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Hi! I truly enjoy working with preschool through middle school students. My love for learning and personal philosophy that learning is a discovery process make me an excellent tutor. I believe every child has the ability to learn. My work is to help them discover how they learn best. Children take their cues about the discovery process from the adults they encounter. Therefore, I bring an enthusiastic energy to the discovery sessions. We decide together the goals we would like to achieve and set out to reach those goals. We develop milestones along the way to instill a sense of accomplishment along the journey. Most of all, we infuse fun into the discovery process. Learning, at every level, should create a sense of joy in the process of discovery for the student and the tutor. I have my undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and my Masters from Case Western Reserve University. I have worked both in the private and public learning sectors.

India’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Oberlin College - Bachelors, Psychology

Graduate Degree: Case Western Reserve University - Masters, Social Science Administration

Hobbies

I am a lover of learning! Reading is my number one choice to gain new knowledge. I really enjoy self-help type books on accomplishing your dreams, homeschooling and building Godly families. I am extremely passionate about my familly-my huband and kids. I enjoy action movies and police dramas. HGTV is my go to station to relax after a long day. My favs are Tiny House Hunters, House Hunters and Love It or List It.

Tutoring Subjects

Elementary School Reading

Elementary School Writing

English

High School English

High School Writing

Mathematica

Middle School

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

PC Basic Computer Skills

Phonics

Social Sciences

Social Work

Technology and Computer Science


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that one must believe they can achieve before they are able to achieve. Learning all begins with the belief in oneself. I work to help students believe in their abilities.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

I like to understand what a student's goals are and how they will know they have accomplished their goals. To that end, we spend some of our first session jotting down what success looks like for them. This way, we will know what we are working toward and have benchmarks along the way.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Helping a student learn to decipher what is being asked of them puts them in a position to go search for and discover the answer on their own.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

What motivates students can be pretty specific. Depending on age, some students like rewards such as stickers, colored pens, fancy writing paper or notebooks. Some students thrive on verbal praise for a new skill learned or application of a new technique practiced during tutoring sessions. Others appreciate written rewards, such as certificates. Regardless of the reward, it is important to find out what a student likes, provide that incentive and create many opportunities for them to receive the positive feedback.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

When my students encounter a roadblock, we take a step back to evaluate where the difficulty started. Once we have pinpointed the area, we break it down further into smaller chunks of digestible information.