My name is Sandra and I have had the joy and privilege of being a classroom teacher for the last 6 years and tutoring for the past 12 years. My bachelor's degree is in elementary education while my master's degree is in K - 12 Reading Language Arts and certificate programs in elementary mathematics, pre-algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 . I have spent the last three years working with students in the area of test preparation as well as study skills and study organization. I have prepared students for tests such as the SSAT, ISEE, FSA, GRE, and the GED. I also spend a lot of time working with young learners, helping them with phonics, fluency, and phonemic awareness. In my day to day, I currently apply Common Core standards to my daily lessons and have mastered how to help students understand the new way of learning. I love tutoring because I get the opportunity to help students and watch them grow in a one-on-one environment. I look forward to sharing my love of learning with my new students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Bachelors, Elementary Education
Graduate Degree: University of Central Florida - Masters, Elementary Education
Some of my hobbies include, cooking and baking, painting, reading, music and movies, and playing with my dogs.
ACCUPLACER ESL Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Listening Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
CLEP College Composition
CLEP College Mathematics
CLEP Introductory Psychology
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Science
Elementary School Writing
Florida EOC Assessment Prep
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
GED Social Studies
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
US Constitutional History
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student become an independent learner by supplying them with the tools they will need to be successful.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
A great way to help a student stay motivated is through the use of positive reinforcements. I would discuss with the parents what a good incentive would be to create motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
If a student is having difficulty with a specific skill or lesson, I would attempt to reteach the lesson using a different approach, whether it means using different learning tools or taking a different approach. A teacher must be flexible for the student's success.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension can sometimes seem like a giant mountain for some students. Like a giant mountain, you can only climb it by taking one step at a time. I start with the questions that can be easily be found directly from the text. Then, I can go deeper in to inferring and making predictions. Finally, we can put it all together by summarizing the piece the student is reading.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
The best way to get a student engaged is by connecting it to a subject that gets them excited. For instance, if a student loves comic books, then use the comic books to apply the reading comprehension strategies.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would complete a pre-assessment or study work recently completed by the student in the area of concern. After I have tutored the student in the area of concern, I would give them a mini post-assessment to determine their mastery of what we have been working on. That way, I can see if I need to offer more support or move on to another area.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every lesson that I teach is custom created for the special student that I am working with. No two kids are alike; therefore, no two lessons are alike.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I have used many different materials during a lesson. I have used computers, worksheets, textbooks, manipulatives, and really anything that can grab a student's attention and make them want to engage in the lesson.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is do whatever it takes to help a student gain the mastery of their education.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
During a first lesson, I like to take the time to get to know my student, as well as gain their trust that I am there to help them get better at whatever subject they are struggling in. Then, I complete a pre-assessment, as well as a fun interest survey so that I can prepare materials that they would want to take part in.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found using materials that match their needs, as well as their interests, keep the student focused and better engaged.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student’s confidence by starting with materials that are at a beginner’s level to show them how they grow and improve through the lessons.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I evaluate students based on their mastery of the items that I am teaching them. Observing and annotating how a student is processing information can greatly inform a teacher tutor on how to better help a student move further.