I am an enthusiastic and patient tutor who will be ready and willing to work with you to fit your learning needs. No question is a stupid question and I promise to come prepared and energized for every session. We will work together to meet your learning goals!
For a little more about me: I am graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Psychology- those are my favorite subjects to tutor! I recently received my Masters in Social Work, also from the University from Michigan. I especially have a passion for Spanish because I find the language so beautiful. In fact, I recently spent 8 weeks studying Spanish in Costa Rica- taking classes and learning about the culture. Currently, I am working as a Research Administrator at the University of Michigan.
I have experience tutoring people of all different backgrounds- from young children to older adults. I can't wait to meet you!
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan - Bachelors, Psychology, Spanish
Graduate Degree: University of Michigan School of Social Work - Masters, Management of Human Services
Guitar, hiking, reading
Elementary School Math
High School English
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
If I am not energized and ready to start a session, how can I expect my students to be? I will be prepared and excited to teach at the start of every session! Organization is one of my strengths, so you can expect me to be on time and get all of your questions answered.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would ask a student what their favorite learning style is. Though I would try to vary the lessons a bit, this would give me a good idea of where to start. I will also ask the student about their learning goals, tell them about my tutoring experience, and find out if there is anything else the student would like to share to help me be the best tutor I can for their needs.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Being a student myself, I have a lot of practice with study skills. I will not only give examples of different study methods, but explain why they work and how to set it up for yourself! I think a huge part of tutoring is helping the student learn to do studying on their own. Once we find a strategy that works for you, we will continue with it and expand on what you've learned to reach your goals.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would make sure that the lessons are different and interesting. I think it is great to have fun during lessons and crack a couple jokes. I also make sure students are following along with what I am saying; it is no fun when a teacher is going too fast���you don't learn anything! Checking in with the students at regular intervals will help keep them engaged.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I will stick with you until you get the concept down! If it is toward the end of a lesson, I will research techniques that other teachers or tutors have used to teach the particular concept. I would try using a few different exposure techniques (verbal, visual, etc.) to see if something else makes the concept click!
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading small portions of a piece of writing at a time can help with reading comprehension. After each section, we can discuss what happened during that section or I would have you answer questions about the reading. Taking small notes about things you find interesting or that you want to know more about can also make a big difference in comprehending what you just read.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I found that making sure I am clear on what the student wants has made it successful in working with students. I have a certain way that I like to learn, but I understand that it doesn't work for everyone. Open communication and learning about each other is key to successful sessions.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Taking small steps toward progress is one way to keep students excited. It isn't fun or rewarding for anyone if goals are unattainable; it is like setting yourself up for failure. Instead, we work on what the student wants to learn and make sure goals are realistic and beneficial. Finding creative ways to teach lessons will also help engage students. For example, if a student is struggling with verbal comprehension of native Spanish-speakers, maybe we can listen to some popular Spanish songs rather than a boring recording of someone speaking!
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I like to have students teach lessons back to me once they have learned them to make sure they fully understand the material. If the student can create their own question to quiz me with, that's even better! I consistently check in with students to see if they have any questions. I will also make sure to follow up with students on our next lesson to review what we learned previously. Refreshers and review will help cement the material!
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Taking small steps towards success can help build confidence. If we try to learn three chapters in one session, it would be hard for anyone to be successful and it would diminish a student's self-esteem. However, if we take it slowly and measure small victories, confidence can slowly start to build! I also truly believe that no question is silly, so I'll never make you feel like you shouldn't have asked a question! That's how you learn!!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talking with students on a regular basis about how they feel the lesson is going will help me initially evaluate how I can best tutor the student. If they are not sure where they need to begin, I will ask questions until I can see what areas the student already understands, and where they can improve. Providing a few sample problems can be a beginning to see a student's understanding of the material.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If a student has a particular learning style they prefer, I will do a little research before our first session. I want to make sure you get the most out of a session, especially since you are paying for it! When I notice a student isn't responding to, for example, verbal explanations of skills or concepts, I may try writing it out or drawing an image that could better explain the concept to that student. I promise to work with you to make sure your learning style is being met.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use a lot of practice problems, "teach the teacher", and verbal questions during my sessions. The more detail you can give me during the lessons, the more creative I can be with materials for you!