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Melissa

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I am ecstatic that I get to share my passion for education online and can help students at any level get to experience a thirst for knowledge and have motivation to get through any obstacle.

Melissa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: CUNY Hostos Community College - Current Undergrad, Early Childhood Education

Hobbies

Reading mystery and thriller novels, knitting.

Tutoring Subjects


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

I am a very organized person, and I think that organization is very important especially in a classroom setting, because if a classroom is organized, then everything will flow in the class and it is less likely to have children asking questions during the lesson, because every child learns differently and the organization helps them and you to see your effectiveness. The purpose of education in my perspective is to nourish and help grow the minds of children eager and ready to receive all of your knowledge to help explore the world through their own ways, but have you as a guide. The way that education weaves itself into children's lives-- it is incredible-- and the role of the teacher is to make the children feel that you are there to make them realize how education is influential to them. I am very content that I sustain the ability to teach kindergarten, and how amazed I feel that I get to help them acquire the building blocks they need to triumph in their educational life and even in their daily regular life. My goals are for the children to leave my classroom eager to get to their next journey and be prepared for any obstacle. The most important characteristic of my teaching is that I am a very open-minded person and will look for every method ever instructed if it means to help the child get through a challenging workflow or anything in general, because in my opinion children lose hope and self-esteem when they are not given different options to solve the problem. My passion for teaching was like a gift. I never thought I would love this profession as much as I do and care for children in general and their well-being.

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

I would try to get to know the student first, and then try to play some games and try to see the level on their own of the subject as a kind of icebreaker.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

I can help a student become an independent learner by encouraging them, giving them small worksheets or questions, which start off easy and then get harder, so they can be able to handle the course load independently.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I would help them stay motivated by praising them and encouraging them to keep going, relating the lesson to their personal lives, and making charts with their improvement.

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

I would try to mix up the lessons by incorporating different aspects, like a visual or a reading, and try to see which one works better for them.

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

I would break down the different aspects of reading, like what the student does understand and what they don't. I would try to pinpoint the issue; if they don't understand what the author is trying to say or what is going on in the story.

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

When I start working with a new student, I have found that the student opens up more and listens when the relationship between tutor and student are strong; also, including a lot of their personal lives into the curriculum if they are comfortable with that.

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

I would make them use that excitement to be able to explore the subject and start off from the foundation, and include games and ways to make the student feel that it isn't so hard when you go over the foundation of the subject.