I am a graduate of Northwest College. I am currently working toward my Doctorate, and I believe that people who try their best can have great success in life, and I am grateful I get to be a part of that stepping stone! I love spending time with friends and family, reading, and the great outdoors. Right now I am a Teacher, and I love it! I have played violin for 10+ years now, and I am so amazed at how important music is to a students education.
Again, I am so happy to be able to work with you and help you reach your goals as well.
Undergraduate Degree: Northwest College - Current Undergrad, Esthetics
Reading, Writing, Exploring
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
After becoming acquainted, set up a goal plan and schedule to follow so that each lesson can be broken down into segments, allowing maximum work time, understanding, etc. This way ensures student is ready to move on to next step.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
By helping them to find ways that they can understand the work they are being asked to do, and, therefore, helping them to become confident. A student who is confident and sure of what they are doing is what I believe helps give a student motivation.
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Explore new ways to approach the subject. Not all students learn from one set method, and exploring new ideas WITH the student ensures that they can understand the problem better.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
Ask them if they have a preferred way to go about the problem or if there is a game they want to create, or use, that helps them to better understand.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
Review questions I have found to be very helpful. A student can memorize a problem, but when the same problem is asked using different wording or numbers, it can be beneficial to have the student go about it a different way, making sure that they truly understand the root of the problem being asked of them.
What is your teaching philosophy?
I believe that once someone has grasped the root concept of what they are learning, they are able to become successful in whatever they set their mind to. Learning a new task is challenging, as we all know, and to feel proud that you were able to once master something you couldn't even understand is an amazing feeling.
What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?
I have found that by having the student design a problem-solving technique with me helps them to better understand, because they are using a method they DO understand and are able to look at the problem the way their mind understands.
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
Playing a game, whether it's a word game or math game, I've noticed helps students to understand the material in a fun way and helps them to build their confidence in what they are being asked to do.
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
Start off by looking at the problem they are needing help with, begin with basic examples of that problem, and see where the student lies in terms of that particular problem.
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
I am a firm believer that a student who has fun is more likely willing to learn more, and therefore, I like to adapt my way of tutoring to one that is fun AND proactive, because this ensures the student wants to keep learning.
What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?
Depending on what is needed, I like to use games of sorts, as well as read aloud problems and different word problems with the same end goal as what they are currently studying.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
By showing them the step-by-step process. Once a student truly understands the challenge and problem they are being asked to overcome, it makes them more confident in their learning. They want to learn and want to do well in what they are struggling with, and once a student understands what is being asked of them, they can begin to work independently.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
By breaking down the reading materials and reviewing the basics of what they were taught earlier in life, I have found it's greatly effective in helping them to comprehend what they are trying to learn.