I arrived at Wake Forest University in the fall of 2011. I have an English degree, and five years of experience tutoring math, reading, and writing. I pride myself on my ability to connect with students and provide them personalized tutoring exercises. I also pride myself on my essay writing. I have worked with students of all ages and thoroughly enjoy tutoring. I also have experience working with children with special needs through the "They Wouldn't Bite" program. I have worked with inner city youth from 3rd-8th grades in reading, math, and writing. I thoroughly enjoy working with students from all backgrounds and I look forward to working with your student!
In addition to teaching and working with children, I write slam poetry, plays and short stories, act on stage and film, and I'm a passionate fan of basketball. Go Hawks!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Wake Forest University - Bachelors, English
ACT Math: 30
ACT Reading: 35
ACT Science: 36
PSAT Writing Skills: 70
Movies, slam poetry, stand up comedy, theatre, acting, writing, basketball, service work, video games and more! I wear many different hats.
College Level American Literature
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
Student first; each student learns their own way and has their own interests. Teach to a student's strength. They like sports but struggle with math? Bring out the basketball stats to keep them interested.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Go over interests and hobbies; favorite books, movies, sports, tv shows, music, and games. S/he can give me some homework on what to watch/do, and I'll incorporate it into future lessons.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach research skills and math skills, but, moreover, help a student understand how various subjects are important to the things they're interested in.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Clear goals and timelines, mix up teaching strategies, and be sure to throw in some creative work on occasion. Communication is key as well.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Depends. In some cases, move on and get back to it. It's probably obvious by now, but I'm a big believer in tying lessons to pop culture or relevant interests. Make learning fun, as cliche as it sounds, by making sure students are learning about something they like.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I've used Star Wars to help with story structure before to great effect (outside sources!). I also believe it's good for a student to explain what they do understand about a text and what they don't. Some drills in basic grammar structure don't hurt either.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Let the student tell me what they believe their strength and weaknesses are. Use movies and music to draw references. Teach students the "basics," and then give them room to breathe and learn some things on their own.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Pop culture, pop culture, pop culture! I sound like a broken record, I'm sure.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
For math, showing work is a good start. For reading, I give students questions to answer and let them tell me what the text was about, and, more importantly, why they think that.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positivity, humor, and incremental goals. Outside references and sources are also great for this. If they have fun talking about something, they become more confident!
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I speak with the parents beforehand and then speak with the student about what they believe their weaknesses are. Report cards are helpful to an extent, though (typically) not super detailed.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
As stated, I like to start off getting to know the student and their interests. Further, working with a student continuously is a constantly shifting ordeal; their needs can change! I make sure to pay attention; respect is a two-way street.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
In addition to the classics (index cards and the like), I like to make use of creative projects to give students something tangible they can work on that demonstrates their knowledge: collages, poems, short stories, questions they create, music, videos, etc.