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I graduated from California State University, Chico. I graduated in May, 2016. I'm proficient in literature and writing subjects.

Christopher’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: California State University-Chico - Bachelors, English Literature

Hobbies

literature, fiction, history, politics, video games, writing stories and poems, hiking, working out, singing out of tune, warhammer 40k, travelling

Tutoring Subjects

American Literature

College English

College Level American Literature

English

English Grammar and Syntax

Essay Editing

High School English

High School Level American Literature

High School Writing

Writing


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

It's best to find a method to hybridize the student's interests and the course material. I feel the key is malleability and cooperation.

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

I'd spend the first session getting to know the student, understand what they are studying, if there are any course materials I should (re)acquaint myself with, and addressing any subject material that can be resolved on the spot, such as grammar, jargon definitions, etc.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Independence is fostered through curiosity and the desire to understand a subject. As a tutor, it would be my job to help foster an interest in a subject to the point of grabbing the student's own inquisitiveness.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

A mixture of humor, positive motivation, diligence on the student's strengths and weaknesses in a subject, and discussion to ensure the student doesn't feel discouraged.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Some difficulties are more straightforward than others. If it's grammatical, a deconstruction lesson would be needed on how to build and pull apart sentences. If it is conceptual, discussion may be a better answer. Each situation is different, and it's important to respond to each one with what each requires.

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

With comprehension issues based around diction, it would be important to expand the student's vocabulary. Whereas, students who struggle with comprehending more abstract and philosophical concepts would need to have a metaphor employed to simplify and build from there. A case by case approach is required based on the student.

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

Initially, for mutual cooperation to be found, it's paramount to create a common ground. Then, find their interest within the subject and steer them towards works featuring their interest in some manner. For example, if a student is interested in comedy, and we're covering medieval literature, I'd direct the student to tales like Chaucer's "Miller's Tale," which contains a number of pranks and jokes.

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

Figure out their motivation and appeal to that. If a student is aiming to get into college, I'd point that student at more academically acclaimed and/or rigorous works. If the goal is to pass a particular class, then I would point them at works that help build foundation skills.

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

I generally ask students to describe and summarize details of a work, and then deconstruct said work and pull out themes, imagery, symbols, tropes, etc. All of this is fulfilled through discussion.

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

One method is showing them work from earlier and what they're producing now. Another method is by pointing to developmental areas where the student's performance has increased dramatically.

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I ask them directly what they need or feel they require help on. If it's a writing based interaction, then I will read their work and give feedback according to weaknesses I see in the writing.

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

I ask the students a number of questions that help me locate what role I'm needed to fill. Then, I proceed to fill said role and change as the situation shifts. It's important to remain fluid and attentive to a student's current needs, and not the needs they required before.

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

When I instruct in literature, probably books, writing utensil, and a pad to write on in demonstration of ideas as they're needed. Any kind of writing based instruction will have to be done on a platform both the student and I have access to, probably Google docs or Word.