I am here to motivate you by showing you your potential. I don't believe in demeaning someone to push them to become better. I believe everyone has potential and just need a patient, understanding and encouraging force.
I believe that writing is a very powerful tool and can be the most valuable skill you learn in school. I love to tutor people on how to write better and read more effectively.
When I am not tutoring with Varsity Tutors, I am teaching youth how to build websites for Digital NEST, a nonprofit in Watsonville. I moved to Santa Barbara recently to start a new career.
I can't wait to get to know you and help you with your reading and writing skills.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-Santa Cruz - Bachelors, Anthropology/ Sociology
SAT Composite: 1600
You are probably wondering what I like to do for fun. Well, I love to dance, go out to eat, play basketball, read, hike, and watch movies (in that order).
Basic Computer Literacy
College Application Essays
Elementary School Reading
Elementary School Writing
High School English
High School Level American Literature
High School Writing
Mac Basic Computer Skills
Middle School Reading
Middle School Reading Comprehension
Middle School Writing
Study Skills and Organization
Technology and Computer Science
Q & A
What is your teaching philosophy?
My philosophy on teaching is that it is always a two-way street. The teacher has to learn as much as the student; that's how they know they are doing their job.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
I would introduce myself and try to get to know more about their hobbies, goals and what they want to get out the sessions.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
I would always explain my reasoning and ask them to explain theirs. Sometimes saying things out loud helps people realize what they don't know. I would also give them the tools and knowledge to seek out answers effectively.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
I would point to the progress they've made since they started, and let them know that it will get easier once they get to know their learning style and get accustomed to their learning pace.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
I would change the way I am presenting the information to them. People learn in different ways, and I would make sure that I am covering all the bases.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
I ask them to read aloud and tell me what they understood sentence by sentence. Sometimes the issue is just about expanding vocabulary, and sometimes it's about misunderstanding the tone or syntax. We will get to the bottom of it by breaking it down.