Good communication skills are important to successfully interact with society and compete in the job market. Equally necessary are study skills and organization. I will provide your student with a customized plan of action to raise grades and improve study skills and achievement.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Miami University-Oxford - Bachelors, Economics and English-Journalism
Graduate Degree: University of Cincinnati College of Law - PHD, J.D.
ACT Composite: 31
Reading, writing, cooking, music, photography, animals
ACCUPLACER ESL - Reading Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER ESL - Sentence Meaning Prep
ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension Prep
ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Prep
ACCUPLACER WritePlacer Prep
COMPASS Reading Prep
COMPASS Writing Skills Prep
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Writing
ISEE-Lower Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Lower Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Lower Level Writing
ISEE-Middle Level Reading Comprehension
ISEE-Middle Level Verbal Reasoning
ISEE-Middle Level Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
It is far better to assist the student in discovering the 'answer(s),' rather than just providing the answer.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Talk to the student about their favorite and least favorite subjects and their career goals (what do they most enjoy doing in life). If they have no career goals, I would help them to discover how their interests may lead to a career.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
All motivation comes from within the person. I would help the student to understand the importance of education, information, and motivation. I would find unique learning opportunities (in the news and the world) and discuss scenarios with the student. I would also brainstorm with the student regarding how to solve problems of the world, large and small.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would create tangible reminders and steps to achieve the student's goals. I would remind the student that they only have a few years to enjoy the gift of education and, that with knowledge, all things are possible. I would also enlighten the student as to the possible life outcomes of persons who do not value education or discipline.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Relate the concept to something that the student is already good at or familiar with. I would approach the concept from various angles and use different examples. We would move onto another topic if the student becomes restless; however, we would always return to the topic.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I would build the student's confidence by having her read easier material that focuses on a familiar topic. I would make sure that she understands every word in the sentence. Also, the student would be made familiar with a dictionary and thesaurus. In addition, I would examine the roots of words that the student has trouble with and help them see the value of the Latin language in forming a good English language vocabulary.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
The student must relate to the tutor and trust the tutor. I would first form social bonds by discussing common topics such as pets, games, school, and interests. I would find out what are the most and least favorite school subjects and the student's favorite activity. I would help the student see how they can turn that activity into a career and then demonstrate that education and knowledge (particularly communication) are vital to creating any career.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would show the student how the subject applies in the real world and explore the stories of successful people in that subject.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repetition. Also, I would seek out real-life opportunities for the student to practice answering questions based on that material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build confidence by starting with easy ways to test a student's knowledge of the subject and rewarding the student verbally with each step forward, no matter how small. I would notify the parents of each successive accomplishment. Some students never hear praise from their parents, and this alone can create confidence and motivation.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I examine their grades in school, study environment, study habits, and life goals.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
If the student is struggling, I move more slowly and use simple examples from everyday life. If the student is excelling, I may use material that is used by older students in higher grade levels. I also may present the student with more complex scenarios that truly demonstrate their understanding of the material. For a truly gifted student of language and reading, I may have the student read legal opinions and write a summary or commentary of that opinion.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Whatever materials the student receives in class; dictionary; thesaurus; internet; or outside reading.