I believe that in order for those wanting to reach their goals they will want to learn in a way that is easiest for them. I've always believed that education helps everyone and that there are no limits as far as the mind goes.
I have been a nurse for 11 years now and during that time have greatly enjoyed teaching. I have been an adjunct professor at Colorado Technical University teaching anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. I also have enjoyed teaching nursing students in the hospital setting. I have 2 boys which has allowed me to learn the different ways kids learn as opposed to adult learners. Children have a wonderment about them and tapping into that to help them learn a subject is fun. I am a professed science nerd and have enjoyed learning all sorts of different science facts.
I hope to share that wonderment of my own with you as a student.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Regis University - Bachelors, Bachelors of Science in Nursing
Graduate Degree: Chamberlain College of Nursing-Illinois - Current Grad Student, Masters of Science in Nursing - FNP
I love to go walking on the beach and the Strand with my husband and dogs. Video chats with my kids and watching science fiction type shows.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Keep asking questions to help the student find the answer for themselves. Most often, we know the answer already in our minds but fear makes us think we do not. I want to help someone to find the passion in what they are learning and make it fun.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what goals they have for the sessions. Some want a high GPA; others just want to pass the class.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teaching them how to ask their own set of questions in finding the answer. Learning is a constant journey through knowledge. Help them make it fun!
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By bringing them back to their goal. It's not about what I want, it is about what they want to accomplish by working with me.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Look for a different pathway together. We don't always know the best pathway on the journey. Finding a different way to describe an apple besides just red and round.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Find their language. We don't all think the same, and the internal voice for which a person reads can be difficult to understand. If there is a troubling word, work through the word and its meaning in the sentence.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know them and their goals. Finding out what they are passionate for and letting them know my passions for education as well.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Ask them what makes the subject boring to them or what they think they are struggling in with that subject. Formulate a plan with the student in a way that is interesting to them by relating it to their interests.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask for feedback. Ask them to relate the learning back to you. Ask them how they understand the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement as they discover the answers for themselves.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Be patient in the first few sessions as to the challenges they are presenting. Ask the student what they think they need in the subject.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If a student is a visual learner, there are many ways to incorporate videos into learning a subject. If they are a tactile learner, have them handle an object while reading or listening to a teaching. Auditory learners work best with listening to the readings.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Paper, paper, paper......