I spent 15 years in the classroom and was met with many challenging learning experiences. I welcome the opportunity to put some of that experience to work with Varsity Tutors. I enjoy meeting the individual needs of my students and challenging them to be their best.
Undergraduate Degree: Henderson State University - Bachelors, Secondary Ed/P.E.
Graduate Degree: Florida State University - Masters, Exercise Physiology
I enjoy writing songs and am currently writing a book. I also enjoy training, mainly swimming and cycling as I am a former competitive triathlete. Many of the benefits of training translate into other areas of life..... athletics, academics, attitude...... equal aptitude!!!
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Establish rapport while attempting to get the first lesson done. Ask questions about their hobbies, interests, extracurricular activities, and just basically get to know them.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By guiding them in the learning process, not doing it for them. Help them get organized.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Keep the feedback positive. Help the student set realistic goals and chart their progress.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read with them. Identify words that are unfamiliar and use synonyms to explain the context.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Ask a lot of questions to help clarify student understanding.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Stay upbeat and positive. Look for new ways to deliver the lesson.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Ask many questions. Test the student's comprehension along the learning path.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Start with what the student already knows about the subject. Baby steps.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I find new ways to deliver a lesson, using creative hands on activities.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
It depends on the lesson, pen and paper, index cards, laptop computer.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Learning is as individual as each person. We all can learn from each other regardless of what age or stage we are at in life. Learning is a shared process.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
By asking the students what they think they need in order to have a more effective learning experience.