I am a certified secondary math teacher and could be your tutor. I have been in the classroom since 2008 and have worked with a variety of levels of math - elementary, prealgebra, algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, college algebra, precalculus, personal finance, etc. Most of my career I have worked in Title 1 schools, which means that typically my students may come to me with gaps in their education. On a daily basis, I make remediations to help students learn the skills they may have missed out on. During my free time, I love hosting jewelry parties, playing with my puppy, spending time watching Netflix with my husband, and every year I must go to Disneyland.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Arizona State University - Bachelors, Secondary Education Mathematics
Graduate Degree: Grand Canyon University - Masters, Secondary Education
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that all students can learn. Some learn concepts instantly, while others need the opportunity for extended learning time. Although you may not understand at first, what matters is that you understand the concept by the end of the class.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first session with a student, I would typically want to see what concept gaps a student might have or help the student with the current assignments they are working on in class. Once those priority activities are finished, then we can work on increasing skills.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Independent learners need to be focused and self-motivated. Much of this comes from feeling confident about their organizational and study skills as well as their content skills. By developing these skills, students become confident that they can take on new adventures on their own.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
There are always many different ways to approach problems. Although one problem solving plan may not work, there are always other ways to present to help a student learn what they need to.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension is extremely important for any subject matter. I have students focus on what question is being asked, and any words that may stand out in the reading for importance or that they may not understand. By learning to focus on these key words, students can begin to develop overall comprehension of what they are reading.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
When I start to work with a student, I find that asking the student to describe what they struggle with, what tools have helped them in the past, what environment is best for them to work in, and what they need the most help with right at the moment.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Some subjects are easier than others to get students excited about. For math, I think that the more I can apply it to real-world situations helps to build in excitement due to context.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Many times, I ask students guiding questions to see if they know what the next step to approaching a problem is or the reason behind why we may use that step to solve the problem. Also, having students work additional problems on their own without my help allows me to know if they still need additional resources before they are ready to go it alone.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Confidence comes from mastery. When students feel as though they can tackle any problem, they are not intimidated because they understand the common problem solving steps they can use to help get them there.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I look at what students are able to do and explain on their own as well as where they have made errors. If a student can explain how they knew to solve a problem, then that concept has already been learned. However, when steps in their problem-solving plan have not worked out the same way, then I can see what is going on and how to correct the situation.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Every student learns in a different way. Some are more visual - some are more auditory - and some need hands-on experience. Depending upon what the student needs, I would adjust my step by step style to that particular learning style.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
During a tutoring session, I may use resources that I have created for my classes or the homework/materials that the student may be working on. In addition to that, I am excited to use the tutoring company's online platform and practice questions as well.