Most people need some help with writing and literary analysis. My goal is to help you improve writing skills and literary analysis in a way that is easy and straightforward.
University of Colorado Boulder - Bachelors, Psychology
Canisius College - Masters, Education
SAT Composite: 1320
College Level American History
College Level American Literature
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
What is your teaching philosophy?
I feel that teaching is about making small, consistent improvements over time. This is accomplished through discussions between student and teacher.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know how much they like the subject. I would ask for some examples of their work in order to see where our starting point will be.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation comes from seeing results. If a student is willing to practice my writing methods, they will see improvement.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Often times, a student will struggle with a concept because they think of it only one way. Sometimes, if you reframe a problem, students will begin to understand it.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I always do think-alouds as I read with students. This way, they see what proficient readers do while they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Using humor to create a sense of rapport is key. Also, pinpointing where the deficits lie is another key strategy.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I think a solid route to engagement is showing a student how relevant the topic is to their life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I'd have the student submit answers verbally, as well as on paper.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Scaffolding the material so that success is built in along the way.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By reading their writing.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
You change what your focus is. If the student's work shows a lack of focus, I would focus on organization.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use graphic organizers, PowerPoints, videos, etc.