is unique and that includes the way they learn. Looking for ways to teach that make the most sense to each individual is important to me.

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

In a first session with a student, I would want to spend time getting to know them. Finding out what they enjoy doing in and out of the classroom. I'd ask them questions and encourage them to ask me questions.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help a student stay motivated through encouragement, feedback and praise.

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

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would look at different approaches I could use. That's where my problem solving abilities come in. I might need to reteach or review several times, or use manipulatives instead of paper and pencil.

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

Sometimes if a student is struggling with reading comprehension, they may need help with increasing their fluency. I have used several fluency games to help increase fluency.

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

I would like to find something within the subject they are interested in. For example, if they are not interested in reading or math but enjoy cooking, I'd try to find books about cooking or food.

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

I would use oral and written quizzes or tests to assess whether a student has mastered the material. I would also be able to assess a student's abilities through observation.

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

I think the more a student works within a subject area and becomes more and more comfortable within that subject they will gain confidence. I also think that encouragement from myself, parents and others in their life would help build a student's confidence.

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

The materials I'd use in a tutoring session would depend on the student and their needs. In math I might use manipulatives for teaching perimeter and area or paper, pencil and sand timer for fact fluency. In language arts, I might use story starters or a read aloud.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

To evaluate a student's needs, I'd first look at parent or current teacher concerns. I'd also ask the student what subjects or specific areas in school they feel are the hardest or easiest for them. Depending on the area or subject, I may give them some type of diagnostic test.

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

Based on a student's needs I could either work at a slower pace with them, reteach concepts, use modeling for them, or utilize different styles/methods to meet their needs.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

For myself, I feel the best way to help a student become an independent learner is through connection, encouragement, and time.

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

Getting to know a student at the beginning would help lay the foundation for working together successfully. Along the course of tutoring we'd take time to laugh, ask questions and problem solve.