I am a recent graduate from Florida State University, with a major in English and a minor in Economics. I am currently an Intensive Reading Teacher at Sandalwood High School. My passion would definitely be writing, and I would love to be a famous writer someday. For now, my passion is helping others, whether it be with their English studies, working to improve their reading skills, or helping prepare students for standardized tests and college itself. I am an easy going, extremely patient person. I understand that these skills do not come naturally to all students, and I am determined to differentiate my teaching instruction to find the best fit for each of my students.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Florida State University - Bachelors, English
ACT Composite: 30
I enjoy writing short stories, binge-watching shows on Netflix, shopping, manicures and pedicures, and laying out on the beach. I am extremely interested in fashion. I'm an animal lover who would adopt every cat without a home if I could. I also enjoy spending time with my family and going on random adventures, even if it's just a day trip to St. Augustine. I love meeting new people and making new friends, basically everywhere I go. I've been told by my students that I'm "jolly" all the time, which, to me, is the perfect compliment.
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is that patience is key. Putting pressure on a student will only hinder their performance. Patience from the teacher, along with focus from the student, is the perfect combination.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would get to know the student first, so the student-teacher relationship is built on trust. If a student does not trust you, or believe that you genuinely care about them, there is no way they are going to be able to learn from you.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would first give the student an example of how to do the work, voicing my thought process as I move along. Then I would give the student the opportunity to do it on their own, and repeat the process until it becomes natural to them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would determine exactly what the student is struggling with, and teach them step by step (while they take notes) on how to answer the problem. I would make them repeat these types of problems several times to ensure they have mastered the topic and are confident with their work.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
First, you must determine exactly what the student is struggling with. One way to do this is to give them a practice test, so you will know what areas you need to focus on the most. It's important to give examples of how to tackle reading comprehension questions first before throwing the student into it on their own. We already know they are struggling, so the tutor must be the example.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Getting to know the student and trying out different learning techniques to determine which one works best for the individual student is the most successful way to begin working with a student.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would find a way to turn each lesson into something that the student can relate to, like with something that has to do with social media, celebrities, or popular movies or issues.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would try different approaches for the same material to ensure the student has a strong grasp of the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement is the best way, and this could be with praise, candy, homemade certificates; even stickers work well with my students.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
A pretest with a variety of benchmarks that correspond with the topic they are struggling the most with would help me evaluate what I need to work most on with that student.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I practice the technique the student reacts the best with, and adapt it to their specific needs.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I often use quizzes for vocabulary, as well as flashcards, so part of the session can be turned into a matching game. I also use PowerPoint and different worksheets.