I am a graduate of both Florida State University and the University of Florida. In 2008, I received my Bachelor's degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, and in 2010, I received a Master's Degree in Social Work. Since that time, I have provided social work services to families and have worked in the administrative side of human services. As a result, I have several years of experience in business writing, presentation development, and public speaking.
Throughout my educational and professional career, I have had the opportunity to provide tutoring help to peers and other students in a variety of subjects. I have worked with elementary aged students on understanding key math and literacy concepts; I have provided SAT and ACT prep to high school students. I have coached students of all ages in their writing and presentation skills. I cherish the opportunity to help a student excel and meet their goals, and I am always working to ensure that I'm flexible and am meeting my students' needs in the most efficient way possible.
My favorite subjects to tutor are writing, sociology, and public speaking - however, I am also skilled in tutoring elementary and middle school mathematics, general literacy skills, SAT/ACT prep, and general business skills (such as proposal writing, computer literacy, and software skills).
Above all else, I understand that everyone learns best by different methods. I value the opportunity to learn about each student I work with so that I can tailor their tutoring experience to exactly what will help them meet their academic goals. A tutoring session with me will be different for each student depending on what will work best for them.
Outside of the subjects listed above, my personal interests include reading, writing, and spending time outdoors. I love working with youth and like to make learning fun, so I'm always paying attention to current trends and will incorporate these into my lessons.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Florida - Bachelors, Family, Youth and Community Sciences
Graduate Degree: Florida State University - Masters, Social Work
ACT Composite: 31
ACT English: 32
ACT Math: 32
ACT Reading: 33
ACT Science: 28
SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1440
SAT Math: 730
SAT Verbal: 710
Reading, cooking, the outdoors, learning new things, writing
Basic Computer Literacy
College Application Essays
High School Business
LMSW - Licensed Master Social Worker
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
What is your teaching philosophy?
Start where the student is. Focus on learning about the student and their goals at the beginning, and work every session with clear benchmarks in mind.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Spend time getting to know them and telling them about myself, asking them what goals they have, and assessing their current understanding.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
When I work with a student, I always explain the why - I want students to understand why an answer is correct or incorrect, so that they understand the process for future work.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Part of my initial meeting will be to figure out what motivates a student. Is it increased grades? Privileges at home? Observing their own progress? Whatever motivates them as individuals, I incorporate into my lessons.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Reading comprehension requires a variety of skills - grammar ability, syntactical understanding, and the ability to focus on long passages. I would assess what the underlying issue might be and work with the student to build up that skill. By breaking the issue into smaller parts, students are less likely to feel overwhelmed.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
Listening and partnering with the student to create a clear plan of what goals they have for tutoring are the most important actions I take when I first start my work - tutoring is a team effort, and needs to be treated like one from the very beginning.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
If a student is bored by a subject, my job is to find out how the subject connects to the things they are excited about and provide that connection during the course of tutoring. This might mean sharing examples or providing sample work that draws from the topics the student does enjoy.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
I want students to show me mastery - I will ask them to explain their answers and defend them. I want them to be able to comment on why an answer is incorrect. I want them to be able to explain my process when I show them an example.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Positive reinforcement, praise, and sharing their growth over time. I take lots of notes after tutoring sessions, so I have the ability to compare early and late performance. That way, if a student starts to struggle, I can show them the growth they've achieved.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
I review examples of their work, talk with the student and their parent (if applicable), and provide a brief, informal assessment during the first session that gives me a performance baseline to work from.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I make sure I've gotten to know the student and implement techniques that will help them connect to the material. The needs of my student always come first.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
I will use sample question sets, practice examples, and other materials based on the subject being tutored. I will ask the student or their parent to ensure specific learning material is available during the session if the content is specific to a subject being taught in school.