I strive to create a positive learning environment around students, and help them cultivate an appreciation for knowledge.
Oxnard College - Current Undergrad, English
SAT Composite: 1850
SAT Math: 510
SAT Verbal: 650
SAT Writing: 690
College Level American History
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American History
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
What is your teaching philosophy?
My mother, an educator for 35 years, always told me: "fairness is not giving each child the same thing, but giving each child what he or she needs." I have a firm belief in the power of individualized lesson planning and attention to detail, in order to provide each student with the personalized attention necessary to help them make the most of their own unique learning style.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
The first session is a great time to assess a student's progress, and identify both areas of strength and areas to pinpoint and cultivate improvement. A typical first session might include an open and frank dialogue about the student's needs, goals and expectations; the creation of an action plan and a series of possible next steps; and a review session of the material they are working on, along with a skills assessment.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
The most important thing a tutor can do is provide a pupil with the tools to learn on their own. At the core of this philosophy is the cultivation of a strong and diverse set of study skills. Teaching a student to take notes, study effectively, and pinpoint their own strengths and weaknesses can help empower them to be an independent learner in the future.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Motivation during the learning process can be a fickle thing: frequently, students may feel that they have reached a point of stagnation, and they may wonder what the point is. The ultimate goal is to avoid these feelings of despair altogether. However, should a student begin to lose motivation, I would employ a few different strategies. I keep a detailed log of each student's progress, which comes in handy when a student begins to feel that they have not made any progress at all. Should they begin to feel this way, I would refer them to their progress thus far. I would also remind them of the ultimate goal: their academic independence. In addition, I would encourage the student by offering personal accounts of my own frustrations in academia and how I overcame them, and reassure them that the pursuit of knowledge is never in vain.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
The first thing I would do when helping a student with a concept that is difficult for them to grasp, would be to reevaluate the approach to learning being utilized. Sometimes the method of instruction is a larger issue than the material itself! From there, I would go step-by-step with the student and place the subject matter under a microscope, in order to pinpoint the root of the issue, and then present them with options for how best to tackle the issue(s).
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I make it a point to encourage students to slow down when working towards improving reading comprehension. A slower pace and greater attention to detail, coupled with the inclusion of reading material that corresponds with the student's interests, can be a very strong combination when working towards better and faster comprehension.