I am a graduate of both North Carolina A&T State University and North Carolina State University. I hold a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Architecture respectively. Currently I am in the process of obtaining my license in architecture. While completing my undergraduate degree I tutored small groups of elementary school students in reading comprehension and math. While I tutor several subjects to include various math, science and reading courses, the subject I enjoy most is math.
I am passionate about providing students with the help they need because I believe that education is the key that opens doors to success. Also, in my experience earning better grades can boost students morale and give them positive encouragement about their future. When I have free time I enjoy traveling and music related activities such as concerts, open mic nights and karaoke nights.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: North Carolina A & T State University - Bachelors, Architectural Engineering
Graduate Degree: North Carolina State University at Raleigh - Masters, Architecture
Basic Computer Literacy
Elementary School Math
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School Chemistry
High School Geography
High School Physics
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
SAT Subject Tests Prep
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I believe by asking students to explain the solution to problems to me rather than me constantly correcting them helps them become independent learners. This is because both the student and I can see where they are having an issue with the concept, and sometimes explaining their thought process out loud helps the student find where they made a mistake, making them feel more confident.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would try teaching it in a different way. Each student has a different style of learning. Additionally, the teaching style that works for one subject might not be appropriate for a different subject. So it is best to cater the tutoring approach to the student and the subject matter.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I've found that students who are struggling with reading comprehension usually need to read slower and check more frequently for an understanding of what they've read. For example, start off making sure the student knows to take their time and read every word versus speeding through the content to finish sooner. Also, instead of waiting until the student has read an entire book or assignment, checking for comprehension after each paragraph or page. Another key to reading comprehension is vocabulary. I would show a student how to use the context of a word to identify its meaning if they do not know it's exact definition.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Practice and communication. In order for most students to be receptive to tutoring, we have to build a relationship. I need to understand where the student is struggling, and the student needs to understand that tutoring is not just an extension of the classroom but it's meant to be more personalized to their needs and hopefully more fun.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
To get a student more engaged in a subject that is difficult for them, I would try to relate it to something they enjoy. If I know I have a student who enjoys sports or the arts, I would try to incorporate those things into the subject they are struggling with.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
To confirm that a student understands the material, I typically ask the student to explain it to me as if I'm the student and they are having to teach me something new. In addition to that, I would ask for practice problems.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence through the use of positive feedback and asking follow up questions. For example, "That was close, but what should you have done differently?"
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In the first session with a student, I typically try to get to know the student and their learning style through a series of questions. I also introduce myself, give a little history to make them more comfortable with me, and I ask what they feel like they are struggling with so that we can start there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking what they feel like they are struggling with and using that as a starting point. From there, I ask them to solve a few problems and explain to me what they are doing step by step.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
The types of materials I use depends on the age of the student, the subject and how they learn. I've found that flashcards are very helpful in most situations.