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Nakisha

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In the past 10 years as an educator, I’ve tutored and taught students from different parts of the United States, different parts of Africa, Asia, South and Central America. My most recent experience in the classroom was teaching English for Academic Purposes at a Sino British University in China. During my time in China I tutored at risk students individually and in groups, taught seminars (20 students per classroom), and presented lectures to a maximum of 250 students.

In addition to teaching, I helped to develop final assessments for students, and I worked as an examiner for the International Testing Systems (IELTS).

I believe that each student has the capacity to learn. As an educator, it is important to affirm their strengths, encourage efforts, and to assist students as they work through academic challenges. Each student is different, and the approach to helping him/her academically will vary based on the student’s needs. My goal is to meet each student at their point of need, and help them to develop academic skills they can utilize in the future.

Nakisha’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Ecclesia College - Bachelors, Biblical Studies

Graduate Degree: Oral Roberts University - Masters, Education

Hobbies

I love listening to music, writing poetry, reading, walking, driving to new places, and traveling.

Tutoring Subjects

Adult ESL/ELL

American Literature

College Application Essays

College English

College Level American Literature

Conversational Mandarin

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Math

English

English Grammar and Syntax

ESL/ELL

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

IB Extended Essay

Introduction to Poetry

Languages

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese 1

Math

Middle School Math

Middle School Reading

Middle School Reading Comprehension

Middle School Writing

Other

Phonics

Public Speaking

Social studies

Spanish

Spelling Bee

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

Test Prep

TOEFL Prep

World Religions

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I believe that each student is unique and assimilates information in his/her own way. My goal as an educator is to identify the academic needs of students, provide a safe learning environment, identify useful resources, and empower the students to be able to develop study skills they can transfer to other areas of their educational lives.

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

In my first session, I plan to discuss the needs of the student (with the parent and student), to gain insight on the specific challenges, and to discuss and develop a plan for each session.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help the student become an independent learner by helping him/her to understand the importance of goals. It's also important to explain difficult skills, monitor their ability to use the skills, provide different ways the skills can be applied, assess their progress, provide feedback, and give him/her a chance to reflect.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

If a student has a difficulty learning a skill/concept, I would alter the ways I provide explanation. I think it is important to also consider their learning style in the learning process.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

I think it's important to teach the students different reading skills (scanning, skimming, reading intensively, and reading extensively). In exploring each skill, it is important to allow them to practice using both non-academic and academic materials. Guided reading practice is important, and getting them to practice on their own is also important.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

I firmly believe in developing rapport with the student at the beginning. The student/teacher relationship is a significant factor in the academic progress of the student. It also gives me a chance to demonstrate that I want them to develop complete autonomy in the learning process.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

I think a student engaged in a subject they are struggling in is to identify existing strengths in the area, use different learning tools, connect the content with areas of interest, and give the student ownership over their learning. I think if they are actively involved in identifying the specific challenges, they are likely to become involved in planning and implementing learning tools that will help them accomplish those goals.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

In order to check for understanding, 1) ask the student specific questions (Who? What? Where? When? How/How much? Why?) 2) ask the student to use their learning style to explain the content in other ways 3) help the student connect a new skill with other skills they learned 4) ask the student to identify patterns or problems These techniques would vary based on the specific skill and the students. Younger students may need more visual aids or tactile activities.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

In building a student's confidence, I would start with SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound). I would also allow the student to actively engage in this process. I think it's important to affirm efforts and achievement, as well as provide an environment that is safe to make mistakes in. I think it's also important to motivate them and demonstrate that you believe they are capable of doing well.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

In tutoring, the sessions are student-centered. I would start by asking the student what the challenges are, and then we would work through those problems together. As we work through the areas of concerns, it may become evident, or the student might identify problems in other areas which are fundamental to the initial challenge.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

In adapting to the students, I have to be willing to listen to the students and focus on the way they respond in each session. I have to understand the material we are covering, and be prepared to address the students' questions. I also have to be willing to learn and change my approach based on what the student needs. Therefore, if my student is a visual learner, I have to be prepared to use visual aids in the session. I also have to be able to dissect the material into portions that the student can handle. This may require providing step by step guidelines at the onset.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

The materials will depend on the content or the topic. For example, if we are reviewing reading skills, I would typically have highlighters, markers, jumbled sentences or paragraphs for practice. I like to have a portable whiteboard so that students can make mistakes and correct them easily.