My name is Antoinette and I find great pride in providing tutoring services. I graduated in 2015 from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's of Business Administration-Management Consulting degree. In 2016, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Master's in Kinesiology. I enjoy tutoring middle school math, high school math, and Spanish.
I credit much of my success to the great tutors I had in high school and college. It is important to empower someone to become an expert in a subject area too.
In my free time, I like to play volleyball, coach volleyball, read, make desserts, and spend time with my family & friends.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Notre Dame - Bachelors, Business
Graduate Degree: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Masters, Kinesiology
Playing volleyball, coaching, going to the beach, making dessert recipes found on Pinterest, reading
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe the fundamental goal of teaching is to foster learning. Each person learns different, so it's important to cater to those different learning styles.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Introduce myself, get to know the student, ask about the student's goals, ask about the student's strengths/weaknesses, and develop a tutoring plan for best results.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I will supplement tutoring sessions with extra practice sessions. At the end of each tutoring session, I would ask the student to provide a recap of the material covered.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would identify the lack of understanding and determine whether or not we simply need to review or take a fresh approach to the concept to be learned. Sometimes you just have to go back to basics.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that outlining the tutoring session with a basic overview and ending with a summary of the tutoring session has helped students retain necessary information.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I find that connecting subject to real-life topics that the student is interested in helps to keep up student engagement.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I ask the student to reflect on the tutoring session using short, informal quizzes to check understanding.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I provide positive feedback, give genuine praise, and set realistic goals for the students.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask the student of his/her goals and determine a level of proficiency based on an informal assessment at the beginning of the tutoring partnership.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would approach this struggle in several ways. First, I'd identify where the difficulty occurs. Next, I'd use a graphic organizer like a Venn-diagram or story map to help students understand the text. Finally, I'd ask students to summarize text in their own words.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
In the initial tutoring session, I would get an understanding for the student's specific tutoring needs. I would ask the student how she learns the best and proceed accordingly. Some students are more visual learners, like repeated exercises or need test prep, so I'd tailor my tutoring to the student's needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I use handwritten or typed notes, reference books, textbooks relevant to the subject, any homework assignments or project outlines, materials for writing notes, and an iPad with an internet connection.