I look forward to helping you with your academic goals in any way I can. I am optimistic that I will be able to improve your skills and help you in your studies. Education is an adventure, let's get started!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Syracuse University - Bachelors, Television, Radio, and Film
Graduate Degree: National University - Masters, Education
SAT Math: 690
SAT Verbal: 660
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Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe in practice. I allow my students to get hands-on experience with problems and help them along the way. Learning is a process, and practice makes perfect.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would address the student's immediate problems and concerns to see how I can help them. By tackling the most immediate problems first, we can build on that material for future sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I can provide a variety of study skills and tricks I have learned over the years. And we can have fun while learning them.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would look to see where they are having difficulty and troubleshoot from there. By understanding the difficulty, we can tackle the problem head on.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I break down stories and essays into simpler parts to read. Then, we can understand the concept by paragraph and even by sentence. This helps to simplify reading comprehension.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I find that exploring the student's style of learning helps me best tutor the student. By learning their strengths and weaknesses, I can build on that foundation and help them master their subject.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
I would build off of easier problems and give them some early successes. This helps engage them and build confidence in their ability to master the material.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Repeated practice and problem-solving is the best way to be sure the student understands the material. I can then help them when they make mistakes and teach them the correct approach.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Simply completing more problems and answering questions will build confidence. Early wins and correcting mistakes will slowly build a student's confidence in the material, and the end result will be strong grades on tests and quizzes.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I ask my student how I can be of service to them and which areas they feel that they need improvement in. I also provide practice questions to assess where they are at with the material and what their weaknesses may be.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I change my style depending on what works best for my student. Some students might work best by learning through audio, visual, or hands-on learning. I change my techniques to fit the individual student and alter them as we go in lessons.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I utilize pen and paper, textbooks, whiteboard, computers, calculators, and any relevant technology for my tutoring sessions.