Education is the keystone to life. What you learn each day is a step up to the achievement of goals. I put myself through college while working full time. I was involved in SGA, was cast in several plays, started a rape prevention and awareness group. I was also a Little Sister for Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, and served on the Hospitality/Events Committee. I am driven to be better every day.
Most recently, I was employed with Lynchburg (VA) City Schools as a substitute teacher and an instructional assistant for post graduate special education students. I subbed from Pre-K to 12th grade and had students from various backgrounds with various needs. I was very successful with both opportunities.
Undergraduate Degree: WVUIT - Bachelors, History
History (Tudor Period and American Colonial / Civil War Periods), cooking, baking, reading, my daughter (who is homeschooled), music.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students learn in so many ways. My job is to find the way that best serves the individual.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Get to know each other. Ask the student questions about their learning style, likes and dislikes. Ask the student what they want to gain out of the sessions. Share with them my plan to help them achieve their goals.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Assisting a student to learn to research topics that are interesting to them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Praise, reward, and positive recognition.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Read it to them and explain key points.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Establishing a rapport and a professional relationship.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Make it interesting to them. Explain key facts or details to bring it to life. Show how that subject relates to everyday life.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Quiz, ask questions, and have the student explain it to me or a parent. Ask the student if they are comfortable with the material.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement, be encouraging, applaud their achievements in getting better grades, and help them learn the material easier.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Talk with the student to find out what area they are struggling with. Ask about how they like to learn - visual, auditory, kinesthetic- and work with them accordingly.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
Present the material in a way that they are comfortable and geared to learn. If a student needs visual aid, provide that service. If a student needs concepts explained several times, patiently and calmly go over the material until the student is confident.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Computer, textbook, short videos, visual aids, recordings, pen and paper.