I am a recent Howard University graduate that has a love for English. I've been assisting students in the subject since the 11th grade, particularly reading, writing, and comprehension, and grammar. I am good with students from grade school through high school and am very excited to work!
Undergraduate Degree: Howard University - Bachelors, Communications
ACT Composite: 23
ACT English: 26
Writing, music, singing, dancing, stepping, movies
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that teaching is fundamental for everyday life. Every day is a learning opportunity and the teachers make the difference in how the knowledge is passed.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
In a first teaching session, I would find out the bare essentials of the student (name, grade, what they like to do), etc. Then I would have them explain to me where their difficulty is, try to see how they learn, and then go forward from there.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can help a student with this by making sure that they completely grasp the concept they are attempting to learn. Then I would show them the most effective method tailored to their learning so they could practice independently.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would help them with making sure the experience is an enjoyable one for them.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
My usual method is to teach them active reading. Active reading requires rereading, underlining, and marking for the reader to better understand.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
My most effective strategy is for the student to tell me what they already know and are good at, and to then move on into areas where they struggle.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would help the student by having engaging activities that require us to do partner work and not make the tutoring feel like a classroom (teacher over student) environment.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I would use all of the materials they need for their courses and obtain extra materials as needed per student.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
I build a student's confidence by having them first work in the areas they are already good in. Then I have them work just as hard in their more difficult areas until they feel good across the board in the subject.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I do this by having them show me their previous and current work, have them show me how they navigate through the subject, and then I teach based on how they showed me they learn.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I move as the student moves. I pay close attention to what works and what doesn't while tutoring the kids.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will always have my laptop to have accessible internet sources. I also usually come with a notebook and have the student bring the materials they need for the subject.